Kuwait emir urges Iran to resort to talks on isles dispute with UAE

08:59, December 07, 2010      

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Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday urged Iran to resort either to talks or to the International Court of Justice to solve its dispute with the UAE over the isle issue, UAE official WAM news agency reported.

Iran should either resort to peaceful dialogue and take serious steps to end its occupation of the three UAE islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa -- or refer the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the report quoted Sheikh Sabah, who was addressing the 31st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held here, as saying.

The UAE's dispute with Iran over three Gulf islands located near shipping lanes has rumbled on for three decades, with little sign of turning into armed conflicts, but both sides remain sensitive on the issue.

The islands, Abu Musa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs, are controlled by Iran but claimed by the UAE with broad Arab backing. The UAE ties with Iran have been strained since Iran installed maritime offices on one of the islands in 2008.

Sheikh Sabah also called for a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear file so as to maintain world peace and stability, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Sabah expressed regret for the stalled peace process in the Middle East and demanded the United States, the Middle East Quartet, the EU and the international community to pile pressure on Israel so as to halt building of settlements.

Source: Xinhua


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