Iran Asks UN for Global Summit Against Terrorism
by Selwyn Manning
Iran's President has written to United Nations head, Kofi Annan proposing a global summit against terrorism.
President of Iran Seyed Mohammad Khatami condemned the "alarming" terrorist attacks against the United States and proposed convening a global summit against terrorism, according to a document released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
He issued a warning that recent attacks on the United States "should not be utilized to further stimulate chronic cultural and political misconceptions, stereotypes and prejudices." Instead, he urged "serious reflection" on "how to dry up pretexts for terrorism."
A solution to the "hideous and dangerous" problem of terrorism requires vision, serious political will, and the active participation of all people, Iran's President Khatami said.
In a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Iranian President stressed that the United Nations is the "appropriate framework to organize this struggle."
He proposed via the letter "comprehensive and inclusive negotiations" on global policies to eradicate terrorism, "followed, at the earliest possible time, by a global summit to register and demonstrate the highest international political will to uproot terrorism and adopt appropriate strategies and measures in this regard."