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UAE condemns planned visit by Iran’s Shura Council members to its occupied islands as ”provocative and dangerous precedence”

WAM Abu Dhabi, 5 Feb. 2013 (WAM) — The UAE today strongly condemned as ”provocative and dangerous precedence” an inspection tour the members of the Iranian Shura Council’s committee for national security and foreign policy affairs plan to the UAE islands, occupied by Iran.

The Federal National Council (FNC) decried in a statement today the planned trip to UAE three islands – Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs – as a provocative step, dangerous precedence, and it violates the UAE sovereignty and contradicts all efforts aimed at finding a peaceful settlement to end the Iranian occupation of the UAE islands.

” The escalating measures, which Iran used to do, can never alter the historic and legal facts that prove the islands are part and parcel of the UAE territories,” the statement stressed.

The house said it will spare no effort to substantiate the UAE firm stance to end Iran’s occupation either by direct negotiation according to specific timetable or recourse the dispute to the International Court of Justice so as to preserve security and stability in the region and build normal fraternal relations based on calm, good neighbourliness and mutual understanding.

”While condemning the hostile measures, the FNC affirms they run counter to the GCC peaceful stances and repeated calls and initiatives the UAE has made to put an end to the Iranian occupation of its islands in consistence with principles of the international law, historic and friendly bonds and mutual interests. The Iranian actions also contravene an understanding reached by the two countries to avoid escalation so as to clear the air for a solution that enhances security and stability in the region and promotes relations of good neighbourliness between countries.

The FNC called on Iran to refrain from such unjustifiable provocative measures and to adopt acts that strengthen confidence between countries and peoples of the region and contribute to reaching a just settlement to the dispute of islands, occupied by Iran since 1971.

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