Iran speaker says world bodies misused by US, other powers

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Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Monday that international bodies such as the United Nations were misused by the United States and other powers, leading to the increased insecurity.

Larijani, addressing the World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments in Geneva, said the "double standards and unilateral policies" of such powers had meant these organisations were unable to secure international peace.

In a scathing attack, he suggested the United Nations and Inter-Parliamentary Union form a new body that would strip out the "historical shortcomings" of the UN and other international agencies.

"The unfair and unjust power structure in the international arena has led to the instrumental use of the specialised international bodies, a situation detrimental to the present and future of mankind," Larijani charged.

Pointing to attacks such as the twin suicide bombings at a Shiite mosque in southeast Iran last week, he blamed world powers for the failure of international organisations to bring about peace and stability.

"The current prevailing structure of power has not only been unable to secure international peace and security, but also led to the emergence of such new phenomena as terrorism in a very dangerous and organised framework," he said.

"No doubt such inability is due to the double standards and unilateral policies exercised by the big powers, including the US, as well as the instrumental use of specialised international bodies," he said.

He said the UN and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) should consider the creation of a "more powerful organ" composed of their elites "to observe peaceful and just missions undertaken by the two organs".

Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator told the conference organised by the Geneva-based IPU that Washington's stance against a nuclear fuel swap deal with Turkey and Brazil was an example of an "arrogant" international approach.

"The main question arising here is why the US defied this agreement contrary to the initial steps it took urging Turkey and Brazil to do so," said Larijani.

"Such a treatment is nothing but an indication of an arrogant, unprincipled and dishonourable approach in the international arena," he said.

Under the deal, Iran would ship some low-enriched uranium to Turkey in return for higher-grade fuel for a Tehran research reactor.

But the United States disagreed with Turkey and Brazil's tactics, and led a push last month at the UN Security Council for fresh sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear programme.

Iran's nuclear ambitions were also the subject during a meeting between Larijani and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the three-day conference.

"I asked about his thoughts and perspectives as a former chief negotiator of Iranian nuclear issues and we discussed how this nuclear issue of Iran could be harmoniously resolved," said Ban.

"I emphasised the importance of the Iranian government working together with the international community and resolve this issue through dialogue and negotiations," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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