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11/19/06

Iranian MP: Little progress achieved on Iran-US disputes at Hague

Tehran, Nov 19, IRNA-Member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Reza Talaei-Nik said here Sunday that despite the heavy expenses incurred by Iran to pursue Iran-US disputes at the Hague International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the past 25 years, little progress has been achieved.

He made the remark while speaking to reporters after the open session of the Majlis in which the draft-bill on the arbitration process of Iran-US disputes at the Hague was ratified.

"Though a major part of the government's budget was allocated to the issue in the past years, no significant progress was made in restoring the nation's right and the performance of the Hague court has been very weak," he added.

At today's session, members of Iranian Parliament, Majlis, voted in favor of the draft-bill on reviewing the arbitration process of Iran-US disputes at the Hague.

In response to the call of some MPs, in today's open session, the relevant draft-bill was ratified by 122 positive and 18 negative votes. Meanwhile 10 out of the total 216 deputies present at the meeting abstained from voting.

While supporting the ratified bill, the Rapporteur of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali presented a report on the review of the arbitration trend of Iran-US disputes at the Hague court ever since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution up to the present day.

"Since the Algiers Accord was signed between Iran and US, the Hague court intervened and started the arbitration by appointing three Iranian, three American and three independent arbitrators.

"The Hague court has declared that many of the files are unacceptable due to delay in being registered. This is while 90 percent of them belong to US citizens and real entities," he said.

He noted that even dossiers with claims as high as 400 million dollars cannot be examined due to delay in being registered.

"Some 600 major and 300,000 minor claims have been raised against Iran at the court. The minor claims amount to less than 2,500 dollars in total were treated together and agreement was reached on them between the two sides.

"We should have let these minor claims be investigated and solved along with the major ones. More than 90 percent of US claims against Iran have been settled at the Hague court, while Iran has not yet managed to settle its claims," he added.

The Majlis rapporteur said that the whereabouts of the US government's 10-million-dollar debt to Iran should be clarified and Iran should know to which account the amount has been deposited and the reason the claim has got nowhere.

"The Hague court is the same venue where Iran raised its voice against the US and its slogans of `Down with the US' could have become materialized at this court," he concluded.

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