Ahmadinejad Discusses ME Crisis with Annan

A0117329.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Kofi Anna on Monday stressed the need for the establishment of an immediate truce in Lebanon.

“The problem could be solved by adopting just solutions which guarantee glory and honor of the Lebanese people and recognize the popular resistance of that country,” Ahmadinejad stressed, adding that such solutions should also entail ceasefire, punishment of criminals and restoration of the Lebanese’ rights.

A statement released by the Presidential Press Office said that during the phone conversation which took place at the initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Iranian President said “The Zionist regime has been attacking Lebanon for 27 days on the pretext of releasing two captured Israeli soldiers and has destroyed its infrastructure and has killed dozens of Lebanese children and women.”

President Ahmadinejad said the Israeli regime and its main ally, the United States, are not afraid of stating their major objectives such as changing the map of the Middle East, adding, “That’s why they opposed the ceasefire at the UN Security Council and this is a shame for humanity.”

He also pointed to the extreme wrath of regional nations about the indifference of international bodies regarding the continued Israeli attacks on Lebanon, and further warned that if the nations’ wrath explodes, it may not be controlled and on the contrary will spread to other countries.

Ahmadinejad urged Annan to defend the rights of the Lebanese people.

“You can prevent the continuation of the crimes of Israel and the warmongering of the United States and Britain,” he told Annan.

Ahmadinejad said the latest UN Security Council’s resolution on Israel’s war against Lebanon is in line with the interests of the Zionist regime.

“Lebanon is a sovereign nation and it is not likely to accept a resolution which insures the interests of the Qods-occupying regime,” he noted.

UN Chief Annan, who made this telephone call, expressed sorry and regret over the continued Israeli assaults on Lebanon, stressing that he is trying his best to stop these hostilities.

“I hope this crisis will be weathered through long-term measures,” Annan said.

Referring to the shame of a majority of the member-states to the Security Council for their failure to stop the war, Annan said they are currently working on a draft resolution to end the war in Lebanon due to the pressures from public opinions.

“I also accept the views of the Islamic Republic about the necessity of adopting a just and basic solution to this issue,” he said.

Annan underscored that the United Nations is seeking Iran’s help to resolve the crisis in the Middle East.

He added many countries are preparing their views about this draft, saying a delegation from the Arab League is presently in New York to discuss the resolution draft.

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