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MP: Take Countries Hosting Terrorists to The Hague

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, August 1 (ICANA) – A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis has urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to file formal complaints at The Hague against countries hosting terrorist groups.
Monday, August 01, 2011 11:24:45 PM
MP: Take Countries Hosting Terrorists to The Hague

Speaking to ICANA Monday, Avaz Heidarpour Shahrezaie pointed to the presence of certain terrorist leaders in Europe and deplored West's double standards in dealing with the issue of terrorism. "Certain counterrevolutionary currents such as PJAK and the MKO are based in Iraq and our diplomatic machine should hold consultations with the government of Nuri al-Maliki in order to reach a common decision in checking the activities of these groups," the MP stressed.

PJAK is an offshoot of the internationally-recognized terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which conducts deadly operations in western Iran, northern Iraq and southern Turkey.

The Iranian lawmaker said PJAK's breakaway from PKK did not change its hostile stance against Iran. Therefore, he urged the Iraqi government to firmly counter the terrorist group, adding that Tehran could help Baghdad in this respect.

He also urged the Berlin government to discontinue its support for the terrorist PJAK leader Rahman Haj-Ahmadi who is based in Germany. He said if Berlin did not want to get involved in the PJAK case it could simply expel Haj-Ahmadi from Germany so that Iran could follow up the case through international legal channels.

The lawmaker said if the countries hosting terrorist groups fail to cooperate with Iran the latter would take the case to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

In related news, a Kurdish lawmaker said the presence of PJAK terrorist group in northern Iraq is the root cause of “security problems in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.”

This terrorist group has caused security problems for Iraq's Kurdistan region, Ahmad Ibrahim, a member of the Kurdistan Parliament, told IRIB's Kurdish language radio on Sunday.

Ibrahim condemned the anti-Iran activities of the banned group and called on the Iraqi government and the authorities of Kurdistan region to take a “clear and serious” stance against groups that endanger the security on border areas.

“Iraqi authorities should not allow the members of the group to use the border areas of Iraq's Kurdistan region to attack Iran,” the lawmaker said.

Iran has recently deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with the Iraqi Kurdistan region to fight counterrevolutionary groups.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has engaged in clashes with PJAK members in the country's northwest, killing several members of the terrorist group.

The IRGC has taken control of the terrorist group's bases in the heights of the city of Sardasht, and operations continue to be carried out against PJAK positions in the border areas of Iraq's Kurdistan.

Meanwhile, in reaction to Iran’s military action against terrorist moves by PJAK, the Iraqi Parliament security and defense committee has called for establishment of a joint commission with Iran to settle the problem through diplomacy.

According to Iraqi newspaper Al-Sabah, in the last session of the Iraqi parliament, the security and defense committee compiled a report on the military operations carried out by the Islamic Revolution Guards corps against PJAK and reacted against Iran’s operations, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

The committee advised Iran to settle the conflict through diplomacy and respect the territorial integrity of Iraq.

The committee suggested that the commission comprise Iraq and Iran as well as the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to estimate the losses incurred by both Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan and also settle the conflict.

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