Iran and Iraq exchanged charges of aggression before the United Nations Security Council on Friday (15 February).
GV INT. Security Council
SCU Talib El-Shibib of Iraq
SV Chinese delegation (silent)
SCU Fereydoun Hoveyda of Iran
TALIB EL-SHIBIB: "This aggression committed against Iraq is gut another step taken in the pursuit of Iran's policy of expansion and fulfillment of a grand dream of domination and empire, of seeking the Arab gulf transformed into a Persian lake. And in the pursuit of that dream, massive Iranian forces launched a cowardly attack in 1971 on the three defenceless islands of Abu Musa, ... indistinguishable ... ,and the Lesser Tombs belonging to the United Arab Emirates. Now we learn, according to Le Monde and the Manchester Guardian Weekly, that on October the 7th,m 1973, that the Shah, and I quite 'has allowed the United States to establish a key electronic listening post on Abu Musa'. According to other sources a new airstrip to accept transport planes was also established at Abu Musa."
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Background: Iran and Iraq exchanged charges of aggression before the United Nations Security Council on Friday (15 February).
However, neither country proposed any remedy to the longstanding border disputed between their two nations.
The special Security Council meeting was held at the instigation of Iraq which complained of Iranian aggression.
Aggression the Security Council, Iraq's representative, Mr. Talib El-Shibib, accused Iran of launching premeditated attacks on his county, killing forty four people. Iranian troops were continuing their attacks and Iranian aircraft were violating Iraq's airspace, he said.
Iran's Ambassador, Mr. Fereydoun Hoveyda, claimed his government had left the door open to negotiations. He said Iran was seeking not a confrontation but direct negotiations bases on international law and justice.
The Security Council adjourned without taking any action. A transcript of Mr. El-Shibib's comments follows.