Iran Wants War-Crimes Court to Try Israel

Published November 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's foreign minister called Sunday for the creation of a war-crimes tribunal to handle Israeli "crimes" in the occupied territories. 

"These crimes are very serious and it is necessary to create an Israeli war-crimes court to put a stop to them," Kamal Kharazi told a conference in Tehran on the Middle East situation. 

"It is also necessary for the UN Security Council to establish security zones in the occupied territories and send international observers to avoid any new massacres," he said. 

Iran does not recognize the Jewish state and has given its full backing for the latest Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, against Israel, which has left more than 240 people dead, most of them Palestinians. 

"All Palestinian groups must unite to continue the resistance," Kharazi said, adding: "The international community must support the declaration of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital." 

He also reiterated Tehran's frequent calls for support from Muslims countries worldwide for the Palestinian cause. 

The two-day conference opened with a message from Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, who underlined Iran's call for the right of all Palestinians to return to their homeland. 

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the Palestinians would be forced to take up arms against the Israelis, because they will never be able to "content themselves with stones" -- TEHRAN (AFP)  



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