UN general assembly president blasts Israeli apartheid

The outspoken president of the UN General Assembly accused on Tuesday the United States of demonizing Iran's president and criticizes the International Criminal Court for issuing an arrest warrant for Sudan's leader for war crimes in Darfur. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, a Roman Catholic priest from Nicaragua with openly leftist views, also reiterated that the more he thinks about the conditions that Israel imposes on the Palestinians, the more he tends to think "about apartheid." During a nearly hour-long press conference on Tuesday, d'Escoto insisted he wasn't being divisive or promoting his own agenda - but was just fulfilling his duty as president of the 192-member General Assembly to uphold the UN Charter and promote peace and non-violence.