Iran's Parliament will start reviewing a decision by the UAE to build more artificial islands in the Persian Gulf, MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said.
Palm islands in Dubai, UAE
Boroujerdi said the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee examined the issue in the past as the plan has problems in terms of legal matters.
But for further study, the parliament will discuss the matter in the next Iranian calendar year, the parliamentary committee chairman added.
He also said that the legal department of the Foreign Ministry is responsible in this regard.
Boroujerdi said that the United Arab Emirates seeks to expand its geographical boundaries and it wants to create lands as it is importing soils from other countries.
Legal Regime of the Artificial Islands in the Persian Gulf
Artificial islands are growing in the Persian Gulf. The small states of the Persian Gulf are trying to increase their hold in the maritime areas and open new territories to their business endeavors. At the same time, the emergence of new artificial islands and the bold plans to make extensive artificial islands, using the latest available technologies, have opened the way to many new legal questions in the context of the international law and especially the obligations of states for protection of the environment, the commitments of states to their adjacent areas, and the implications of deteriorating ecosystems. The littoral states of the Persian Gulf have to know the legal regime of these Islands, and their obligations towards other states in an "enclosed or semi-enclosed" body of water, such as the Persian Gulf. These points can get new dimensions noting the existing trends for interpretation of international pollution as a form of aggression. (By Bahman Aghai Diba, PhD International Law of the Sea)
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