Territorial issues relating to the Persian Gulf Islands (Abu Musa and the Tunbs)

FO 1016/920 1971 Jan 01-1972 Dec 31

This file concerns the diplomatic aftermath of the Iranian occupation of the Abu Musa and Tunb Islands. It contains correspondence relating to:

  • The plans of the a wing of the Arab League, led by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia to persuade the Shah of Iran to negotiate on shared sovereignty on the Tunb Islands
  • A report from a meeting of the UN Security Council called by Iraq, South Yemen, Libya and Algeria, at which these powers condemn Iran’s actions and call for withdrawal from the islands; culminating in the indefinite postponement of the issue
  • The question of Iranian compensation to the residents who had fled Greater Tunb
  • An old memorandum setting out Sharjah’s claim to Abu Musa, which is published in An Nahar in breach of confidentiality
  • Anglo-Iranian relations in the wake of the islands crisis
  • Petroleum operations by the Buttes Gas and Oil Company around Abu Musa
  • Ras Al Khaimah’s entry to the UAE
  • A possible visit by the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to the islands.