News Code: 287100 Publish Date: 1389/07/02 - 02:25
Full text of President Ahmadinejad's speech at UN
United Nations, New York, Sept 24, IRNA -- The following is the full text of
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech delivered to the 65th annual meeting
of United Nations General assembly in New York on Thursday.
Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am grateful to the Almighty God who granted me the opportunity to appear
before this world assembly once again. I wish to begin by commemorating
those who lost their lives in the horrible flood in Pakistan and express my
heartfelt sympathy with the families who lost their loved ones as well as
with the people and the government of Pakistan. I urge everyone to
assist their fellow men and women as a humane duty.
Let me thank H.E. Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, the President of the the sixty-
fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, for all his efforts
during his tenure. I also would like to congratulate H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss,
the President of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General
Assembly and wish him all success.
In the past years, I spoke to you about some of the hopes and concerns,
including family crises, security, human dignity, world economy, climate
change as well as the aspiration for justice and lasting peace.
After about one hundred years of domination, the system of Capitalism and
the existing world order has proved to be unable to provide appropriate
solution to the problems of societies, thus coming to an end. I shall try to
examine the two main causes of this failure and picture some features of the
ideal future order.
A) Attitudes and Beliefs
As you are well aware, the divine prophets had the mission to call everyone
to monotheism, love and justice and show mankind the path to prosperity.
They invite men to contemplation and knowledge in order to better appreciate
the truth and to avoid atheism and egoism. The very nature of the message of
all prophets is one and the same. Every messenger endorsed the messenger
before him and gave glad tidings about the prophet to come, and presented a
more complete version of the religion in accordance with the capacity of the
man at the time. This continued up to the last messenger of God who
presented the perfect and all inclusive religion.
In opposition to that, the egotist and the greedy stood up against this
clear call, revolting against the message.
Nimrod countered Hazrat Abraham, Pharaoh countered Hazrat Moses and the
greedy countered Hazrat Jesus Christ and Hazrat Mohammad (Peace be upon them
all). In the recent centuries, the human ethics and values have been
rejected as a cause for backwardness. They were even portrayed as opposing
wisdom and science because of the earlier infliction on man by the
proclaimers of religion in the dark ages of the West
Man's disconnection from Heaven detached him from his true self.
Man with his potentials for understanding the secrets of the universe, his
instinct for seeking truth, his aspirations for justice and perfection, his
quest for beauty and purity and his capacity to represent God on earth was
reduced to a creature limited to the materialistic world with a mission to
maximize individualistic pleasures. Human instinct, then, replaced true
Human beings and nations were considered rivals and the happiness of an
individual or a nation was defined in collision with, and elimination or
suppression of others. Constructive evolutionary cooperation was replaced
with a destructive struggle for survival.
The lust for capital and domination replaced monotheism which is the gate to
love and unity.
This widespread clash of the egoist with the divine values gave way to
slavery and colonialism. A large portion of the world came under the
domination of a few western States. Tens of millions of people were taken to
slavery and tens of millions of families were shattered as a result. All the
resources, the rights and the cultures of the colonized nations were
plundered. Lands were occupied and the indigenous people were humiliated and
Yet, nations rose up, colonialism was alienated and the independence of the
nations was recognized. Thus, the hope for respect, prosperity and security
was revived amongst nations. In the beginning of the past century nice talks
about freedom, human rights and democracy created hopes for healing the deep
wounds of the past. Today, however, not only those dreams are not realized,
but memories, even at times worse than before, have been recorded.
As a result of the two World Wars, the occupation of Palestine, the Korean
and the Vietnam's Wars, the Iraqi war against Iran, the occupation of
Afghanistan and Iraq as well as many wars in Africa, hundreds of millions of
people were killed, wounded or displaced.
Terrorism, illicit drugs, poverty and the social gaps increased. The
dictatorial and coup d'etat governments in Latin America committed
unprecedented crimes with the support of the West.
Instead of disarmament, the proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear,
biological and chemical weapons expanded, putting the world under a bigger
threat. As a result, the very same old goals of colonialists and the slave
masters were, this time round, pursued with a new facade.
