|Velayati calls Ban least capable UN chief||
TEHRAN – Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, has censured remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on human rights situation in Iran.
In a report to the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, Ban claimed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to fulfill campaign promises to allow greater freedom of expression.
He also called for the immediate release of the two opposition leaders - Mehdi Karroubi and Mirhossein Mousavi - presidential candidates in 2009, who have been under house arrest since 2011.
In his report, Ban also said, “Both offline and online (news) outlets continue to face restrictions including closure.”
Velayati, a former foreign minister, said, “Mr. Ban has been almost the most powerless secretary general of the United Nations since 1945 and he has not done anything effective to resolve the crises facing the Islamic world.”
Ban is totally in the hands of the United States and repeats “whatever the U.S. officials ask him to say through the United Nations’ podium”, he added.
“Ban never takes any practical measure for the resolution of global crises and the world’s problems… he is a U.S. agent,” Velayati said.
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