Press TV has conducted an interview with Bill Dores, member of the International Action Center from New York, about the United Nations failing to take any actions about US refusal to grant visa to Iran’s new ambassador to the world body.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: Mr. Dores, why has the United Nations decided to remain silent on America’s illegal act of visa denial?
Dores: Well, I can’t speak for why, but I can speak to the fact that it’s outrageous that they do not take actions against the United Sates for this violation of international law and this attack on the most fundamental principles of the international law and democracy.
The United States has no more right to decide who Iran’s representative to the United Nations is and Iran has the right to decide who the United [Nations] representative is. The United Nations is supposed to represent all of humanity but they are effectively trying to deny Iran representation in the United Nations.
Press TV: I mean there must be a reason, I mean, so what is the United Nations good for, then?
Dores: The United Nations is supposed to be representative of the entire human race. It was established here in 1947 under an international treaty, signed by the United States that allows any foreign diplomat to come here, to come to the United Nations.
The United Nations is not United States’ territory and its missions are not United States’ territory. The United States has no right to interfere and the United Nations, if it is to mean anything, cannot allow the United States to behave in this manner.
Press TV: Well, I mean, Barack Obama has signed this into law, the legislation to ban [Hamid] Aboutalebi from entering the US, the fact that Iran has said that it will not change its choice for UN ambassador. So who do you think will be the winner of this diplomatic battle?
Dores: Well, clearly the United States is doing what it still does everywhere; it is using its immense financial clout and economic and military clout to pressure the United Nations.
Even if I do say so myself as the United States citizen, the United Nations should take harsh measures, should perhaps consider relocating out of New York City and stopping to spend billions of dollars that pour into this city’s economy which would not have been possible when the United Nations is not here and were not the laws in effect that allow diplomats from all over the world to come here.