25 September 2009

Meeting between H.E. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and

 the UN Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, met with the UN Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on Friday 25 September 2009 in New York. In this meeting several important issues were discussed.

 The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran stressed that Iran’s nuclear activities are, and have always been, for peaceful purposes, and, therefore, pose no threat whatsoever. He made it clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran as a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, while observing its legal obligations under the Treaty and the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA, is exercising its legitimate right to develop nuclear energy technology for peaceful purposes.

 It was also stressed by the President that the establishment of the new enrichment plant in Iran has been strictly carried out in accordance with Iran’s Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA, and, contrary to the baseless allegations of concealment, Iran has gone far beyond its treaty obligations by informing the Agency 12 months sooner than the timing it is legally required to do so. The Iranian side also added that Iran has acted with utmost transparency in this regard and it should be encouraged for having done so instead of being unfairly criticized.

 The President also said it is of grave concern that the UN Secretary General, instead of waiting for the IAEA, as the competent body, to reflect on this issue, namely the new enrichment facility, has chosen to repeat the same allegations that few western powers are making.

As to regional issues, particularly Iraq and Afghanistan, President Ahmadinejad said that Iran as a neighboring country that has suffered heavily from insecurity and instability in both Iraq and Afghanistan has always helped and stands ready to continue this help to bring about peace, stability and development to these countries. The President also said that the UN should be clear to the United States and its allies in reminding them that their policies in Afghanistan and Iraq are wrong and need to be corrected. The President raised several key questions in this regard and asked “How many other people need to be killed before these wrong policies are corrected? And if not the UN, then which other forum is supposed to ask them to correct their policies?”

Regarding the Palestinian question, the President said that those who have committed crimes in Gaza and have massacred more than 1300 people in a course of 22 days, were supposed to be brought to justice, and in this regard he posed the question if the UN Secretary General is following this important issue.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also asked Mr. Secretary General on what has been done by him to help Palestinians in a situation where while bombs are made easily available to the Israeli regime to kill the innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians there are deprived from receiving their basic needs including medicine, food or even water, as a result of which many people including women and children have lost their lives and many others continue to perish. He then asked the Secretary General if he is doing any thing to help the people of Gaza under these difficult circumstances. The President asked “Who will address these crimes and where should we refer to?”

President Ahmadinejad also stated that Iran condemns all the killings of innocent people that have occurred throughout the history including the killing of tens of millions of civilians in World War II, and believes that there is no justification for these killings, nor can there be any justification for the attempts made by some, particularly by the Zionist regime, to commit new genocides and crimes and to perpetrate a new holocaust in Palestine by referring to the Holocaust.

Regarding certain detainees in Iran, the President said that there is the separation of powers in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Judiciary addresses the case of each individual based on the relevant rules and regulations. He also added that Iran expects the UN Secretary General to devote similar attention to the Iranian nationals who are either detained or imprisoned in US while they are innocent and while they have been denied of their basic rights, and asked the question if the Secretary General has so far done any thing in this regard.

President Ahmadinejad also expressed, yet again, Iran’s readiness to offer its assistance to the Secretary General to fulfill his responsibilities.

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