Friday, October 3, 2008

UN General Assembly Chief: Some Security Council members worse than Iran

President of the UN General Assembly Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann (Reuters)

"There are members of the Security Council right now who have done things infinitely worse than Iran could ever do," D'Escoto told a news conference. When asked who he was referring to, D'Escoto, who has a history of criticizing U.S. administrations, quoted a Spanish saying: "For those who have the power of understanding, you need only a few words."

  • A reporter asked D'Escoto what could be worse than saying that Israel, a UN member, should be wiped off the map , as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said. "Verbally there's hardly anything that could be worse" than Ahmadinejad's comments, D'Escoto said. "Verbally. But the world is not destroyed by words but by actions ... I put more importance to deeds than words," he said. "To say that is one thing and to commit crimes against the sovereign rights and independence of another country is something else ... I think we all have to agree that no one dies because of words."
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