Iran, U.S. speak, but Tehran prompts walkout

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

by William M. Reilly

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (PNA/Xinhua) — Iran and the United States got the most attention on Thursday at the opening of general debate at the 65th UN General Assembly session, with Iran prompting the drama of a walkout.

U.S. President Barack Obama plunked for a peace accord in the Middle East and Iranian President Ahmadinejad garnered drama by provoking a walkout by the Washington delegation, asserted 9/11 was a scheme to aid Israel.

Several others of the 30 plus speakers touched on their national problems and those of the Middle East.

The U.S. president, reflecting on the challenges of his first 20 months in office and how he has dealt with them, traditionally has the second speaking position at the annual debate, but this time slipped to the third slot apparently so he could speak at his White House-advertised time of 10 a.m. EDT.

Obama recalled offering Iran an extended hand last year here.

"Iran is the only party to the NPT (nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty) that cannot demonstrate the peaceful intentions of its nuclear program, and those actions have consequences," he said, adding that UN Security Council sanctions underscored his position. .

"The United States and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with Iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it," the president said.

Turning to his pledge last year to see "two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security," he recalled the opening of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Waving skeptics aside, he said, "If an agreement is not reached, Palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes with their own state. Israelis will never know the certainty and security that comes with sovereign and stable neighbors who are committed to coexistence. The hard realities of demography will take hold. More blood will be shed. This Holy Land will remain a symbol of our differences, instead of our common humanity."

For his part, the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran told delegates the Prophet Mohammad "presented the perfect and all inclusive religion" but "the egotist and the greedy" opposed the message.

"The lust for capital and domination replaced monotheism which is the gate to love and unity," he said. "This widespread clash of the egoist with the divine values gave way to slavery and colonialism" which, in turn gave way to "terrorism, illicit drugs, poverty and the social gaps."

"We all were saddened" by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the "view" the attacks were carried out by a terrorist group was "the main viewpoint advocated by American statesmen," he said.

But, the "majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree" that "some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime" in Israel.

This prompted the U.S. delegation to walk out of the huge General Assembly Hall, taking the long route down toward the front to ensure its demonstration was noticed.

Ahmadinejad proposed "that the United Nations set up an independent fact-finding group for the event of the Sept. 11 so that in the future expressing views about it is not forbidden.

The accusation 9/11 was a self-inflicted wound was so offensive, Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said, "Rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the Iranian people, Mr. Ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable." (PNA/Xinhua)

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