U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for end to Saddam-era sanctions against Iraq

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the end of the threat of sanctions against Iraq for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait amid a significant thaw between the neighbors.

Ban said both governments have shown "statesmanship and respect" in healing the scars of the invasion that led to the creation of an international coalition to expel Saddam Hussein's forces.

"The command ground attained by Iraq and Kuwait regarding the issues of missing Kuwaiti persons and property is a significant achievement, signalling a new level of trust and a fresh chapter in the relations between the two neighboring countries," Ban said in a report to the UN Security Council.

For the original June 18, 2013 piece from Agence France-Presse referenced in this summary, click here.