Iran to Arabs, now time to act for Gazans
Iran's president told the Arab League, it must act quickly to end Israeli attacks on Gaza Palestinians.
Iran's president told the Arab League, which meets on Wednesday, it must act quickly to end Israeli attacks on Gaza Palestinians adding that setting up a committee or making speeches was not enough.
But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not suggest any specific action by Arab states, some of which had been criticised by non-Arab Iran for not doing enough to help protect Palestinians after more than 380 had been killed.
"If the Arab League does not want to do anything today, when does it want to act?" the president told a rally in Zahedan in southeast Iran.
"Aren't these oppressed Palestinians Arabs? So when should the capacity of the Arab League be used? The Arab League should act quickly," he said in a speech broadcast on state television.
He added that setting up a committee and making speeches was not adequate and would allow Israel to continue its actions.
Arab foreign ministers hold an emergency session at the Cairo-based Arab League on Wednesday. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Cairo would propose a way to contain the current conflict to the ministers.
Egypt, which shares a border with Gaza, has often been singled out for criticism by Iranian protesters for not doing more to help Palestinians.
Ahmadinejad also criticised the United Nations, which the Iranian president has often accused of being in the control of big powers like the United States and its allies.
"To which nations does this United Nations belong? This (U.N.) Security Council is for the security of which part of the world?" he said. "Why don't you issue resolutions?... Why don't you even frown upon the Zionist regime (Israel)?"
The Gaza attacks has prompted several protests by students.
A group of students broke into a British embassy residential compound in north Tehran on Tuesday, and an Iranian news agency said they planted a Palestinian flag. Britain's Foreign Office said all staff were safe and accounted for.
Reuters Last Mod: 31 Aralık 2008, 16:19