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Iran raps West's dual stance as failure
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:06:22 GMT
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Iran's Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei
A top Iranian diplomat has criticized the West's inclination toward militarism, saying the Western dual policy on military intervention in one country and silence in the other has failed.

“The main issue is that we are very concerned about the support that some members of the Security Council, including the United States, give to military interventions in other countries such as Iran's immediate neighboring states,” Tehran's Permanent Representative to the UN Mohammad Khazaei told Press TV on Thursday.

His remarks come after the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on a statement against Syria over recent protests in the country.

“Therefore, we do not interfere in any country, including Syria,” Khazaei added, emphasizing that the US should stop issuing remarks when it amounts to interference in the internal affairs of sovereign nations.

The Iranian diplomat further elaborated on the Security Council's Wednesday meeting on Syria and said it was a failed attempt by the US, Britain and France.

“Today's session of the UN Security Council was a failure and defeat for its organizers because there was no consensus on developments in Syria,” he went on to say.

Iran's UN envoy said many member states of the Security Council opposed the views held by the US, Britain and France.

Khazaei added that organizers of the meeting leveled allegations against other countries at a time when their own military forces are engaged in killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Certain permanent members of the UN Security Council are interfering in internal affairs of the Middle Eastern countries while turning a blind eye to the massacre of civilians in these states,” the Iranian diplomat pointed out.

The ambassador noted that some members of the council accuse Iran of meddling in the affairs of other countries when they have military bases and forces scattered across the region and even support military interventions in Iran's neighboring states.

Khazaei rejected as “baseless and unreal” American allegations against Tehran and reiterated, “The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran does not advocate interfering in the affairs of other countries.”

He stressed that such efforts are aimed at diverting the world public opinion from interference by the US, Britain and France in the affairs of other countries.

On Wednesday, the Western-led efforts to agree on a statement in condemnation of the ongoing violence in Syria failed due to the objection of the two permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia and China -- among others.

France, Britain, Germany and Portugal had circulated a draft, vigorously pushed by the US, calling on the council to condemn Damascus.

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