Iran to sue Switzerland over denial to fuel Iran's passenger jets: lawmaker

13:23, May 24, 2011      

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A senior Iranian lawmaker said Monday Iran's Foreign Ministry will sue Switzerland at the United Nations as Geneva refrains from delivering fuel to Iran Air airplanes, the local satellite press TV reported.

"The move runs counter to international law because according to international conventions, all countries are duty-bound to provide passenger jets with necessary fuel," Hossein Naqavi- Hosseini, the member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) was quoted as saying.

"Switzerland's refusal to deliver fuel to Iranian airplanes is contrary to international norms," he said according to the report.

Naqavi-Hosseini added that Iran's Foreign Ministry should oblige Geneva to amend its approach to the Islamic Republic since all countries are responsible to show full cooperation in delivering fuel to passenger jets, said the report.

According to the report, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation of Switzerland said Friday the planes of Iran Air would not be allowed to refuel at the Geneva airport.

In April, Iran's First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said Iran stopped the fuel supply for some Western airliners to retaliate their refusal to fuel Iranian aircrafts at their airports.

Iran is under the expansive sanctions by the United Nations Security Council and the Western countries over its controversial nuclear program.

Source: Xinhua
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