Elaheh Koulaei, the rapporteur of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has strongly criticized the Foreign Ministry for its failure to follow up the UN Resolution 598 against Iraq, IRNA reported from Tehran.
The English-language daily `Tehran Times' on Tuesday quoted Koulaei as saying that Iran's foreign diplomacy has not had an acceptable performance in that regard and has lost many opportunities.
"None of the articles of the resolution has been implemented and the ministry should respond to the Iranian nation for this shortcoming," `Tehran Times' quoted MP Elaheh Koulaei as saying.
Koulaei added the Foreign Ministry should have followed up the issue before the outbreak of the US-British war against Iraq "not now when nothing is predictable in Iraq."
"Foreign Ministry officials must learn from Kuwait to see how they were successful in making Iraq pay compensations for waging the 1991 war on that country," she said.
"The officials should find out what their Kuwaiti counterparts did."
Meanwhile, MP Hamid-Reza Hajji-Babaei, a member of the commission, said the Parliament and the Government are seriously following up the issue of getting compensations from Iraq.
Hajji-Babaei also said Iran would raise the issue at related international organizations "as soon as the Iraqi government is formed".
"We should wait for the new Iraqi regime to form, because in such chaotic situation that has gripped Iraq, no country can now settle its debts from Iraq," `Tehran Times' quoted him as saying.
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