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ISLANDS ISSUE - ABU MUSA AND GREATER & LESSER TUNBS

'UAE wants amicable end to islands issue'

Posted on 09/09/2001

Speaker of Federal National Council Mohammed Khalifa bin Habtoor said the UAE's foreign policy drawn by the President, His Highness, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was based on the principles of peace, diplomatic norms and good neighbourly relations. He was speaking after receiving a delegation of the Iranian Shura Council at the FNC offices in Dubai yesterday. He said the UAE had always adopted a peaceful stand on the issue of its three islands of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs ...  >>MORE

Islands issue to be raised at IPU conference

Posted on 04/09/2001

The Federal National Council (FNC) will raise the issue of the three UAE islands, Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, occupied by Iran at the 106th conference of International Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, from September 9 to 14. Ahmed Al Khateri, Second Deputy Speaker of the council, will lead the UAE delegation to the conference. The delegation will raise the issue of the occupied island during the general debate on political, ...  >>MORE

GCC reiterates backing for UAE on islands

Posted on 05/06/2001

The Ministerial Council of the GCC reiterated its complete support and approval of the UAE's rights on its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa occupied by Iran and its total refusal of Iran's continued occupation of the three UAE islands. The Council confirmed in a press release issued last Sunday on conclusion of its 79th session held here, the UAE's complete sovereignty over these three islands as being a part that cannot be separated from the UAE and non-recognition of any ...  >>MORE

GCC Ministerial Council reiterates support on islands' issue

Posted on 03/06/2001

The Ministerial Council of the Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC, reiterated its complete support and approval of the UAE's rights on its three islands of the Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa occupied by Iran and its total refusal of Iran's continued occupation of the three UAE islands. The Council confirmed in a press release issued early today on conclusion of its 79th session held here, the UAE's complete sovereignty over these three islands as being a part that cannot be separated from ...  >>MORE

UAE islands are Arab: RAK official stresses

Posted on 28/05/2001

A UAE senior official praised President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's call for closing Arab ranks as the only way to overcome the current crisis and address regional and international challenges faced by the Arab nation. He also called on the Arab peoples to rally behind the Palestinian uprising and stand firm against normalisation with the Zionist enemy. ''We salute the struggle and steadfastness of the Arab Palestinian people against the Zionist tyranny,'' said Sheikh Khalid bin ...  >>MORE

GCC consultative Summit to focus on UAE islands

Posted on 14/05/2001

The GCC Consultative Summit will start in Bahrain today under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, Emir of Bahrain. H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces led the UAE delegation to summit. The summit will discuss a number of current issues including the GCC relations, the continued Iranian occupation of the UAE Islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, the situation between Iraq and Kuwait and the ...  >>MORE

Islands are issue for all Arabs - Sultan

Posted on 05/05/2001

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister stressed that the issue of the three UAE islands was not only an Emarati, but also an Arab issue. "Our Arab brothers have exhibited an honourable stand in defence of the Arab identity of the islands and we appreciate this stand because it reflects one Arab destiny and objective, which Sheikh Zayed always called for,” he said. "We have no doubt that no Arab person in any part of the Arab world will accept any negligence to forfeit an inch ...  >>MORE

Carter lauds Arab stand on isles row

Posted on 25/04/2001

Former US President and winner of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment Jimmy Carter on Tuesday described as a "good move" the co-operation of all Gulf States with the United Arab Emirates in insisting upon return of the UAE's islands that are occupied by Iran. Talking to reporters in Dubai on a wide range of issues in the Middle East, Carter said: "I have noticed recently that all the Gulf States have begun to co-operate with the UAE in insisting upon the return of the islands ...  >>MORE

UAE calls on EU to urge Iran to end its occupation of UAE islands

Posted on 24/04/2001

Saif Saeed bin Saed, Foreign Ministry Under Secretary today called on European Union countries to intensify their efforts to urge Iran through dialogue to respond to the UAE and GCC peaceful initiatives to solve the issue of the three UAE islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, which are occupied by Tehran, through peaceful means, including the option of referring the issue to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. This came in the speech of Bin Saed at the 11th GCC-EU Joint ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalid raps Iran over islands

Posted on 20/04/2001

Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, has praised the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for his prudent policies in dealing with the issue of he UAE islands occupied by Iran. Speaking to Ras Al Khaimah radio on the occasion of the conclusion of the staging of an Arabic epic drama titled Ain Al Yaqeen (Essence of Truth), Sheikh Khaled said that Sheikh Zayed's policy on the three UAE islands, Great and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa – occupied by ...  >>MORE

