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GCC protests Iranian municipality on UAE island

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jamil Hujeilan has reiterated GCC support of the protest of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the decision of the Iranian government to open a municipality on Abu Moussa, saying such a decision will reinforce Iran's occupation of the island.  The GCC has repeatedly backed the UAE's right to the three disputed islands, calling on Iran to respond to the UAE's initiatives for settlement of the dispute through direct negotiations between the two countries or through resort to the International Court of Justice.