UN Disinvites Iran For Geneva II
United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon withdrew his invite to Iran to take part in the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria, following tense condemnation and diplomatic wrangling.
Ban claimed to have gotten private assurances from Iranian officials that they had accepted the Geneva Communiqué, which calls for a transitional government to replace current Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. But interviews published Monday quoted the Iranian Foreign Ministry as saying otherwise.
Pressure came not only from the United States, but from the designated Syrian opposition and Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia.
“The Secretary-General is deeply disappointed by Iranian public statements today that are not at all consistent with that stated commitment,” Ban’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, said
“He continues to urge Iran to join the global consensus behind the Geneva Communiqué.”