States seek support for causes; one thanks NY for putting up with UN

09:24, September 26, 2010      

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Speakers at Saturday's session -- the third day of the annual general debate of the UN General Assembly -- invariably plugged for causes in which they sought support ranging from aid to institutional reforms.

However, the leader of one state took the time to thank beleaguered New Yorkers for the disruptions caused by visiting dignitaries in traffic-stopping motorcades and metal and concrete barriers positioned for security reasons and causing detours for vehicles and pedestrians alike.

Saturday saw most of the barriers shunted to the side and many removed as the number of security-risk visitors retreated from New York.

Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta, president of the small island state of Timor Leste, was the one to express gratitude to the host city.

Ramos-Horta, a non-Muslim, also expressed thanks to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for supporting the right to Muslims to build an Islamic center a few city blocks from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

At the same time, he objected to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's suggestion Thursday the U.S. government may have been behind the atrocity as "an obscenity " and said Ahmadinejad had gone "too far as he has done many times in the past."

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