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Al-Omari ( YEMEN POST STAFF )
Article Date: May 19, 2008
In a press conference held on Saturday in Sana'a, the member of the Political Bureau for the National Liberation Movement of Ahwaz, Habib Jabr Abu Iyad warned against the hazardous expansion of Iran in Arab countries and referred to what is happening in Sa'ada as one example.
Speaking of Al-Ahwaz, Abu Iyad revealed that Al-Ahwaz principality whose population could reach 8 million people was an Arab sovereign state before being occupied in 1925 by the founder of the modern Iranian state Ridha Khan Al-Bahlawi.
He also presented a brief history of Al-Ahwaz Princedom and its Arab and Islamic civilization, stressing that the occupied principality of Al-Ahwaz contains 95 percent of Iran's strategic oil reserves and 80 percent of natural gas.
Further, the principality's annual production of wheat flour is 3 million tons and its total area reaches 324,000 km2.
Abu Eyad mentioned that the Arab population of Al-Ahwaz has been struggling and resisting the Persian occupation since 1925, maintaining that there have been over 15 intifadas (uprising) since then.
However, the Ahwazi resistance is negatively or positively influenced by the events on the Arab arena, being the strategic depth for the Arab people in Al-Ahwaz, according to Abu Eyad.
He went on to say that the last uprising was on April 15 of 2005 when Ahwazi Arab people took to streets in all cities in protest against the practices of the Persian occupation forces.
The encounter with the security forces resulted in killing and injuring hundreds of Arab people in Al-Ahwaz.
Abu Eyad maintained that the Iranian conservative parliament declined to enact the disable articles 15 and 19 of the Iranian constitution which gives populations under Persian occupation part of their cultural rights, and not political rights.
He went on to say that resistance against what he called the Persian enemy will continue and will have more vigor and fierceness, emphasizing that it will not stop as long as the Arabs don’t support them.
Replying to a question by Yemen Post reporter as for the impact of overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athi regime and the tension between America and Iran, Abu Eyad asserted that brothers in Iraq were the key supporters.
He added that the catastrophe Arab nations saw in 1990 and subsequent Gulf war caused a rift in Arab relations as well as the occupation of Iraq in 2003 have passively affected the Ahwazi resistance.
Additionally, Abu Eyad noted that the Ahwazi issue is more known to western countries and international organizations than Arab countries, assuring that the secretary general of the Arab League Amr Musa declined in 2004 to adopt the Ahwazi issue.Abu Eyad, a member of the Political Bureau of the Ahwazi Liberation Movement seeks to exploit the tense and chilli relations between Yemen and Iran over the crisis in Sa’ada in an effort to advocate his people’s issue and to warn against the danger of Iranian expansion in Arab countries evidenced by Al-Houthi rebellion in Sa’ada.