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Iraqi president recants remarks on Algiers Accord

Baghdad, Dec 27, IRNA - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani recanted his recent controversial remarks on the 1975 Algiers Accord in a statement sent to IRNA on Thursday.

According to the statement issued by the Iraqi Presidential Office, President Talabani's short comments about the agreement "was not a unilateral cancellation of the accord."

The 1975 treaty known as the 'Algiers Accord', was signed by the then Iranian and Iraqi officials to settle territorial disputes between the two countries.

President Talabani was recently quoted in some media reports as saying that the treaty was an agreement signed by the defunct shah of Iran and the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and not by Iraq and Iran.

However, it was stressed in the statement of President Talabani's office that the 1975 Accord "is obviously not cancelled and is still valid according to international laws and agreements.

"President Talabani meant that when the accord was signed by the Shah of Iran (ousted in 1979) and Saddam Hussein, all Iraqi opposition groups were against it as they considered the accord as a saving rope for the Iraqi dictator," the statement added.

However, the statement stressed that there are "some considerations regarding the Algiers Accord which could be discussed and agreement could be reached with our friend neighbor Iran." The Iraqi president reiterated that the "Algiers Accord is still valid and cannot be cancelled or torn unilaterally."

... Payvand News - 12/27/07 ... --

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