Monday, December 13, 2004

Majlis security committee to investigate the issue of kidnapped diplomats

Majlis security committee to investigate the issue of kidnapped diplomats: "Majlis security committee to investigate the issue of kidnapped diplomats
TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (MNA) – The Majlis Foreign Policy and National Security Committee will soon put the issue of the kidnapped Iranian diplomats in Lebanon high on its agenda, top lawmaker Alaeddin Borujerdi who chairs the security committee said on Saturday.

Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel recently met with the families of the kidnapped Iranian diplomats assuring them that the parliament would pursue their case.

The four Iranian diplomats, Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevaselian, Kazem Akhavan and Taqi Rastgar Moghaddam were kidnapped some 23 years ago in Lebanon.

The diplomats were driving a diplomatic Mercedes escorted by one of the Lebanese national security vehicles in Tripoli-Beirut coastal road, on June 4, 1982, when they were stopped by some Falangist forces and kidnapped.

MP Hossein Sobhaninia also announced on Friday that the Majlis security committee is trying to determine the diplomats’ fate.

Sobhaninia said that according to certain evidences the four diplomats are still alive and kept in Israeli jails.

Ra’ed Musavi, secretary general of the Society to Support Kidnapped Iranian Diplomats, said that the latest reports and developments indicate that the diplomats are still alive.

Musavi, who is the son of Mohsen Mousavi, Iran’s former charge d’affaires in Beirut and one of the kidnapped diplomats, announced that an internet information dissemination site (www.asikd.com) has been launched to offer the latest information about these diplomats.

Meanwhile MP Reza Talaei-Nik said that the measures taken by Iran to clarify the fate of the diplomats were all in vain, stressing that the foreign ministry should make use of all its capabilities in order to resolve the issue.

Ahmad Pishbin, who represents Baft in the Majlis, asserted that the parliament would spare no effort to clarify the diplomats’ fate, adding that Iran should study the prevailing information and news about the diplomats and step up its efforts in this regard."

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