Friday, February 18, 2011

France summoned the Iranian ambassador to protest the arrest of the Spanish consul

Madrid. .- France has called on Thursday the Iranian ambassador in Paris, Seyed Mahdi Miraboutalebi in protest at the arrest "unacceptable" on Monday in Tehran Spanish diplomat Javier Pérez Ignacio Cambra, announced the French Foreign Ministry. The head of French diplomacy, Michèle Alliot-Marie, called for the convening of the Iranian representative this morning at the Quai d'Orsay to transfer the "condemnation" of France for four hours to the arrest of Perez Cambra.

In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry stressed that his arrest is a "violation" of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic and consular relations. The department heads Alliot-Marie has also expressed its "European solidarity" and "support" to the Spanish authorities against the "unacceptable act." Perez Cambra was arrested Monday by plainclothes policemen on his way to the embassy accompanied by one of the drivers of the Embassy, after the presence along the ambassador from a vehicle the demonstrations called by the reformist opposition in the country.

Although always identified as a diplomat, the police ignored his status and never informed him of the reasons for his arrest. Four hours then released without any charges against him. Spain, who called the Monday the Iranian ambassador in Madrid to demand the immediate release of a Spanish diplomat, Tehran has demanded an apology for this action and does not rule out calling its ambassador to Iran if it does not get a satisfactory signal.

The call for consultations is a diplomatic protest tool that practically amounts to a temporary withdrawal of the ambassador until it is considered beyond the mismatch. The government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has only used this formula on one occasion, after the coup in Honduras.

Spain also reported the same Monday to its European partners for the arrest of Perez Cambra and Twenty study a reaction to the events, as confirmed on Wednesday to Europe Press sources close to the High Representative for Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton.

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