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Iran expresses concern over human rights violation in Europe

Tehran, Dec 22, IRNA-Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman in reaction to a declaration on human rights in Iran by Britain as the rotating chairman of European Union said here Wednesday that such statements are outside the framework of internationally-recognized norms and principals.

The Foreign Ministry Media Department reported Hamid Reza Asefi as saying the dialogue on human rights with Europe which has been repeatedly requested by the EU and its rotating head Britain is only possible if is carried out with mutual respect.

As long as EU follows logic in communicating with Iran it has always received an appropriate answer and the four rounds of discussions between the two sides followed the same principle, the FM spokesman added .

The EU, exuding prejudice, was the protagonist in drawing the human rights declaration. "Naturally this kind of approach will wipe out any dialogue on the issue."

"We had previously warned the Europeans in opting for such a behavior." The unconstructive approach by the EU only makes transparent its concealed aims which only create adverse ramifications for the Europeans, themselves, Asefi underlined.

Iran, in principal, welcomes dialogue and cooperation based on mutual respect over its commitments, he added.

However, Asefi said "We will not allow others to meddle in our internal affairs."

"We also advise the Europeans to heed Iran's concerns to rein in infringements of human rights notably ethnic minorities, religiously-motivated crimes in Western counties, secret detention centers as well as torture of immigrants in Europe."

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here last week that Tehran is deeply concerned about numerous cases of human rights violations by the United States including torture of Muslims as well as members of other religious minorities.

Mottaki made the remark in a meeting with the visiting Foreign Affairs Undersecretary of Philippines Franklin Ebdalin, reported Iran's Foreign Ministry Media Department.

He made the comments in reference to the recent reports by the American media that the US secret service CIA had interrogated and tortured terror suspects at Soviet-era compounds in Eastern Europe.

It was also reported by the Human Rights Watch that Washington is holding at least 25 persons as ghost detainees at undisclosed locations outside of the US.

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