B) The Global Management and Ruling Structures
The League of Nations and, then, the United Nations were established with
the promise to bring about peace, security and the realization of human
rights, which in fact meant a global management.
One can analyze the current governance of the world by examining three
First, the event of the II September 2001 which has affected the whole world
for almost a decade.
All of a sudden, the news of the attack on the twin towers was broadcast
using numerous footages of the incident.
Almost all governments and known figures strongly condemned this incident.
But then a propaganda machine came into full force; it was implied that the
whole world was exposed to a huge danger, namely terrorism, and that the
only way to save the world would be to deploy forces into Afghanistan.
Eventually Afghanistan, and shortly thereafter Iraq were occupied.
Please take note:
It was said that some three thousands people were killed on the II September
for which we are all very saddened. Yet, up until now, in Afghanistan and
Iraq hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, millions wounded and
displaced and the conflict is still going on and expanding.
In identifying those responsible for the attack, there were three
1- That a very powerful and complex terrorist group, able to successfully
cross all layers of the American intelligence and security, carried out the
attack. This is the main viewpoint advocated by American statesmen.
2- That some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to
reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in
order also to save the Zionist regime.
The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians
agree with this view.
3- It was carried out by a terrorist group but the American government
supported and took advantage of the situation. Apparently, this viewpoint
has fewer proponents.
The main evidence linking the incident was a few passports found in the huge
volume of rubble and a video of an individual whose place of domicile was
unknown but it was announced that he had been involved in oil deals with
some American officials. It was also covered up and said that due to the
explosion and fire no trace of the suicide attackers was found.
There remain, however, a few questions to be answered:
1- Would it not have been sensible that first a thorough investigation
should have been conducted by independent groups to conclusively identify
the elements involved in the attack and then map out a rational plan to take
measures against them?
2- Assuming the viewpoint of the American government, is it rational to
launch a classic war through widespread deployment of troops that led to the
death of hundreds of thousands of people to counter a terrorist group?
3- Was it not possible to act the way Iran countered the Riggi terrorist
group who killed and wounded 400 innocent people in Iran. In the Iranian
operation no innocent person was hurt.
It is proposed that the United Nations set up an independent fact-finding
group for the event of the II September so that in the future expressing
views about it is not forbidden.
I wish to announce here that next year the Islamic Republic of Iran will
host a conference to study terrorism and the means to confront it. I invite
officials, scholars, thinkers, researchers and research institutes of all
countries to attend this conference.
Second, is the occupation of the Palestinian territories
The oppressed people of Palestine have lived under the rule of an occupying
regime for 60 years, been deprived of freedom, security and the right to
self- determination, while the occupiers are given recognition. On a daily
basis, the houses are being destroyed over the heads of innocent women and
children. People are deprived of water, food and medicine in their own
homeland. The Zionists have imposed five all-out wars on the neighboring
countries and on the Palestinian people.
The Zionists committed the most horrible crimes against the defenseless
people in the wars against Lebanon and Gaza.
The Zionist regime attacked a humanitarian flotilla in a blatant defiance of
all international norms and kills the civilians.
This regime which enjoys the absolute support of some western countries
regularly threatens the countries in the region and continues publicly
announced assassination of Palestinian figures and others, while Palestinian
defenders and those opposing this regime are pressured, labeled as
terrorists and anti Semites. All values, even the freedom of expression, in
Europe and in the United States are being sacrificed at the altar of
Solutions are doomed to fail because the right of the Palestinian people is
not taken into account.
Would we have witnessed such horrendous crimes if instead of recognizing the
occupation, the sovereign right ofthe Palestinian people had been
Our unambiguous proposition is the return of the Palestinian refugees to
their home land and the reference to the vote of the people of Palestine to
exercise their sovereignty and decide on the type of governance.
Third, is the nuclear energy
Nuclear energy is clean and cheap and a heavenly gift which is amongst the
most suitable alternatives to cut the pollutions emanating from fossil
The Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows all member States to use nuclear
energy without limits and the International Atomic Energy Agency is mandated
to provide member States with technical and legal support.
