‘Had Ahmadinejad negated the Holocaust or Israel’s right to existence, all the EU member state would have walked out in protest. This was the line of conduct agreed upon by all the member states before the meeting. The European Union has taken a very firm stance against the violence and arrests conducted by the Iranian authorities against peaceful protesters and the infringement of the freedom of expression,’ said Serbanescu.
The presence of the EU member states, including Romania, in the General Assembly hall when the Iranian head of state delivered his speech does not mean the EU condones to or tolerate the behaviour of the Iranian authorities against human rights, said Serbanescu.
Several delegations, including the delegations of France and the US, on Wednesday evening walked out the UN General Assembly hall in protest at the speech they deemed anti-Semite of Iranian President Ahmadinejad. The walkout of the French delegation was confirmed by a French diplomatic source.
AFP news agency quotes a French diplomat as saying the speech of the Iranian president was unacceptable and that the EU member states worked in concert to agree before the speech on whether or not to leave the room.
The United States left the room, and Spokesman for the US Mission to the United Nations Mark Kornblau issued a statement for immediate release saying, ‘It is disappointing that Mr. Ahmadinejad has once again chosen to espouse hateful, offensive and anti-Semitic rhetoric.’
Canada also announced it is boycotting the speech.
In his speech, the Iranian president draw up a long list of charges against the current state of affairs in the world, saying, among others that ‘it is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions.’