"The age of British colonialism ... is over and the people of this region know best what is in their interest and they do not need foreign guardians to co-operate," Mr Velayati said. Tehran - Reuter
Iran said a British proposal to set up a body to help reduce conflict in the Middle East smacked of colonialism. "Security ...and co-operation between this region's countries is no business of Britain's Foreign Minister," Ali Akbar Velayati, Malcolm Rifkind's Iranian counterpart, said. On Monday he proposed a body similar to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.