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KUWAIT WON'T TALK ABOUT BORDER DISPUTE

KUWAIT WON'T TALK ABOUT BORDER DISPUTE

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Kuwait will not discuss with Saddam Hussein or any future Iraqi regime the border dispute that led to the invasion of the Persian Gulf emirate, Kuwait's Foreign Minister was quoted Wednesday as saying.

Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber was quoted in the weekly al-Mussawar magazine as saying that Kuwait also would insist Iraq pay financial retribution for the damage it caused in Kuwait. He would not give a specific figure.``Let me assure you that there will not be any negotiations with Iraq, either with the present regime or any other future regime, there will be no negotiations between them and us,' the sheik said.

When Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait Aug. 2, Saddam claimed Kuwait was stealing oil from a border oil field, demanded Kuwait's Bubiyan Island and another small island and asked for its debts to be erased.

After the invasion, Kuwaiti officials said they were willing to discuss Iraq's grievances after it withdrew.

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