Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Arab States ask Iran to cease the occupation of Abu Musa!

On March 22, 2008, I wrote a long post titled "The non-nuclear case against Iran": the occupation of the UAE's islands of Abu Musa and the two Tunbs.
Once again today, at the Arab summit in Damascus, the Arab States have asked Tehran to end the occupation of the small archipelago in the Persian Gulf.

March 30, 2008, 22:25

Damascus: The Arab Summit wound up here on Sunday with a renewed call to Iran to end its occupation of the UAE islands of Abu Mousa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.

The summit, which was presided over by Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, also condemned the incessant Iranian attempts to create a fait accompli by way of building settlements on the occupied islands.
"The continued attempts by Iran to build settlements and conduct wargames in the territorial waters, air space, economic zones and coral reefs of the occupied islands, are all acts that constitute a gross violation of the UAE sovereignty and territorial integrity," said a communique issued at the end of the summit.

The summit urged Iran to cease such acts of provocation, saying they amounted to unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

"Moreover, such acts cannot help in building confidence but would rather jeopardise regional stability and security,'' it said.

The summit called on Iran to rethink its current position in favour of a negotiated settlement, either through serious and direct talks or through international arbitration.
In a significant boost to the UAE's right over the occupied islands, the Arab League member-states committed themselves to raising the issue in their respective contacts with Iran.
"The islands of Abu Mousa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs should be treated as occupied Arab territories," the communique said.

The summit also passed a decision to inform the UN Secretary-General that the issue of the occupied UAE isles be kept on the Security Council's agenda until Iran ends its illegal occupation.
On the Arab-Israeli conflict, the summit renewed its commitment to the Arab peace initiative of 2002, as the basis for a comprehensive settlement on all the tracks, as provided for in the relevant UN resolutions. (Gulf News)

The answer from Iran today is once again full of arrogance and blatant disregard of international law.

Tehran, March 30, IRNA

Three Iranian Islands in the Persian Gulf are inseparable part of Iranian territory, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini on Sunday.
He strongly refuted statement made by Arab League chief Amr Mousa that he put on the agenda of Summit of Arab Leaders the misunderstanding between Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

Hosseini said such allegations are regarded as interference in Iran's domestic affairs.
Interfering of third parties in a misunderstanding between Iran and UAE which could be resolved through talks is not helpful, he underlined. (IRNA)


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