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?