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ISLANDS ISSUE - ABU MUSA AND GREATER & LESSER TUNBS

Italy backs UAE stance on islands

Posted on 24/10/2008

Rome - Speaker of Italian House of Representatives Gianfranco Fini expressed yesterday his country's support for the UAE's stance and its towards the issue of Iran's occupation of its three islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa. Fini said during a meeting with visiting Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair that the Italian chamber appreciates the real policy adopted by the UAE on the issue. He also stressed the need for settling the issue through ...  >>MORE

Arab Parliament calls on Iran to end occupation of UAE Islands

Posted on 16/09/2008

The Arab Interim Parliament (AIP) has asked Iran to end its occupation of three UAE islands, Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa. In a resolution adopted at the end of the second session on Monday, the AIP strongly criticised also the recent Iranian action of constructing two offices on the Abu Musa Island. The Resolution described Iran's arbitrary move as the flagrant violation of the UN conventions and the international law. The Resolution said that the illegal construction of the two ...  >>MORE

Council of Arab foreign ministers asks Iran to end occupation of UAE's three Islands

Posted on 10/09/2008

The Council of Foreign ministers of the Arab League has condemned the continuation of the Iranian occupation of UAE's three islands; Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa. Concluding the 130th meeting, the Council also called upon Iran to end its occupation of the three Islands, and stop building any installations on the islands with the aim of changing its demography. In a resolution approved in the session held at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, the Council strongly condemned Iran's ...  >>MORE

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

Posted on 04/09/2008

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, ...  >>MORE

UAE officially documents protest of Iran's offices on Abu Musa Island

Posted on 30/08/2008

The United Arab Emirates has officially documented its memorandum of protest submitted to the United Nations over Iran's setting up two offices on UAE's occupied Abu Musa Island. In a letter delivered to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by Charge d'Affaires of the United Arab Emirates Mission to the United Nations Anwar Othman Al-Barout, the Government of the United Arab Emirates noted that the Iranian state television announced that Tehran had set up two offices for ship registration and ...  >>MORE

ICO circulates FNC statement on Abu Musa

Posted on 27/08/2008

The General Secretariat of the Union of Parliaments of the member countries in the Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO) has circulated the statement made by UAE's Federal National Council (FNC) on the recent actions of Iran on the Abu Musa Island. The statement is circulated among the parliaments of the member countries in the ICO. The Secretariat, based in the Iranian capital Tehran, sent to the parliaments of member countries a memorandum, the copy of which was sent to FNC. The FNC statement ...  >>MORE

Continuing occupation of UAE islands condemned

Posted on 21/08/2008

Iran's failure to respond to the Gulf Cooperation Council's condemnation of its setting up of installations on UAE's Abu Musa Island shows the absence of a constructive view by the Iranian side. In a telephone interview with the Abu Dhabi television programme Al Madar, Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah, GCC Secretary-General, said Iran did not reply to the GCC's communiqué condemning Iran's setting up of two offices, a marine rescue centre and a registration office for ships and sailors on UAE's Abu Musa ...  >>MORE

FNC sends its statement over recent Iranian actions at Abu Musa Island to APU

Posted on 20/08/2008

General Secretariat of the Federal National Council (FNC) has sent its statement over the recent Iranian actions at Abu Musa Island to the General Secretariat of the Arab Parliamentary Union (APU), which will serve all Arab Parliaments with the copies of the statement. Earlier, the statement called on the Republic Islamic of Iran to immediately remove the administrative offices set up at the UAE's Abu Musa Island, urging all the world parliaments to back the UAE in its legitimate sovereignty ...  >>MORE

Arab League urges Iran to stop unilateral move on Abu Musa Island

Posted on 17/08/2008

Cairo - The Arab League has expressed great concern on a report that the Iranian government has decided to set up some installations on the Abu Musa Island, in view of the consequences of such a move, which would further aggravate the current tension in the region. In a statement issued yesterday, the Arab League secretariat urged Iran to stop such a unilateral move and to respond positively to the sincere efforts being made to find a peaceful solution to the issues of the three UAE islands - ...  >>MORE

