In reaction to the recent resolution passed by the European Parliament, Kazem Jalali, Chairperson of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Parliamentary Relations Group with EP sent a letter to Mrs. Cronberg, the Chair of EP’s Delegation for Relations with Iran. In his letter Jalali strongly criticized the EP’s provocative moves leading to the cancellation of the pre-planned trip of the Iranian delegation to Strasburg.
The letter also said that despite the invitation for Iran to visit Europe and Iran's acceptance of the invitation, the parliament has decided to cancel the group's trip due to the EP's anti-Iran resolution.
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I am writing this letter in response to the invitation extended by Your Excellency to our Parliament inviting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Delegation for Parliamentary Relations with EP to pay an official visit to Strasburg for talks with you and some other EP authorities as well as for participation in the EP Foreign Affairs Committee Meeting and other related programs.
Though I had accepted the invitation for this visit, I have to inform you that the Islamic Republic of Iran Parliamentary Relations Group came to the conclusion to withdraw its earlier decision and cancel this visit. Cancellation of the trip occurs following provocations of some ill-wishers in Europe who are against betterment of bilateral ties, particularly by spurring adoption of an injudicious resolution against the Islamic Republic of Iran ,despite all the appreciative efforts made by you and your Parliamentary Relations Group on one hand and the measures taken by me and Iran’s Parliamentary Relations Group for reaching a mutual understanding and cognition of the realities about both the Islamic of Iran and the European Parliament,
I deem it necessary to underline certain points for your information and that of the EP’s members:
Though EP has issued numerous resolutions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly in recent years, outnumbering 60 resolutions since 2009, nevertheless adoption of the recent resolution was very shocking, most surprisingly following the very recent visit to Iran of the EP’s Delegation for Relations with Iran chaired by you.
This resolution is to be criticized from various aspects:
The resolution has called presidential elections in Iran, particularly the recent presidential election undemocratic. In EP’s notion low voters turnout seems to be considered compliance with democratic standards. One can observe that the average participation of voters in the current EP election was about 43%; a percentage that even declines to less than 38% in many countries. It is funny that the EP with such a low record of participation calls the recent presidential election in Iran with voters’ turnout of 73% undemocratic.
Unfortunately, EP suffers from an extreme case of megalomania. It is the EP’s attitudes that Europeans are a selected nation and the standards accepted by this Parliament must be considered as the criterion++ for measurement of democratic system of other nations and countries. Such standards reveal a typical feature of pure absolutist in the EP’s attitude that is reflected in its adopted resolutions as well as in its behavior. A glaring example of such attitudes can be noticed in the tone of the recent EP’s resolution requiring other countries to fully observe and abide by the EU’s Standards. This is an unreasonable and inexcusable EP’s habit of selfishness.
Today the Europeans and EP should be clearly aware of the fact that nations, depending on their insight and cognizance, hate to experience the old colonial era any more. The Europeans should know that they are making a strategic mistake, if they have come up with a new approach to renovate, in a new form, the habits of their colonial era by resorting to such concepts as their fabricated human rights concepts.
There are myriad of points for discussion on human rights issue. A glance at the history of Europe shows that it had colonized many of the countries across the world. The terrible plight and sufferings of the era of European colonial ruling can be observed in the face of the black and Negro people in Africa, South America, South East Asia and in many other regions of the world. Unfortunately, the disastrous impacts of slave trading of the black inhabitants in Africa can be still observed in this continent.
In Senegal one can closely witness the sites where men, women and children who were taken into slavery in West Africa and were transported to Europe and America. It was also in Europe where the two world wars broke out; the wars that claimed over 50million lives. Genocide of Muslims and innocent people in Bosnia and Herzegovina within three years and the unforgettably lethal massacres in Serbernitsa in the heart of Europe under silent reaction of European countries are not simple events that may fall easily into oblivion. There is a heavy record of such crimes that cannot be listed here.
However, the horrendous tragedy of the massacres in Central Africa in which certain European countries were involved can be underlined as one of the recent anti-human rights acts in the world. Have you and your colleagues witnessed the deadly scenes of mass killings of innocent people in Central Africa? How the massacres took place in Rwanda and Myanmar with the support of European countries can be justified and measured with human rights standards?
The plague of racism can be also referred to be among other disasters that imposed by the West, particularly by certain European countries on some nations. The adverse impact of such ignominious tragedy can be witnessed in certain countries, including South Africa. This is a clear example of Western domineering approach towards other nations. It is also very painful to hear some realities about the era of racial discriminations when the sidewalks were divided at that time into the part signaling passage of both dogs and the black people, and the part signaling passage of the White men.
Today efforts are still underway in many African and Asian countries to eliminate from the face of their countries the horrible remnants of the era of western colonialism, especially that of European countries.
