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Iran terms dual attitudes towards terrorism as "unacceptable"

Riyadh, Feb 7, IRNA -- Dual attitudes towards the concepts of terrorism will result in the international anti-terrorism campaign being doomed to failure, head of the Iranian delegation to the international conference on the fight against terrorism Amir Saeid Iravani said in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday night.

"Iran as the biggest victim of terrorism has sustained the most financial and human damage during recent decades. The Iranian government and nation are well aware of harmful consequences of this ominous phenomenon as well as serious ways to fight it," Iravani added.

He pointed to President Mohammad Khatami's initiative of 'Dialogue Among Civilizations', saying the idea has been raised to fight against international problems fundamentally and materialize the global society and culture of patience and democracy throughout the world.

"Broad welcome of the international community to the idea of dialogue among civilizations proved such an important issue that international challenges can be addressed only through dialogue and exchange of opinions.

"Serious fight against terrorism demands firm determination of the countries under the leadership of the United Nations," the Iranian official stated.

He stressed the urgency of observing the principle of transparency and avoiding dual, optional and unilateral attitudes as important issues which should be regarded in the anti-terrorism campaign.

"Today, terrorism is among the main challenges of international peace and security which has more complications and broader fields of activity simultaneous with promotion of technology and system of international communications.

"Terrorism has been interrelated with international organized crimes particularly smuggling of weapons and narcotics as the financial provider of terrorism so fight against terrorism demands appropriate strategies and political will of all countries in international arena," Iravani said.

He warned against new crimes which will be committed in the name of anti-terrorism campaign like what happened in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons.

"Today, the world witnesses the ominous and dangerous phenomenon of state terrorism which is implemented in its worst form in the occupied lands of Palestine against children, women and defenseless people. Such form of terrorism is still continuing despite international condemnations," he said.

He stressed, "If fight against terrorism is not carried out fundamentally, this contagious disease of current era will remain as a serious threat."

An eight-member Iranian political and security delegation arrived in Saudi Arabia late Friday to participate in the international conference on the fight against terrorism in Riyadh from February 5 to 8.

According to Saudi press reports, representatives of 57 Arab, American, European, Asian and international organizations are attending the four-day conference.

The conference aims to investigate the roots of terrorism and its development as well as the relations between terrorism and money laundering and arms and drug trafficking, and to provide a venue for countries and international organizations to exchange information and expertise in the fight against terrorism.

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