Just as we’re hearing that the Iranian hikers are free comes a report that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann wants to ban Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from speaking at the United Nations.
She says he’s an outlaw and shouldn’t be allowed in the U.S., reports CBS News.
Those conversant with international treaties and U.N. rules, though, say it would illegal to issue such a ban.
Said Bachmann at a Des Moines campaign appearance:
“He has proven he is in violation of the United Nations charter and of international law,” Bachmann declared. “Since he is, in the most literal sense, an outlaw, he should not be allowed in the United States of America.”
But the 18-acre site of the United Nations headquarters in New York is considered international territory, so United States is obligated to allow access for leaders of the body’s 193 member nations. And a U.S. official told CBS:
“As the host nation of United Nations headquarters, the United States has treaty obligations to permit world leaders to come to New York to speak to the United Nations. That said, I think it’s pretty clear, when President Ahmadinejad comes to New York and dusts off his tired, hateful anti-Semitic talking points, he reminds the world why his regime continues to be isolated.”