Mottaki calls for global cooperation, solution to current problems

Iran Materials 23 June 2006 17:25 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday new developments have been created in the international arena requiring global solutions and international cooperation.

In a meeting with the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Louis Arbor in the headquarters of the new UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mottaki called for identifying the weak and strong points of former commission to prevent further mistake, reports Trend.

Opposing unilateralism, Mottaki said council members should be offered the opportunity to play a role in global cooperation.

"We think the strong presence of the council and Muslim participation in this regard is of great significance," he said.

He pointed out that the UNHC should examine the status of human rights in developing countries without any discrimination.

"It should not be believed that all is appropriate in developed countries in human rights terms," he said.

Mottaki said respect to cultural and religious diversity will create a comprehensive global approach in judgments about human rights, voicing Iran's readiness to reinforce ties and enhance cooperation with the new UN Human Rights Council to help improve human rights and justice.

He thanked Arbor for replying his request about a probe into the status of human rights in Western countries and the US prison in Guantanamo Bay.

"We want all governments to respect international rules. We reiterate that such activities should be comprehensive, not biased and based on justice," he said.

Referring to the concerns of the family of the murdered Keyvan Tabesh about Canada's investigation into this case, Mottaki called on the high commissioner of the human rights to follow up the case.

Louis Arbor for his part hoped the new council can make big steps in its activities particularly with respect to governments.

He added that cooperation and contribution of governments into promotion of human rights throughout the world is a challenge facing the new council.

Arbor said rights of minorities are prioritized in the new council which will also bring the status of the rights of Muslims in Western countries into the limelight of the council.