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‘UNO, a paper tiger’ - Iranian Minister

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 Weerawansa.
“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 very strongly oppose such a move,” Nikasad had said. (TP)