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Iran reacts to defection of foreign diplomats

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Press conference in Oslo with members of "the Green Embassy"

Mohammad Karamirad, member of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said the foreign ministry should take greater care in choosing its diplomats.

ILNA reports that Karamirad referred to the recent defection of three Iranian diplomats saying: "Some of these individuals have psychological problems and with the conclusion of their mission, in order to have an excuse to remain in a certain country, they begin looking for a condition that could justify applying for asylum and that is why we hear statements like we have heard from these individuals."

He added: "In my opinion, these people's personal, individual and character issues are the main reason for their defection."

Mohammadreza Heydari, Iran's former consul general in Oslo, Farzad Farhangian, a press attache at the Iranian Embassy in Belgium and Hossein Alizadeh, another senior official at the Iranian Embassy in Finland are the three diplomats who have left their mission at the Islamic Republic Embassies in Europe in protest to the recent policies of the government in the turmoil that followed the 2009 presidential elections.

The three have established a group entitled "the Green Embassy" and have announced themselves supporters of Iran's post-election protest movement which has become known as the Green Movement.

Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry said earlier that the defections of these diplomats are motivated by their personal desire to continue living in Europe.

In reference to Hossein Alizadeh, the spokesman for the foreign ministry said that he "was the economic advisor at Iranian embassy in Helsinki and his mission ended in August. He had asked for an extension for difficulties regarding the education of his child or children."

The diplomats deny these statements and insist that Alizadeh's actions have been aimed at "joining the struggles of the people of Iran."

The three diplomats gave a press conference in Oslo three days ago to express their views and announced that Farzad Farhangian has also applied for asylum in Norway.

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