War on Terrorism Possible Only Under the UN

February 24, 2003 - 0:0
Since September 11 attacks on the U.S. symbols of power, there has been an urge for campaign against terrorism. While some countries are sincere in their urge, others like the United States have capitalized on the issue to materialize their long-cherished dreams.

As a matter of fact campaign against terrorism couldn't be carried out by a single country or a few countries.

Indeed campaign against this ominous phenomenon is possible only through the UN leadership.

International cooperation is also indispensable in fight against terrorism, for it has become an international issue and has endangered international peace and security.

Today campaign against terrorism calls for an international consensus and serious conviction of all the countries. Eradication of the causes and grounds for the growth of terrorism is possible only through the cooperation of all countries.

Through enactment of international rules, regulations and norms, the UN should provide common approach to fight the menace.

The UN Resolution 1373 was adopted to fight terrorism, but, ignoring the UN, the United States has taken advantage of the resolution in pursuing its own political aims and objectives. The U.S. attack on Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting against terrorism is a clear evidence underlining the fact that the objective of the United States is to gain control over the region.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized on the pivotal role the UN plays in the campaign against terrorism.

Tehran has said time and again that the U.S. administration does not have the required qualifications to lead the war on terror. In dealing with the issue, Washington has always acted selectively.

As the Islamic Republic of Iran's representative to UN has said, Iran is the chief victim of terrorism and hence it insists on a serious and comprehensive war on terror. Iran has established a special committee to facilitate the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1373.

The existing Iranian law envisages harsh punishment for terrorist measures, but two comprehensive bills regarding fight on terrorism and fighting money laundering are being discussed at the Parliament and are to be approved soon.

Furthermore, after the September 11 terrorist attacks, by closing its eastern borders, Iran has prevented the entry of the Al-Qaeda terror network into the country. Some 500 people who had illegally entered the country were arrested and extradited to their countries of origin.

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that campaign against terrorism is possible only when the great powers give in to the UN leadership and avoid selective approaches to the issue.