Accession to UNTOC To Benefit Iran Greatly
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.