Iran will take action on Kobani if asked: Afkham
Iran Press TV
Wed Oct 8, 2014 11:19AM GMT
Iran's Foreign Ministry says Tehran is ready to take practical measures in dealing with the ongoing chaotic situation in the northern Syrian city of Kobani if it receives an official request from Damascus.
"Kobani is a part of Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity and if this government makes a request and asks for any assistance, we are ready to help," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
She added that Iran would dispatch humanitarian aid and medicine to people in Kobani as soon as possible.
Noting that the Syrian government has not asked Iran for any action against the ISIL terrorists, Afkham said, "We have always announced that national sovereignty and international norms and conventions should be dealt with carefully in every operation against terrorism.'
Her remarks come as Kurdish fighters in Kobani are getting the upper hand amid urban warfare between them and the Takfiri ISIL terrorists.
A UK-based Syrian opposition group says over 400 people have been killed in the three weeks of battle around Kobani. The fatalities include 220 ISIL terrorists, 170 Kurdish fighters and over 20 civilians.
The intense fighting for the strategic town has forced nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey.
Afkham further dismissed the latest 'unilateral and unrealistic' report by the UN Human Rights Rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.
"This report has been drafted without observing [international] regulations and duties of human rights officials and lacks the necessary legal standing," she said.
The Iranian spokeswoman cast doubt on Shaheed's "unfair and unscientific" performance which violates principles of international regulations.
In his September report, Shaheed alleged that Iran refuses to respect minorities' rights and claimed that the Islamic Republic's judiciary has not been fair. Tehran categorically denies the claims.
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