TEHRAN – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the Non-Aligned Movement is ready to help reform the inefficient structure of the United Nations.
The president of Iran, which assumed the rotating presidency of NAM for a three-year term on August 30, made the remarks in a speech during the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
In his speech, Ahmadinejad said, “The United Nations does not currently have the necessary efficiency, and the persistence of this situation, I mean losing hopes on the global structure in regard to defending nations’ rights, could seriously undermine international cooperation and the spirit of global cooperation while diminishing the status of the United Nations.”
“The United Nations, which has been established with the aim of promoting justice and restoring universal rights, has gotten caught in the trap of discrimination and has paved the way for the exercise of oppression by a handful of countries against the entire world and has fanned the flames of its inefficiency in practice. The existence of the right of veto and the monopoly of power by the Security Council has led to the restriction of the exertion of rights by and the protection of the rights of nations,” he added.
“We should pool our collective efforts to help reform the structure of the United Nations according to the interests of all and the interests of the world. Given this, it is important to take this point into consideration that the United Nations belongs to nations, and therefore, the existence of discrimination among members is a great insult to nations. The existence of discrimination and monopoly at this organization to whatever extent will not be acceptable,” Ahmadinejad stated.
He also said, “I insistently ask respected members of the General Assembly and Mr. secretary general to seriously put the issue of reforms on their agenda and develop a proper mechanism to implement (reforms).
“The Non-Aligned Movement is ready to provide assistance to the United Nations in (carrying out) this important task.”
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