super-earth-alien-planet 2African leaders open summit on relations with ICC

The summit kicked off on Saturday, with the African leaders urging the international body not to prosecute the continent’s incumbent heads of state.

They also called on the ICC to defer the trials of presidents of Kenya and Sudan.

PressTV: Iran urges world powers not to use UNSC as tool

The Iranian Mission to the United Nations has called on the world powers to avoid violating the legal frameworks of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee, Hossein Qaribi, a member of the Iranian mission, underscored the importance of protecting the credibility of the UNSC, adding, “The big powers, too, should abide by the law and not use the Security Council as a tool.”

PressTV: Iran raps UNSC for encroaching on General Assembly

Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam Hossein Dehqani has lashed out at the Security Council for making inroads into the authority of the General Assembly.

“The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) reiterates its concern over the continuing encroachment by the Security Council on the functions and powers of the General Assembly and those of the Economic and Social Council through addressing issues which fall within the competence of the latter organs,” Dehqani said on Friday.

He made the remarks in an address to the Sixth Committee of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of the NAM member states.

He added that the NAM countries are also worried about the attempts to “enter areas of norm-setting and establishing definitions which fall within the purview of the General Assembly.”

“The Non-Aligned Movement reaffirms that the reform of the organization should be carried out in accordance with the principles and procedures established by the Charter of the United Nations and preserve the legal framework of this constitutional instrument,” Dehqani stated.

He noted that NAM believes the UN is a “central and indispensable” forum to address issues pertaining to international cooperation, economic development and social progress, peace and security, human rights and the rule of law, based on dialog, cooperation and consensus-building among states.