The foreign relations committee in parliament confirmed on Tuesday the Iraqi government’s commitment to the resolutions of the UN Security Council (UNSC).
In a statement, Sadiq al-Laban, a member of the committee, said the requirements of Chapter VI are not different from those of Chapter VII, but the latter obliges the government to commit to the UN and Security Council resolutions.
The requirements that allow lifting sanctions of Chapter VI are not as important as those of Chapter VII, he noted.
Iraq’s diplomats will move soon so that sanctions of Chapter VI be lifted especially that Iraq has recently declared victory over ISIS, he added.
On Saturday, Iraq hailed the UNSC resolution that lifted the sanctions of Oil-For-Food Program as a success to the diplomacy of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry.
A statement by the spokesman of the foreign ministry said that "a series of diplomatic successes achieved by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry has culminated in the issuance of a resolution of the UNSC" which lifted the sanction of the Oil-For-Food program that allowed using force against Iraq if not fully complying with the UN severe sanctions.
After its meeting on Friday morning, the UNSC issued a statement, saying that the council members had adopted resolution 2390 (2017) unanimously after "all the measures imposed in its resolutions 1958 (2010) and 2335 (2016) pursuant to Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations in relation to the Iraq Oil-For-Food Program had been fully implemented."
UN sanctions have created sufferings for the Iraqi civilians, pushing the UNSC to adopt the Oil-for-Food Program in 1995 which allowed Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing Iraq to boost its military capabilities.