Kobler says Kuwait­-Iraq border sign maintenance problem in Basra resolved by house demolition

BAGHDAD, March 28 (KUNA) ­­ United Nations Secretary­General Ban Ki­moon’s Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler said here Thursday the problem blocking the maintenance of Kuwaiti-­Iraqi frontier signs has been resolved by the demolition of Iraqi border houses.

The announcement was made during a joint press conference between Kobler, who is also the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and Basra Governor Khalaf Abdul­ Samad.

He said Iraqi families have accepted the demolition of their houses on the Iraqi­-Kuwaiti border with the goal of proceeding with the joint border sign maintenance process.

However, Kobler emphasized that the only way for Iraq to exit Chapter VII of the UN Charter is to live up to all relevant international obligations, noting that Iraqi­-Kuwaiti relations are developing.

For his part, Basra Governor Khalaf Abdul ­Samad said three Iraqi houses impeding the border sign maintenance were demolished on Wednesday.

The Iraqi owners of the three demolished houses agreed to evacuate their properties upon agreement with the Iraqi government, he added.

On March 11, 2013, a group of Iraqi people gathered at the Iraqi­Kuwaiti border in order to impede the maintenance of the Iraqi-­Kuwaiti frontier border signs.