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UAE renews request to keep its three Iran-occupied islands on the UNSC agenda

NEW YORK, Feb 16 (KUNA) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) late Saturday requested that the item relating to the question of the Iranian occupation of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa - "three islands belonging to the United Arab Emirates" - be retained on the UN Security Council's agenda for 2014.
In a letter to the Secretary-General, UAE Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh said the item should remain on the Council's agenda "until such time as the dispute is resolved by peaceful means through direct negotiations or through the International Court of Justice, thereby ensuring a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement of the issue and achieving peace, security and regional and international stability." Governments that would like to keep an issue of interest to them on the Council's agenda, have to notify the Secretary-General in writing every year before the end of February. If they fail to do so, the Council drops the item automatically from its agenda. (end) sj.ibi KUNA 160919 Feb 14NNNN