The nuclear bomb is the worst inhumane weapon and which must totally be
eliminated. The NPT prohibits its development and stockpiling and calls for
Nonetheless, note what some of the permanent members of the Security Council
and nuclear bomb holders have done:
They have equated nuclear energy with the nuclear bomb, and have distanced
this energy from the reach of most of nations by establishing monopolies and
pressuring the IAEA. While at the same time, they have continued to
maintain, expand and upgrade their own nuclear arsenals.
This has entailed the following:
Not only the nuclear disarmament has not been realized but also nuclear
bombs have been proliferated in some regions, including by the occupying and
intimidating Zionist regime.
I would like here to propose that the year 20II be proclaimed the year of
nuclear disarmament and 'Nuclear Energy for all, Nuclear Weapons for None'.
In all these cases the United Nations has been unable to take any effective
course of action. Unfortunately, in the decade proclaimed as the
'International Decade for the Culture of Peace' hundreds of thousands were
killed and injured as a result of war, aggression and occupation, and
hostilities and antagonism increased.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Very recently the world witnessed the ugly and inhumane act of burning the
The Holy Quran is the Divine Book and the eternal miracle of the Prophet of
lslam. It calls for worshipping the One God, justice, compassion toward
people, development and progress, reflection and thinking, defending the
oppressed and resisting against the oppressors; and it names with respect
the previous Messengers of God, like Noah, Abraham, Isaaq, Joseph, Moses and
Jesus Christ (Peace be Upon them all) and endorses them.. They burned Quran
to bum all these truths and good judgments. However, the truth could not be
burned. Quran is eternal because God and truth are everlasting. This act and
any other act which widens the gap and distances between nations is evil. We
should wisely avoid playing into the hands of Satan. On behalf o f the
Iranian nation I pay respect to all Divine Books and their followers. This
is the Quran and this is the Bible. I pay respect to both o f them.
For years the inefficiency of the capitalism and the existing world
management and structures has been exposed and the majority of States and
nations have been on a quest for fundamental changes and for the prevalence
of justice in global relations.
The cause of the United Nation's ineptitude is in its unjust structure.
Major power is monopolized in the Security Council due to the veto
privilege, and the main pillar of the Organization, namely the General
Assembly, is marginalized.
In the past several decades, at least one of the permanent members of the
Security Council has always been a party to the disputes.
The veto advantage grants impunity to aggression and occupation; How could,
therefore, one expect competence while both the judge and the prosecutor are
a party to the dispute?
Had Iran enjoyed veto privilege, would the Security Council and the IAEA
Director General have taken the same position in the nuclear issue?
The United Nations is the key center for coordinating the common global
management. Its structure needs to be reformed in a manner that all
independent States and nations be able to participate in the global
governance actively and constructively.
The veto privilege should be revoked and the General Assembly should be the
highest body and the Secretary-General should be the most independent
official and all his positions and activities should be taken with the
approval of the General Assembly and should be directed towards promoting
justice and eliminating discrimination.
The Secretary-General should not come under pressure from powers and/or the
country hosting the Organization for his stating the truth and
administration of justice.
It is suggested that the General Assembly should, within one year and in the
framework of an extraordinary session, finalize the reformation of the
The Islamic Republic of Iran has clear suggestions in this regard and stands
ready to participate actively and constructively in the process.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I announce clearly that the occupation of other
countries under the pretext of freedom and democracy is an unforgivable
The world needs the logic of compassion and justice and inclusive
participation instead oflogic offorce, domination, unilateralism, war and
The world needs to be governed by virtuous people like the Divine Prophets.
The two vast geographical spheres, namely Africa and Latin America, have
gone through historic developments during the past decades. The new
approaches in these two continents, which are based on increasing level of
integration and unity as well as on localizing the growth and development
models, have born considerable fruits to the 'peoples of those regions.
The awareness and wisdom of the leaders of these two continents has overcome
the regional problems and crises without the domineering interference of
The Islamic Republic of Iran has expanded its relations with the Latin
America and Africa in all aspects in recent years.
