UN chief discusses nuclear issue,Syria and human rights with Iran..UN gets slammed
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday held talks with Iranian leaders on such issues as nuclear standoff, Syria and human rights ahead of a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Iran’s capital Tehran, Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.
Nesirky, who is currently with the secretary-general in Tehran to attend the NAM summit, made the statement to reporters here as he was speaking via a phone connection from Iran.
“The secretary-general arrived in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier today, he just finished a series of meetings with Iranian officials, including the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” the spokesman said.
Nesirky said that the secretary-general also had a separate meeting with Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani.
“The secretary-general had an extensive encounter with President Ahmadinejad, and that was followed by his meeting with the supreme leader,” the spokesman said.
“In all these meetings, the secretary-general has conveyed the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional stability and the welfare of the Iranian people,” he said, adding these issues included Iran’s nuclear program, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria.
Both the American and the Israeli regimes had urged the UN secretary-general to refrain from attending the NAM summit and had even termed Ban’s possible trip to Tehran a “big mistake.”
More than 100 members of the NAM have indicated their willingness to take part in the upcoming NAM summit.
Iran’s supreme leader opened the fifth day of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran by blasting the UN as an “overt dictatorship.” The remarks were made in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
NAM’s tri-annual gathering is attended by leaders of 120 developing nations – including India, Pakistan, and Lebanon – and represents the largest single voting bloc in the UN General Assembly.
The summit, which concludes on Friday, is viewed as a chance for Iran to assert a degree of authority it is never granted by Western countries. But Thursday’s events saw Tehran embroiled in controversies with both the UN and Egypt.
“The UN Security Council has an irrational, unjust and utterly undemocratic structure, and this is an overt dictatorship,”Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
Ban refused to ignore the blunt statement and shot back at Iran in his own address, saying that Iran should build confidence in its controversial nuclear program by “fully complying with the relevant (UN) Security Council resolutions and thoroughly cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”
The remarks came just one day after the UN chief told Iranian leaders to take steps to prove the country’s nuclear program is peaceful.
banki in the lions den..and wearing some criticism..good..should be more…he runs one of the most dangerous groups in human history..