This happenened on June 10
THE UN Security Council’s vote in favour of further Iran sanctions indicates a “confrontational approach” and Tehran will now consider its response in consultation with partners including Turkey, Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said during a visit to Dublin yesterday.
Speaking at the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) yesterday evening, Mr Mottaki said: “Unfortunately [the Security Council] has moved to a confrontational approach . . . which is not reasonable.”
Discussing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Mr Mottaki said: “Our principles in this regard are very clear – we are against nuclear weapons and we support strongly the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).”
He argued Iran had sought to have article six of the NPT, concerning disarmament, strengthened. He referred to a disarmament conference in Tehran in April, at which Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had declared nuclear weapons haram (forbidden in Islam). “But we insist on our nuclear energy,” Mr Mottaki added.
Up to 30 people, some of whom carried flags of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, an armed opposition group designated a terrorist body by Tehran, held a protest outside the IIEA. They chanted slogans including “Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei”. Two male protesters who managed to enter the event, attended mostly by diplomats and academics, interrupted Mr Mottaki’s address with such slogans, including some about execution of Kurds in Iran.
The two were manhandled by Mr Mottaki’s own Iranian security guards before garda? intervened and escorted them out.
Mr Mottaki took questions on a range of issues, including Iran’s human rights record. On the latter, he said that “allegations on human rights should not be politicised . . . there should not be double standards.” On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said: “The main question in the Middle East is why the Palestinians should pay for this crime [the Holocaust].” He said Iran’s proposal to resolve the conflict was to hold a referendum so those in the region “could decide for themselves”.
Mr Mottaki had earlier met T?naiste Mary Coughlan, whose spokesman said the meeting covered “areas of bilateral interest between Ireland and Iran, including trade issues, and had a particular focus on the development of stronger education links between Ireland and Iran”.
Mr Mottaki also met Minister for Foreign Affairs Miche?l Martin. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said issues discussed included “human rights, Iran’s nuclear programme and the Middle East peace process”.
Colm O’Gorman, director of Amnesty International Ireland, said it was “crucial that Minister Martin uses every opportunity to raise Iran’s appalling human rights record directly with the Iranian government, and urges them to allow the UN to investigate the serious human rights abuses that are taking place”. He noted that in February, Irish representatives at the UN Human Rights Council criticised Iran’s crackdown on peaceful protests, torture of prisoners and high rate of executions.
Protesters outside threw eggs at Mr Mottaki as he left the IIEA.
Who is this Mary Coughlin and what is she talking about, areas of mutual interest between Ireland and the Fascists in Iran being for example education?
In what way can you talk about education with a Minister of Iran which believes in burying women to the waist and stoning them, all according to their basic law of Sharia?
It seems that these Irish bureacrats like Mary Coughlin are both out of their depth and also full of cynicism. Would Mary Coughlin not see herself as a Feminist?
While Coughlin was meeting this piece of human garbage another Irish person was finding the time to tell the Irish people the real score as regards Turkey
Turkey in no position to pass judgment on Gaza
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
SO Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, backed by Foreign Affairs Minister Miche?l Martin, is the new fighting force for human rights.
What a joke.
Turkey wants an international investigation into the Gaza aid flotilla raid by Israel? Turkey should undergo the same scrutiny it demands for other countries, ie, allow an international investigation into that small matter of Armenian genocide (the deaths of between one and 1.5 million people) that they have been avoiding for far too long.
Then we can move on to the thousands of political prisoners in their jails – a number that at times has topped 100,000. An independent investigation could also begin by looking into the torture and murder of political activists such as Engin Ceber. They could meet with representatives of TAYAD, the organisation representing the families of prisoners. They would no doubt be fascinated that there are more than 1,500 children in prisoners on “terrorism” charges like the 12-year-old they arrested in 2008 for singing a Kurdish folk song.
Their regime is a racist illegitimate entity based on the oppression of the Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians and numerous others.
So by all means let the Turkish regime wrap itself in the banner of ‘human rights’ and it will surely turn into a noose to strangle them.
Ha Noar 26
Read more: http://www.examiner.ie/opinion/letters/turkey-in-no-position-to-pass-judgment-on-gaza-123093.html#ixzz0usrWjtCz