And about the glorious Iran,
The Tehran Declaration was a hugely constructive step in confidence building
efforts which was made possible through the admirable good will by the
governments of Brazil and Turkey along with the sincere cooperation of the
Iranian government. Although the Declaration received inappropriate reaction
by some and was followed by an unlawful resolution, it is still valid.
We have observed the regulations of the IAEA more than our commitments, yet,
we have never submitted to illegally imposed pressures nor will we ever do
It has been said that they want to pressure Iran into a dialogue. Well,
firstly, Iran has always been ready for a dialogue based on respect and
justice. Secondly, methods based on disrespecting nations have long become
ineffective. Those who have used intimidation and sanctions in response to
the clear logic of the Iranian nation are in real terms destroying the
remaining credibility of the Security Council and the trust of nations for
this body, proving once and again how unjust is the function of the Council.
When they threaten a great nation such as Iran which is known throughout
history for its scientists, poets, artists and philosophers and whose
culture and civilization is synonymous to purity, submission to God and
seeking justice, how can they ever expect that other nations grow confidence
It goes without saying that domineering methods in managing the world has
failed. Not only has the era of slavery and colonialism and dominating the
world passed, the path to the reviving old Empires are blocked, too.
We have announced that we stand ready for a serious and free debate with the
American Statesmen to express our transparent views on issues of importance
to the world in this very venue.
It is proposed here that in order to have a constructive dialogue, an annual
free debate be organized within the General Assembly.
Friends and Colleagues,
The Iranian nation and the majority of the world's nations and governments
are against the current discriminatory management of the world.
The inhumane nature of this management has put it at a dead-end and requires
a major overhaul.
Reforming the world's affairs and bringing about tranquility and prosperity
requires the participation of all, pure thoughts and the divine and humane
We are all of the idea that:
Justice is the basic element for peace, durable security and the spread of
love among peoples and nations. It is in the justice that mankind seeks the
realization o f his aspirations, rights and dignity, since he is wary of
oppression, humiliation and ill treatment.
The true nature of mankind is manifested in the love for other fellow humans
and love for all the good in the world. Love is the best foundation for
establishing relation amongst people and amongst nations.
As Vahshi Bafqi, the great Iranian poet, says: 'From the fountain of youth,
drink thousand sips Y ou'll still die if you don't have love's grip'
In making a world full of purity, safety and prosperity people are not
rivals but companions.
Those who see their happiness but in the sorrow of others and their welfare
and safety but in others' insecurity, those who see themselves superior to
others, are out of the path of humanity and are in evil's course.
Economy and materialistic means are only some tools to serve others, to
create friendship and strengthen human connections for spiritual perfection.
They are not tools for show-off or means of dominating others.
Men and women complements each other and family unit with pure, loving and
long-lasting relation of the spouses in its center is the guarantee for the
continuity and the bringing up generations, for true pleasures, for
spreading love and for reforming of the societies.
Woman is a reflection of God's beauty and is the source of love and caring.
She is the guardian o f purity and exquisiteness o f the society.
The tendency to toughen the souls and behaviors of women deprives them from
their very basic right of being a loving mother and a caring wife. It would
result in a more violent society with irreversible defects.
Freedom is a divine right that should serve peace and human perfection.
Pure thoughts and the will of the righteous are keys to the gates of a pure
life full of hope, liveliness and beauty.
This is the promise of God that the earth will be inherited by the pure and
the righteous. And the people free from selfishness will take up the
management of the world. Then, there will be no trace of sorrow,
discrimination, poverty, insecurity and aggression. The time for true
happiness and for the blossoming of the true nature of humankind, the way
God has intended, will arrive.
All those seeking for justice and all the free spirits have been waiting for
this moment and have promised such glorious time.
The complete human, the true servant of God and the true friend of the
mankind whose father was from the generation of the beloved Prophet of Islam
and whose mother was from the true believers of the Jesus Christ, shall wait
along with Jesus the son of Marry and the other righteous to appear on those
brilliant times and assist the humanity.
In welcoming them we should join ranks and seek justice.
Praise to Love and worship, praise to justice and freedom, praise to the
true humanity, the complete human, the true companion of the humankind and
peace be upon you and all the righteous and the pure.
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