Saturday, 22 December 2012

The Latest from Iran (22 December): "We Are Not Isolated. You Are Isolated"

Ambassador to UN Mohammad Khazaei0650 GMT: Mohammad Khazaei, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, has explained the state of international affairs, focusing on difficutlies for Israel: “The overwhelming majority vote of the [UN] General Assembly’s member states in opposition to the continuation of the Zionist regime’s settlements and its expansion to the occupied lands showed that the regime is becoming more and more isolated in international arenas."

Khazaei said that votes such as this week's 196-6 passage of a non-binding resolution criticising Israel's settlement expansion showed “they must revise Middle Eastern policies, particularly on the Palestinian issue".

Khazaei did not talk about the UN's recent positions on Iran, such as the Security Council's resolutions on the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme or this week's condemnation by the General Assembly of Tehran's human rights violations. However, he complained in a speech during the Assembly vote.

We wonder if any member of this universal body can claim perfection in human rights situation within its territory and should be beyond the international scrutiny. It is a regret that the present system of human rights monitoring opens doors for a selective, arbitrary, partial, and unproductive treatment. 

How Iran avoided isolation with this "selective, arbitrary, and partial treatment" was left unclear.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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