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Syrian Foreign Minister’s Testy Exchange with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

Syrian Foreign Minister’s Testy Exchange with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon


Ban: Can you just wrap up because you have
spoken for more than 20 minutes. Al-Moallem: Mr. Secretary, you spoke 25 minutes.
I came here after 12 hours in the airplane. I have few more minutes to end my speech.
This is Syria. Ban: How much do you have left now? Al-Moallem: I think 5-10 minutes. Ban: No, no. I will give you another opportunity
to speak. Al-Moallem: No, I cannot divide my speech.
I must continue … I will do my best to be fast. Ban: Can you just wrap up in one or two minutes? Al-Moallem: No, I can’t promise you, I must
finish my speech. … You live in New York, I live in Syria. I have the right to give
the Syrian version here in this forum. After three years of suffering, this is my right. Ban: We have to have some constructive and
harmonious dialogue, please refrain from inflammatory remarks and accusing some member states participating
here which will not be constructive at this time. Al-Moallem: It is constructive, I promise
you, let me finish. Ban: Within 2-3 minutes please. I will give
you another opportunity. Al-Moallem: Another 20 minutes, no?

8 comments on “Syrian Foreign Minister’s Testy Exchange with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

  1. Well I mean he was being polite and he did come from very far away to say something so it should be herd just like everyone else but at the same time for some reason someone is limiting everyones time

  2. Well it is fair that the Syrian delegates want to tell their side of this in full and not to be just used as a sound bite for the corporate media.

  3. Ban Ki-moon is just a little doggy of Israeli interests. Nothing more. Arrogant and with a total lack of manners. Swepts to mess Israel creates. A little doggy.

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