UAE's FNC: State of affairs in Abu Musa Island is ruled by 1971 MoU

Posted on 16/08/2008

The UAE's Federal National Council (FNC) yesterday urged Iran to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 1971 by the two countries on the Abu Musa Island. FNC also urged Iran to promptly dismantle its two offices which it said were illegally set up on the Island. "The state of affairs in Abu Musa Island is ruled by the Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier in 1971," FNC affirmed in a statement. Following is the full text of the FNC's statement: "The Federal National ...  >>MORE

Secretary General of GCC slams Iran over setting up two offices at Abu Musa Island

Posted on 16/08/2008

Riyadh - Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) HE Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiya, has decried Iran's act of settling two administrative offices at the UAE's Island of Abu Musa. Al Attiya said in a statement yesterday, "this act is a striking violation and illegitimate procedure on inseparable part of sovereign state, whose regional safety and territorial unity has to be respected", calling on Iran to cancel any conduct or procedure at the Abu Musa Island". He reiterated that ...  >>MORE

UAE renews call on Iran to accept peaceful settlement of isles

Posted on 31/07/2008

Tehran - The United Arab Emirates has renewed its call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respond to its peaceful initiatives for settling the issue of its three Islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa occupied by Iran in 1971, either through direct bilateral negotiations or refer the case to the International Court of Justice. The UAE call was made Tuesday by H.E. Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, while addressing the 15th meeting of foreign ...  >>MORE

UAE criticises Iran over islands issue

Posted on 28/05/2008

The United Arab Emirates slammed Iran on Tuesday for terming as a "misunderstanding" their row over three Gulf islands, saying the islands were under Iranian occupation and were no less precious than Arab lands occupied by Israel. "It seems the Iranian side does not want to understand. There is no 'misunderstanding' between us but an actual occupation" of the strategic islands controlled by Iran and claimed by the UAE, a foreign ministry official said. "There is no occupied land more sacred ...  >>MORE

Russian senate supports UAE's right to its islands

Posted on 23/05/2008

Moscow - The Russian senate supported the UAE's right to restore its three occupied islands; Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa. In addition, it supported the idea of forming a parliamentarian committee of UAE, Russian and Iranian representatives to discuss the issue of the UAE islands occupied by Iran. This was announced by Sergey Mironov, Russian senate speaker, in a meeting, at the premises of the senate that gathered the delegation of the Federal National Council (FNC) headed by Abdul ...  >>MORE

Russia reacts positively to UAE's proposal on its occupied islands

Posted on 22/05/2008

Russia has responded positively to the UAE request to convince Iran to accept a UAE suggestion with regard to solving the issue of the three UAE Islands occupied by Iran since 1971, either through direct negotiations or international arbitration. Moscow gave its consent during a meeting held Wednesday between the visiting UAE Federal National Council (FNC) delegation, headed by Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair, the FNC speaker, and a delegation from the Russian foreign ministry led by first ...  >>MORE

Arab Parliament meditates parliamentary pressure on Iran on UAE isles

Posted on 11/05/2008

Cairo - Deputy Speaker of the Arab Parliament Dr. Mustafa al Faqee said that he is coining the idea of parliamentary pressure on Iran to respond to UAE's demands on its three islands occupied by Iran. Al Faqee told Emirates News Agency (WAM) that the parliaments of all Arab countries should exert some kind of pressure on Tehran on the issue. He said that he will present this idea to the Speaker of the Arab Parliament Mohammed Jassem Al Sagar for tabling the subject in the next parliamentary ...  >>MORE

Bahrain reiterates UAE's right to the islands occupied by Iran

Posted on 11/05/2008

Bahrain has reiterated UAE's right to the three islands occupied by Iran. Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair received a letter from his Bahraini counterpart Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani, who asserted the right of UAE to the three Islands; Tunb al Kubra, Tunb al Sughra and Abu Musa. Bahrain's Representative Council chairman mentioned in his letter that the Bahraini parliamentary delegation had asserted this stance during the 13th conference of Arab ...  >>MORE

Egypt reiterates support to UAE's right to its occupied islands

Posted on 07/05/2008

Cairo - Egypt has renewed its support for the United Arab Emirates' rights to its three islands, Lesser Tunb, Greater Tunb and Abu Musa, occupied by Iran. This came during a meeting here today between Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazeef and Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair, Speaker of the Federal National Council. The two sides also discussed economic and political relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them. Earlier, the FNC delegation, led by Al Ghurair, held talks with a ...  >>MORE

