Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend D.Khatinoglu / Iraqi President's statement regarding Aljazair Convention is the new territorial claim towards Iran. "Misusing the crisis in Iran, the neighboring countries put forward territorial demands," said the Chairman of the Iranian Association of Investigators, Hussein Lajavardi.
At the beginning of 2008, the Iraqi personnel who discuss the Aljazair Convention will visit Tehran, said the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq on 29 December. The President of Iraq, Jalal Talibani, stated on 27 December that the Aljazair Convention which was signed in 1975 between Iraq and Iran was concluded not between the two countries, but between Saddam Hussein and former Shah of Iran and they do not officially recognize it. The Foreign Minister of Iran, Manuchekhur Mottaki, assessed this statement as the next game of the USA with Iran and said that all relations between the two countries depend on the reliability of this Convention. Aljazair Convention was signed between in 1975 to determine the borders of the two countries.
Seeing the internal weakening of the Iranian Government and its foreign isolation, the neighboring countries misuse it and raise territorial requirements, Lajavardi reported to Trend by telephone on 30 December from Paris. "The Convention between Iran and Iraq was in favor of Iran. In 1975 crisis took place in Iraq and the Kurdish separatists put pressure on the Iraqi Government. It is possible to say that through this Convention, Iran ensured its interests, but its current repeat discussion will not be in favor of Iran. The country is under crisis and will have to make compromise," the politician said.
According to the Iranian politician, not only Iraq, but also Bahrain claims for the three Iranian islands. "The Iranian side should also make compromise in the discussions on the Caspian Sea. With other word, in order to realize its nuclear plan, Tehran needs to receive the support from the neighboring countries and should agree with them. In the Iranian-Iraqi war, Tehran should receive contribution from Iraq according to the UN Resolution No 598. Up to now, the amount specified in the Resolution has not been paid to Iran and Tehran did not protest against it. Taking it into consideration, Talibani's statement is fully absurd and Iran should not give three boundary oil fields to Iraq," Lajavardi said.