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Abedi:

Acknowledgement of Zionist Regime Is Recognition of Occupation

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TEHRAN, Sept. 11 (ICANA) – A top Iranian legislator has welcomed recognition of an independent Palestinian state and says persistence on creation of such a state would not mean acknowledgement of the Zionist regime as an independent state in the region.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 7:52:56 PM
Acknowledgement of Zionist Regime Is Recognition of Occupation

Speaking to ICANA on Sunday, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis (Iranian parliament), Mohammad Karim Abedi urged the Zionist regime to end its decades-long occupation of Palestine which has rendered millions of Palestinians homeless, and return the land to their real owners.

Commenting on the UN Secretary General's support for recognition of an independent Palestinian state, the lawmaker said: "An independent Palestinian state must come to existence through holding referendum and through collective presence of all religious and ethnic groups. "After the formation of a Palestinian state based on people's collective vote and under the supervision of the international community, the parliament of the country too must start work based on the people's vote."

The MP also warned against attempts to recognize the Zionist regime following recognition of an independent Palestinian state. "The international community must know that recognition of an independent Palestinian state should not provide an excuse for recognition of the Zionist regime particularly by the Muslim World."

He said in case the Zionist regime is acknowledged as an independent state in the world occupation would turn into a normal procedure, adding that the United Nations should cope with this issue seriously.

On an announcement by Washington on Thursday that it will veto a bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state if it comes to a vote before the UN Security Council, Abedi said the US was among countries which greatly welcomed the idea because it was after stabilizing the position of the Zionist regime in the region.

Criticizing the veto right, the MP said that according to international rules all the countries were equal before the law and called for a reform at the UN on this matter. He however added that Washington could use its veto right only at the UN Security Council.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said US opposition to such a move by the Palestinians "should not come as a shock."

"So yes, if something comes to a vote in the UN Security Council, the US will veto," she said.

In Ramallah, the Palestinian leadership confirmed on Thursday that it intends to make a formal request that the United Nations accept the state of Palestine as a member.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced his support for an independent and sovereign state of Palestine, emphasizing that a Palestinian state is “long overdue.”

“But…the recognition of a state is something to be determined by the member states,” AFP quoted Ban as saying on Friday.

“It is not [determined] by the secretary general so I leave it to the member states to decide to recognize or not to recognize,” he added.

Scores of Palestinians had on Thursday gathered in front of the UN building in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where they handed a letter addressed to Ban, urging him to add his “moral voice of support of the Palestinian people.”

The activists also said that they would stage continuous peaceful gatherings ahead of the UN General Assembly's annual meeting on September 20.

Meanwhile, the US special envoy to the Middle East traveled to Ramallah on Wednesday to try to convince the PA to ditch its efforts for the statehood recognition.

Palestinians say a future Palestinian state would include the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital. PA says it believes more than 130 countries would recognize the state of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders.

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