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Iran: Territorial Waters

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions officials from her Department have made representations to the government of Iran calling for the return of the Royal Navy boats and equipment seized by Iran; and what reasons have been given by the government of Iran for not doing so. (134863)

Officials have raised the matter of Royal Navy boats and equipment illegally seized and retained by Iran with the Government of Iran on a number of occasions, most recently in May with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Iran has not provided a reasonable explanation of why they have not returned the boats and equipment taken in 2004 and 2007.