19 May '11, 3am

Kuwait port plan risks Iraq ire

BAGHDAD: A decision by Kuwait to build a new port that would encroach on what some Iraqi officials insist are its territorial waters risks setting off a major diplomatic dispute between the two neighbours. Iraqis argue the construction of the Mubarak al-Kabir port would choke off the battle-scarred country's only access to international shipping lanes, thereby sparking a renewed row between two countries that have long had contentious relations. "Kuwait's Mubarak al-Kabir port will cause, if it is built, a triple-faceted crisis between Iraq and Kuwait -- political, economic and social," Iraqi political analyst Ihsan al-Shammari told AFP. "Relations had been improving after past leaks had been covered up, but this exposes them to a new rupture." Iraq still repays five per cent of its annual oil revenues to Kuwait as war reparations for ex-dictator Saddam Hussein's 1990 inva...

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