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GCC ministerial council condemns Iran's opening of administrative offices on Abu Musa

posted on 04/09/2008: 758 views

The ministerial council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned Iran's opening of two administrative offices on UAE's island of Abu Musa. The council urged Iran to withdraw those illegal structures and to respect the UAE's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

This was contained in a final statement of the council's 108th meeting which ended in Jeddah late Tuesday. The meeting was presided over by Qatar, which currently chairs the six-member GCC Supreme Council.

Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, headed UAE's delegation to the meeting, during which the council re-affirmed its support for UAE's sovereignty over its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, their territorial waters, air spaces, continental shelf and their economic zones, all of which the council regarded as integral part of the UAE.

The council expressed regret that all contacts with Iran failed to achieve any positive result that would lead to peaceful solution of the issue of the three islands to help boost security and stability in the region.

The council called for probing of all peaceful means which would help the UAE take back its rights over its three islands. It urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to listen to the UAE's sincere calls and efforts to resolve the issue through direct negotiations or international arbitration at the International Court of Justice. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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