Watchdog Group Urges UN to Distance Itself From Iran's 'Anti-Terror' Summit

The Geneva-based UN Watch has reportedly issued a call for UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to distance the international organization from an "anti-terrorism" conference in Iran that claims to have the backing of both Ban and the United Nations.

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, sent letters to Ban and US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice regarding the conference -- “International Conference on Global Fight Against Terrorism," which took place this past weekend, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Characterizing the conference as the "height of cynicism," Neuer cited Iran’s prominent role in sponsoring and training terrorists from Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as well as aiding the Syrian regime in its efforts to suppress current demonstrations against it.

"The opening message by Iranian Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei attacked the United States, Britain and some Western governments, as having a 'black record in terrorist behaviors,' 'satanic world powers,' and 'terrorist organizations' such as the Zionism International Agency," Neuer’s letter to Ban read.

Khameni also stated on the conference’s website that the "creation and growth of the wild and blind terrorism is basically the result of the wicked policy of America and England," the newspaper reports.

The conference’s website shows cartoons depicting, among other provocative images, a bloody fingerprint in the colors of the American flag, as well as the Statue of Liberty holding a stick of dynamite in her iconic hand.

Neuer wrote that his organization was “alarmed” that the homepage of the conference features a UN logo -- implying UN sponsorship -- but also “appears to have received a special message from you that was read out in person by a UN representative in Tehran," according to his letter.

"The UN believes that it is important for all nations to work together in the fight against terrorism," a UN spokeswoman told the newspaper.

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