Sunday, July 18, 2004

Unilateralism Leads To Terrorism: Kharrazi

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KHARTOUM (IRNA) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Friday that unilateralism sets stage for terrorism, stressing that imposing fanatical and illogical views is among outcomes of unilateralism exercised by certain powers against other countries.

Addressing Sudanese scholars and intellectuals at this African country's Center for Strategic and International Studies, Kharrazi added tendency towards war and unilateralism has expanded in the world during recent years particularly after the September 11 incidents.

He cited elimination of discrimination and injustice in the international system, avoidance of interfering in domestic affairs of other countries, and partial and selective policies on regional and international issues as among fundamental factors in eradication of unilateralism and terrorism.

He said that comprehensive definitions of terrorism and also of the oppressed countries' right to defend their rights can prevent misuse of the concept of terrorism and neutralization of the efforts of Muslim states.

He stressed that attributing violence and terrorism to Islam is an obvious violation of the religion's concepts and an aggression on religious and moral conscience of those true followers of divine religions.

The Iranian foreign minister remarked that replacing violence and domineering with the principles of dialogue and understanding is the best way for maintaining regional and international peace and security.

Pointing to the Iraq's developments, Kharrazi said Iraq today is being transferred from dictatorship to a popular government, and achieving security, stability and peace is the top priority of the Iraqi nation.

Kharrazi underlined the need for independence and transparency of Saddam's court in charge of examining his crimes and said world public opinion and Iraqi neighboring states particularly Iran called for transparency of the court and Saddam's serious and impartial trial for all his national and international crimes including aggressions on Iran and Kuwait.

He condemned the Zionist regime's crimes in the occupied lands of Palestine and noted that a justice-based peace through restoration of inseparable rights of the Palestinian nation and establishment of a country based on democratic principles where Muslims, Christians and Jews would live together patiently is the sole practical and fundamental solution for reviving security and peace to Palestine.

Pointing to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, the minister said Iran regards making use of nuclear technology as its absolute right, stressing that no country has the right to prevent other states from utilization of nuclear know-how and technology or raise obstacles in this regard through resorting to political levers.

He expressed hope an upcoming visit by Iran's President Mohammad Khatami to Sudan would pave the grounds for promotion of bilateral relations and achieving strategic agreements."


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