Publicado el 08-23-2012
The Summit of Non-Aligned
Countries in Iran
The efforts of the United States and Israel to isolate Iran, suffered a serious blow this Wednesday, August 22nd, with the announcement that the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, will attend the summit of the Non-Aligned Countries, a group formed during the cold war. Iran presides over the group until 2014 and that is why this summit will be held there next week.
The 120 countries that are part of the Nonaligned Movement represent the biggest voting bloc in the 193-member General Assembly of the United Nations, and that is the reason why the U.N. Secretary General always attends these meetings.
Iran, up to now, has defied the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council to halt its uranium enrichment and has supported the Syrian government in its repression of the uprisings against that government.
There is a possibility that Secretary Ban Ki-moon will discuss these and other issues with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The new president of Egypt, a country that has long been estranged from Iran, also announced that he will attend the meeting. All this gives the impression that a reordering of powers is taking place in the Near and Middle East where Western influence is weakening. The Iranian leaders have made special efforts in the preparation of this summit to showcase the global role that Iran wants to play.
All matters having to do with the Near East, which includes Egypt, Israel, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, as well as with the Middle East, should be of concern to the rest of the world because at any moment an additional complication might show up. And to be prepared with respect to this unfortunate possibility, it is necessary that the governments that would be seriously affected by these problems follow closely the events in these two important regions of the world.