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Iran welcomes UN role in holding democratic election in Iraq

Sharm el-Sheikh, Nov 23, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the United Nations effective role in holding democratic election in Iraq scheduled for January 30.

He said in his address to the Conference on Iraq Crisis that any action which may create obstacle in the way of implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1546 is detrimental to the future of Iraq and the entire region.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that any action away from the United Nations blueprint moving toward the undemocratic methods to provide excuse for not following the right direction and ignoring the public votes will be a serious failure of the international community and will inflict heavy losses on all the ethnic and religious groups of Iraq," Kharrazi said.

"Iran welcomes the positive developments in Iraq including establishment of Iraqi Governing Council, restoring national sovereignty and setting up Iraqi Interim Government and the Consultative Council and called for respect for the realities of Iraqi community and the public demands.

"We believe in dialogue, national solidarity, peaceful settlement of the crisis and not to resort to violence as the useful means for avoiding complicated situation," Kharrazi pointed out.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran calls for collective efforts to help establish a democratically elected government in Iraq to foster friendly relations with neighboring states on mutual respect, non-interference in national affairs of the other nations.

The next government of Iraq is expected to end presence of foreign troops in the country and observe its commitments to the international conventions and bilateral accords, Kharrazi said.

"We think, only free and fair election on time scheduled before and respect to the views of the religious and political groups will help resolve the Iraqi crisis," he said.

He expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Iraq 'after one and a half years of collapse of Iraqi dictatorship'.

Kharrazi condemned the terrorist actions, kidnapping and explosions in Iraq and said Iran is skeptical about the sponsors of such actions, because they aided continued occupation of Iraq and presence of foreign troops in the country.

"We voice disgust at the terrorist and violent actions taking place in Iraq in violation of human rights and the international conventions, especially abuse of prisoners, disproportionate military force against civilians and desecration of the holy sites of Iraq," Kharrazi said.

"Bombardment of civilian targets and massacre of Iraqi people under the excuse of campaign against terrorists are not acceptable. Such actions aggravate the humanitarian situation and instigate repercussions," Iranian foreign minister said in Sharm el-Sheikh.

He said that security and stability of Iraqi and the neighboring states are interdependent.

"The neighboring states have undertaken effective role to help restore peace and security in Iraq. Their foreign ministers held a meeting in Cairo on July 21 for consultations how to deal with the Iraqi crisis and decided to study the outcome of their contribution to Iraqi peace in Tehran on November 30," Kharrazi said.

On the international campaign against terrorism, Kharrazi said that identical standard should be put into practice in this respect.

He strongly voiced Iran's grievances about granting shelter to terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) after liberation of Iraq from Saddam's rule.

"Nothing can justify presence of the terrorist group in Iraq which has a record of cooperation with Saddam Hussein's massacre of the Iraqi people. They are going on with the same crimes in Iraq," he said.

"We expect the brotherly government of Iraq to put an end to presence of the terrorist group in Iraq and not to heed the considerations of foreign forces which delayed the expulsion in the past one year."

Kharrazi drew the attention of the conference to the plight of the Palestinian people too and said that the regional states should not allow the situation in Palestine to be overshadowed by other events in the Middle East.

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