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Iran MP Urges APA to Protect Asia Culture, Civilization

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Sept. 13 (ICANA) – Iran's representative to the Asian Parliamentary Assembly Hossein Amiri Khamkani has urged APA to prevent destruction of historical sites in occupied states, particularly in Palestine by the Zionist regime.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:16:16 PM
Iran MP Urges APA to Protect Asia Culture, Civilization

Addressing the opening session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee for Social and Cultural Affairs in Tehran on Tuesday, the Iranian MP said APA had a duty to protect the culture and civilization of Asian nations.

The MP also called on the parliaments of APA member states to adopt laws to encourage governments to join the fight against smuggling of cultural heritage and artifacts and on return of such items to the countries of origin.

Elsewhere in his statement, Khamkani said Iran fully and practically respected followers of various religions in other countries and noted: "The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great importance to different religions."

He added that in accord with the IRI constitution, the religious minorities in Iran had their own representatives in the parliament. Although they have earned the votes of less than 10,000 of their co-religionists in the entire country but they play the same role a representative from the capital city Tehran with over one million vote plays.

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) was born in 2006 at the Seventh Session of the Association of Asian Parliamentary for Peace (AAPP). In other words, the APA is the continuation of an organization which was established in 1999.

The APA comprises 41 Member Parliaments and 17 observers. Each Member Parliament has a specific number of seats in the Assembly based on the size of their population.

The number of the total seats, and therefore, the number of votes, is currently 206.

Members of the Assembly must be elected by the members of the Member Parliaments.

The APA Charter and Tehran Declaration lay out the framework of cooperation among the Asian countries, and point out to a vision; that is Asian Integration.

 

BUSHEHR FIRST NUCLEAR PLANT OPERATIONAL

 

The Iranian lawmaker who is a member of the Energy Commission in the Majlis, also referred to the official launch of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, ending the countdown for inauguration of the first atomic plant in the country.

He said the plant will initially generate electricity at 40 percent of its capacity and reach its full capacity of one-thousand megawatts in about two months. The power station was linked to the national grid earlier this month.

The nuclear power plant was launched on Monday.

In a joint press conference in the capital Tehran on Sunday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko both reassured the international community on the safety of the Bushehr power plant.

“It has always been said that Iran is a member of the [Nuclear] Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT]. Iran is committed to all the international commitments existing within the framework of the NPT and the [International Atomic Energy Agency] IAEA's charter,” Salehi said.

The Russian energy minister, for his part, said that the plant meets all the international standards.

“The Bushehr nuclear power plant has been built, meeting all the international standards and under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Shmatko said.

Initial construction of the facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was stopped following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

In 1995, Iran and Russia reached an agreement to complete the project. But power generation was delayed several times due to a number of technical and financial problems.

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