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Iran to Sue Geneva for Jet Fuel Ban

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 23 (ICANA) - A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran's Foreign Ministry will file a lawsuit against Geneva to the United Nations as Switzerland refrains from delivering fuel to Iran Air airplanes.
Monday, May 23, 2011 7:07:30 PM
Iran to Sue Geneva for Jet Fuel Ban

“The move runs counter to international law because according to international conventions, all countries are duty-bound to provide passenger jets with necessary fuel,” a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said.

“Switzerland's refusal to deliver fuel to Iranian airplanes is contrary to international norms,” he added.

The legislator emphasized that Iran's Foreign Ministry should oblige Geneva to amend its approach to the Islamic Republic since all countries are responsible to show full cooperation in delivering fuel to passenger jets.

On Friday, spokesman for the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) of Switzerland Anton Kohler announced that the planes of Iran's state-owned airline will not be allowed to refuel at the Geneva airport although weekly Tehran-Geneva flights have not been cancelled.

FOCA is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland.

Iran has also stopped refueling some Western passenger planes landing in the Islamic Republic in retaliation for the measures taken against the Islamic Republic.

Seven months ago, BP, Shell, and a number of other oil companies said that they would no longer refuel Iranian planes due to the unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran.

France's Total and Austria's OMV followed suit in March due to pressure from the United States.

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