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United Nations “shocked” by Iran President’s remarks

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Iran Focus: London, Dec. 09 – The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday that he was “shocked” by remarks by Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who denied that the Holocaust took place and called for the state of Israel to be moved from the Middle East to Europe. Iran Focus

London, Dec. 09 – The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday that he was “shocked” by remarks by Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who denied that the Holocaust took place and called for the state of Israel to be moved from the Middle East to Europe.

“The Secretary-General recalls that only last month the General Assembly passed a resolution which ‘rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part’”, Annan’s spokesman said in a statement.

He urged all member states to combat such denial, and to educate their populations about the well established historical facts of the Holocaust, in which one third of the Jewish people were murdered, along with countless members of other minorities.

While in Mecca for talks with leaders of fellow Muslim countries on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said, “Some European countries insist on saying that [Adolf”> Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail”, adding, “If the Europeans are honest they should give some of their provinces in Europe — like in Germany, Austria or other countries — to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe and we will support it”.

In October, Ahmadinejad told a gathering of Islamist students in Tehran that Israel must be “wiped off the map” and threatened Muslim nations that normalise their ties with the Jewish state. His comments drew outrage across the world and were condemned by the United Nations Security Council.

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