Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - The Iranian president has leveled heavy criticism at the United Nations for delisting Saudi Arabia from its child perpetrators report, lamenting that international organizations are growingly losing their credibility.
(cartoon by Ehsan Ganji, Iranian daily Ghanoon)
President Rouhani's remarks come days after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon let slip why he decided to remove the Saudi-led coalition from a blacklist over its role in child fatalities in Yemen.
The UN report, which annually shames the worst perpetrators, put the blame on the coalition for 60 percent of 1,953 children recorded as killed or maimed in the conflict in 2015.
"With the UN Secretary General removing the name of a country form the list of children perpetrators over financial concerns, international organizations are growingly losing their already questionable status," Rouhani told a press conference held on Wednesday after he had a meeting with head of other two branches of the government.
Ban accused Saudi Arabia and its military allies of placing "undue pressure" on the international organization for a changed decision as Saudis had threatened to cut their dollars to UN humanitarian agencies.
cartoon by Mana Neyestani
Rouhani says with the UN Secretary General removing the name of a country form the list of children perpetrators over financial concerns, international organizations are growingly losing their already questionable status.
As a solution to the loosening credibility, the president recommended that countries themselves make the best use of their independence, security, and instability.
Rouhani also aired concerns over fragile conditions of the region, saying the region's condition is "deplorable."
"The region's condition is deplorable. Unfortunately, terrorists continue to commit brutal killings." These conditions, Rouhani implied not so vaguely, are a result of lame-duck international organizations. "Yet, we will keep assisting our neighbors, and we hope the Iraqi people will enjoy security and stability soon," he said.
This the first formal reaction of President Rouhani to the UN delisting row, coming amid Saudis' continuous sectarian accusations against Tehran.
This is while Iran was and continues to be the first regional country censuring Saudis for launching an attack on Yemeni people. The war has cost thousands of lives, including children, and millions displaced.
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