Iran urges EU to stop harboring terrorists

April 13, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast has called on the European Union and other international organizations to withdraw their support for terrorists.

Mehmanparast made the remarks during his weekly press briefing on Tuesday in response to the recent statement issued by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, in which she voiced concern over the clashes between Iraqi soldiers and members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) who are based at Camp Ashraf.
Ashton’s statement, which was issued on Saturday, read, “The EU is deeply disturbed at reports of the use of force against Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq, resulting in casualties. The EU deplores the loss of life. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq has been monitoring the situation there closely, and alongside the UN, the EU has continuously and repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to refrain from the use of violence and to respect the human rights of the camp’s residents.”
Mehmanparast stated, “We expect all international organizations and forums as well as all so-called upholders of human rights to drop their double-standard and political approaches, condemn terrorist actions, and stop sheltering terrorists.”
“We hope that the EU will readjust its attitude,” he added.
“In addition to the crimes the MKO members have committed against the Iranian people… they have committed a number of crimes in Iraq that have generated hatred among Iraqi government (officials) and the nation,” Mehmanparast stated.
No exception in defending Iranian nationals’ rights
Asked about the fact that the Bahraini government has banned Iranian nationals from leaving the country, Mehmanparast said, “Our principled policy is to defend Iranian nationals in all parts of the world, and we will not allow the rights of Iranian nationals to be violated and will do everything in our power to defend the Iranians, and there is no exception in this regard.”
Imposing will of minority on majority is dictatorship
Replying to a question about Iran’s view of the recent wave of protests in Syria, Mehmanparast stated that the United States and its Western allies are seeking to create an artificial movement in Syria.
“We believe that the opinions of the minority must be taken into consideration. But if the views of the minority are imposed on the majority through the exertion of political pressure and media exaggeration, it would not be democracy, but rather the imposition of the will of the minority on the majority is the same as dictatorship,” he said.
The people must not fall for the intrigues devised by the United States, he added.
On the suppression of the Syrian protesters, he stated, “Our stance is that violence must not be used against the people.”
Saudi Arabian FM’s remarks on Iran are ill-considered
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mehmanparast criticized the remarks by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, in which he accused Iran of interfering in the internal affairs of regional countries.
Saudi Arabia is following the wrong path and this is the reason why the Saudi Arabian officials make such “ill-considered” remarks, Mehmanparast stated.
Countries must differentiate between friends and enemies
Mehmanparast also replied to a question about the reports saying that Argentine officials have sent some messages to Iran in which they expressed readiness to put aside the issue about Iran’s alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building and to normalize relations with Iran.
He stated that the case of the AMIA attack was part of a plot devised by the Zionist regime which was meant to limit Iran’s presence in certain countries.
Countries must differentiate their real friends from enemies, he said, adding, “In this case, the issues will be resolved, and cooperation will be established.”
Kuwait’s expulsion of Iranian diplomats was sedition incited by Israel’s allies
Asked about Kuwait’s expulsion of three Iranian diplomats of the Iranian Embassy in Kuwait City, based on allegations that they had links to a spy network, Mehmanparast said that the whole issue was “sedition” provoked by certain Western countries that are seeking to create discord among the people of other states in order to protect the interests of the Zionist regime.
He added that the popular uprisings taking place in the region have endangered the interests of the Zionist regime, and its Western allies are attempting to save Israel.
However, maintaining good relations with neighbors, with the aim of promoting regional peace and stability, is a foreign policy priority of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mehmanparast stated.