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Iran's Parliament to be asked to ratify UN Convention against Corruption

Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA -- A bill on Iran's membership to the United Nations Convention against Corruption will be presented to the parliament, Foreign Ministry's Director General of the Legal Department Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh said on Tuesday.

He said in his address to a conference in Tehran held in presence of President Mohammad Khatami to mark International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) that the government regards the Convention against Corruption as a great success for the United Nations, especially for the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).

He said that the UN Convention against Corruption was drawn up in eight chapters and 71 articles in 2003 as the outcome of two years of works by UN member states.

Iran is a signatory to the convention in addition to other 112 states which signed the convention in Mexico last year.

He said that the convention has clarified measures binding on the signatories to be taken through international cooperation for reimbursement and extradition of properties in question from the developing nations and it is a yardstick to see how much the developed countries are committed to their international obligations.

"The international community should recognize the rights of the developing nations to repatriate the public wealth being collected through corruption and transferred to the developed countries.

"Iran believes that cooperation of all the UN member states, especially the Group of 77 developing nations and the Asian countries would be effective in implementing the Convention," Akhundzadeh said.

Secretary of the Conference on International Anti-Corruption Day Hassan Abedi Jaafari said that the conference aims to boost public awareness about the campaign against corruption and getting acquaintance with experience of the other nations and the international organizations in this respect.

Secretary of the headquarters in charge of boosting safety of the administrative affairs and campaign against corruption Ali Rabiei and several other ministers were present in the one-day conference.

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