UN chief violates principle of impartiality on Iran nuclear issue

by Hassan Beheshtipour (source: Press TV)
Monday, February 18, 2013

As a usual procedure of the past few years, whenever Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1 group are scheduled to start a new round of negotiations, Western media try to create media hype in order to make negotiations difficult for the Iranian delegation and therefore achieve their objectives in an atmosphere of “media intimidation.”

This policy, which was used in all three rounds of previous talks, has already began about the fourth round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, which is scheduled for February 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

For instance, over the past few days, different comments on the part of the Western countries, from those of US Secretary of State John Kerry who calls on Iran to be serious in talks, to those by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, all in turn express totally unilateral viewpoints and provide media feed for Reuters, AFP and AP.

In the meantime, remarks by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are worth analyzing.

Violation of the impartiality of the UN Secretary-General


The UN secretary general, in an interview with the US daily Washington Post, released on February 15, said “The United Nations must be swift in judging whether diplomacy can resolve world concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, or invite the risk that Iran will use talks as a cover to build a bomb.”

In a letter to Ban, Iran’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei expressed regret over the remarks and called on him to maintain his “impartiality.”

Khazaei said that “it is unfortunate that the UN Secretary-General has adopted a stance in contradiction to his duties and against international principles on the nature of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy activities.”

Analyzing Ban Ki-moon’s remarks

It seems that Mr. Ban Ki-moon degraded his position from the UN Secretary-General to an expert contributing to the US-Israeli Iranophobia policy when he acted exactly in line with media hypes against Iran and said that the country uses negotiations as a cover-up to do nuclear military activities."

As a usual procedure of the past few years, whenever Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1 group are scheduled to start a new round of negotiations, Western media try to create media hype in order to make negotiations difficult for the Iranian delegation and therefore achieve their objectives in an atmosphere of “media intimidation.”

This policy, which was used in all three rounds of previous talks, has already began about the fourth round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, which is scheduled for February 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

For instance, over the past few days, different comments on the part of the Western countries, from those of US Secretary of State John Kerry who calls on Iran to be serious in talks, to those by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, all in turn express totally unilateral viewpoints and provide media feed for Reuters, AFP and AP.

In the meantime, remarks by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are worth analyzing.

Violation of the impartiality of the UN Secretary-General
The UN secretary general, in an interview with the US daily Washington Post, released on February 15, said “The United Nations must be swift in judging whether diplomacy can resolve world concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, or invite the risk that Iran will use talks as a cover to build a bomb.”

In a letter to Ban, Iran’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei expressed regret over the remarks and called on him to maintain his “impartiality.”

Khazaei said that “it is unfortunate that the UN Secretary-General has adopted a stance in contradiction to his duties and against international principles on the nature of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy activities.”

Analyzing Ban Ki-moon’s remarks
It seems that Mr. Ban Ki-moon degraded his position from the UN Secretary-General to an expert contributing to the US-Israeli Iranophobia policy when he acted exactly in line with media hypes against Iran and said that the country uses negotiations as a cover-up to do nuclear military activities.

To keep appearance, Mr. Ban Ki-moon could have advised the US and its allies to abolish the wrong policy of sanctions and negotiations so that they would be able to reach agreement with Iran sooner.

But he directed unilateral criticism at Iran over the prolongation of the process of negotiations and showed in action that he prefers to repeat Western media inculcation against Iran.

"Ban Ki-moon has blamed Iran for delaying talks without paying attention to realities behind the scene of negotiations. While this is the US and its allies who have prolonged talks and hindered an agreement by insisting on the wrong policy of “pressure and negotiation.” Because the reason for prolongation of talks is that the P5+1 expects all their demands to be realized without paying attention to Iran’s logical requests."

To realize the wrongness of Ban’s views, we should take a look at the remarks of the new US Secretary of State John Kerry when he said Iran must come to nuclear talks prepared to deal seriously with world powers.

This shows that whatever steps Iran takes, the US will make another demand. Because they said a few days ago that Iran did not determine date and venue for talks. Now that the two parties have agreed on the date and venue, Kerry wants Iran to take talks seriously.

This means that they do not want to accept the reality that Iran’s readiness to enter negotiations even under sanctions and pressures proves the country’s willingness to find diplomatic solution to the problem.

"In fact Iran expects the other party to take effective measures in order to prove their interest in reaching a conclusion. But Kerry raised the issue of Iran’s “seriousness,” and in fact tells Iranian officials that I have closed my eyes to your positive measures and will make new demands in every stage. What can be expected of Iran?"

When Iran sees that the Westerners have paid no attention to Tehran’s clear and positive message, by converting enriched uranium into fuel, and pretend ignorance, it has to increase the quality of centrifuges in Natanz from IR1 to IR2 in order to prove to the other party the ineffectiveness of their strategy of toughening sanctions.

Mr. Ban is either aware of the details of negotiations and accuses one party of prolonging talks, in which case he is not fulfilling his role as a supporter of international peace and security and an impartial authority.

Or he is ignorant of the tricks that two parties employ in order to maintain balance in talks and political games in which case he better consult his advisors so that he would not be accused of partiality in one of the most sensitive international issues during the past decade.

Conclusion
If Mr. Ban is indeed interested in resolving negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, he can ask the US and its allies to show that they are after constructive interaction and cooperation instead of imposing illogical demands in order to build confidence. Replacing “tightening sanctions” with “cooperation and negotiation” can provide ground for talks to yield results. Also, he can ask Iran to provide grounds for more inspections by the IAEA on the country’s peaceful nuclear program in order to restore confidence. Such a balanced position can help increase the creditability of the position of the UN Secretary-General.

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