UAE hails African backing on isles

Posted on 20/04/2001

The UAE is happy with the African states for their support to its call to settle the islands issue with Iran peacefully, Foreign Ministry under secretary Saif Saed Bin Saeed told a meeting of Arab-African delegates on Thursday. Iran occupies three UAE islands, Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs. They also supported the UAE decision to refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Earlier, Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika hailed the stand of President His Highness ...  >>MORE

UAE and Egypt call for an international intervention to protect Palestinian people

Posted on 16/04/2001

The UAE and Egypt today made a joint call upon the international community for the immediate intervention to protect the Palestinian people against the barbaric Israeli aggression. In a statement issued after a meeting here, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Mousa urged the Middle East peace sponsors, particularly the USA to play a more active and effective role in order to apply the Security Council resolutions 242, ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates islands stance

Posted on 07/04/2001

The UAE confirmed that its exerted efforts in the interest to regain its three islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs occupied by Iran were and will be continuous endeavours based on adherence to rule s and practices adopted by civilised countries to resolve disputes. The UAE pointed out that friendly countries and international organisations contributed to find a solution for this issue, but no tangible results were achieved due to Iranian obstinacy. These remarks were made by ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates its right over the isles

Posted on 04/04/2001

The UAE reiterated today its historical, geographical and demographic right over the three Isles of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs, occupied by Iran since 1971. "Our ownership of these Isles is substantiated by concrete evidence and history,” said Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Habtour, Federal National Council (FNC) Speaker, who is leading UAE delegation to the International Parliaments Union conference which is being held in Havana. Habtour re-affirmed the UAE position which advocates ...  >>MORE

FNC reviews developments on UAE Islands occupied by Iran

Posted on 04/04/2001

The Federal National Council, FNC, has listened to a briefing from Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, on latest developments of the three UAE Islands occupied by Iran. Answering a question raised by an FNC member on the latest developments of the Islands issue, Sheikh Hamdan said that the Ministry was working on the issue in line with the instructions of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, based on finding a peaceful solution for the issue through ...  >>MORE

UAE urges talk over isles issue

Posted on 02/04/2001

Iran should start a dialogue and accept international arbitration on the issue of the three UAE isles of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, said Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi. " In the light of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's wise policies, Iran is urged to start a dialogue over the isles issue. We will continue our untiring efforts to initiate the dialogue and make Iran go to the International Court of ...  >>MORE

UAE will raise islands issue at IPU meet in Havana

Posted on 27/03/2001

The UAE will raise the dispute of its three islands with Iran at the forthcoming conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, in the Cuban capital of Havana. A delegation led by Mohammed Khalifa Al Habtoor, speaker of the UAE Federal National Council will call for a solution to the dispute over Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa islands during the conference. The 105th IPU conference is scheduled to be held from April 1 to 7. As discussed and ratified by the FNC, the UAE delegation will ...  >>MORE

UAE Submits protest to the UN against Iranian comments

Posted on 21/03/2001

The UAE has submitted an official protest to the UN against provocative comments stated recently by some Iranian senior officials. The Iranian comments disclose the reality of the Iranian official stance and its unpeaceful intentions towards the issue of the Iranian occupation of the UAE three islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb. In a letter addressed to the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan by Mohammed Jassim Al Samhan, the UAE Permanent Representative to the UN, Al Samhan expressed ...  >>MORE

GCC Ministerial Council issues communiqué

Posted on 19/03/2001

The GCC Ministerial Council has demanded that Iran stop building houses for settlement in the UAE's three islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunb. The Council announced its strong opposition to the Iranian attitude aimed at changing the demography of the UAE which contradicts with the Geneva Convention for 1994 and demands that Iran stop these constructions. These remarks were made in the communique issued by the Council at the conclusive meeting of the 78th session of the GCC ...  >>MORE

GCC relations are strong says Sheikh Mohammed

Posted on 19/03/2001

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Armed Forces Chief of Staff, has said that a number of deals would be concluded during the five-day International Defence Exhibition IDEX 2001. Speaking to reporters after a tour of IDEX, Sheikh Mohammed said that IDEX is displaying the most advanced defence technology and electronic equipment. He praised relations among the GCC countries as concrete. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Arab League calls for end to occupation of UAE Islands

