Committee Ponders Formally Acknowledging 1953 Coup
If Conditions Right and Iran Makes Similar Admissions
LONDON, July 14, 2014 — The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has completed a new report on “UK policy toward Iran”, though its conclusions could nearly as easily apply to its Yankee friends across the pond.
“It would be in the UK's interest to have a mature and constructive relationship with Iran on many levels: political, strategic, commercial and cultural.”, it states. “Yet this remains an ideal which is far from being achieved. Relations between the UK and Iran have been strained for years and suffer from lack of trust on both sides, born of a fear that one side is seeking to destabilise or thwart the other, and a perception on both sides that their interests rarely coincide. This perception has been reinforced by missed opportunities at various times by both countries.”
The report also considers the effect of Britain’s alliance with America on UK-Iran relations. “Has the UK allowed itself to be too closely identified with the US?” it asks almost rhetorically. The inverse of this question was proven to be an enormously significant factor in the previous century, during the fervid Anglo-American oil negotiations with Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh.
Of direct significance to the former Premier is a section which contemplates an exchange of goodwill gestures, including the idea of formally acknowledging for the first time the UK role in the 1953 coup, and recognizing the trauma of the bloody Iran-Iraq War. The suggestion is contingent on the political climate at the time and the assurance that Iran will offer similar nods pertaining to its support for terrorism and the 2011 mob attack on the British embassy in Tehran.
During a 2005 discussion on Anglo-Iranian relations, one Parliamentarian who brought up the 1953 coup commented, “The present Government do not need to apologize for our past behavior; however, we need to be aware of it...” Dr. Mossadegh was evoked at another House of Lords session in 2006, when four members from three different parties raised the issue of the enduring Iranian resentment related to his overthrow.
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