Rouhani on peace process: Whatever the Palestinians accept, Iran will accept

Iranian president also asked to clarify stance on Holocaust, says Iran condemns crimes committed by Nazis against all people.

September 27, 2013 16:39
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Iranian President Hassan Rohani at Council on Foreign Relations and Asia Society event, Sept 26 2013

Rouhani at Asia Society forum 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Keith Bedford)


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Whatever peace agreement that Palestinian people accept, Iran will accept as well, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in New York.

Asked about the peace process at a forum sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society on Thursday, Rouhani stressed that “the decision makers about Palestine are the people of Palestine,” according to an interpreter.

When asked to clarify his stance on his views on the Holocaust, Rouhani provided a similar answer to the one he gave CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the translation of which was contested in Tehran.

“We condemn the crimes [done] by [the] Nazis in World War II and regrettably these crimes were committed against many groups, many people were killed – including a group of Jewish people,” he said.

“We condemn [the Nazis’] crimes in general. We condemn the murder and killing of innocent people always. It makes no difference to us whether this person... was Jewish or Christian or Muslim.

There’s just no difference in our eyes,” he continued.

Much like the CNN interview, Rouhani also asserted that “if the Nazis committed a crime, this does not mean that the price paid for it should be done by other people elsewhere,” in a comment seemingly referring to Palestinians.

“This is not, and should not, be served as any justification to push out from their homes a group of people because of what the Nazis did,” he said.

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