On Friday, January 5, the UN Security Council on the initiative of the United States held an emergency meeting on the situation in Iran. Speaking at the meeting, the permanent representative of the United States to the UN, Nikki Haley said that the international community will not stand by and monitor the protests in Iran, as it was in 2009.
«In 2018 we will not be silent. The Iranian people once again took to the streets, he asks what no government can refuse for legitimate reasons: their rights and freedoms», – quotes Haley, the Agency TASS.
According to Haley, if human rights and other values that form the Foundation of the UN «meant anything,» the international community «not just listen to the cries of» Iranian people, but will react to them. «The Iranian regime is cautioned: the world will watch what you are doing,» she said.
Nikki Haley criticized the Iranian authorities because they violate the rights of its citizens, and accused Tehran of destabilizing the situation in the region. As stated by the permanent representative of the United States, because of the Trad of the Islamic Republic of meddling in the Affairs of other countries and fueling conflict in the middle East capital of the average Iranian family over the past 10 years decreased by 15%.
Haley thanked the «freedom-loving countries», including the UK, Israel, Canada, Norway, France and Sweden, for solidarity with the Iranian demonstrators, but called on to «do more» to support them. «The Iranian regime closes access to the Internet, trying to prevent protesters to communicate with each other. They are trying to silence the voice of Iranian voices. We can’t let that happen,» she said.
Western countries, including Britain and France, the meeting unanimously expressed support for the protesters in Iran, not all of them agreed with Haley that the situation in the country poses a threat to international peace and security, and this is the main condition for the adoption of the topic for discussion in the security Council. This position, in particular, outlined at the meeting, French Ambassador Francois Delattre.
Permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, in turn, said that the United States abused the platform of the UN Security Council and undermine its credibility as the principal organ responsible for maintaining international peace. According to him, following American logic, meeting of the UN security Council should convene in connection with the protests in the U.S. and other Western countries.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif called this meeting of the UN security Council dedicated to the topic of the protests in Iran, another foreign policy blunder of the administration of Donald trump. «The Security Council gave the United States once again to abuse their powers. Most stressed their commitment to the Joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear program and the inadmissibility of interference in the internal Affairs of other countries. Another blunder of the administration’s foreign policy trump», – he wrote on his Twitter page.