UN Disinvites Iran For Geneva II

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon

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.

“A spokesman for Ban Ki-moon announced the withdrawal less than 24 hours after Ban surprised the U.S. and others by saying he had invited Syria’s closest regional ally,” reports the Associated Press.

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.”


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