ID : N-978 Date : 2018/01/06 - 10:13
(Persia Digest) – The US called for an emergency UN Security Council met yesterday, 5 January 2018, to discuss the unrests in Iran. The meeting ended with no clear conclusions and it was declared that the recent protests did not endanger regional or international security.
Security Council members each aired their views on Iran at the meeting.
Kairat Umarov (Kazakhstan) council President for January, concluded that the events in Iran were a domestic issue and did not concern regional and international security or fall under the mandate of the Security Council. He reiterated: “This issues must not affect Iran’s 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with the five world powers. UN resolutions must be respected.”
The Russian representative objected to the emergency meeting, and said: “The main purpose of the meeting is for the US to use the protests in Iran for its own purposes in order to decertify the JCPOA.”
The representatives of the UK, France, and Sweden also stressed that the freedom of Iranians must be respected and urged the government to exercise restraint in dealing with the protesters. They supported the JCPOA and welcomed Iran’s commitment to the deal. Other members, including China, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, etc… also said the unrests in Iran did not endanger world peace and security.
Iran’s representative at the UN also spoke: “Protests always take place in democratic countries and Iran is not an exception. But security forces in Iran must guarantee the safety of peaceful protests.”
No resolutions or statements were issued at the end of the emergency meeting.