Iran’s efforts to renew diplomatic relations with Canada — whereas the nation is underneath worldwide strain to launch flight info and conduct a clear investigation into the downing of Flight 752 — has some fearful that Iran is utilizing the tragedy as a bargaining software.

“At this second, they should present some degree of co-operation … earlier than beginning to discuss a diplomatic relationship,” stated Reza Akbari, the president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton. 

“It is completely inappropriate.”

Iran shot down Ukraine Worldwide Airways Flight PS752 in January, killing all 176 folks on board, together with 55 Canadians. Iran initially denied accountability for the incident, however later admitted its position in downing the jetliner. 

The nation has since been accused of stalling worldwide efforts to conduct a clear investigation as Canadian officers proceed to push for the nation to launch the flight recorders concerned within the crash.

Canada lower diplomatic ties with Iran in 2012 over considerations about human rights abuses dedicated by the Iranian regime, expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada and shutting its embassy in Tehran. International Affairs Minister John Baird stated on the time that he seen Iran because the world’s “most important risk to international peace and safety.”

Final week, a spokesperson for Iran’s international affairs ministry stated the nation had spoken to its Canadian counterparts about renewing diplomatic relations between the 2 nations.

In an electronic mail to CBC Information, World Affairs Canada confirmed that Iran had raised “the problem of re-establishing consular relations” with Canadian officers, although the division says its “focus and precedence is on making progress on points associated to PS752.”

Iran benefiting from tragedy, sufferer’s mom says

On Friday, the household of a College of Alberta pupil killed aboard the aircraft gathered in Edmonton to commemorate the lifetime of Amir Hossein Saeedinia — and to name on the Canadian authorities to carry Iran accountable for its actions.

Saeedinia’s mom, Leila Latifi, stated she hoped Canada wouldn’t enable Iran to reopen its embassy in Ottawa. Her household fled Iran after Flight 752 over considerations for his or her security and have now filed for refugee standing in Edmonton. 

Chatting with CBC Information in Farsi by an interpreter, Latifi stated she felt that Iran was utilizing the tragedy to “take benefit” of enhancing its worldwide relationships.

Leila Latifi fled Iran after she says the navy pressured her to not converse publicly concerning the downing of Flight 752, which killed her son. On his birthday Friday, Latifi known as for the Canadian authorities to make sure the victims obtain justice. (Peter Evans/CBC)

Akbari, who was additionally attending the remembrance for Saeedinia, known as any talks to revive diplomatic ties “intestine wrenching”. Edmonton misplaced greater than a dozen folks within the downing of the aircraft. 

“Iran should be prosecuted within the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice for the tragic crime that they’ve finished, for the numerous unanswered questions,” he stated.

Canada’s leverage with Iran

Thomas Juneau, an affiliate professor of worldwide affairs on the College of Ottawa, stated it was common for the 2 nations to be discussing the state of their diplomatic relations.

“Each side have stated that they’re open to the prospect of relaunching these discussions in some unspecified time in the future,” Juneau stated. “So simply talking usually phrases, it isn’t essentially stunning.”

However it might be a misstep to advance these discussions, Juneau warned, earlier than securing the discharge of the airplane’s so-called black packing containers, getting compensation for victims’ households and making certain {that a} absolutely clear investigation shall be carried out.

“Proper now, the motivation of ultimately having that degree of diplomatic illustration is among the solely sources of leverage that we’ve got with Iran. So giving that away … I believe would most likely weaken our hand.”

Canada is pushing to totally take part within the investigation into the downing of Flight 752. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace by way of The Related Press)

Juneau stated that though particulars of talks between Canadian and Iranian officers should not identified,  it is not going that both nation would go so far as reopening their embassies any time quickly. 

There are extra believable options, Juneau stated, equivalent to internet hosting an workplace inside one other nation’s embassy with a purpose to deal with issues like consular providers. 

The worldwide relations professional stated it isn’t stunning that Iran can be stoking conversations about enhancing its relationships presently, provided that it’s at the moment underneath “huge” financial, diplomatic and home strain.

However Canada needs to be very cautious about navigating such talks, Juneau stated. 

“To maneuver in direction of any type of diplomatic re-engagement earlier than these points [are] absolutely resolved — or a minimum of on the way in which to being resolved — politically, that might be very tough for Canada from the angle of the households of the victims.”


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