IRI UN Envoy: Terrorism not equal with freedom fighting

New York, Apr 9, IRNA – Iranˈs UN envoy said here Monday at UN General Assembly NAM condemns any threat against any of its members on pretext of anti-terrorism campaign, emphasizing that terrorism is not equal to legitimate freedom fighting against occupiers or colonialists.

According to IRNA, the Islamic Republic of Iranˈs Ambassador Gholam-Hossein Dehqani who was speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) whose rotating presidency is Iranˈs this term, reiterated, ˈThe inhumane crimes committed by the occupier forces must be regarded as the ugliest manifestations of terrorism and seriously condemned.ˈ
He further emphasized, ˈOccupier regimesˈ resorting to force against the freedom seeking nations who fight against foreign forces to regain their undeniable rights must be condemned.ˈ
Iranˈs ambassador to the United Nations said that terrorism must not be linked with the name of any certain nation, tribe, religion, or geographical domain.
Dehqani said, ˈSuch labeling should only serve as pretexts for justifying foreign forcesˈ terrorist acts under the cover of anti-terrorism campaign in their aggressions against the private lives of the innocent people.ˈ
He reiterated, ˈThe Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) rejects resorting to any type of threats, or aggressive acts against any of its members on pretext of campaign against terrorism, including branding them as governments that support terrorism etcetera.ˈ
The IRI ambassador added, ˈNAM also most seriously condemns all types of terrorist acts as breaching and both the international laws and the rules of humanity.ˈ
Dehqani said, ˈActs of terrorism put at stake the stability of countries and endanger the nationsˈ social pillars and the statesˈ territorial integrity.ˈ
The permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at UN said, ˈThe NAM requests the entire world countries to refrain from all types of terrorist acts and not to offer any type of political, financial, or spiritual assistance to the terrorists.ˈ
He added, ˈNAM also asks them to respect their international commitments and based on them, not to permit those who commit terrorism crimes to take advantage of the legal refugee statuses, or resorting to having political incentives in committing such crimes should not create safe havens for them thus preventing their deportation to the countries where they committed such crimes.ˈ
Dehqani meanwhile asked for holding an international UN sponsored conference against terrorism, all its types, and ways for countering them and uprooting them, as a shared international reaction to that malicious phenomenon.
The Iranian ambassador to UN ended his remarks arguing, ˈIn order to fight against international terrorism effectively the entire governments must fully heed their international responsibilities and to refrain from offering political, financial and spiritual support to the terrorists from inside, or outside, and from providing weapons for them and training them to fight in the soil of the other countries.ˈ
Eighteen universal instruments (fourteen instruments and four amendments) against international terrorism have been elaborated within the framework of the United Nations system relating to specific terrorist activities. Member States through the General Assembly have been increasingly coordinating their counter-terrorism efforts and continuing their legal norm-setting work. The Security Council has also been active in countering terrorism through resolutions and by establishing several subsidiary bodies. At the same time a number of programs, offices and agencies of the United Nations system have been engaged in specific activities against terrorism further assisting Member States in their counter-terrorism efforts.
To consolidate and enhance these activities, Member States in September 2006 embarked upon a new phase in their counter-terrorism efforts by agreeing on a global strategy to counter terrorism. The Strategy marks the first time that all Member States of the United Nations have agreed to a common strategic and operational framework to fight terrorism. The Strategy forms a basis for a concrete plan of action: to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to take measures to build state capacity to fight terrorism; to strengthen the role of the United Nations in combating terrorism; and to ensure the respect of human rights while countering terrorism. The Strategy builds on the unique consensus achieved by world leaders at their 2005 September Summit to condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Courtesy: UN Action to Counter Terrorism (UNACT)