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UN Secretary-General did not like Iranian cartoons of the Holocaust

During his two-days' visit to Tehran UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed concern over Iran's holding an exhibition of the Holocaust cartoons. In his statement posted at the UN web site he notes: "There is freedom of expression and the right to freedom of expression, but that right does not abrogate responsibility, common sense and delicacy. I believe that the tragedy of the Holocaust is a sad and indisputable historical fact that has to be accepted, and we should explain our children what really happened during the Second World War, so that we could be sure that it would never happen again".

On the second day of Kofi Annan's visit to Tehran, the Iranian government announced that it would support holding an international conference on assessing scientific evidence of the Holocaust crimes, considered by official Tehran as highly exaggerated. An official spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry, Hamid-Resa Asefi, said: "The Holocaust is not something sacred and untouchable. I was an inmate of Nazi concentration camps in Eastern Europe, and I believe the Holocaust crimes to be definitely exaggerated".

After his meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, the UN Secretary-General said that the Iranian leader was ready to hold talks with the UN Security Council on Iran's nuclear ambitions, but refused to suspend work on uranium enrichment. He also told journalists that the Iranian President had supported the UN Security Council resolution on Lebanon and had offered to cooperate in consolidating Lebanon's independence and territorial integrity, as well as its reconstruction after the war.
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