Iran has a new role in the United Nations: rapporteur for the Disarmament and International Security Committee. The U.N members voted to place Iran on the oversight panel during its general assembly meeting in September in New York. This new position gives Iran a direct role in overseeing the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. Iran’s representative will replace Norwegian diplomat Knut Langeland. When Iran applied for the position on June 30th, Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said then that if Iran were to be granted such a position, it would be like “inviting Assad, the Syrian dictator responsible for the death of 100,000 of his own people, to be the head of the population census bureau.”
The Hill reported:
So far, Assad has complied with the terms of the U.N.-mandated disarmament deal, offering up a comprehensive assessment of his chemical stockpiles and allowing international inspectors into the country.
But given Iran’s deep ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad and its armed support of the regime’s forces, the U.N. decision “is outrageous and puts a fox in charge of the hen house,” Rogers said in a statement.
“This is a county that has centrifuges actively spinning in an effort to obtain a nuclear weapon, the Michigan Republican said.
“Placing a patron state of Syria on this committee as the U.N. begins disarmament of Syria’s chemical weapons is a further blow to the credibility of the United Nations,” Rogers added.
The U.N. deal is part of a Russian-brokered plan to disarm Assad’s forces, who used chemical weapons against anti-government rebels fighting to topple the Syrian regime.
The Jerusalem Post has more on the story.
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