Iraq is celebrating what it calls a historical achievement, after the United Nations voted on Thursday to lift its long-standing sanctions against the country.
The UN Security Council has voted to remove Iraq from Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, unanimously agreeing to lift the UN sanctions imposed on Baghdad following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by the executed dictator Saddam Hussein. On Thursday, the 15-memebr body agreed that the issue of missing Kuwaiti people, property and archives should be handled under Chapter 6, instead of Chapter 7.
Chapter 6 of the UN Charter urges peaceful resolution of any conflict between the countries, while Chapter 7 authorizes the council to allow measures such as sanctions or military intervention if countries do not meet its demands. The decision is regarded as a major political upgrade for Iraq as it struggles to restore its international status a decade after the US-led invasion toppled Saddam in 2003.
In his speech the Iraqi Prime Minister stressed the importance of taking this achievement as a chance to make further efforts to solve the internal political disputes.
"Iraq has been released from the international chains which have been imposed as results for the irresponsible behaviors of the old suppressive regime towards the international community and its people," Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki said.
The Iraqi officials have described the removal of Iraq from chapter seven as a historical resolution for Iraq.
Political observers praised the efforts of the Iraqi officials in this regard and said that the Iraqi people are today rewarded for their patience and sacrifice.
The UN has voted to put Iraq under chapter seven after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.