Monday, July 05, 2004

Haddad-Adel on UN in Iraq and Elections in Afghanistan

Description of Selected News: "UN Should Play Greater Role In Region: Haddad-Adel


TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Sunday that the role being played by the UN should be strengthened to solve the current tension in the region.

In a meeting with UN special envoy on Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi, he stressed that Iran's principled policy is based on expanding cooperation with neighboring countries in order to restore peace and stability.

"The bitter experiences of the past prove that if the UN is marginalized, the world will face more problems," added the Majlis speaker.

On the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hossein, he expressed concern that the crimes committed by Saddam against Iran during the eight-year imposed war might be overlooked.

Haddad Adel went on to say that the Iranian nation follows up the current Iraq developments closely.

The Iranian official underscored that Saddam's trial is a test to prove the honesty of claims made by those who have occupied Iraq.

Saddam appeared in court on Thursday to hear the charges on which he will stand trial.

Regarding the rights of the Shi'ites in Iraq, Haddad Adel said hat their rights should be respected in Iraq's future structure of power.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Haddad Adel pointed to the developments in Afghanistan and stressed the need for holding elections in the country at earliest possible time. He expressed hope "we will witness an Afghanistan free from the threats of Al-Qaeda and Taliban very soon."

He recalled Iran's effective role in combating illicit drugs and expressed concern about puppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

The UN special envoy also appreciated Iran's positive role in the developments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Brahimi said that the United Nations attaches importance to consultations with Iran on regional developments. He recalled Iran-UN constructive cooperation in resolving Afghan crisis, saying "we call for the continuation of cooperation by Iran to resolve the existing crisis in Afghanistan."

The UN official appreciated the Iranian nation's hospitality to Afghan refugees in recent years as well as Iran's serious attention to combat illicit drugs."

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