Ahmadinejad to Ban: Iran has devised plan to resolve Palestine crisis

September 24, 2008

TEHRAN – President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says Iran has prepared a plan about holding a referendum in Palestine in a bid to end crisis in the occupied territories.

“In the near future I will send you this plan which has been drawn up for determining the fate of Palestinian nation,” Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in New York.
Ahmadinejad was in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
The president criticized the United Nations for failing to “end international tensions triggered by some bullying powers”. He said, “The root cause of problems in the world should be searched in the behavior of the United States.”
Ahmadinejad expressed concern over the situation of Gaza residents who “are under permanent blockade” by the Zionist regime and have run out of food and medicine supplies.
The president insisted that Israel is taking revenge from Palestinians for the Holocaust slaughter of Jews by Nazis in Europe during World War II.
He had earlier told the Times that “If we agree and accept that certain events had occurred during World War II, well, where did they indeed happen? In Germany, in Poland…Now what does this exactly have to do with Palestine? Why is it that the Palestinian people should pay for it?”
Iran’s nuclear activities “completely legal”
Ahmadinejad dismissed Washington’s allegations that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, saying Iran’s nuclear activities are “completely legal” and under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The United States is leading efforts to isolate Iran over what it calls Tehran’s covert bid to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge, saying it is seeking to generate electricity for a growing population.
Ahmadinejad accused the U.S. of inventing pretexts to prevent Iran from accessing civilian nuclear technology.
“The United States’ allegations against Iran will never end…These allegations are due to the U.S. animosity towards Iran. Who can gain the trust of the enemy unless he relinquishes his rights?”
Iran has come under three rounds of UN sanctions for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment work.
The International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei last week released a report reaffirming the non-diversion of Iran’s nuclear activities towards weapons production.
“The agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran,” said the IAEA report.
Ahmadinejad said, “Iran wants the nuclear issue to be resolved peacefully but this requires a fair behavior from both sides.”
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the UN nuclear watchdog held several rounds of talks in Tehran in August.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana who is representing six world powers in the nuclear negotiations with Tehran also held talks with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva on July 19 over ending the nuclear standoff between Tehran and the West.
Iran has repeatedly ruled out suspending uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks with the major powers, insisting that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty it has the right to develop peaceful nuclear technology.
Ban Ki-moon, for his part, called for a peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear dispute.
“Iran’s nuclear program should be resolved through a peaceful solution… we condemn any non-peaceful behavior.”
Turning to the Gaza crisis, the secretary general said the United Nations is the only organization who sends humanitarian aid to Gaza