Israel Blasts U.N. Choice of Iran For Disarmament Committee

YERUSHALAYIM -

The United Nations delegitimizes itself by appointing Iran to serve as rapporteur of the General Assembly’s Committee on Disarmament and International Security, Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor charged on Monday.

In a letter of complaint to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prosor stated that “it is inconceivable that a state under Security Council sanctions for suspected WMD [weapons of mass destruction] proliferation activities would be allowed to hold this position,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

Prosor said it was like “appointing a drug lord CEO of a pharmaceutical company.”

“Iran’s appointment erodes the UN’s legitimacy and its ability to promote arms control and disarmament as well as, preserve global peace and security,” he said.

Member states selected Iran for the position last week, just hours after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced Iran’s nuclear program in the General Assembly.

Iran’s representative will replace Norwegian diplomat Knut Langeland. The position’s duties include disseminating information and reports within the U.N. on disarmament and armament activities.

But the Committee on Disarmament and International Security can only submit proposals to the General Assembly; it is not empowered to pass resolutions on its own.