You can’t make this stuff up. Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fear-mongering address to the UN General Assembly last week, the UN’s 193-member committee on Disarmament and International Security unanimously appointed Iran special rapporteur of the weapons disarmament committee.
Iran had submitted its candidacy for the position in July.
Israel is not happy. Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, condemned the decision on Monday and sent a letter of complaint to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying the appointment was akin to “appointing a drug lord as CEO of a pharmaceutical company.”
“It is inconceivable that a state under Security Council sanctions for suspected WMD proliferation activities would be allowed to hold this position. Permitting Iran to serve on the U.N.’s leading disarmament committee is like appointing a drug lord [chief executive officer] of a pharmaceutical company. How is it possible to entrust the reporting on disarmament to a country that itself is likely to be the subject of the report?” Prosor wrote.
The Jerusalem Post reports “Prosor’s warnings may fall on deaf ears, as many countries seem to be lining up to drink the metaphorical Iranian koolaid.”
…The position’s duties include relaying information and reports on disarmament and armament activities between the committee and the General Assembly.
The First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, which is comprised of all 193 member states, “considers all disarmament and international security matters” and “seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime.” One of its main functions is to draft resolutions that are later debated by the General Assembly; the committee has no power to pass resolutions.
Prosor’s warnings may fall on deaf ears, as many countries seem to be lining up to drink the metaphorical Iranian koolaid.
British foreign secretary William Hague told Reuters that Britain and Iran are working on mending ties, and Britain is thinking about reopening its embassy in Tehran that they shuttered in 2011.