|‘UNO, a paper tiger’ - Iranian
The United Nations
Organisation is a ‘paper tiger’ and the only thing
it can do is issue letters, the Iranian Minister of
Housing and City Development, Ali Nikasad has
alleged at a discussion held with the Minister of
Housing, Construction and Public Utilities, Wimal
“The United Nations is a pet of the Western nations.
The Organisation is a paper tiger that issues
letters. That is all it can do,” Nikasad has said
when the two ministers met at the 3rd Asia Pacific
Housing Ministers Summit held in Indonesia.
Nikasad expressed these sentiments after Weerawansa
brought up the topic of the UN Secretary General Ban
Ki -moon appointing a special panel to advise him on
alleged human rights violations carried out in Sri
Lanka during the latter stages of the war.
“When Sri Lanka was fighting a war against the most
fearsome terrorist group in the world the Untied
Nations along with several Western nations tried to
isolate us, and stop the defeat of the Tigers. The
UN’s appointment of a committee to oversee alleged
war crimes is yet another example of the UN’s
selfish biased operation,” Weerawansa had said.
Weeranansa had expressed Sri Lanka’s gratitude to
Iran for being a strong supporter of its war against
terrorism. “Iran has never let us down, even when
many other countries in the world refused to back
us. The county as a whole is very grateful for this
brotherly treatment,” he had said.
In response the Iranian Minister had said that Iran
always viewed Sri Lanka as a brother and that it
would continue to support the country in all its
future endeavours. “If any organisation or country
takes action that will harm Sri Lanka we will always
oppose such a move,” Nikasad had said. (TP)