UN Congratulates Iran President

UN Congratulates Iran PresidentThe United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, sent a letter this Tuesday, August 11, to Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulating him on his inauguration as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The United Nations said that Mr. Ban Ki-moon had congratulated Mr. Ahmadinejad and “the letter went out yesterday” said UN spokeswoman Ms. Marie Okabe, who later said that letter was a “customary letter sent to leaders after they are elected or re-elected and that it did not represent an endorsement of Mr. Ahmadinejad but added that the text would not be made public, without explaining the reason for that secrecy.

Ms. Okabe added that the letter “takes advantage of the occasion of the inauguration to express the hope that Iran and the United Nations will continue to cooperate closely in addressing regional and global issues.

Despite Ms. Okabe assertion that the text of the letter “would not be made public“, this is the translation of the Mehr News Agency’s article about the letter, Farsi to English translation by Payvand News: “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated and invited Ahmadinejad to UN assembly on Sept. 22. UN Secretary-General congratulated the re-election of Dr. Ahmadinejad. United Nations likes to strengthen interaction with the president and government of Islamic Republic of Iran in different regional and international issues.

Iran’s highly contested elections of June 12, lead to the re-election of President Ahmadinejad. The results of these elections are disputed and rejected by many in Iran which lead to the biggest internal crisis in Iran in the last 30 years since the Islamic revolution and erupted in protests that left tens of people dead due to the violent reaction of the government police and other extremists.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other Human Rights organizations have urged Mr. Ban Ki-moon to send a representative to Iran to press for the release of those arrested after the last elections. We would add our voice to urge Mr. Ban Ki-moon to press the government of Iran to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the deaths, beatings and the violations of Human Rights during and after the last elections.

The UN had a dismal record on Human Rights inside the UN and globally since Mr. Ban Ki-moon assumed office as the 8th UN Secretary General on January 1, 2007; his 4-year term will expire at the end of 2010.

Please see our first post on Iran, UN Silence on Iran.

M. Alaadin A. Morsy

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