Arab IPU condemns Iran’s action as ‘provocative’


Arab IPU condemns Iran’s action as ‘provocative’

The Arab Inter-parliamentary Union (AIPU) condemned as “provocative” the recent visit by top Iranian officials to the UAE’s Abu Mousa Island. The pan-Arab organisation, in a press release, described last week’s visit as a flagrant violation of the UAE’s sovereignty over its three islands, the other two being Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, and as a reason for tension in the Arabian Gulf region.

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Published: Fri 20 Apr 2012, 9:26 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:06 PM

The AIPU said it threw its full weight behind the UAE’s full and legitimate right to the three islands and behind any peaceful measures the UAE will take to restore sovereignty on its occupied islands.

The Iranian government has been persistent on fuelling the issue of the UAE’s three islands which are still under Iranian occupation. Iran’s provocation has been manifested by statements by Iranian officials who claim these belong to Iran as well as by the recent visits to the islands by top Iranian officials, according to AIPU’s release.

The pan-Arab parliamentary body demanded Iran to “end its occupation of these islands and respond to the serious and sincere calls by the UAE to find a peaceful and just solution to the issue of the three islands through negotiations or by taking it to the International Court of Justice”.

The AIPU is an Arab parliamentary organisation comprising groups representing Arab parliaments. It was born in the wake of the 1973 Arab–Israeli October War which promoted an atmosphere of Arab solidarity and Arab joint action and encouraged inter-Arab cooperation through political, professional and other institutions.

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