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Publish Date: 08 September 2012 - 13:32
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During the visit by Baan Ki Moon to NAM Conference in Tehran, correspondent grappled to ask questions from the Secretary General of the United Nation, which led to events overshadowing the main event during the visit.
According to, Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations left New York for Tehran on August 28th under the constant pressure by the US and Israeli officials, who took umbrage at Moon’s visit to a conference where two thirds of the United Nations member states took part; a visit which the American media outlets deemed it as a defeat for US and Obama’s foreign policy in isolating Iran.

A conference with two thirds of UN member states with more than half of the global population held in Iran was an important event, as the Speaker of Iranian Parliament said, the oversight of which, would cause damage to the UN's reputation more than it would to the NAM prestige.

During the visit by Ban Ki Moon to NAM Conference in Tehran, correspondent grappled to ask questions from the Secretary General of the United Nation, which led to events overshadowing the main event during the visit. 

Our correspondent asked the UN Secretary General about the ‘Supreme Leader’s proposal regarding the Palestinian issue’. The Supreme Leader proposed that a free referendum be held in Occupied Territories as to the nature of state which would govern the Territories occupied by Israel, with all the Palestinians to take part, and which is totally democratic method supported by the majority of westerners, and a solution in accord with region’s situation. The following is an account of a grapple between Ban Ki Moon and his crew in one hand, and our correspondent on the other:

In the first day of the conference, and after address by the Secretary General of the UN, and when Ban Ki Moon was leaving the visiting hall, I accosted him to ask about his views on the Palestinian referendum to reach a viable solution for decades-long conflict in the Middle East, I encountered with Martin Nesirky, the Secretary General’s British spokesman.

A Block against the Media for Ban Ki Moon

Newsmen with a record of asking questions from the UN Secretary General would know well the conduct by Mr. Nesirky during the NAM visit. He would be ready to answer any question asked from the Secretary General with happy face, but he becomes a strict and violent guardsman when you accost to ask your questions from the Secretary General. He tries to separate you and the Secretary General as soon as possible. 

‘Well, he is not the Secretary General, yet he is his spokesman, so let ask my question’ I said to myself, accosting Nesirky. ‘Why the UN would not consider a referendum with all Palestinians, Muslims, Christians or Jews, taking part, to solve the Palestinian issue’. ‘Well, now the two-state solution is on the desk and we are considering it’, the spokesman replied with his happy face.  It goes without saying that the two-state solution was already a failed solution, because it assumed a complete cooperation from the Israeli side, a thing more than its capabilities in respecting international treaties. Israel has rejected demands by US to stop construction of Jewish neighborhoods in Palestinian land, so, how it could recognize a Palestinian state along with itself? What would be the fate of more than 90 per cent of the Palestinian lands occupied during the 60 years of Israel’s occupation? 

‘Would you think that a referendum solution is better, since the Palestinians would decide their own fate and state? Would it not be more democratic and according to accepted norms of western democracies?’

‘ the two-state solution is supported by the majority of the member states’ replied the spokesman, ignoring the fact that when Israeli side does not respect international demands on stopping illegal constructions, ‘ majority of countries’ support would come to dust when Israel is defiant of international obligations. Pestered with our demand for an answer, ‘well, the proposal has to be considered in the UN’, the spokesman reluctantly replied. 

Generally, such a reply would be a signal to the reporters that the interviewee is not willing to answer and the press conference would soon be over. Well, the nature of the spokesman determined the road map of the interview. So, I asked my friend to deflect the British man so that I was able to ask directly from the Secretary General himself. He agreed to and I accosted to the Secretary General and asked my question again. He was not in the mood of an answer, so, he searched for his spokesperson; he was already busy with my friend; the Secretary General called him. The most interesting part of the event here, was a surprise for news reporters.
Nesirky, the spokesman to the Secretary General, turns guardsman when encountered with the reporters 

Nesirky, always saving a happy face, now was a real violent guardsman. While the Secretary General’s escorts were not reacting, the spokesman accosted me. ‘Why would you question the Secretary General? Haven’t you already found his answer?’ told angrily to me. ‘Well, I found the answer right now, thanks’ I replied. Not all press meetings need an answer, because the conduct by the interviewee determines what the answer would be. 

