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UN approves Iran's proposal on combat against trafficking antiquities

Vienna, April 19, IRNA -- Iran's proposal on combat against trafficking antiquities was approved by the 17th session of UN Crimes Commission.

Iran's proposed resolution, passed during the last session of the commission, underlined the need for preserving antique objects as parts of the common human heritage.

It also said that serious measures should be taken to stop the organized groups trafficking the antiquities.

The five-day session, inaugurated in the Austrian capital city on Monday, concluded its work Friday evening.

Confronting violence against women, and struggle against organized crimes particularly human trafficking, as well as combat against administrative corruption and terrorist operations were among major issues discussed in the 17th UN Crimes Commission sessions.

The Islamic Republic of Iran was represented at the meeting by the country's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali-Asghar Soltanieh who is currently head of Asian group at UN commission on crime prevention.

Addressing the session, the Iranian envoy called for more effective measures by international circles against trafficking antiquities.

He urged all world states and relevant bodies to make serious efforts to help strengthen international and judicial cooperation against smuggle of historical objects.

Soltanieh also called for return of the stolen objects to their countries of origin.

He further, on behalf of all Asian states, underlined the need for struggle against administrative corruption and bribery.

The Iranian envoy also urged the world states to confront violation of women's rights and violence against women.

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