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Iraq's UN Ambassador Calls for Lifting of Saddam-Era Sanctions


Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations is calling for the lifting of all remaining sanctions imposed on the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein.

Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie made the appeal Tuesday - two days after his country voted in landmark elections.

He said all sanctions placed on the previous regime are inappropriate now since Iraq has clearly shown the world that it is a new country and wants to be at peace with its neighbors.

The Iraqi diplomat said it is also time to begin phasing out the use of oil proceeds to compensate victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and lift the arms embargo imposed shortly after that invasion.

Meanwhile, more than 200 workers at Iraq's election headquarters in Baghdad are compiling results from Sunday's historic vote.

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