Saturday, March 31, 2007

UK using 'fake boundaries' in Iran dispute - former British envoy

From IRNA: UK using 'fake boundaries' in Iran dispute - former British envoy and total schmuck. Looks like the Iranians have found themselves a useful idiot.

The British government is using 'fake maritime boundaries' in its claim that Iran's arrest of its servicemen was allegedly in Iraqi territorial waters, according to former head of Foreign Office's maritime section, Craig Murray.

"The Iran/Iraq maritime boundary shown on the British government map does not exist. It has been drawn up by the British Government," Murray said after the Ministry of Defence published a map about the incident on Wednesday.

"This published boundary is a fake with no legal force," he said.

"Only Iraq and Iran can agree their bilateral boundary, and they never have done this in the (Persian) Gulf," he pointed out.

Murray, who previously carried out British negotiations on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, said the only boundary was inside the river between the two countries because there is the land border too.

Figures. He came crawling out from the underbelly of the UN...and it looks like he has an axe to grind.

The former diplomat, who was dismissed as Britain's Ambassador to Uzbekistan in 2004 after disagreeing with his government's foreign policy, castigated the press for failing to challenge the validity of government's claim.