Iran's Representative to UN Refutes UPI's Claim

Published June 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Spokesman of Iran's Permanent Envoy to the UN refuted Wednesday a "false" report published Tuesday by the UPI news agency, which quoted an American official as saying that "it had been possible not to have members of Iranian official delegation fingerprinted by US authorities " upon arrival in New York to attend the UN-sponsored 'Beijing+5' meeting, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA). 

The Iranian envoy was quoted as saying that the US Immigration Office's decision not to fingerprint the official delegation came on a request by their American hosts and Iran's Representative office to the UN had not any role in that concern.  

Meanwhile, seven members of an Iranian NGO, accompanying the official delegation were demanded to be fingerprinted, said the agency. 

They protested that US authorities demanded their fingerprints upon arrival, but decided to miss the conference. 

The Iranian envoy said that such a move by US authorities is baseless and "we have complained to the UN for such treatment." 

"We had been invited by the United Nations, so US immigration officials had no right to fingerprint us," member of the Islamic Revolution Women's Association, Sediqeh Hejazi told the agency Monday upon arriving in Iran - Albawaba.com  

 

 

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