Iran: Ahmadinejad Criticizes UN For Lack Of ‘Clear’ Approach To Afghanistan


Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the United Nations over a lack of a “clear and specific” approach to Afghanistan, saying the war-battered country is faced with “serious and complicated” issues.

“A large number of people in Afghanistan are killed by occupiers every day and the basic rights of the Afghans, as an independent nation, are violated,” said President Ahmadinejad.

“We are witnessing that the problems in Afghanistan such as terrorism and trafficking of narcotics have spilled over to other regional countries. This will block opportunities for progress of people in the region,” he added.

The Iranian chief executive reiterated that the United Nations should shoulder the responsibility of restoring the rights of nations and said, “Every UN strategy for Afghanistan requires specified policies and measures.”

He also stressed the need for US-led forces to withdraw from the country, describing it as among the basic rights of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“Today, Afghanistan is under severe pressure to sign a security deal with the US, but all of us know that the conclusion of an agreement under pressure has no legal legitimacy,” Ahmadinejad said.

The Iranian president further called for assistance to the Afghan government to implement reconstruction plans in the country.

“The UN has the duty to defend the rights of the Afghan people. If you seek to establish real peace in a country, you should defend the basic rights of its nation. If basic rights of the Afghans are observed, peace will be established in the country,” he pointed out.

The Iranian president warned that the persistence of the ongoing situation would be detrimental to Western powers, adding, “The continuation of the current trend will put an immediate end to the Westerners’ management of the world.”

He stated that people in Afghanistan and other regional nations have no confidence in international bodies and called on the UN to immediately restore public confidence in responsibilities and position of these organizations.

Iran is interested in the “fundamental” settlement of regional problems and the establishment of broad and sustainable security, which would be beneficial to all, Ahmadinejad pointed out.

Iran’s President has also lambasted US policies on Afghanistan as the source of all troubles in the war-torn country, insisting that the US should change its hostile policies towards nations.

“Incorrect policies of NATO forces and above all those of the United States are the main cause of crises in Afghanistan and similar countries,” said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“NATO member states, particularly the US, should change their hostile policies towards nations and avoid humiliating them by respecting them,” he added.

The Iranian chief executive added that NATO states are prolonging their presence in the region under the pretext of fight against terrorism, emphasizing that their real goal is to encircle the whole strategic region.

President Ahmadinejad stated that the NATO interference has spread insecurity in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the entire region.

He called for the swift withdrawal of the US-led NATO forces from Afghanistan and expressed confidence that it would eradicate narcotics and terrorism in the war-torn country.

“The world needs a new order based on which rights of nations will be observed,” Ahmadinejad pointed out.

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