UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ Joshua Lott)
NEW YORK – The Geneva-based NGO UN Watch issued a call for UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon to officially distance the UN from an “anti-terrorism” conference in
Iran, which claims to have the UN’s and Ban’s endorsement.
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Executive Director, Hillel Neuer, sent letters to both Ban and US Ambassador to
the UN Susan Rice regarding the conference, titled “International Conference on
Global Fight Against Terrorism,” which took place this past
Neuer called the conference “the height of cynicism,” citing
Iran’s prominent role in sponsoring and training terrorists from Hezbollah,
Hamas and Islamic Jihad – as well as aiding the Syrian regime in its efforts to
suppress current demonstrations against it.
“The opening message by
Iranian Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei attacked the United States,
Britain and some Western governments, as having a ‘black record in terrorist
behaviors,’ ‘satanic world powers,’ and ‘terrorist organizations’ such as the
Zionism International Agency,” Neuer’s letter to Ban stated.
stated on the conference’s website that “the creation and growth of the wild and
blind terrorism is basically the result of the wicked policy of America and
England,” and that “it is a duty for all Muslims to confront and fight this
inauspicious offspring which is the clear example of corruption on earth and
fighting with God.”
The conference’s website shows cartoons depicting,
among other provocative images, a bloody fingerprint in the colors of the
American flag, as well as the Statue of Liberty holding a stick of dynamite in
her iconic hand.
Neuer wrote that his organization was “alarmed” that the
homepage of the conference features a UN logo – implying UN sponsorship – but
also “appears to have received a special message from you that was read out in
person by a UN representative in Tehran.”
The report goes on to say that
“Ban thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for organizing the
Neuer’s letter expressed concern that both Ban and the UN
are being exploited.
“It harms the credibility of the world body,
contradicts the principles of the UN Charter, and aids and abets the sponsors of
terrorism in their global propaganda,” Neuer wrote. “We urge you to publicly
distance yourself and the UN from this shameful conference.”
spokesperson for the UN gave no comment other than to say that “the UN believes
that it is important for all nations to work together in the fight against