Iran urges better UN efforts to defend Palestinians against Israel

Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad KhazaeiPress TV  -(Fri Mar 29, 2013) Iran UN envoy has pleaded with the head of the world body for more UN support of the Palestinian people against persistent Israeli atrocities, including economic blockades against Palestinians and detention and torture of children.

Mohammad Khazaei, who also serves as the chairman of the coordination center of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), met with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council president on Thursday as part of a group representing Palestinian, Islamic and Arab organizations. During the meetings, he pressed for more practical steps on the part of the UN to make the Zionist regime accountable for its actions against the Palestinian population in Gaza and other Palestinian territories.
In a press briefing following the meetings, Khazaei said he had reminded the UN officials of the continuing Zionist aggressions against the Palestinian nation, including the freezing of tax revenues collected from the Palestinian people, the detention, interrogation and torture of Palestinian youth by the Tel Aviv regime, as well as the expansion of Zionist settlements and the issue of al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Responding to questions regarding the illegal Arab League move in turning over Syria’s seat at the organization to anti-Damascus insurgents and the possibility of attempting similar efforts at the United Nations, the Iranian envoy strongly rejected the idea as “a very dangerous move” that undermines international laws and regulations.
He also warned that if such efforts are extended from regional organizations to the world body, it would lead the United Nations towards disintegration and total collapse.
If insurgent gangs and opposition groups were to replace governments in regional and international organizations, it would definitely set a dangerous precedent, Khazaei insisted.
On March 6, the Arab League called on Syria’s opposition National Coalition “to form an executive body to take up Syria’s seat” at the upcoming summit, which was held in Doha on Tuesday, March 26.
In November 2011, the Arab League suspended membership of Syria, which is a founding member of the organization.
Iraq and Algeria are the only countries that have expressed reservations for the summit, while Lebanon has opposed the decision.

Press TV -(Sat Mar 30, 2013) Iran’s UN envoy calls for intl. pressure on Israel over Tel Aviv rights abuses

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations serves as the chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the 120 nation, the Non-Aligned Movement.
It was in that capacity that he and other NAM delegates met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council President on Israeli crimes against Palestinians. 
They called for the UN to do more to pressure Israel into abiding by international law.
The UN Human Rights Council has issued several reports condemning illegal Israeli settlement-building in occupied lands — as well as the lack of due process for the thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
For the most part — Israel tends to ignore such reports — even when action is called for by the UN Secretary-General.
The Arms Trade Treaty talks have been going on for years — and while most nations agree that regulation of the world’s arms trade is needed — details keep getting in the way.
In his statement — Khazaee said that there were simply too many key issues left out — such as drones — and he added that flaws and loopholes leave the text susceptible to politicization — manipulation — and discrimination.
The simple issue of a nation’s right to acquire conventional weapons to defend itself — he said — was sadly not addressed. 
In the end — though many member states were said to be unhappy with the text — it was Khazaee who voted against the draft treaty along with Syria and North Korea.
Khazaee added — in his statement — that special language had been added in the text to protect US individuals’ right to own weapons to satisfy US special interests — even when law groups have said the treaty wouldn’t have any impact on individual ownership. 
The text — as is — is said to be headed to the UN General Assembly for a vote — where member states’ opinions of it will likely be much more clear.

IRNA -(Fri Mar 29, 2013) Iran envoy confers with UN, Security Council chiefs

Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee here on Thursday evening held talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the Security Council Vitaly Churkin on the Zionist regime atrocities in the occupied Palestine.
Continuation of Gaza blockade, expansion of Zionist regime settlements in Gaza and the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails were major issues discussed in the meetings.
Khazaee, who attended the meetings, as representative of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states, urged the UN chief to take action to halt Zionist regimeˈs aggressions and make the regime adhere to international laws.
Representatives of the Arab League and the Arab group at the United Nations and the Palestinian representative at the UN were also present in the meetings.

IRNA (Sat Mar 30, 2013) Khazaˈie talks with UN Sec Gen, UNSC rotating head on Palestine

Iranˈs Permanent UN Envoy here Friday elaborated on his Thursday meeting with UN Secretary General and rotating head of the UN Security Council on current status in occupied Palestine.
Islamic Republic of Iranˈs Permanent Ambassador in the United Nations Mohammad Khazaˈie who was speaking exclusively with IRNA, said, ˈI asked Mr. Ban Ki moon and the rotating head of the UNSC from Russia, Vitali Curkin, to act a practically and seriously aimed at urging the Zionist regime to heed its international commitments and to response to the UNSC demands.ˈ
Khazaˈie added, ˈDuring the course of the recent months the situation in the occupied lands has deteriorated and based on our ratification at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), it was agreed that I, as the rotating head of NAM at the UN, along with the head of the UN Arab Countries Group, the head of UN Palestine Committee, and the Ambassador of Palestince at the UN would have a meeting with the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki moon and the Rotating President of the UNSC Mr. Vitali Curkin.ˈ
He added, ˈParticularly after the increased pressure and aggressive moves of the Zionist regime against the Palestinians, the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the rotating head of NAM, started intensive consultation in this respect.ˈ
The permanent ambassador of Iran at the UN added, ˈAfter discussing the matter at NAM it was eventually decided that the discussions with the UN Secretary General and the UNSC would be pursued at a different level, and the Thursday meeting, too, was in line with that decision.ˈ
He added, ˈMany communiqués are issued and many words are spoken and heard, but no move is made in practice, and we have even been witnesses to the confiscation of the money and the taxes of the Palestinians by the usurper Zionist regime.ˈ
Referring to a recent UNICEF report, he said, ˈMore than 200 Palestinian children are kept at the Zionist regime prisons.ˈ
Khazaˈie said that in his Thursday meeting with UN Secretary General I also talked about the situation of the occupied Holy Qods (Jerusalem) the Palestinian prisoners, the imposed pressure against them, and also Gaza issue and the need for full lifting of the remainder of its siege.
Khazaˈie added, ˈThe issue of construction of Zionist settlements, too, was among the important axes of our discussions.ˈ
He emphasized, ˈIn my meeting with Mr. Ban Ki moon, I, as the representative of NAM, asked for practical moves aimed at urging the Zionist regime to heed its international responsibilities and to respond to the UNSCˈs demands.ˈ
The permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the United Nations added, ˈIn my meeting with the head of the UNSC, too, I asked for taking serious steps regarding the aggressive moves of the Zionist regime.ˈ
Khazaˈie also informed IRNA that in near future serious steps in this regard would be taken at the UN.
Responding to questions regarding the illegal Arab League move in turning over Syria’s seat at the organization to anti-Damascus insurgents and the possibility of attempting similar efforts at the United Nations, the Iranian envoy strongly rejected the idea as “a very dangerous move” that undermines international laws and regulations.
He also warned that if such efforts are extended from regional organizations to the world body, it would lead the United Nations towards disintegration and total collapse.
If insurgent gangs and opposition groups were to replace governments in regional and international organizations, it would definitely set a dangerous precedent, Khazaˈie insisted.
On March 6, the Arab League called on Syriaˈs opposition National Coalition ˈto form an executive body to take up Syriaˈs seatˈ at the upcoming summit, which was held in Doha on Tuesday, March 26.
In November 2011, the Arab League suspended membership of Syria, which is a founding member of the organization.
Iraq and Algeria have expressed reservations for the summit, while Lebanon has opposed the decision.

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