Kuwait and Iraq Agree New Border Deal

Iraq and Kuwait have agreed to create a 500-metre no-man's land on each side of the border, and to move Iraqi farmers to new homes, a Kuwaiti official said today (Wednesday).

The Al-Seyassah daily quoted foreign ministry official Jassem Al-Mubaraki as saying that under the deal, Kuwait undertakes to build up to 50 homes inside Iraq for the farmers living close to the frontier.

The agreement stipulates that the two Arab neighbours will each keep a 500-metre strip completely free of any activity except for border police, Mubaraki said.

"The deal was reached during a recent meeting of the Kuwait-Iraq commission headed by the foreign ministry undersecretaries," he said, according to a report from AFP.

In 1993, three years after Iraq invaded Kuwait, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 833 which demarcated the land border between the two nations and granted Kuwait some territory that had previously been held by Iraq.

The two oil-rich nations signed a similar deal in 2006 after Iraqi farmers halted construction of a 200-kilometre (125-mile) irrigation pipeline on the border when Kuwait claimed it passed through its territory.

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