Spokesman’s Especial Task: ‘Secretary General’s Disclaimer’ 

With all those escorts, the Secretary General would yet cross the Rubicon and articulate improper words; such a case happened in his visit to the Supreme Leader, when Moon told the Leader, ‘you are not solely the leader of Iran, but you are the religious leader of the world of Islam and I have come to you for help solving regional issues, especially Syrian conflict’. The ‘special task’ duty of the spokesman came to surface when he would deny the remarks by the Secretary General. But the Iranian side would be cleverer and was ready to bring the text ‘documents’ for Moon’s remarks, and even the video.  

Spokesman scrutinizes the Secretary General’s every single words

Although the UN Secretary General is the top figure in the organization, the Security Council is pivotal to it, and is governed by five members enjoying veto rights, and in practice, the Secretary General wields no power and authority, his function merely being ‘ calling attentions for especial issues or reporting cases to the Council’. Western powers have assigned the Secretary General with another ‘specific task’, and it is casting in the promotional films of the UN. The Secretary General’s high place has now been under the attack by his casting in such films instead of his supervisory role over the management of the Organization and defending the rights of the poor countries against the wealthy nations.
UN video on support of mine workers, during which the Secretary General shows his bare legs
Ban Ki Moon and Shaquille O’neal in UN promotional film

The well publicized non-action mood of the UN has been the theme of NAM members’ addresses to the Conference, and it was considerable in the corridors of the conference venue for visiting public with interest in UN organizational structure.
Nesirky accompanies the Secretary General in an important interview

A figure like Jeffrey Feltman, former US vice-Secretary of State, an AIPAC adviser, and one with well-understood position on the Middle East and especially Lebanon and Hezbollah, and now a member of US advisory panel for the Middle East , as vice-Secretary General for UN political affairs, and his presence in most of the Secretary General meetings with Iranian and non-Iranian politicians; British spokesman to the Secretary General; and his all-Western crew members, all assigned with special task in saving the UN framework; are symptomatic of the fact that he is encircled with a western wall.
Arab media react to the Feltman as the Secretary General’s political advisor

Feltman’s record brings him welcomes like those in this photo in host countries

The interesting part of the event was the similarities of answers by the Secretary General in his press conference just before leaving Tehran, which was coordinated with his spokesman’s days ago. 

The UN and its Secretary General suffer such problems in that nearly 120 countries of the member states criticized the unjust structure of the UN in the NAM conference in Tehran, while voicing their support to the Iranian peaceful nuclear program. Yet, the Secretary General voiced his concerns over Iranian nuclear program to display his obedience to the Security Council, and the fact that UN has become an institution in the hands of the western powers, diagonally opposed to the will of international community for five veto-holding cabal.

Interview by: Mojtaba Mousavi
Mojtaba Mousavi is a journalist and foreign policy analyst based in Tehran, Iran. He worked as a senior foreing affairs reporter of Iranian NasimOnline news outlet. Reporting on international news. He has worked as a writer and interviewer for several political magazines and newspapers in Iran, Egypt and United States. 
Follow him on Twitter @MojtabaMo
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20:08 - 1391/08/28
بان کیمون یه آدم ترسوی بی وطنه
از ترس اسرائیل در کنار اسرائیل به حماس که داره از یه عده زن و بچه بی دفاع حمایت می کنه درخواست توقف جنگ می کنه
مهاجم و مدافع رو کنار هم می گذاره
اون یه وطن فروشه
یادش رفته که مدافع سرسخت اسرائیل چطور هموطنانش رو بی گناه در هیروشیما و ناکازاکی به کشتن داد
حالا برای آمریکا خوش رقصی می کنه
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20:24 - 1391/08/28
Down with ban ki moon
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