Indonesia: UN statement not fair on Iran

Indonesia said the UN Security Council's decision to target President Ahmadinejad's remarks was not fair because on many issues that directly threaten international peace and security the UN has been silent, local press reported Monday.

Indonesia: UN statement not fair on Iran
Indonesia said the UN Security Council's decision to target President Ahmadinejad's remarks was not fair because on many issues that directly threaten international peace and security the UN has been silent, local press reported Monday.

Indonesia was the only Security Council member to reject a draft statement from the body strongly condemning remarks by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Israel's destruction.

Due to Indonesia's rejection, the Council failed Friday to adopt the French-drafted statement, which required consensus by all 15 council members for adoption.

A Foreign Affairs Ministry official said the Security Council was silent on what it called Israel's almost daily attacks on unarmed Palestinians, reported English daily The Jakarta Post.

"The Security Council never reacts at all on issues that we believe have clearly threatened international peace and security, although we have asked many times," director for international security and disarmament Desra Percaya said.

He also pointed to Israeli's recent abduction and detention of Palestinian Cabinet and parliament members and the Jewish state's threat to assassinate Hamas leader Khalid Mishal as examples.

Indonesia also said Ahmadinejad's June 3 statement calling for Israel's destruction was simply "rhetoric".

The draft statement also did not reflect what Ahmadinejad actually said, as he referred to the Zionist regime, not Israel, Desra said.
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