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Iran Slams Selective Terrorism Policies

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TEHRAN, April 12 (ICANA) – Iran has strongly condemned Western countries' double standards towards terrorism, describing such policies as one of the main reasons behind the spread of terrorism.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:57:26 AM
Iran Slams Selective Terrorism Policies

Addressing the annual meeting of the UN counter-terrorism committee, Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the UN Eshaq Ale-Habib said that certain Western powers continue to take advantage of terrorist activities and groups to accomplish their political objectives and pile up pressure on other countries.

He referred to the West's support of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) as an instance of such discrimination and said, “Unfortunately, these countries do not hesitate to negotiate and cooperate with terrorists in order to shield their own interests.”

“In doing so, they cooperate and interact with an infamous terrorist group that has long committed violent terrorist crimes against Iranian citizens, killed or injured tens of thousands of innocent people and used to serve as a mercenary of former [executed] dictator of Iraq in suppressing freedom-seeking movements of the Iraqi people.”

He said that while blacklisting the MKO, certain western countries continued to fully support the group and said, “This fact raises serious doubts about the sincerity of these countries in fighting terrorism and is a clear indication of these governments' hypocrisy in fighting terrorism.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, he expressed concern over the rapid spread of terrorism across the world, including the Middle East, and said that the invasion of regional countries by foreign powers and their interference in the internal affairs of the countries were among the underlying causes of rising violence and insecurity in the region.

Ale-Habib urged the international community to take serious action within the frame work of the UN Charter and international law to curb terrorism.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Camp Ashraf near the Iranian border.

The organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.

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