Iraqi government reiterates UAE's sovereignty over three islands occupied by Iran

Posted on 29/04/2008

In a memorandum sent to UAE's foreign ministry, the Iraqi government asserted its unconditional support to the sovereignty of UAE over its three islands occupied by Iran. The Iraqi parliamentary delegation had made a reservation on a resolution passed at the end of the 13th conference of the Arab Parliamentary Union held in Erbil earlier in March asserting UAE's right to the islands. The memorandum sent by Iraqi Foreign ministry to UAE said that Iraq reiterates UAE's sovereignty over the ...  >>MORE

UAE demands Iran to end occupation of its islands

Posted on 16/04/2008

Cape Town - The UAE used the general assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to demand the Islamic Republic of Iran to end occupation of its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa. 'Despite the raft of regional and Arab resolutions including those issued by the recently concluded Arab summit in Damascus, Arab foreign ministers in Cairo and the Arab Inter-parliamentary Union (AIPU), which consider the islands as an occupied Arab land, Iran is still committing violations ...  >>MORE

Iran asked to quit UAE isles

Posted on 31/03/2008

The 20th Arab League Summit ended here yesterday with a renewed call on Iran to end its occupation of the UAE islands of Abu Musa, 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 in the occupied islands. "The continued attempts by Iran to build settlements and conduct war-games in the territorial waters, air space, economic zones and coral ...  >>MORE

Tunisian daily praises UAE's stance on islands

Posted on 21/07/2007

Tunis- A Tunisian daily newspaper has commended the approach adopted by the UAE in dealing with the issue of its three islands - Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb & Abu Musa - under Iranian occupation. Abu Bakr Al Sagheer, a renowned Tunisian journalist, said in his column at "Al Sareeh" newspaper that the UAE had followed the voice of ration and opted to let brotherly feelings prevail to resolve the issue. Al Sagheer said that historians proved that the three islands are Arab islands which formed ...  >>MORE

GCC backs UAE on isles issue

Posted on 07/07/2007

Riyadh - The GCC foreign ministers reiterated on Thursday the right of the UAE to restore sovereignty over its three islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa - occupied by Iran. The ministers affirmed in a statement issued at the end of their 103rd meeting here last night that: 'The three islands are part and parcel of the UAE'. They urged Iran to positively respond to the efforts of the UAE and the international community to settle the issue through direct negotiations of referring the ...  >>MORE

UAE reaffirms its stance over the occupied isles

Posted on 05/05/2007

Bali - The UAE has re-affirmed its stance towards its three occupied islands of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs. This came in a speech delivered on Thursday here by Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi while addressing the international parliamentary delegations participating in the meeting of the International Parliamentary Union, which is currently underway. Al Zaabi was quoted as saying that UAE is still calling for the solution either through direct negotiations between the countries or by ...  >>MORE

UAE-Iran relations deeply-rooted: Asefi

Posted on 01/04/2007

The UAE reiterates calls for resolving the issue of the three UAE islands (Abu Musa and the Tunb Islands), currently under Iranian occupation, through peaceful means or referral of the issue to an international tribunal, said Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair. Al Ghurair made his remarks at a meeting on Thursday in Dubai with Iranian Ambassador to the UAE Hamid Reza Asefi. Asefi underscored the deeply-rooted relations between Iran and the UAE ...  >>MORE

Arab Parliamentary Union backs UAE right to Islands

Posted on 28/02/2007

Aqaba - The Council of Arab Parliamentary Union has reaffirmed the UAE's sovereignty rights over of Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa Islands, including their territorial waters, air space, economic zone, and continental rift. The Council, which wound up two days of deliberations here, deplored the lack of positive outcome from contacts made with the Islamic republic of Iran, with the aim of reaching a settlement of the three islands. The final communiqué called for pursuit of all ...  >>MORE

Al Attiyah urges Iran to resolve UAE's islands issue

Posted on 10/12/2006

Iranian occupation of UAE's three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa will be high on the agenda of GCC summit, named the Jaber Summit, which started in Riyadh yesterday, said Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah, GCC Secretary General. In a press conference held last night, Al Attiyah urged Iran to respond to the repeated GCC calls to resolve the occupied islands issue by dialogue or by referring the issue to the International Court of Justice. Commenting on remarks made recently by an ...  >>MORE

