NAM condemns threats against member states

Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Press TV -(Tue Apr 9, 2013) The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has strongly condemned any threats and actions against its member states under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

 The Non-Aligned Movement rejects any threats and measures against the movement’s members under the pretext of countering terrorism and stresses that terrorism should not be equated with the right to legitimate resistance against occupation and colonialism,” said Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani.

The Iranian envoy was speaking on behalf of the NAM, the rotating presidency of which is held by Iran. He made the remark in an address to the UN Ad Hoc Committee Negotiating Comprehensive Anti-terrorism Convention on Monday.
Dehqani called on all countries to refrain from providing political, diplomatic, moral or material support for terrorism.
He reiterated that the NAM considers terrorist acts as a violation of international laws and human rights and strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms.
He also noted terrorism should not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group.
The Iranian envoy further called for an international conference under the UN’s supervision to formulate a joint response to terrorism.

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Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam Hossein Dehqani called for exerting pressure on the regional and international parties to stop funding and arming terrorist groups across the world.
“The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) requests the entire world countries to refrain from all types of terrorist acts and not to offer any type of political, financial, or spiritual assistance to the terrorists,” Dehqani said in New York on Monday.
He noted that NAM also seriously condemns all types of terrorist acts as breaching both the international laws and the rules of humanity.
“NAM rejects resorting to any kinds of threats, or aggressive acts against any of its members on the pretext of campaign against terrorism, including branding them as governments that support terrorism etc.,” he added.
Earlier this year, Dehqani called on the UN to hold an international conference attended by all countries’ high-ranking officials to study ways of fight against terrorism.
“The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) assumes the present measures to counter terrorism in the international arena as to be inadequate and calls for increased movement by the international community in this regard,” Dehqani said, addressing a UN Security Council meeting on behalf of the NAM.
“Increasing multilateral cooperation among countries under the supervision of the UN can act as the most effective tool to counter international terrorism and therefore, NAM offers to hold an international summit under the UN supervision to study and give a shared response to terrorism and its different forms,” he added.
Dehqani also condemned the politically-tainted and double-standard behavior of certain states towards terrorism, and describing it as an obstacle on the way of decisive campaign against terrorism.
In relevant remarks in December, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi voiced Iran’s strong support for all-out cooperation in the war on terrorism, but meantime underlined the need for identification and removal of the root causes of this devilish phenomenon.
“Extremism, terrorism and violence is not acceptable any noble and rooted culture, religion or nation. The Islamic Republic of Iran as the biggest victim of terrorist operations in the region and the world in the recent years expresses its readiness for comprehensive cooperation in fighting terrorism,” Rahimi said in the 11th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit meeting in Kyrgyz Capital city of Bishkek at the time.
He further stressed Tehran’s emphasis on “the identification and eradication of the roots” of terrorism as a main task which needs to be taken by the international community.

IRNA -(Tue Apr 9, 2013) IRI UN Envoy: Terrorism not equal with freedom fighting

Iranˈs UN envoy said here Monday at UN General Assembly NAM condemns any threat against any of its members on pretext of anti-terrorism campaign, emphasizing that terrorism is not equal to legitimate freedom fighting against occupiers or colonialists.
According to IRNA, the Islamic Republic of Iranˈs Ambassador Gholam-Hossein Dehqani who was speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) whose rotating presidency is Iranˈs this term, reiterated, ˈThe inhumane crimes committed by the occupier forces must be regarded as the ugliest manifestations of terrorism and seriously condemned.ˈ
He further emphasized, ˈOccupier regimesˈ resorting to force against the freedom seeking nations who fight against foreign forces to regain their undeniable rights must be condemned.ˈ
Iranˈs ambassador to the United Nations said that terrorism must not be linked with the name of any certain nation, tribe, religion, or geographical domain.
Dehqani said, ˈSuch labeling should only serve as pretexts for justifying foreign forcesˈ terrorist acts under the cover of anti-terrorism campaign in their aggressions against the private lives of the innocent people.ˈ
He reiterated, ˈThe Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) rejects resorting to any type of threats, or aggressive acts against any of its members on pretext of campaign against terrorism, including branding them as governments that support terrorism etcetera.ˈ
The IRI ambassador added, ˈNAM also most seriously condemns all types of terrorist acts as breaching and both the international laws and the rules of humanity.ˈ
Dehqani said, ˈActs of terrorism put at stake the stability of countries and endanger the nationsˈ social pillars and the statesˈ territorial integrity.ˈ
The permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at UN said, ˈThe NAM requests the entire world countries to refrain from all types of terrorist acts and not to offer any type of political, financial, or spiritual assistance to the terrorists.ˈ
He added, ˈNAM also asks them to respect their international commitments and based on them, not to permit those who commit terrorism crimes to take advantage of the legal refugee statuses, or resorting to having political incentives in committing such crimes should not create safe havens for them thus preventing their deportation to the countries where they committed such crimes.ˈ
Dehqani meanwhile asked for holding an international UN sponsored conference against terrorism, all its types, and ways for countering them and uprooting them, as a shared international reaction to that malicious phenomenon.
The Iranian ambassador to UN ended his remarks arguing, ˈIn order to fight against international terrorism effectively the entire governments must fully heed their international responsibilities and to refrain from offering political, financial and spiritual support to the terrorists from inside, or outside, and from providing weapons for them and training them to fight in the soil of the other countries.
Eighteen universal instruments (fourteen instruments and four amendments) against international terrorism have been elaborated within the framework of the United Nations system relating to specific terrorist activities. Member States through the General Assembly have been increasingly coordinating their counter-terrorism efforts and continuing their legal norm-setting work. The Security Council has also been active in countering terrorism through resolutions and by establishing several subsidiary bodies. At the same time a number of programs, offices and agencies of the United Nations system have been engaged in specific activities against terrorism further assisting Member States in their counter-terrorism efforts.
To consolidate and enhance these activities, Member States in September 2006 embarked upon a new phase in their counter-terrorism efforts by agreeing on a global strategy to counter terrorism. The Strategy marks the first time that all Member States of the United Nations have agreed to a common strategic and operational framework to fight terrorism. The Strategy forms a basis for a concrete plan of action: to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; to prevent and combat terrorism; to take measures to build state capacity to fight terrorism; to strengthen the role of the United Nations in combating terrorism; and to ensure the respect of human rights while countering terrorism. The Strategy builds on the unique consensus achieved by world leaders at their 2005 September Summit to condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

*Courtesy: UN Action to Counter Terrorism (UNACT)

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