Ahmadinejad Has Controversial History of UN Speeches

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 11:11 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Thursday. VOA's Persian News Network provides a look at some of his past U.N. appearances.

September 13, 2005 — Two months after he was elected president, Mr. Ahmadinejad talked about fundamental reforms in the United Nations. Alluding to the West, he said the era of using power to dominate global political relations was over.

September 19, 2006 — Mr. Ahmadinejad stopped in Senegal, Cuba, and Venezuela before U.N. General Assembly meeting. He said that fundamental reforms in the U.N. were key to ending oppression around the world. His appearance received much media attention because of comments months beforehand where he denied the Holocaust and suggested that Israel be wiped off the map.

September 23, 2007 — On his third general assembly visit, Mr. Ahmadinejad's request for a visit to Ground Zero was denied by New York's mayor. In a lecture at Colombia University, Mr. Ahmadinejad claimed that homosexuality did not exist in Iran and that Iranian women enjoy equal rights as men.

September 24, 2008 — After protestors greeted him in front of the U.N., Mr. Ahmadinejad called Israel a “Zionist” government. Mr. Ahmadinejad was denied travel to California by U.S. officials.

September 22, 2009 — In his U.N. speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad again denied the Holocaust. As many as 100 diplomats left in protest during his appearance.

September 19, 2010 — Mr. Ahmadinejad this time expressed skepticism about the official version of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States. He called for an investigative committee. He again urged fundamental reforms in the U.N.

September 21, 2011 — Iran releases two American hikers detained since 2009 on charges of spying. Mr. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak Thursday at the United Nations on the topic of global management.