United Nations

A/52/71


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 February 1997

ORIGINAL:
ARABIC


                                                        A/52/71

General Assembly
Fifty-second session


                         OCEANS AND THE LAW OF THE SEA

                  UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

       Letter dated 3 February 1997 from the Charge' d'affaires a.i. of
        the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates addressed to 
                             the Secretary-General


     On instructions from my Government, I have the honour to transmit
herewith the text of note No. OK1/7/2-50, dated 28 January 1997, from
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates addressed
to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Abu Dhabi, setting
forth the Ministry's vigorous protests against the violation of the
territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates on 19 January 1997 by a
logistic landing ship flying the Iranian flag, which was fitted out
with four 40 mm/60 guns, and by another Iranian vessel carrying
vehicles, cement, sand and building materials.  This illegal action is
a blatant violation of the sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates, a
flagrant breach of the norms and principles governing relations
between States and conduct that is contrary to the principle of good-
neighbourliness.

     I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter and
its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly under the
items entitled "Oceans and the law of the sea" and "United Nations
Decade of International Law".


                                    (Signed)  Khalid Khalifa AL-MUALLA
                                              Charge' d'affaires a.i.


                                     ANNEX

        Note verbale dated 28 January 1997 from the Ministry of Foreign
        Affairs of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Embassy of
                   the Islamic Republic of Iran in Abu Dhabi


     The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of
Iran in Abu Dhabi and has the honour to inform it that on 19 January
1997, at 5.30 a.m., units of the border guards, coast guard units and
police aircraft accompanying them sighted an object at sea 3 nautical
miles off Hamra island in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah.  It was
ascertained that the object was a naval vessel flying the Iranian
flag, the Hengam 511, a logistic landing ship fitted out with four
40 mm/60 guns, sailing at a speed of 14.5 knots.

     On the same day, another object was sighted in the same area.  It,
too, was found to be an Iranian vessel carrying vehicles, cement, sand
and building materials.

     The captain of the vessel, with whom contact had been made for the
purpose of ascertaining the reasons for the vessel's entering the
territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates, stated that he had the
authorization of the port authorities of the emirates of Ajman and Ras
al-Khaimah, an assertion that was subsequently found to be totally
unfounded.

     Given such unjustified violation of its territorial waters, the
United Arab Emirates vigorously protests against these illegal
actions, which constitute a blatant violation of its sovereignty, a
flagrant breach of the norms and principles governing relations
between States and conduct that is contrary to the principle of good-
neighbourliness.

     The Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore expects that the Embassy
of the Islamic Republic of Iran will promptly convey to the competent
authorities the vehement protest of the United Arab Emirates and the
latter's wishes that such violations of its sovereignty will not be
repeated, as they can only have a detrimental effect on relations
between the two countries.

     The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes this opportunity to convey
to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran the renewed assurances
of its highest consideration.


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