GENEVA - Iran's foreign minister
challenged Western countries Monday to explain if they helped Israeli
"terror brigades" assassinate a senior Hamas commander, saying their
silence was undermining calls to fight terrorism.
Mottaki told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday that Britain,
France, Germany, Australia, Austria and Ireland should answer questions
about their role in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, whose body was
found in his room at a luxury Dubai hotel on January 19.
naming the countries because the alleged assassins used forged copies
of their passports, said "their security services, the intelligence
people or a part of their governments" may have been involved.
seems that the terror brigades of the Zionist regime, which were very
active in the 1970s and 1980s, are once again revitalizing and becoming
active," Mottaki told journalists through a translator. "What are
Western countries doing? What is the relation of Western countries with
this terror and assassination?"
Israel's UN mission declined
comment. The French Foreign Ministry in Paris said Mottaki's accusation
was "not credible" and deserved no comment.