|EU’s decision on Hezbollah showed double standards toward terrorism: Iran||
TEHRAN – In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Iranian deputy ambassador to the United Nations said the European Union’s decision to put the military wing of the Lebanese group Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations showed the union’s biased and double-standard approach toward terrorism.
Ambassador Gholam Hossein Dehghani made the remarks in a statement read out before the United Nations Security Council during an open debate about the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine.
Part of the statement was on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement member states.
Iran assumed the rotating presidency of NAM for a three-year term on August 30, 2012.
Following are excerpts of the text of the statement:
Since the last open debate, despite regional and international peace initiatives and efforts, Israel, the occupying Power, has continued its policy of colonization of Palestine. The occupying Power’s settlement campaign reached a seven-year high in the first quarter of this year alone, in violation of the relevant resolutions and in grave breach of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention. Palestinian civilians continued to be arrested, detained and forcibly displaced; the occupying forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian demonstrators and to cause civilian casualties; the blockade on the Gaza Strip continued, inflicting grave socioeconomic loss and humanitarian hardship; and settlers continued to attack and terrorize Palestinians and their villages and properties, including religious sites. In addition to the exposure of plans for the construction of more than 1,000 settlement units, in the past months, more Palestinian land has been seized by the occupying forces and more Palestinian buildings have been demolished, displacing several Palestinian families, provocations continue against Muslim and Christian holy sites, especially in Occupied East Jerusalem, dangerously inflaming religious sensitivities.
The ongoing Israeli settlement campaign and other provocative and illegal actions underscore the occupying Power’s preference for occupation, annexation and domination of the Palestinian people and their land and starkly highlight its unwillingness to respect international law and to act in good faith for the sake of peace and stability in the Middle East. As a result, the recent period has witnessed the deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders remains in grave danger.
If Israel persists with such unlawful behavior will only undermine the current efforts being exerted towards achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East and further destabilize this fragile situation, which threatens international peace and security. The international community must therefore act to ensure that these efforts do not fail. This requires a call on Israel, the occupying Power, to cease forthwith all of its illegal measures and to abide by international law and the spirit and longstanding parameters of the peace process.
I shall now speak in my national capacity and I would like to react to what was stated by the representative of the Israeli regime against my country.
With regard to the presidential election I should say that the Iranian nation is proud to have a democratic election with more than 70% of turnout wherein Dr. Rohani won a landslide majority during that election held on 14 June 2013. This high turnout once more showed the vibrancy of the Iranian polity and society and strong potentials for dealing with any impediments in the way towards stability and enhancement of Iran’s international stature. This is a reality that the Israeli regime cannot endure and that’s why days remaining to Presidential inauguration, it has already started its smear campaign to distort the facts on Iran’s election and elected officials. This reflects its deep concern over any development towards stability and tranquility in the region.
On Iran’s nuclear issue- which is exclusively peaceful in nature and in full conformity with our international obligations, I should say that we are not only party to NPT, but are party to all major international instruments banning the production and use of weapons of mass destruction, namely, the CWC and BWC and are fully committed to all the relevant legal obligations under those treaties. We strongly support the idea of a Middle East free from nuclear weapons. While the non-adherence of the Israeli regime to the international instruments on weapons of mass destruction and its non-compliance with its related obligations under the UN Charter and International Law is a well-known fact.
The EU indecision to condemn Israel for all its state terrorism on the one hand and putting Hezbollah’s military branch in terrorism list based on false and unjust accusations on the other is a biased and double-standard approach towards terrorism. Hezbollah is part of Lebanese socio-political fabric and is respected and accepted by the people of Lebanon and a legitimate resistant movement against the Israeli regime’s aggression. The European Union decision would not generate any doubts about the popular character of Hezbollah, but would rather further complicate the situation in the Middle East. The European Union should live up to its responsibility in redressing this situation and reconsider its decision. However, our advice to the representative of the Israeli regime is that instead of leveling baseless allegations against others in the region, it would be better to abide by the norms and regulations of international law and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to correct its behavior for the sake of peace and stability in the Middle East.
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