Jun 7, 2021, 3:10 PM
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UN unable to do its business, insisting on insignificant issues

Tehran, June 7, IRNA - Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has sent a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, calling for the suspension of Iran's voting rights over its membership fee debt, while the international body is expected to pay attention to more important duties based on its own charter.

In the letter to Bozkir, Guterres mentioned Iran and three African states (Comoros, Sao Tome, and Principe, and Somalia), which could not pay their annual membership fees; so, the Secretary General called for the suspension of their voting rights.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has written on his Twitter account: "In black is white world, UN deprived Iran of its voting rights in the #UNGA as we’re in arrears. Not considered: US #EconomicTerrorism prevents Iran from paying for FOOD, let alone UN dues My letter to @antonioguterres: ps: UN can also collect from $110M US stole in recent piracy." 
Endorsing US's unilateral policies
The General Assembly of the United Nations is the biggest international gathering at the heart of the most important organization, which includes almost the whole world countries. 
According to Article 19 of the UN Charter, “A Member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years. The General Assembly may, nevertheless, permit such a member to vote if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member.”
The important issue here is that the unilateral and illegal sanctions of the United States on Iran are the real cause, which impedes payment of membership fees by the Islamic Republic. 
The suspension of Iran's voting rights is in line with hostile policies of certain Western powers in particular the US against Tehran; so, the measure is actually frustrating member states.
Romuald Sciora, a member of the French Institute for Strategic Studies and International Affairs (IRIS), criticized Guterres for his weakness when it came to standing against pressures from the United States.
However, the United Nations has not been successful in carrying out its essential duties such as standing against violation of human rights and US unilateralism, reviving peace and security, fighting discrimination and injustice, managing coronavirus pandemic, poverty, and jobless as well as coping with climate change and so on.

By Mahsa Salman Nouri


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