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UNSC Resolution 598 underlines payment of war reparations to Iran

Lawmaker Urges Government to Focus on War Reparations from Iraq

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, August 9 (ICANA) – A senior member of the Iranian parliament has urged the government to seriously follow up the issue of getting war reparations from Iraq.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 11:25:59 PM
Lawmaker Urges Government to Focus on War Reparations from Iraq

Referring to an "unfounded" claim by an Iraqi parliamentarian that Iran should pay reparations to Iraq, Javad Jahangirzadeh told ICANA Tuesday: "Instead of demanding reparations over World War II, the (Iranian) government officials had better follow up getting war reparations from Iraq."

Iraq waged a bloody war against the newly-founded Islamic Republic in September 1980 which lasted eight years. Despite all types of support for Iraq by the West and East, former UN Secretary General Javier Perez De Cuellar identified Saddam Hussein' Iraq as the aggressor party. United Nations Security Council Resolution 598 which put an end to the 8-year war clearly states that Iraq as the aggressor party must pay war reparations to Iran.

Jahangiri, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis, criticized the Iranian government's reluctance to get war reparations from Iraq and slammed the "wrong" attitude.

In a January 9 speech, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for "reparations" for the West's treatment of Iran during World War II. But according to Jahangiri it was an unlikely matter to realize and instead urged the government to focus on receiving compensation from Iraq.

During the conflict, Iran was divided by Britain and the Soviet Union. Iran served as a source of oil and a transit route for American war materials to reach the Soviet Union -- what the Allies came to call their "victory bridge."
Iran was also the location of the 1943 Tehran conference, where Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met to decide war strategy.
For its role as "victory bridge" -- what Ahmadinejad says was the "determining factor in the war" -- the Iranian president says his country has never been compensated.
Talal al-Zoba’e, an Iraqi lawmaker from al-Iraqiya Bloc, led by Iraq’s former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, in a statement to Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Monday demanded Iran to pay compensation to Iraq in the amount of 700 billion dollars.

In response, the Iranian lawmaker blamed the Iranian government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in particular for "such insolence" on behalf of the Iraqi parliamentarian.

Jahangiri said should the Iranian government continue its procrastination in getting war reparations from Iraq "we will witness more impudence (on the part of Iraqis) in a near future."

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