Conflict Brewing in the Harmuz
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday May 28, 2008
There is a serious dispute brewing in the Straits of Harmuz.
Why are these islands so in demand?
The Arab world is up in arms that the Persians might take control. Historically, the British controlled the islands and gave them to the precursor of the UAE. The Shah of Iran claimed the islands immediately and struck a deal with the UAE whereby the islands would be under UAE control and Iranian protection. But the deal broke down.
The Iranians issued a statement yesterday claiming: "Misunderstanding between the countries, it will be resolved through bilateral talks."
The status of these 3 tiny islands which, by the way, claim nearly no residents, is of huge import in the Arab world.
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