Iranian envoy asks UN to hold int'l anti-terrorism conference

Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam Hossein Dehqani called on the United Nations to hold an international conference attended by all countries' high-ranking officials to study ways of fight against terrorism.

"The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) assumes the present measures to counter terrorism in the international arena as to be inadequate and calls for increased movement by the international community in this regard," Dehqani who was addressing a UN Security Council meeting on behalf of the NAM said.

"Increasing multilateral cooperation among countries under the supervision of the UN can act as the most effective tool to counter international terrorism and therefore, NAM offers to hold an international summit under the UN supervision to study and give a shared response to terrorism and its different forms," he added.

Dehqani also condemned the politically-tainted and double-standard behavior of certain states towards terrorism, and described it as an obstacle on the way of decisive campaign against terrorism.

In relevant remarks in December, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi voiced Iran's strong support for all-out cooperation in the war on terrorism, but meantime underlined the need for identification and removal of the root causes of this devilish phenomenon.

"Extremism, terrorism and violence is not acceptable any noble and rooted culture, religion or nation. The Islamic Republic of Iran as the biggest victim of terrorist operations in the region and the world in the recent years expresses its readiness for comprehensive cooperation in fighting terrorism," Rahimi said in the 11th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit meeting in Kyrgyz Capital city of Bishkek at the time.

He further stressed Tehran's emphasis on "the identification and eradication of the roots" of terrorism as a main task which needs to be taken by the international community.

Iran has long been a victim of the US and Israeli terrorism, especially state-sponsored nuclear terrorism. The US and Israeli spy agencies have admitted that they have assassinated Iran's nuclear scientists and tried to infiltrate virus and other types of malware into Iran's cyber network to hinder the country's progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology.

Western spy agencies, collaborated by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), have assassinated several Iranian scientists in the last three years.

The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).

Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while most of those still remaining in the grouplet are said to be willing to quit but are under pressure and torture not to do so.

A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report accused the MKO of running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations.

According to the Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.

The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.

The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.

The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.

The terrorist group joined Saddam's army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.

Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who argued for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.

The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations in early September, one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move. The decision made by Clinton enabled the group to have its assets under US jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with American entities, the State Department said in a statement at the time.