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Senior Lawmaker Slams Hype over PG Islands

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 20 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker has dismissed as propaganda the false claims of some Arab states on three Iranian Persian Gulf islands, insisting that Iran's sovereignty over them is indisputable.
Friday, May 20, 2011 4:19:37 PM
Senior Lawmaker Slams Hype over PG Islands

“Facts cannot be altered as a result of baseless comments… therefore, the publicity effort by [some] tiny Arab states regarding the three [Persian Gulf] islands is ineffective,” Mohammad Karami-Rad told ICANA on Thursday.

The remarks come ahead of the upcoming Arab Parliament meetings in Kuwait, where participants are set to discuss, among other issues, the subject of Iranian islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa.

“To divert the opinion of their nations from regional developments, the Arab countries in the region are left with no choice but to bring up old and provocative issues,” Karami-Rad noted, adding that “the officials of these countries are well aware that, throughout history, the three islands have belonged and will continue to belong to Iran.”

“The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis (parliament) carefully monitors [any] suspicious moves by the Persian Gulf littoral states regarding the three islands and the name of the Persian Gulf,” Karami-Rad further said.

The Iranian legislator also announced that the parliamentary committee will hold a conference on the same issue in Iran's southern Hormozgan Province next week.

He added that in the conference many historical documents and maps will be analyzed to once again shed light on the real name of the body of water in southern Iran- - the Persian Gulf.

The Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa have historically been part of Iran, the proof of which can be found and corroborated by countless historical, legal and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world. However, the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid claims to the islands.

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 its readiness to hold direct talks with UAE officials regarding any misunderstandings over the implementation of the 1971 Memorandum of Understanding.

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