Greater and Lesser Tunb

Greater and Lesser Tunb,

disputed islands, E Persian Gulf. Greater Tunb is approximately 6 sq mi (10 sq km) in area; Lesser Tunb, some 7 mi (11 km) to the west, about 1 sq mi (2 sq km). Located close to the shipping lanes of the Strait of Hormuz, the islands were held by the kings of Hormuz (1330–1507) and then were administered by the Portuguese until 1622. The Persians held them until 1904, when they nominally passed to Sharjah and then Ras al-Khaimah, British-protected sheikdoms that later became part of the United Arab Emirates. In 1971 Iran seized the Tunbs along with the island of Abu MusaAbu Musa,
island (2010 est. pop. 1,868), c. 4.6 sq mi (12 sq km), E Persian Gulf, disputed between Iran, who occupies it, and the United Arab Emirates. Strategically located near the entrance of the Strait of Hormuz (through which much of the world's oil supply is shipped), Abu
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; the ownership of the islands remains disputed between Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
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The issues of Libya, the United Arab Emirates' islands of Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, Yemen, Sudan, the Comoros Islands and Djibouti will also feature in the meeting's agenda.
The maximum temperatures expected by the NCMS are as high as 37 degree Celsius in Sharjah, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, and as low as 32 degree Celsius on Abu Musa Island, Greater and Lesser Tunb islands.
"The three islands of Abu Mousa, Greater and Lesser Tunb are Emirati -- this is a fact that cannot be challenged," he said, and challenged Tehran to accept international arbitration.
(The dispute is over Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb, which currently gives Iran a presence on both sides of vital Gulf shipping and oil export lanes.
Berne-Nov18 (BNA)UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al-Nahyan today met in Berne his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter and discussed the Iranian-occupied Emirati Islands Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa.
Summary: TEHRAN -- A source at the Iranian Foreign Ministry has denied the veracity of the statements concerning the UAE's islands of Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa attributed to its spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, which were published on Tuesday on a website affiliated to the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran, noting that the ministry has the legal right to take action against the body responsible for the misinterpretation of those statements.
Dubai Iran's recent move to annex the occupied UAE islands of Abu Mousa, Greater and Lesser Tunb, could threaten international security and peace, which prompts taking the issue to the UN Security council, officials and academics said yesterday.
Asked about Iran's recent statements to establish a new province with Abu Mousa island as its capital, Abdul Latif Al Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said: "The GCC position is clear: Any decision does not change the historical and legal reality of the Abu Mousa, Greater and Lesser Tunb islands.
Al Ghurair underscored the major role played by the council in gaining international support for the UAE in the issue of its three islands of Greater and lesser Tunb and Abu Moussa occupied by Iran.
Qassemi said Iran will never give up its historical rights to Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs, referring to the last day of the ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
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