Ahmadinejad seeks aternative for ‘outdated’ UN

August 11th, 2008 - 11:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Aug 11 (DPA) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday called for an alternative world forum on par with the UN, which is “outdated” and fully dominated by the US, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The United Nations Security Council can no longer settle international conflicts and challenges in a fair way and just serves the interests of world powers,” Ahmadinejad said during a meeting with his visiting Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

“Therefore, we should look for alternatives to manage world affairs,” the Iranian leader said, underlining the possible roles of the Islamic country and Algeria in the new world order.

Referring to the US dominance in the UN policy making, Ahmadinejad said: “The UN Security Council is now like a tool in the hands of the US.”

“The US and other big powers should save their face in the UN Security Council instead of seeking to halt Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities,” he said, referring to the pressure being exerted on Iran to halt its controversial nuclear activities.

“Despite all these threats and sanctions, the Iranian nation is alive and dynamic because these powers are not able to bring this great nation to its knees,” he said.

During the meeting, the two presidents also explored grounds for expansion of mutual cooperation at regional and international levels.

“Iran and Algeria enjoy deeply rooted ties,” said the Iranian president, adding that the two countries have many things in common with regards to regional and international issues.

The Algerian president, for his part, thanked for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to him and said that his country was determined to broaden all-out ties with Iran.

“We should make use of all existing capabilities of Islamic countries to dealing with regional and international issues and spare no effort to help restore peace and stability to Muslim countries,” Bouteflika said referring to existing crisis in the region and in the Islamic world.

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