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September 15, 2013 2:29 pm

Iranian Delegation Finds New Home in New York for UN General Assembly at ONE UN Hotel

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President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Iranian government.

Iran has found a new home for its delegation during this month’s UN General Assembly in New York City.

According to United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), which describes itself as a non-partisan, broad-based coalition committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, the ONE UN New York hotel (formerly known as the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel) plans to house Rouhani and other Iranian officials during their visit to New York City the week of September 22.

In a letter to ONE UN General Manager Paul Wong and Wong Hong Ren, CEO of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, which owns the hotel, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace warned, “UANI will publicly highlight [the]… irresponsible decision if you do not take action to refuse accommodation to the Iranian delegation.”

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his delegation stayed at New York’s Warwick hotel during the 2011 and 2012 UN General Assemblies, but the hotel announced this year it would not be hosting the delegation, telling The Algemeiner the decision was that of the Iranians.

This isn’t the first time the hotel has hosted an Iranian delegation. During the May 2010 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York, the Millennium UN Plaza, as it was known at the time, hosted Ahmadinejad and his entourage.

Efforts by The Algemeiner to reach the hotel for comment were unsuccessful.

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  • Sandy Brown

    Why do they even let them into the country>

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Why they should accommodate them? They take a very high risk and can loose some of their customer?
    The UN should provide a tend in the public square as not terrorist will annoying them. Friendship is hard to brake.

  • newsel

    The UN needs to be relocated to Deadhorse Alaska. No need to worry about parking tickets or even attendees. They are indeed a POS.

  • Master Adrian

    Firs thing I feel is disgust!
    Disgust because some organization feels it OK to obstruct UN-business, by endangering the lives of delegates to UN-meetings!
    I feel that were and when the US is not able to guarantee the safety of the delegates to and of the UN, and is not able to prevent interferences by so-called non-partizan organizations, those organizations should be arrested, and be put on trial for terrorism!

    Second thing is that I feel sick because again it shows that were diplomats are trying to solve matters and try to come to agreements and solutions arrogant orgs are interfering, and make solutions impossible, for whatever reason!

    UN-diplomats from whatever country they come should be able to have accommodations, none excluded, even the Israeli delegates are protected, perhaps they should stay outside their highly secured embassy once and a while! I wonder what the org mentioned would do then….

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