On 24th of October 1945 and as a replacement to the ineffective League on Nations, United Nations (UN) was established in New York, United States. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193.
Since its formation UN has resolved many issues, probably created a few. But nevertheless, it has always provided a platform to its member states to share their concerns, suggestions and achievements with the rest of the world.
4 + 1 UN moments
Everyone has their own favorites. Here’s my list of 4 crazy speeches and 1 fist fight, that took place inside the UN.
1. Chavez knows how the devil smells
Quote: “The devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still.”
The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, who always enjoyed the spotlight that the UN General Assembly provided, once compared the US President, George W. Bush, to Satan.
2. Ahmadinejad hates the Zionists
Quote: “The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad primarily used the UN as a platform to preach Shiite religious teachings and release his pent-up frustration against the Western powers, especially his arch-enemy Israel. In this speech he accused “the Zionist entity” of an array of crimes including causing the South Ossetia war.
3. Qaddafi finally speaks, and there is no stopping.
Quote: “It should not be called a security council, it should be called a terror council.”
After 40 years in power, the Libyan Leader Qaddafi spoke in the United Nations for the very first, and he made up for all the lost time. He spoke for 100 minutes, during which he made sure to put forward all his grievances, accused the United States for developing swine flu, and compared the UN Security Council to Al-Qaeda, among other things.
4. The Turks were literally throwing their weight around.
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded to go inside the assembly hall when the Palestinian President Abbas was about to declare request for statehood. The Turkish security tried to go through the wrong exit door, and there was a fist fight between the UN security personnel and Turkish.
5. Pakistan’s peacekeeping efforts.
Quote: “Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the UN is well established. We have played a pioneering and consistent role in UN Peacekeeping.”
Ahead of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech, two US lawmakers introduced legislation in the US Congress aimed at designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism.
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