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GCC Ministerial Council renews support for UAE over its three islands occupied by Iran

posted on 11/03/2010: 781 views

Riyadh - The GCC Ministerial Council has renewed its support for the sovereign right of UAE over its three Islands occupied by Iran, besides UAE sovereignty rights over its territorial waters, airspace, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of the three islands.

The GCC Foreign Ministers, last night concluded 114th session of GCC Ministerial Council held at GCC Secretariat in Riyadh.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, headed UAE delegation that took part in the meetings held under the chairmanship of Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait.

The Council in its statement regretted the failure of contacts with Iran to produce positive results towards resolving the issue of the islands, thus contributing to strengthening security and stability in the region by peaceful means, calling on Iran to respond to the efforts of the UAE to resolve the issue through direct negotiations or recourse to the International Court of Justice.

On the other hand, the Ministerial Council condemned the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai, which constituted a violation of UAE sovereignty and security as well as a violation of international law.

The Ministerial Council also decided to support UAE re-nomination for the membership of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) of the third category during the period from 2010 to 2013. It also decided to support UAE re-nomination for membership of the Governing Council of the International Telecommunication Union and support its candidate for the membership of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) during the period from 2010 to 2014

The Ministerial Council condemned the Israeli police and border guards for breaking in courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the excavations by Israeli authorities under the walls of Jerusalem, calling the International Community and the UNESCO to rescue Al Aqsa Mosque.

The Council demanded heritage bodies in the Arab and Islamic countries, the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to take all necessary measures and urgent action to protect the holy Islamic sites.

The Council called on international actors to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1860 to lift the siege on the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip and open crossings. It also called for the parties concerned to apply recommendations of "Goldstone" report regarding Israeli violations of international and humanitarian laws, human rights abuses and war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

The Ministerial Council welcomed the return of calmness on borders between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, reaffirmed its support for the unity, security and stability of Yemen.

The Council also welcomed the statement issued at the end of the second session of the Saudi-Qatari Joint Coordinating Council, which was held in Doha on February 23 under the chairmanship of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Crown Prince, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Council expressed its satisfaction over the contents of the statement issued by the nineteenth session of the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council, which was held in Riyadh on February 27.

On fight against terrorism, the Council affirmed that GCC member States renounce violence and extremism associated with terrorism, noting the efforts of GCC countries to execute measures to activate relevant decisions in this area.

On military cooperation, the Ministerial Council considered the results of the meetings that were held to discuss the military aspects of Bahrain's vision for the development of the GCC countries.

On piracy, the council reiterated its concern at the continuing rampant piracy in international waterways in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and others, stressing on intensifying regional and international coordination to deal with these criminal acts.

The Ministerial Council considered the steps taken by Member States and the Secretariat to follow up decisions of the Supreme Council in the field of environmental protection.

In the cultural field, the Ministerial Council considered the Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States and the Arab World Institute in Paris to develop closer cooperation with cultural institutions abroad and support cultural strategy.

In the area of media cooperation, the council considered the report of the first meeting of the AGCC Permanent Committee for Coordinating Cooperation in Satellite Field, held in February 2010.

Regarding Iranian nuclear program, the council reaffirmed its firm position on the importance of adhering to the principles of international legitimacy and resolve disputes by peaceful means.

The council stressed on the right of countries of the region to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant international convention, in accordance with standards and procedures of the International Atomic Energy Agency and under its supervision, and the application of these standards to all countries in the region, without exception, including Israel.

About Iraq, the council stressed on its firm position towards Iraq and of respect for its unity, sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, non-interference in its internal affairs and the preservation of its Arab and Islamic identity.

Regarding Lebanon, the Council renewed its full support to complete the terms of the Doha agreement between Lebanese forces, which produced successful parliamentary elections and the formation of the Lebanese government headed by Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri. The Council also expressed its condemnation and rejection of Israeli's threats that indicate aggressive intentions to undermine stability in Lebanon.

On Sudan, the Council of Ministers welcomed the signing of the Framework Agreement to resolve conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese government and the Justice and Equality Movement in Doha on February 23, 2010 under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

The Council expressed its solidarity with Sudan and not to accept the actions taken by the ICC on the conflict in Darfur and the total rejection of the ICC's decision to add a charge of genocide to the list of charges against Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.

On the Somali issue, the Council expressed its regret at the continued deterioration of the situation in Somalia. It renewed its call for all Somali parties to stop the violence and the abandonment of all processes that impede national reconciliation efforts. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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