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MP: Iran Expects Iraq Not to Let Terrorists Use Its Soil

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TEHRAN, July 31 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker says Tehran will not let terrorist groups to carry out operations inside Iran.
Sunday, July 31, 2011 2:36:06 PM
MP: Iran Expects Iraq Not to Let Terrorists Use Its Soil

“Our interests require that we target terrorist groups who carry out operations inside our territory and escape to neighboring countries,” said member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis Fatemeh Alia on Sunday.

Speaking to ICANA, the MP said Iran is a victim of terrorism and has always been under attack by terrorist groups such as PJAK, MKO and others.

Alia was reacting to a call by the Iraqi foreign minister for Iran to end its attacks inside Iraq.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari demanded on Wednesday that Iran stop shelling positions of Kurdish rebels inside Iraq, saying it damages ties between the neighboring countries.

"We again demand that the Iranian government stop its continuing shelling" of the separatist Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) "because this is not constructive for Iraq-Iranian relations and damages ties," he told reporters.

"The shelling has continued (off-and-on) for five years, but this time the duration has been longer than previous instances," he added.

But Alia said: “The Iranian nation expects the Iraqi government to act firmly against terrorists. The evil presence of terrorists is unwelcome anywhere in the world and a threat to security. Iraqi officials should not let any part of their soil become a safe haven for terrorists whether PJAK, MKO or others.”

She also cautioned the Iraqi statesmen against taking positions which may imply support for terrorists.

The IRGC has deployed military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with Iraq's Kurdistan, and has been fighting the PJAK terrorist group over the past weeks.

Members of the PJAK -- an offshoot of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

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