Friday, October 28, 2005

Iranian President's comments on Israel to be debated in the European Parliament

World-wide condemnation of Ahmadinejad's comments on Israel continues:

27/10/2005: Iranian President's comments on Israel rejected - to be debated in the European Parliament. Hans-Gert Poettering MEP, EPP-ED Group Chairman

The recent statement of the President of Iran, Mahmut Ahadinedschad, which according to media reports called for "Israel to be wiped off the map" will be debated at the next session of the European Parliament. Hans-Gert Poettering took this initiative this morning and was supported by Hannes Swoboda, Socialist group, and Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Liberal Group.

The comments of the President of Iran are outrageous because they place him on the side of terrorists. The international community must reject these ideas. We stand by Israel and will condemn every attack on its integrity, declared Poettering. The European parliament will renew its support for Israel at its next plenary session in a clear message to Iran.

The EPP-ED Group, the largest political in the European Parliament with 267 Members, has always supported the people of Israel and Palestine and that they should live peacefully within secure borders. Only in this way can a durable peace be secured for the Middle East.