Iran: Palestinian Success at UN to Help Restore Rights

The recognition of Palestine''s statute as a non-member observer state in the United Nations is an opportunity to restore the rights of Palestine, Iranian Foreign Minister Ramin Mehmanparast said here on Saturday,according to Prensa Latina.

As the president of the Non-Aligned Movement, Iran expresses its solidarity with Palestine, said Ramin Mehmanparast.
The non-member condition gives Palestine the possibility to denounce the war crimes committed by the Israeli regime before the international community, said the Iranian Foreign Minister.
He added that the Iranian government thinks the statute is "the first step for Palestine to earn complete sovereignty over its occupied lands, the return to their homeland and maintaining the resistance against Israel.
On November 29, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) was supported by 138 UN members in its initiative to become a non-member observer state, despite an intense campaign by the United States and "Israel".


Iran tries to settle crisis in Syria in a peaceful way,says Larijani

Tehran, (ST)-According to the report of Majlis News Agency (Nation House), Ali Larijani who is in Iraq upon an invitation of his Iraqi counterpart, affirmed  "Iran is trying to settle crisis in Syria in a peaceful way, but unfortunately interference of certain countries have created problems for Syrian people,according to IRNA.

"Achieving peace in Syria depends on holding dialogue between domestic sides and that the international statesmen should play an effective role in creation of stability and tranquility in Syria,'he added.

He went on to say that the opposite sides in Syria should consider national interests and think about their own people.


Mass rally held against Mursi

Tens of thousands of people have held protests in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers.

Flag-waving demonstrators chanted slogans accusing the president and the Muslim Brotherhood of betraying last year's revolution.

On Monday Mr Mursi sought to defuse the crisis by saying the decree granting him new powers was limited in scope,according to BBC.

However, his opponents want him to withdraw the measure completely.

Ahead of Tuesday's rally, opposition activists clashed with police protecting the nearby US embassy. A protester, who was in his fifties, died of a heart attack after inhaling tear gas.

Activists later converged on Tahrir Square - the main focus of the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak - for one of the largest demonstrations to date against Mr Mursi.

Some journalists joined the protests

"The people want to bring down the regime," marchers chanted, echoing slogans used in last year's protests.

"We don't want a dictatorship again. The Mubarak regime was a dictatorship. We had a revolution to have justice and freedom," protester Ahmed Husseini was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

Journalists, lawyers and opposition figures - including Nobel Peace prize laureate Mohammed ElBaradei- joined Tuesday's rally,

"The main demand is to withdraw the constitutional declaration," said Amr Moussa, a former Arab League chief who has joined the opposition.

Protests were also held in Alexandria and other cities.

The president's decree - known as the constitutional declaration - said no authority could revoke his decisions.

President Mursi says he wants to find common ground

There is a bar on judges dissolving the assembly drawing up a new constitution. The president is also authorised to take any measures to preserve the revolution, national unity or safeguard national security.

Critics say the decree, issued last Thursday, is an attack on the judiciary. It has sparked violent protests across the country.

On Monday Mr Mursi told senior judges that the scope of the measure would be restricted to "sovereign matters", designed to protect institutions.

Egypt's union of judges, known as the Judges Club, rejected the president's statement, calling it "worthless" and said they would continue to suspend work in courts.



Iran underscores peaceful reforms in Syria

Iraq(ST)-Iran Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s call for peaceful reforms in the crisis-hit Syria.

“The Islamic Republic believes that the Syrian reforms should be carried out under a peaceful and calm atmosphere,” Larijani said on Tuesday on the sidelines of his meeting with Iraqi clerics ".

“The Syrian issue is a bitter incident for the entire region and the supply of arms by certain governments [to Syrian armed groups ] has caused a lot of problems for Syria,” he added.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the government forces are foreign nationals.

Damascus blames Turkey along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and a number of Western countries for fanning the flames of violence in the country.


Dialogue Best Way for Crisis in Syria,says Mehmanparast

TEHRAN, ( ٍST) Ramin Mehmanparast ,Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, affirmed that the best way for solving the crisis in Syria is through ending violence and adopting a dialogue and holding elections.

In a televised interview aired  by the Iranian media on Tuesday, Mehmanparast asserted that the Western countries that reject dialogue, support armed groups and calling for  foreign intervention in Syria are trying to fulfill hidden agendas and goals.