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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iraq Upbeat on Deal

UNITED NATIONS () -- Amid skepticism from the United States, Iraqi's envoy to talks on a United Nations' oil-for-food offer was optimistic about a successful outcome and cleared up two previous stumbling blocks.

Discussions between Iraq and the UN are focusing on implementing a Security Council resolution that permits Baghdad to sell $2 billion worth of oil over six months to buy food, medicines and other basic necessities.

Abdul Amir al-Anbari, the chief Iraqi negotiator, said he had no problem with a provision of the resolution requiring "the larger share" of any exported Iraqi oil to flow through a pipeline in northern Iraq to Turkey.

Anbari also said a requirement that 30 percent of oil sales proceeds be funnelled into a UN Gulf War reparations fund was "not a problem."