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News number: 9107135021

14:31 | 2013-01-12

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Envoy Calls on ICRC to Pursue Fate of Kidnapped Iranian Diplomats

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi asked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to launch a probe into the fate of the four Iranian diplomats abducted in Lebanon in 1982.



In a Thursday meeting with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Lebanon, Yorg Montani, Roknabadi said ample evidence and documents suggest the four men are still alive and held in Israel.

He called on international organizations such as the Geneva-based ICRC to seriously follow-up on the issue.

Montani, for his part, gave assurances that the IRCS spares no effort in investigating the fate of the four kidnapped Iranian diplomats.

The then charge d'affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut Seyed Mohsen Mousavi, military attaché Ahmad Motevaselian, embassy technician Taghi Rastegar Moghadam and journalist of the Islamic republic news agency Kazzem Akhavan were kidnapped by the Lebanese mercenary army - also known as the Falangists - at gunpoint at an inspection point in Northern Lebanon on July 4, 1982 and were later handed over to the Israeli army.

Israel has released contradictory reports on the issue. The Zionist regime alleged in a statement last year that the diplomats had never been surrendered to Israel. Elsewhere it claimed in response to a request put forward by the Lebanese Hezbollah group that the four are already dead.

The Lebanese officials have all vowed to pursue the fate of the four abducted Iranian nationals.