Iran FM: Terrorism will continue till justice is observed
Iran-Regional, Politics, 11/7/2005
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday said that terorism will continue for as long as justice is not observed in international relations and regardless of how many terrorists or innoncent people are killed, the official news agency IRNA reported.
The report said: his remarks were heard during the 13th international Conference on Central Asia and the Caucasus dubbed "Regional Developments: Interaction and Encounter of Strategies".
There will be no end to terrorist acts for as long as there is no single approach to fighting violence and terror, he added.
"Terrorism, trade in illicit drugs and meddling by trans-regional powers are the main threats to our region," Mottaki said.
"Clearly, terrorism is the greatest threat to human society and international relations at present," he added.
He said the question that remains unanswered is: "Did terrorism fill the void left by the disappearance of communism in the post-Cold War era?" In other words, "Are we faced with a new development challenging our world today?" he asked.
Posing another question, he asked, "Is terrorism itself a product of the irrational and hypocritical behavior of those who pretend to be advocates of freedom?" "Can we really discount the possibility that if the foundations of international relations and political behavior of countries had been based on justice and fairness we would not have witnessed these many acts of terrorism and violence that we are seeing today?" the Iranian foreign minister asked.
He then criticized those who would classify terrorists as good or bad but turn a blind eye at those who act in the interest of big powers.
"Can we speak of the violence and terrorism taking place in the Occupied Territories as of the same nature?" he also asked.
Mottaki regretted that in today's world attention is focused only on the effects of terrorism without paying attention to the causes.
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