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GCC ministerial council's statement reiterates bloc's full solidarity with UAE's sovereignty over three occupied islands

posted on 18/04/2012: 2294 views

Doha - Text of the GCC Ministerial Council's statement issued yesterday at the end of the 39th extraordinary meeting in Doha, Qatar.

"Upon the UNITED ARAB Emirates' to hold an extraordinary meeting by the Ministerial Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) to discuss the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the UNITED ARAB Emirates' Abu Musa island, the 39th extraordinary meeting was held in Doha, Qatar, under the chairmanship of Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who is the president of the current GCC Ministerial Council, and in presence of GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdul Latif Al Zayani.

The Council stressed that any transgression of the sovereignty of and any interference in the domestic affairs of any member states is considered as transgression of the sovereignty of, and interference in the domestic affairs of all member states of the Council.

The Council reiterated its full solidarity with the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and with any moves it takes to regain its rights and sovereignty over its occupied islands. The Council demanded that Iran put an end to its occupation of the islands and response to the UNITED ARAB Emirates' calls to find a peaceful and just solution either through bilateral negotiations or referral to the International Court of Justice.

Member states of the Council reiterate their firm stance of fully backing the UNITED ARAB Emirates' full sovereignty over its three islands, Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb, including their regional waters, airspace, continental shelf and their exclusive economic zone, as integral parts of the United Arab Emirates.

The member states of the Council strongly denounce the Iranian President's visit to Abu Musa Island on 11 April 2012 as a provocative action and a flagrant violation of the UNITED ARAB Emirates' sovereignty over its three islands which is not in line with the GCC policy of maintaining good neighbourly relations with Iran and the persistent peaceful efforts by the GCC member states for solving the issue of the three occupied islands.

The GCC member states stress that the visit would not change the historic and legal facts which all hold proof to the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES' sovereignty over these three islands.

The Council noted that the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES was committed to the agreement between the two countries to making joint efforts and reach a peaceful and just solution that would help establish stability and security in the Arabian Gulf region and ensure that the two sides agree on holding bilateral negotiations on the three islands. Each side even named the head of its negotiating delegation.

The UNITED ARAB EMIRATES informed fellow member states of the Council of those efforts which they gave their blessings to, but the Iranian President's visit to Abu Musa Island breached the agreement and undermines these efforts for calm which the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES was committed to. The Council is surprised at the Iranian double standards in dealing with these sincere diplomatic efforts by the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.

Based on the GCC's approaches for building balanced good neighbourly relations with Iran, the GCC stressed that enhancing regional relations should be based on mutual respect of the sovereignty of other states, non-interference in their domestic affairs, balanced rhetoric as well as on tackling common concerns in a serious and sincere way as these principles provide the sound foundations for steadfast relations among states and peoples, as well as for avoiding the consequences of instability of this important region on global security and peace." - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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