Ac­ces­sion to UNTOC To Ben­e­fit Iran Greatly

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TEHRAN - Ira­nian for­eign min­istry has as­sured the do­mes­tic crit­ics that the coun­try’s mem­ber­ship in the UN con­ven­tion on fight­ing transna­tional or­ga­nized crime will have nu­mer­ous ad­van­tages for the coun­try.

In a Mon­day state­ment, the Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry’s Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fice stressed that Iran’s ac­ces­sion to the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion against Transna­tional Or­ga­nized Crime (UNTOC), also known as the Palermo Con­ven­tion, will have im­por­tant ben­e­fits for the coun­try.

The state­ment was is­sued in re­sponse to some am­bi­gu­i­ties and ques­tions raised over the neg­a­tive con­se­quences of Iran’s join­ing the con­ven­tion, which was unan­i­mously ap­proved by the Ira­nian Par­lia­ment on Jan­uary 25, 2018.

In its an­nounce­ment, the For­eign Min­istry has un­der­lined that the con­ven­tion can set the stage for bi­lat­eral, mul­ti­lat­eral and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion with other mem­ber states on tack­ling the threats posed by or­ga­nized crime, es­pe­cially in the do­main of ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion and ex­tra­di­tion of crim­i­nals.

“Given the grow­ing im­por­tance, for Iran, of some in­stances of transna­tional or­ga­nized crime such as the smug­gling of his­tor­i­cal items, the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran can pro­mote its ju­di­cial mea­sures on the in­ter­na­tional stage by tap­ping into the po­ten­tial­i­ties of the con­ven­tion,” the re­sponse reads.

The an­nounce­ment high­lights that the UNTOC is the most im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional doc­u­ment in fight­ing transna­tional or­ga­nized crime and serves as a tool to co­or­di­nate ef­forts among gov­ern­ments to ef­fec­tively com­bat dif­fer­ent crimes.

The For­eign Min­istry’s state­ment stresses that the con­ven­tion is only aimed at tack­ling crimes com­mit­ted for fi­nan­cial and ma­te­rial gains such as the smug­gling of nar­cotics, hu­mans and an­tiq­ui­ties.

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