Oct 09, 2019 07:04 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Dec 28, 2019 15:40 Asia/Tehran]

Iranian representative of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), has condemned terrorism in all its forms, saying political considerations must not enter the fight against terrorism, which requires a collective effort by all members of the international community.

Iran Press/America: Representing the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during a UN General Assembly sixth committee session in New York on Tuesday, Ali Nasimfar said: “Terrorist acts threaten the territorial integrity and stability of countries and endanger their national, regional and international security by destabilizing legitimate governments, adversely affecting economic and social development and destroying physical and economic infrastructure.”

“However, terrorism should not be equated with the struggle of peoples for self-determination, particularly those people who are suffering under colonial domination or foreign occupation," he added according to Iran Press.

Nasimfar said, "Furthermore, it is wrong to associate terrorism with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnicity and these attributions should not be used to justify profiling of terror suspects or intrusion into individual privacy.”

The senior Iranian diplomat went on to urge all countries to fulfill their international obligation to combat terrorism, rejecting restrictions or threats against NAM member states under the pretext of combating terrorism or for political reasons.

Nasimfar also dismissed the “unilateral preparation of lists” accusing some states of supporting terrorism, or distinguishing between "good terrorists and bad terrorists".

He called upon the international community to address the growing threat of foreign terrorists, to counter the misrepresentation of religion in terrorism’s narrative and to address the root causes of terrorism. 

Nasimfar also urged all countries to respect human rights while combating terrorism and asked the United Nations Security Council to streamline its listing and delisting procedures through an independent, transparent and permanent ombudsman.

NAM, an international organization with 120 member states and 21 observer countries, represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members. Members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. 101/211


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