Iran tells developing states to fight world-power bias
IRAN: Iran’s president called on Tuesday for developing
nations to unite to fight what he said was bias shown by the U.N.
Security Council and other world bodies that only serve the big powers’
Iran wants to broaden its international support in a row over its
nuclear plans with Western capitals, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
says manipulate the Security Council and other bodies to act against the
The Council has imposed three rounds of limited sanctions on Iran for
its refusal to halt sensitive atomic work, which the West says is aimed
at making nuclear bombs but Tehran insists is designed to meet
electricity needs. Ahmadinejad accused world powers of trying to deny
others peaceful nuclear energy while they stockpiled atomic weapons.
“The major powers are on a descending course. The extent of their
influence drops day by day. They are approaching the end of their era,”
Ahmadinejad told a Non-Aligned Movement meeting.
NAM, now with 118 members plus observers, was set up in 1961 to group
many newly independent nations which wanted to avoid being caught up in
the Cold War between Moscow and Washington. It has struggled to stay
relevant since the Soviet Union fell.
“Any measure to change the world conditions and realise the joint
interests of member states will not be possible except through effective
efforts and collective cooperation of member states,” Ahmadinejad told
the ministerial meeting in Tehran.
He said the group together “can defend and repel aggression against
any member subjected to aggression, and obstruct the violation by major
powers of other countries.”
Ahmadinejad called for an “arbitration council” that could resolve
any disputes between NAM members as well as others, and a fund to back
development in NAM but did not give details.
Ahmadinejad said the Security Council would never issue a resolution
against the United States, Iran’s arch-foe, as long as Washington, like
four other big powers, had a permanent seat. The permanent council
members have veto powers.