UAE urges Iran to engage in serious dialogue on occupied islands

Posted on 21/09/2006

New York - The United Arab Emirates yesterday called on the Islamic Republic of Iran to demonstrate its goodwill towards finding a just and lasting settlement for its occupation of the three UAE islands, Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, through responding to calls for initiating direct and serious negotiations on this issue, or referring it to the International Court of Justice for legal arbitration. In a statement read by Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan before the ...  >>MORE

GCC calls on EU to urge Iran to resolve the isles issue peacefully

Posted on 17/05/2006

Brussels - The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has called on the European Union (EU) to continue to urge Iran to respond positively to the UAE's call to resolve the issue of the occupied islands of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs through direct talks or international arbitration. Addressing the joint 16th EU-GCC ministerial meeting which opened yesterday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs said the issue of the three occupied UAE islands was crucial to ...  >>MORE

Gulf council rejects Iran move on UAE island

Posted on 15/03/2006

Riyadh: Foreign ministers of the Gulf states have rejected Iranian plans to build a memorial on Abu Musa island. Terming Tehran's proposed move as provocative, the ministers said at a meeting in Riyadh that it would not help solve the dispute between Iran and the UAE. Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah led the UAE's delegation to the ministerial meeting. At the conclusion of the 94th session of the GCC foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh on Sunday, the delegates renewed their support for the ...  >>MORE

ECSSR issues book on three UAE islands

Posted on 29/11/2005

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR, has issued a new book on the three UAE islands of the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, currently being occupied by Iran. The issuance of the book is based on the Centre's commitment to conduct research and studies on strategic issues of great interest to the UAE and to provide analytical studies which would be credible source of information for academics and decision makers and other concerned persons. The studies ...  >>MORE

GCC backs UAE over islands held by Iran

Posted on 10/09/2005

Jeddah - The Gulf Cooperation Council's ministerial council has extended support to the UAE sovereignty over its three islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs occupied by Iran. In a communiqué issued on Tuesday night at the end of the council's 96th session in Jeddah, the ministers expressed regret that contacts with Iran on reaching a solution to the islands issue proved futile. "The council supports the right of the UAE and its sovereignty over its three islands of Greater and ...  >>MORE

Amro Musa calls for a solution for UAE Islands

Posted on 08/07/2005

The Secretary General of the Arab League, Amro Musa, called yesterday on Iran to resolve problems between it and the Arab countries, especially the issue of UAE Islands, namely Larger Tunb, Smaller Tunb and Abu Musa, occupied by Iran. Musa affirmed yesterday, during his meeting with Iranian Musa Mohammed Ridah Raof Al Shebani, Chief Bureau for Iranian Affaires, UAE sovereignty over the three Islands and the necessity to return them to the UAE. He said that the issue of the Islands was ...  >>MORE

UAE wants island issue on UN agenda

Posted on 11/05/2005

The UAE requests the issue of its islands occupied by Iran to remain in the agenda of the UN Security Council for 2005, until a fair and permanent settlement is made. The request was brought to the attention of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan by Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Shamsi, UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Refer UAE islands issue to arbitration, says Bouteflika

Posted on 23/03/2005

Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika yesterday expressed the hope that the UAE will restore its three islands of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs, which are under Iranian occupation, through peaceful means and within the spirit of good-neighbourliness. "We hope that the two parties will opt for direct dialogue and that the dispute will be referred to the International Court of Justice, in order to reach a final solution that would serve the interests of all Islamic countries," Bouteflika ...  >>MORE

GCC to affirm stance on UAE's islands

Posted on 06/03/2005

The Gulf Cooperation Council will further affirm its firm stance on the United Arab Emirate's three islands of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs and urge Iran to heed the sincere and repeated calls to peacefully end its occupation of the islands, either by direct negotiations or by referral of the issue to international arbitration, said the GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah. In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Al Attiyah said that the GCC Ministerial ...  >>MORE

‘Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs rightfully belong to UAE’

