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Iraq urges Arab states to use oil as a weapon

IRAQ’S ruling Baath party on Monday called on Arab countries to

use petrol as a ”weapon” against Israel and the United States to

ensure the liberation of Palestinian land.

”Use oil as a weapon in the battle … otherwise it will become

a burden which will lead to (more) humiliation,” the party’s

national command said in a statement.

Arab oil producers, who account for half of world supplies, have

not used the oil card since the 1973 crisis, despite repeated calls

by Iraq and others to do so.

The statement branded the United States ”an enemy and a partner

of Zionism” and alleged that the Israeli military offensive in the

Palestinian territories ”was mounted in joint agreement with the

American administration”.

The statement called for the ”liberation of Palestine from the

Mediterranean sea to the Jordan” and the expulsion of all settlers –

a much harder line than the Arab peace initiative adopted last

Thursday which calls for Israeli withdrawal from land occupied in

the 1967 war.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said on Sunday that Arabs could halt

Israel’s military push in the West Bank by threatening economic

sanctions on the United States.

”If just two Arab countries used the economic threat against a

part of the world which only understands the language of its own

interests, the Israeli army would immediately withdraw from

autonomous areas,” Saddam was quoted as saying by Iraqi state television. – Sapa-AFP

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