Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

'Certain' Western Media Mistaken About Iran-Iraq Oil Well Border Dispute


Have 'certain Western media' exaggerated the significance of an incident in which Iranian troops crossed the border into Iraq and occupied an Iraqi oil well? According to this news item from Iran's rigidly-controlled Kayhan newspaper, the event is just a 'misunderstanding.'


November 24, 2009


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Could the occupation of an Iraqi oil well by Iranian troops have been a 'misundertanding?' That is the claim being made by the Tehran government.


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TEHRAN: Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday that certain sections of the media are trying undermine friendly relations between Iran and Iraq.


During his weekly press conference, Mehmanparast commented on recent claims by certain Western media about emerging border disputes between Iran and its western neighbor. The spokesman described the border incident with Iraq as a "misunderstanding" and called for experts from both countries to look into border demarcation issues.


"Our stance has been crystal clear ... this was a misunderstanding," Mehmanparast said.


Saying that the foreign ministers of the two countries had reached an "understanding" during a phone conversation on Saturday, he said that a committee should be formed to look into border demarcation issues between Iran and Iraq, which fought a war from 1980-88.


"We think this is a technical issue and that experts on both sides should sit down and look into ... specifying the border areas between the two countries, so that such misunderstandings are removed," he said.


On Sunday, Iraq's government spokesman said a group of Iranian troops, who had taken over an oil well in a remote region along the Iran-Iraq border, were no longer in control of the well, which Iraq considers part of its Fakka oilfield.


An Iranian border official was quoted on the same day as saying that Iranian forces had returned to their original positions after dismantling a barricade built by Iraqi soldiers near the disputed well.


Iran-Iraq relations warmed after Saddam Hussein's ousting in 2003.


Iran says the well falls within Iranian borders. "The best solution is ... for the experts to sit down and investigate the issue," Mehmanparast said. "A committee will review the demarcation and borderlines to remove any possibility of a misunderstanding and find solutions," he said.



Mehmanparast strongly rejected allegations of an Iranian link to an aircraft loaded with weapons that was confiscated in Thailand.


“It's crystal clear that these allegations were put forward to exert psychological and political pressure against Iran,” the spokesman said.


Mehmanparast also commented that Tehran is examining whether to take part in an upcoming conference on the situation in Afghanistan to take place in London.


Asked about a visit to Tokyo by the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, the spokesman said Jalili was in Japan to discuss major bilateral, regional and international developments, and that there are no constraints in Iran's cooperation with other nations in regard to peaceful nuclear technology, including Japan. He stressed that Tokyo enjoys “good nuclear knowledge.”


Touching on the crisis in Yemen, Mehmanparast said that the conflict has no military solution.


“A military solution for the Yemeni crisis is neither good nor humanitarian, as the majority of victims of these military attacks in that country are civilian,” said the spokesman.


Reiterating Tehran’s regret over the ongoing "fratricide" in Yemen, Mehmanparast said that the issue should be resolved through “diplomatic talks.”



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He also referred to the issue of the three American nationals being held in Iran saying, “Their cases should be followed up by the judicial system.”    



In addition, Mehmanparast announced that in the near future, Hezbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah will likely pay a visit to Tehran. Noting that such visits are held to expand normal consultations, he described Nasrallah as a prominent and influential figure in forming the new Lebanese government.


Asked about reports of a possible visit to Iran by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, he said, "We have yet to receive official word on his visit to the Islamic Republic."


A Middle East insider had told the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy that Kerry has pitched the idea to the White House and that the White House is thinking it over.


The United States and Iran broke off diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the U.S. espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since.


































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