Ban criticizes UN rapporteur for remarks on September 11

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Ban criticizes UN rapporteur for remarks on September 11

Agence France Presse

January 25, 2011

GENEVA (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for “absurd” remarks about the attacks September 11, 2001 in the United States.

The UN chief was speaking to the 47 members of the Human Rights Council in Geneva to review the body that was created almost five years ago.

Addressing the question of the Special Rapporteurs, the independent experts reporting to the Council on the state of human rights in the world, Ban Ki-moon has criticized recent remarks by the Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk.

On several occasions, this independent expert has publicly expressed his doubts about the attacks of September 11, 2001, which earned him to be called in particular by the UN Watch NGO “conspiracy theorist”.

On January 11, Mr. Falk wrote in his blog that “what is even more heartbreaking than apparent camouflage is the strange silence of the mainstream media, who refuse to acknowledge the justified doubts about the official version of the events: ‘Al Qaeda without advance knowledge from government officials’ (US).

Rapporteur Richard Falk “recently suggested that there was an apparent + camouflage + around the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States,” said the UN chief.

“I want to speak to you clearly and directly, and I condemn this type of incendiary rhetoric,” he added.

He also stressed that these remarks are an “absurdity, an affront to the memory of more than 3,000 people who died in this tragic attack”.