Iran slams UK interference in PG islands

Iran Materials 18 June 2009 13:56 (UTC +04:00)

The Iranian Embassy in London condemns "unwise" comments made by a British minister over three disputed Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, Press TV reported.

Following the UAE's groundless allegations over ownership of three Iranian Islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, the UK's Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office made comments on the issue.

"We support a peaceful settlement of this dispute by means supported by the international law," Lewis had said last week. The remarks triggered a response by Iran Embassy in London.

"The three Islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa have been inseparable parts of Iran throughout history," the embassy said in a Wednesday statement to the UK Foreign Office.

The Britain's stance on the issue is an obvious interference in Iran's national sovereignty and is strongly condemned, it added.

Iran possesses historical, legal and geographical documents verifying that the Islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa belong to the Islamic Republic.

The three Persian Gulf Islands were historically owned by Iran but temporarily fell under British control.

The Islands were returned to Iran on 30th of November 1971, through a legal process before the state of the United Arab Emirates was created.

According to international convention, no state can defy any agreement that had come into being before that state's creation.