9 October 2013
Right of Reply by Mr. Hossein Gharibi
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Before the Sixth Committee
On Agenda item 110:
“Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism”
New York, 9 October 2013
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
We presumed that this Committee would address issues in regard to terrorism in its entire context based on the practice of previous years. Should we know that this understanding changed this year, my delegation could have mentioned in its statement some of the most vicious cases of terrorism of our time and revealed real perpetrators behind them.
It came with surprise that the representative of the Israeli regime which is well known as the terrorist regime from its very illegitimate inception accused a state which has witnessed the loss of over 17000 of its citizens during the last 34 years. They fell victims as result of heinous terrorist incidents that have been directly sponsored by elements of that regime. I don’t think there is any doubt that such regime is responsible for aggression, occupation, killing civilians including women and children, crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other criminal acts as well as being responsible for turning millions of Palestinian inhabitants into refugees outside their homeland.
Its network of state terrorism has had deadly operations all over the world which constitute a long list. Just to name one example: innocent Iranian scientists who used to work for the development of their beloved country were brutally killed in front of terrified eyes of their families by agents of that regime in very recent years. They continue to threaten to kill more. The international community should first and foremost stop such dirty terrorism and other forms of terrorism supported and sponsored by that regime. That would be the starting point to address terrorism if we are to uproot it.
I thank you.