TEHRAN, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested the United Nations should consider forest destruction and polluting environment as an "environmental crime, "the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.
The suggestion was made by Ahmadinejad in a statement issued on Sunday on the occasion of the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, said the report.
In the statement, Ahmadinejad called on the United Nations to create a mechanism upon which any act like destructing forests or polluting the environment would be considered as an "environmental crime."
The suggestion was aimed at reducing pressures exerted by wars on environment and natural resources, the statement was quoted as saying.
It also urged international community to "formulate, accept and implement an international convention on preventing the exploitation of environment in war and armed conflict," according to the report.
On November 5 of 2001, the General Assembly of United Nations declared November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. In taking this action, it considered that damage to the environment in times of armed conflict impairs ecosystems and natural resources long after the period of conflict, often extending beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation.
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