D'Escoto: The United Nations is a Deadly U.S.Weapon

Former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel D'Escoto, now appointed as the representative of Libya to the UN, said Thursday that the United Nations has become a "lethal weapon of the Empire (United States)."

"We have to get it back, because if it dies it will not be born again," warned D'Escoto, who was president of the 63rd period of sessions of the UN General Assembly (2008-2009).

In an interview with Prensa Latina in New York, D'Escoto, a Catholic priest, said the UN is dysfunctional, unable to fulfill the goals for which it was created.

D'Escoto harshly criticized UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, accusing him of betraying the UN Charter.

In that sense, he did not rule out coordination between the UN secretary general and the host country (the United States) to prevent former Libyan Foreign Minister Ali Treki from the entering U.S. territory.

Treki, who chaired the UN General Assembly until last September, was appointed Libyan ambassador to the UN two weeks ago by President Muammar Gaddafi, but he did not receive a U.S. visa to travel to New York.

"I don't know what kind of effort Ban Ki-moon made with respect to that visa, as part of his duty as UN leader," said D'Escoto .

Now, the appointment of D'Escoto as Libya representative is in doubt, after the U.S. representative to the UN, Susan Rice, claimed the Nicaraguan does not have a diplomatic visa.

Following the statement by Rice, the UN press office cancelled a Thursday press conference with D'Escoto that had been announced on Wednesday by UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

[Source: Prensa Latina, United Nations, 31Mar11]

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