No doubt, Your Excellency is well aware of the current situation in the occupied Palestine and that of the innocent people of Gaza as well as the anti-human rights measures of the Zionist regime as a strategic ally of the Europe and the USA. You remember the tragic days of blood shedding in Sabra and Shatila camps as well as the cruelties of the Zionist regime against the people in South Lebanon. This regime still continues perpetration of its crimes against humanity.
How do you justify and under what standards do you measure terrorists support in countries like Syria and Iraq, and protection of terrorism in Afghanistan with presence of western countries and NATO as well as attacks on civilians, women and children in Pakistan?
Your Excellency is well aware of the fact that the heavy burden of large scale battles against drug-traffickers to cut transit of voluminous amount of drugs smuggled to European destinations rests on the Iranian Law Enforcement Authorities. In the course of such anti-drug trafficking operations many Iranian border guards have been martyred in the transit routes. Despite all such sacrifices on the part of the Iranian law enforcement guards, European countries solely stick to the issuance of statements in this respect and taking some useless decisions. In certain cases, they even raise their objections under human rights excuses against Iran whenever such drug culprits are sentenced to death under the Iranian criminal procedure, while they forget all about the financial and human losses endured by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
May I also draw your kind attention to the fact that the UN documents account for an increase of 40 fold in production of narcotic drugs in Afghanistan. It cannot be denied that certain European countries and the army commanders deployed to Afghanistan share in drug business and transit of narcotic drugs from Afghanistan to other parts of the world.
May I recommend that authorities of European countries to recollect the time when they supplied to Saddam regime chemical and unconventional weapons during the years of Iraqi imposed war and remind the huge number of the victims and casualties of the chemical weapons used in the Iranian Western border cities and in Iraqi border cities, particularly against people of Sardasht and Halabja.
Against this backlash, you are kindly requested to take a quick look at the world history to find within what culture, civilization and territory production of nuclear weapon initiated? What ideological system allowed using nuclear weapons against defenseless people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Which countries paved the grounds for threatening humanity by developing nuclear arsenals, manufacturing nuclear warheads and supplying them to certain countries? On the contrary it is rather appropriate to take a look at the history of Iran to understand how this country avoided using weapons of mass destruction during the 8 year Iraqi imposed war and considers any nuclear programs for military purposes as a red line for itself and for other countries. Contrarily, the US and European countries have allegedly resorted to some groundless accusations in order to deprive Iran from its inalienable rights to peaceful nuclear program despite Iran’s cooperation to remove any ambiguity about the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities, while they have closed their eyes to the Zionist regime arms activities .
The question that has preoccupied the minds of people towards European behaviors concerns double standard approaches of the European countries. How one can possibly interpret the contradictory behavior exercised toward different political systems when it is noted that the most dictatorial regimes in our region are the close strategic allies of Europe and the US; the countries that allegedly have set their focus on human rights and democratic standards. How this contradiction in behavior can be justified? It supports democracy and democratic standards on one hand and on the other hand it defends its oldest dictators in the region. Public opinions in the region can deeply recognize this dichotomy.
Unfortunately, the EP resolution has some unrealistic references to the women rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today, women in the Islamic Iran are present in various social, political and working engagements at the highest managerial and academic levels parallel to men in this country. On the contrary, women are deprived of their minimum fundamental rights in many regional countries recognized as western allies. Even in many of the European countries which allege to respect women rights, one can clearly witness cases of flagrant violations of women freedom, particularly that of women with headscarves.
Since the Islamic Republic of Iran has not accepted any preconditions from any of the visiting European Parliamentary Relations Groups in the past, we shall not allow any such delegations to raise any precondition in future as well. The conduct of EP Delegations for Relations with Iran in its recent visit to Iran, holding certain secret and undiplomatic meetings, cast some doubts in the mind of our people and that of the parliament members in respect of the intents and objectives of this visit. Under no circumstances, visit of this kind will be accepted any more in future.
In conclusion, I would like to underline that resort to such inciting behaviors and issuance of unrealistic resolutions based on unreliable sources of information without having any valid notion of the events taking place in Iran as well as exercise of undiplomatic conducts run counter to the course of easing of relations between Iran and Europe.
I hereby would like to thank Your Excellency’s effort in your capacity as the Chair of Delegation for Relations with Iran for betterment of bilateral ties, but pursuance of double standard policies of the European Parliament against the Iranian nation is under no circumstances acceptable.
Meanwhile, since the European Parliament is in the closing months of its term, we closely monitor the elections for the next term of EP to check the voters’ turnout percentage and the extent of democratic standards that are to be abided by in the coming elections. We are also waiting to see whether the members in the next term of the EP will try to have a more realistic notion towards the issues and realities about Iran or will stick to their illusive approach of superiority for pursuing the world issues.
Kazem Jalali, MP
Islamic Parliament of Iran
Islamic Republic of Iran Delegation for Relations with EP
, European Parliament