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    Kuwait Geography 1995

      Location: Middle East, at the head of the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

      Map references: Africa, Middle East, Standard Time Zones of the World

      total area: 17,820 sq km
      land area: 17,820 sq km
      comparative area: slightly smaller than New Jersey

      Land boundaries: total 464 km, Iraq 242 km, Saudi Arabia 222 km

      Coastline: 499 km

      Maritime claims:
      continental shelf: not specified
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      International disputes: in April 1991 Iraq officially accepted UN Security Council Resolution 687, which demands that Iraq accept the inviolability of the boundary set forth in its 1963 agreement with Kuwait, ending earlier claims to Bubiyan and Warbah islands, or to all of Kuwait; the 20 May 1993 final report of the UN Iraq/Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission was welcomed by the Security Council in Resolution 833 of 27 May 1993, which also reaffirmed that the decisions of the commission on the boundary were final, bringing to a completion the official demarcation of the Iraq-Kuwait boundary; Iraqi officials still refuse to unconditionally recognize Kuwaiti sovereignty of the inviolability of the UN demarcated border; ownership of Qaruh and Umm al Maradim islands disputed by Saudi Arabia

      Climate: dry desert; intensely hot summers; short, cool winters

      Terrain: flat to slightly undulating desert plain

      Natural resources: petroleum, fish, shrimp, natural gas

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      meadows and pastures: 8%
      forest and woodland: 0%
      other: 92%

      Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1989 est.)

      current issues: some of world's largest and most sophisticated desalination facilities provide much of the water; air and water pollution; desertification
      natural hazards: NA
      international agreements: party to - Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection; signed, but not ratified - Biodiversity, Endangered Species, Marine Dumping

      Note: strategic location at head of Persian Gulf

      NOTE: The information regarding Kuwait on this page is re-published from the 1995 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Kuwait Geography 1995 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Kuwait Geography 1995 should be addressed to the CIA.

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