Iraq will make no territorial concessions to Iran at forthcoming U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, Iraqi diplomats and news reports said.

"The Iranian side should know that Iraq will not relinquish its rights or national sovereignty over its lands, water and border," the Baghdad government newspaper Al Jomhuriah said in an editorial Thursday."The current negotiations are not the first in the history of relations between the two countries, (but the Geneva talks) are distinguished with a clear advantage, in that the Iraqi negotiator is representing a people who have experienced Iranian exploitation."

Peace talks between the two former combatants began Aug. 25 but remain deadlocked over the disputed Shatt al Arab waterway, which runs along the Iran-Iraq border.