Monday, September 05, 2005

Kofi Annan's record with despotic dictators is just getting better!

Kofi Annan's record with despotic dictators is just getting better!

Iran's Khatami appointed as member of 'Alliance of Civilizations'

TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Friday as a member of 'Alliance of Civilizations', the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

'Alliance of Civilizations' is a high-level UN organization consisting of 18 members with a task to promote communication and alliance among civilizations, especially between the West and the Islamic world.

Khatami is therefore one of the two cultural figures selected from the Middle East region. The other one is Chairman of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development SheikhaMozah Bint Nasser al-Missned, the report said.

Khatami became Iran's president in May 1997 and was reelected inJune 2001. His second term of office ended on Aug. 2, 2005.

Khatami, also a religious as well as philosophical scholar, has been active in exploiting ways to a harmonious co-existence among peoples and civilizations.

He is well-known for what he called 'Dialogue among Civilizations', which he put forward in 2000 to stand against the US scholar Samuel P. Huntington's theory of 'the Clash of civilizations'.

In May 2005, Khatami made another proposal that all Muslims should work for what he called 'Great Islamic Middle East" initiative to counter the US "Great Middle East" plan, which Iran sharply criticized as "serving its own interests".


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