NEW YORK — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday put himself forward as a champion for European separatists — from Wales to Spain’s Basque region — who he said had been ignored by the United Nations.
One day after sparking a walkout at the UN General Assembly over his rebuke of western nations, Ahmadinejad returned to the fray at his final press conference in New York, calling for a revolution in world governance because the western powers had shown they could not cope with “social crises, economic crises, financial crises.”
And adding charges of double standards to the debate, he compared the UN Security Council support given to Sudan this year to its silence over decades-old nationalist struggles in some Western European countries.
Highlighting the oil resources in Southern Sudan, Ahmadinejad said Western governments had “very easily and quite seriously supported the referendum that was aimed to divide Sudan, based on the premise that it was the right of the people.
“But for many, many years the people in Ireland they have been fighting, in Scotland they have been fighting, in Wales they have been fighting, Corsica in France, the Basque movement in Spain.”
But Ahmadinejad said neither Security Council nor western governments “have even allowed for the word ‘referendum’ to enter into this picture, so let us not even talk about agreement.
“They won’t even allow to utter the words referendum about these locations I have named. So this is clear tangible discrimination.”
While Basque militants have killed some people in recent years and Corsican nationalists still set off bombs, the Irish tensions have eased considerably in recent years and Scottish and Welsh tensions are mainly political.
Ahmadinejad said the UN “framework” can “no longer resolve world issues. It must be rebuilt, an open path must be opened for everyone’s participation with equal rights without exception and equal rights for all and mutual respect. Only then will we see that this world is truly beautiful.”
The Iranian leader said “management of world affairs needs reform and transparent responsible officials must replace the current irresponsible ones.”
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Erdogan threatens to restart Syria operation after Trump insists Turkey ‘very much wants the ceasefire’
Scattered fighting flared in northern Syria on Friday despite a ceasefire deal as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would resume a full-scale operation against Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from a border "safe zone."
US President Donald Trump said Erdogan told him there had been "minor sniper and mortar fire" in the region "that was quickly eliminated" and the Turkish leader assured him in a call that "he very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work."
Mustefa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Turkey, however, of violating the ceasefire deal reached during a visit to Ankara on Thursday by US Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump’s selfish betrayal of the Kurds is not just outrageous — it’s criminal
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria may well be remembered as one of the most egregious and inhuman disasters that he has ever taken since he came to power. For a President of the United States to make such a critical decision with so many implications, simply based on a conversation with Turkish President Erdogan, not only shows his shortsightedness and total lack of strategic approach, but his inability to appreciate how that will adversely affect our friends and please our foes. We are already witnessing the unfolding disaster, and there are no words to explain how and by what logic the President of the United States in particular can take such critical steps, knowing how disastrous the repercussions of his actions would be.
Trump suffers rare international rebuke in a withering statement from multiple European countries
Leaders from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the European Parliament, and the United States joined together on Friday to issue a damning statement condemning President Donald Trump and Turkey for the ongoing atrocities in northern Syria.
In the statement, the chairs of foreign affairs committees from each governing body said they consider Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria targeting the Kurdish people to be “military aggression and a violation of international law.”
They continued: “The Turkish offensive is causing suffering for the local people who are forced to flee and a further instability in Syria and the neighboring region.”