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Concern at UN over Oil Tanker incidents in Oman Gulf

  • Published in International

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Taken from Prensa Latina.United Nations, Jun 13.- U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday expressed great concern about explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and condemned any attack on civilians.

The facts must now be clarified and responsibilities determined, he said at a Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States. The world cannot afford 'one big confrontation in the Gulf region,' he added.

For his part, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abul Gheit, called on the Security Council to take measures to maintain security in that area.

According to press reports, the ships Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous were on Thursday allegedly attacked with 'torpedoes' and 'magnetic mines'.

Iranian aid workers helped the crew of the two oil tankers and the chancellor of that country, Mohammed Yavad Zarif, described these events, which occurred during the visit to the Islamic Republic of the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, as suspicious.

The misadventures of the two ships put on alert the navigation in the zone, after similar events occurred last May 12 in the jurisdictional waters of the United Arab Emirates against four oil vessels.