Posted on 14/03/2001

The Arab League has called on the Iranian government to end its occupation of the three UAE islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunb and halt its policy of fait accompli. The Arab League Council ended its 115th session here last night and reiterated all its resolutions concerning Iran's occupation of the UAE islands. The council re-affirmed the UAE sovereignty on the three islands and supported all peaceful means adopted by the UAE to solve the dispute peacefully. The council ...  >>MORE

Al Ahram accuses Iran for duplicity on UAE Islands

Posted on 11/03/2001

An Egyptian Newspaper has accused Iran of duplicity in its position on the three UAE Islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa occupied by Iran. Commenting on a statement by Kamal Kharazi, Iranian Foreign Minister, on Iran's sovereignty over the Islands, Al Ahram said that Iran issued conflicting signals by once showing its desire to remove what it called a "misunderstanding" and at the same time claiming the Islands to be an integral part of Iran. "The statements of the Iranian ...  >>MORE

Arab foreign ministers to discuss Islands issue

Posted on 28/02/2001

The Arab League's Council will discuss during its 115th session, scheduled on March 12 and 13, the issue of Iranian occupation of the UAE's three islands of Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb. The session, to be held on the Foreign Ministers level, will discuss three letters which all support the peaceful means adopted by the UAE to restore its three rights. The letters also denounce the Iranian government's perpetuation of its occupation by holding military manoeuvres there. (The Emirates ...  >>MORE

APU Council calls on Iran to accept dialogue on Isles

Posted on 27/02/2001

Arab parliamentarians on Monday gave full support to the UAE's sovereignty over its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, rejecting Iran's occupation of the islands. In a communiqué issued at the conclusion of the 38th meeting of the Council of the Arab Parliamentary Union (APU), the parliamentarians called upon Iran to accept the UAE's call for resolving the issue through peaceful dialogue or referring it to the International Court of Justice. The communiqué said that the ...  >>MORE

UAE insists on regaining its islands: Zayed

Posted on 26/02/2001

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has reiterated the UAE's keenness to achieve Arab solidarity and to unify ranks among Arabs so the nation can attain dignity. Sheikh Zayed made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, before the 38th session of the Arab Parliamentary Union (APU) which started here today. The President called for resolving the Iraqi crisis and lifting international ...  >>MORE

Hamdan, Sharaa discuss Islands dispute, MidEast peace

Posted on 23/01/2001

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan met Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Al Sharaa and reviewed the current regional affairs including the continued Iranian occupation of the three UAE islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, the Middle East Peace process and bilateral ties between the two countries. Sheikh Hamdan affirmed the UAE's full support for Syria's position which calls for the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Syrian territories up to ...  >>MORE

Egypt renews support to UAE stand on isles dispute

Posted on 17/01/2001

A top Egypt President's aide today reiterated his country's full support to the United Arab Emirates' stand on the need to end Iranian occupation of its three islands of Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb. "We hope that Iran will respond positively to the UAE's peaceful calls to end occupation of its islands either by direct negotiations or by referral to the International Court of Justice in the Hague," Dr. Osama Al Baz, political adviser to the Egyptian President, told the Emirates News ...  >>MORE

ICJ is best tool to settle Iran_UAE row:Saudi FM says

Posted on 09/01/2001

The International Court of Justice is the best means to resolve the issue of the three UAE islands, occupied by Iran, if direct negotiations could not be held, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said. "Iran has turned down an opportunity for direct negotiations," Prince Saud al-Faisal said in an interview to the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan. Iran has rejected a mediation bid by Gulf Arab states to resolve the dispute and refused to receive a Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC, ministerial committee which ...  >>MORE

Bahrain to seek regional and international support for GCC's unified position on UAE Islands

Posted on 02/01/2001

Bahrain will soon launch diplomatic activities aimed at explaining the unified position of GCC states in support of the UAE's sovereignty over its three Islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa occupied by Iran since 1971. Informed sources told The Emirates News Agency, WAM, that Bahrain, which currently holds the presidency of the GCC group, will brief regional and international countries on the anger of GCC states over Iran's rejection of their efforts aimed at finding a peaceful ...  >>MORE

GCC banks UAE's rights to Islands

Posted on 02/01/2001

The Gulf Co-operation Council, GCC, has reiterated its support for the UAE's right to its three islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, occupied by Iran, and called on Tehran to respond to the UAE's peaceful initiatives to resolve the dispute or accept taking it to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. The GCC instructed its ministerial council to look into all possible peaceful means through which the UAE can recover its legitimate rights to its three islands and backed all UAE ...  >>MORE

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