TEHRAN, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
suggested the United Nations should consider forest destruction and
polluting environment as an “environmental crime, “the official IRNA
news agency reported on Monday.
The suggestion was made by Ahmadinejad in a statement issued on
Sunday on the occasion of the International Day for Preventing the
Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, said the
In the statement, Ahmadinejad called on the United Nations to create a
mechanism upon which any act like destructing forests or polluting the
environment would be considered as an “environmental crime.”
The suggestion was aimed at reducing pressures exerted by wars on
environment and natural resources, the statement was quoted as saying.
It also urged international community to “formulate, accept and
implement an international convention on preventing the exploitation of
environment in war and armed conflict,” according to the report.
On November 5 of 2001, the General Assembly of United Nations
declared November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing
the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. In
taking this action, it considered that damage to the environment in
times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural res… >>>