Posted on 27/02/2005

History stands witness to the fact that Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs islands are part of the UAE territories, a foreign historian-cum-diplomat has asserted. The islands should really have belonged to Ras Al Khaimah as the emirate had the strongest claim over the islands since it had controlled them with the help of the British between 1870 and 1900, Julian Walker, a British historian known for his diplomatic missions in the Gulf region, told Khaleej Times in an exclusive interview ...  >>MORE

Arab MPs back UAE's right isles

Posted on 06/10/2004

Arab parliamentarians, currently participating at the International Parliamentary Union conference here, emphasised yesterday the UAE's full sovereignty over its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, occupied by Iran. 'The islands are part and parcel of the UAE territory,' according to a statement issued by the MPs after a meeting they held here to discuss a host of Arab issues ranging from Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan to terrorism. The statement expressed support ...  >>MORE

UAE re-affirms full sovereignty on three islands

Posted on 13/03/2004

The UAE has reaffirmed its full sovereignty on the three islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs, currently being occupied by Iran. It also re-affirms its full sovereignty over the three islands' air space, territorial waters and their continental shelf, which the UAE fully regards as an integral part of its regional sovereignty and called for amicable and peaceful resolution of the dispute. Ahmed Shabib Al Dhahiri, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, and ...  >>MORE

APU voices support to the UAE on the issue of the occupied isles

Posted on 03/03/2004

The 11th conference of the Arab Parliamentary Union, APU, which concluded yesterday in Damascus, voiced a strong support to the UAE efforts to regain its occupied islands of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meetings, the APU re-affirmed the right of the UAE over the islands, including its territorial waters, airspace, economic zones and coral reefs. They are part and parcel of the UAE, said the communiqué which also urged Iran to reciprocate to ...  >>MORE

Mohammed: Dialogue or World Court must decide on islands issue

Posted on 23/12/2003

Kuwait – General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence said yesterday that the UAE's dispute with Iran over the three islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs must be settled as President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has always maintained or through the World Court. Addressing the media after a closed-door session, Sheikh Mohammed described the 24th GCC Summit as ‘the most successful ever.” Sheikh Mohammed said the ...  >>MORE

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Italy backs UAE stance on islands


Arab Parliament calls on Iran to end occupation of UAE Islands


Council of Arab foreign ministers asks Iran to end occupation of UAE's three Islands


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


UAE officially documents protest of Iran's offices on Abu Musa Island


ICO circulates FNC statement on Abu Musa


Continuing occupation of UAE islands condemned


FNC sends its statement over recent Iranian actions at Abu Musa Island to APU


Arab League urges Iran to stop unilateral move on Abu Musa Island


UAE's FNC: State of affairs in Abu Musa Island is ruled by 1971 MoU


Secretary General of GCC slams Iran over setting up two offices at Abu Musa Island


UAE renews call on Iran to accept peaceful settlement of isles


UAE criticises Iran over islands issue


Russian senate supports UAE's right to its islands


Russia reacts positively to UAE's proposal on its occupied islands


Arab Parliament meditates parliamentary pressure on Iran on UAE isles


Bahrain reiterates UAE's right to the islands occupied by Iran


Egypt reiterates support to UAE's right to its occupied islands


Iraqi government reiterates UAE's sovereignty over three islands occupied by Iran


UAE demands Iran to end occupation of its islands


Iran asked to quit UAE isles


Tunisian daily praises UAE's stance on islands


GCC backs UAE on isles issue


UAE reaffirms its stance over the occupied isles


UAE-Iran relations deeply-rooted: Asefi


Arab Parliamentary Union backs UAE right to Islands


Al Attiyah urges Iran to resolve UAE's islands issue


UAE urges Iran to engage in serious dialogue on occupied islands


GCC calls on EU to urge Iran to resolve the isles issue peacefully


Gulf council rejects Iran move on UAE island


ECSSR issues book on three UAE islands


GCC backs UAE over islands held by Iran


Amro Musa calls for a solution for UAE Islands


UAE wants island issue on UN agenda


Refer UAE islands issue to arbitration, says Bouteflika


GCC to affirm stance on UAE's islands


‘Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs rightfully belong to UAE’


Arab MPs back UAE's right isles


UAE re-affirms full sovereignty on three islands


APU voices support to the UAE on the issue of the occupied isles


Mohammed: Dialogue or World Court must decide on islands issue