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ECO Summit to be held in Tehran Wednesday

Tehran, March 7, IRNA - The 10th Summit Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is to be held in Tehran on Wednesday, it was announced here on Saturday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi added that the 18th ECO foreign ministerial session will also be held in the Iranian capital on Monday.

Talking to reporters, he added that Azeri President Ilham Aliyev is to hand over the ECO presidency to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the ECO summit.

Presidents of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, of Tajikistan Imomali Rakhmon, of Turkey Abdullah Gul, of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, and President Aliyev are to attend the ECO summit as main guests, Qashqavi further announced.

He added that Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov and the Kyrgyz deputy prime minister are also to participate in the upcoming meeting as main guests.

Qashqavi said that Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani are attending the event as special guests. He added that representatives from several international bodies including the United Nations are also to take part in the ECO summit.

He termed Iran's geographical position in the ECO region as "strategic", saying that Iran plays a key role in facilitating trade exchanges among the ECO states.

Qashqavi also announced that revival of the Silk Road will be among the objectives of the ECO meeting.

He said the global financial crisis and ways to get out of the crisis will be major topics of discussion by the participating delegates in the ECO sessions.

UNGA chief: ICC must prosecute people like Bush

TEHRAN, Mar. 07 (ISNA)-UN General Assembly Chief Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann said in Tehran Saturday that ICC warrant against Sudan's President is a blow to international justice.

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann with Iranian FM Manouchehr Mottaki

The International Criminal Court measure was unfortunate, he said at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki adding that initially before ICC decision in this regard the UN took measures to find out whether there is any basis for a genocide issue in Darfur and it concluded that there was no basis.

"We also asked the Security Council to hold a referendum in African countries that are familiar with the region's situation, but because of the arrogant features of some powerful western countries that think of war we witnessed the ICC warrant."

If the ICC intends to condemn criminal measures it must first prosecute people like George Bush who have created the most horrible crimes, he added.

He also condemned Israel's measures in Gaza and the UN silence in this regard.

"Many measures were taken to prevent me from calling on the General Assembly in this regard but the meeting was held and many participants severely condemned the crimes which took place in Gaza."

He then announced a meeting will be held among General Assembly member states in which there will be presented firm and powerful evidence on the genocide in Qaza.

He then called for the UN to take a practical step regarding the evidence to be presented.

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