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Iran to Probe UAE Island Construction

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 9 (ICANA) - A senior Iranian lawmaker has announced that the parliament (Majlis) is set to investigate the UAE's plan for building man-made islands in the Persian Gulf.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 11:49:42 AM
Iran to Probe UAE Island Construction

"It is necessary to follow up on the case with reference to issues of maritime laws and conventions," said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

Majlis has held several meetings over the case so far, the MP said on Wednesday.

A senior member of the Iranian parliament said earlier this week that creation of artificial islands by the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf is illegal and would not entitle the emirate with any right.

Vice Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi told ICANA that the issue of construction of the man-made islands by the UAE had been raised several times over the past year and “we have held a number of meetings with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other related organizations to discuss the issue.”

The MP noted that creation of artificial islands by the UAE in the Persian Gulf would reduce the emirate’s distance from the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs.

He said the three islands belong to Iran and the Majlis will firmly counter any attempt to jeopardize Iran’s security.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said last week the construction of such islands could have security as well as ecological consequences for the region. He further called for cooperation between the Persian Gulf littoral states in order to prevent any security or ecological problem.

This comes as the UAE has repeatedly laid claims to three Persian Gulf islands of the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa. The three islands in question have historically been part of Iran, proof of which can be found and corroborated by countless historical, legal and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world.

The islands temporarily fell under British control in the 1800s but were returned to Iran on November 30, 1971 through a legal procedure that preceded the establishment of the United Arab Emirates as a state.

Iran has repeatedly announced readiness to hold direct talks with UAE officials regarding the misunderstandings over the implementation of the 1971 Memorandum of Understanding.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, senior military adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said: “The UAE has breached international law” requiring any coastal country to inform other littoral states of any decision to construct artificial islands and get their approval before they start to do so.

The Iranian commander also warned that the construction of such islands will disturb the balance of the regional the ecosystem. He also warned Iran could impose trade restrictions on UAE that in order to prevent the construction of islands.

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