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UK-IRAN: Tehran’s Mayor Plan to Iran-Iraq Bury War Victims in London Embassy
Head of British Parliament's foreign relations committee tells Radio Farda that Tehran Mayor's plan to bury Iran-Iraq war soldiers in Iran's embassy in London may involve health officials, as well as municipal goverment's permissions. A plan to bury victims of the Iran-Iraq war at Iranian embassies in European capitals added another wrinkle to the UK-Iran’s already tense relations. Conservative mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinezhadannounced that in order to attract international attention to the plight of the one million Iranians who died during the 1980-88 war, Tehran would export a symbolic number of their corposes for burial in Iran’s embassies in Europe. The mayor's earlier plan to bury dead soldiers in Tehran squares met with strong opposition from government officials and the press.
Britain’s foreign office has no comment on the plan, since it has not received any official word from Iran, a spokesman at the Britain’s foreign office tells Radio Farda.
Head of the British Parliament’s foreign relations committee Donald Anderson tells Radio Farda’s London correspondent Shahran Tabari that Britain would have no objection to a memorial building for war heroes. However, he adds, if the plan includes shipping bodies of soldiers to Britain, it would require health officials’ permission. Burying corpses in places other than cemeteries requires special permissions and building permits, he adds.