UN’s Ban yet to comment on attending NAM summit

State Dept. spokeswoman says Iran undeserving of high-level delegations from Egypt, UN for Non-Aligned Movement meeting.

August 22, 2012 00:42
1 minute read.
UN's Ban and Iran's Ahmadinejad shake hands [file]

Ban and Ahmadinejad 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A day after the United States publicly called on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon not to go to Tehran Sunday to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement’s leadership summit, Ban’s office Tuesday refused to say whether he had decided to attend.

A spokesman in his office offered only a “no comment” on Iranian media reports saying Ban finalized his plans to attend the summit of the 120- country NAM. At that meeting, the Islamic Republic will take over the bloc’s three-year rotating presidency.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Asked directly whether Ban had yet made up his mind regarding whether to attend, the spokesman repeated that he would not comment on media reports. The summit is scheduled to begin Sunday.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday – when asked about the possibility of Ban attending, as well as the scheduled attendance of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy – that the US does not think Iran “is deserving of these high-level presences that are going there.”

“Iran is going to try to manipulate this NAM summit and the attendees to advance its own agenda, and to obscure the fact that it is failing to live up to multiple obligations that it has to the UN Security Council, the International Atomic Energy Agency and other international bodies,” she said.

Nuland said the US hoped that those who do attend the conference will take the opportunity of any meetings with Iran’s leaders “to press them to come back into compliance, to use the opportunity of the P5+1 talks [with world powers US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany] to come clean about their nuclear program, and take up all of the other concerns that the international community has about Iran’s behavior.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with Ban some two weeks ago and urged him against attending the conference, saying that doing so would grant international legitimacy to Iran. Diplomatic officials said that if Ban attends, a number of other leaders of NAM states may follow.

Diplomatic officials have played down the significance of Morsy’s visit, the first Egyptian presidential visit to Iran in some 30 years.

Morsy’s attendance at the meeting was not within the framework of bilateral ties, the officials said, but rather to transfer the leadership of NAM – which Egypt has held over the last three years – to Iran.

Related Content

Bushehr nuclear Iranian
August 5, 2014
Iran and the bomb: The future of negotiations