Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Landmines: Iran supports clearing mine-contaminated sites

Source: IRNA

Tehran, April 8, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday voiced IranĖˆs readiness to join any action to clear sites which are contaminated with mines and armaments

The President made the remarks in a message to a gathering on the occasion of World Mine Awareness Day.

He said Iran, inspired by the humanitarian teachings of Islam, has always encouraged peace, stability and tranquility for the international community.

The President noted that 42,000 square meters of the Iranian territories are contaminated with mines, remains of cluster arms and explosives used during eight years of Iraqi-imposed war.

That is why, he reiterated, the country backs any national, regional and international mine clearance actions.

He stressed the importance of responsibility of the relevant international bodies as well as every individual world countries in this regard.

President Rouhani said using regular arms are necessary to confront potential threats and also to deter terrorist operations but unfortunately some of such weapons like mines have side effects far beyond the targets they were devised for.

He said use of mines in conflicts makes them remain for ever in the lands even after the end of the wars causing many humanitarian, social, economic and environmental calamities in peace times.