Every once in a while someone says something so wild…so out there that you have to start looking around for Alan Funt to come out and say Smile You’re on Candid Camera. Yesterday in the UN there was another one of those moments.
According to the NY Sun, Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said that veteran U.N. diplomat, Terje Roed Larsen, was using the U.N. Security Council as a “podium for Israeli propaganda.”
Not bad right, kind of like accusing the Iranian President of exploiting the Holocaust.
Bashar Jaafari also attacked the American ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, calling his interpretation of Lebanon’s constitution “twisted.” The accusations came as a Syrian ally, Hezbollah, conducted major military maneuvers near the Israeli border in a part of Lebanon that the Security Council has ordered be cleared of weapons, according to one news report. The Lebanese army and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon denied the report, published in al-Akhbar, a newspaper allied with Hezbollah.
In his latest report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban cited a letter from Prime Minister Siniora of Lebanon that accused Syria of aiding an armed group affiliated with Al Qaeda, Fatah al-Islam, that last summer mounted a bloody fight against the Lebanese army. The report, written in large part by Mr. Roed Larsen but signed by Mr. Ban, also cited a Syrian letter that denied Mr. Siniora’s allegations.
“The report of the secretary-general should not be used as a podium for the Israeli propaganda and rumors and allegations with regard to any Syrian implication in this issue,” Mr. Jaafari told The New York Sun yesterday. He said he was not blaming Mr. Ban: “I’m accusing Larsen of being behind any attempt” to use the council for propaganda against Syria, Mr. Jaafari said. Mr. Larsen, a Norwegian national who last year was briefly denied entry to Syria, where he is seen as hostile, yesterday described the secretary-general’s report to the council as “fair, accurate, and balanced.” He said Mr. Siniora made the allegation about Syria’s cooperation with Fatah al-Islam in a “publicly accessible” letter, and he noted that Syria’s letter received equal weight in Mr. Ban’s report. “We have no independent means to corroborate” the allegation, he added
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