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UAE fails to put Iranian islands' case in Dakar final statement

The UAE failed to make Dakar OIC parliamentary meeting put the issue of the three Iranian islands of Abu Moussa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs on the agenda of the Islamic Parliamentary Union, IRNA reporetd from Dakar.

Based on reports from Dakar, the UAE delegation to the meeting of the parliament speakers of member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) reportedly asked the chair of the political committee of the meeting to include the case of the three Iranian islands in its final statement, but to no avail.

Having faced the opposition of the committee chair, the UAE delegation forwarded a written note, drawing the Iranian delegation's sharp protest.

Reciprocating the UAE move, the Iranian delegation made a request in writing to the Committee calling for inclusion of its proposal in the Dakar meeting's final statement.

Iran suggested in its note that the member countries be asked to avoid raising disputes at the Union's sessions and try to resolve them merely through negotiations.

The UAE delegation had already managed to win support of certain Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and Syria, in a meeting in Damascus, held two days before the Dakar meeting.

The Dakar final statement is to ask all the Union members to settle their differences through dialogue.

Iran and the UAE are still at odds over the three strategic Persian Gulf islands of Abu Mussa, the Lesser and the Greater Tunbs.

In June, 2001, Persian Gulf Arab foreign ministers urged Iran to accept World Court arbitration over its dispute with the emirate over the said islands.

However, the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected the proposal and said the islands "have been part and parcel of Iranian territory and will remain so."

... Payvand News - 3/11/04 ... --

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