Friday, November 04, 2005

Annan snubs Iran

A show of leadership; about time.

A.P.:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has canceled a trip to Iran in response to increasing tension over the Iranian president's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
Annan decided it is "not an appropriate time" for him to go to Iran, citing the "ongoing controversy" over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks last week, according to a statement from the secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.
On Oct. 26, Ahmadinejad demanded the Jewish state be "wiped off the map." He has since defended the call, which drew international criticism.
Annan expressed "dismay" last week over the remarks in a rare rebuke of a U.N. member state.
"In light of the ongoing controversy, it would have been difficult to advance the agenda that (Annan) had wanted to discuss with the Iranian leadership," Dujarric's statement said Friday...

He has made a priority of reaching out to Jews during his tenure.

Thanks Josh Bolton.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 3:55 PM

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