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                                        Volume. 11951
Petition for release of Iran’s abducted border guards handed to UN coordinator
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TEHRAN – The petition for the release of five Iranian border guards who were kidnapped by the Pakistani rebel group Jaish al-Adl in early February, was handed over to Gary Lewis, the United Nations resident coordinator in Tehran.
 
The petition, which was organized jointly by the Tehran Peace Museum and groups of Iranian celebrities, had over 1,500,000 signatures.
 
Iranian actors Reza Kianian and Ali Nasirian, Tehran Peace Museum Director Mohmmadreza Taqipur, and Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support Director Shahriar Khateri officially presented the petition to Lewis in his office in Tehran, the Tehran Peace Museum announced in a press release on Friday.
 
Speaking at the meeting, Nasirian said that it is everybody’s heartfelt wish to see that the soldiers are released. “We witness many innocent individuals die in terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq and other countries, and we sincerely hope not to see any more of these attacks in Iran or elsewhere in the world.”
 
He added, “We believe that the United Nations can provide decisive support to resolve this dilemma”.
 
Kianian next said that the collection of all these signatures indicate the expectation of the soldiers’ family members and the people of Iran to have them released.
 
“We are here to put an end to this predicament and return our guards to our country safe and sound,” Taqipur said.
 
In receiving the petition, Gary Lewis said that he is honored to see the wonderful solidarity of the Iranian people in support of their kidnapped soldiers.
 
Lewis promised to deliver the petition to the UN Headquarters in New York as soon as he can and expressed hope to obtain good results.
 
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