Open Letter to UN SG Concerning Iran
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 3 Jun 2019
Lund, Sweden, May 27, 2019
HE Secretary-General of the United Nations
New York NY
REGARDING: Request for action in accordance with the UN Charter Article 99 to seek to prevent war between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The relation between the USA and Iran has been tense for many years. After the abrogation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the stifling sanctions imposed by the USA on Iran, the hostility has increased to a dangerous level.
The President of the USA has repeatedly threatened Iran with military action, even talking about the total destruction of the country. These threats must be taken seriously.
Even if a war is not started intentionally, a misunderstanding could lead to an escalation and finally to war. The situation in the Middle East is very complicated and other parties than Iran and the USA might contribute a sparkle to start the fire, with or without intention.
The President of the USA, Donald Trump, wrote on May 19th: “If Iran wants a fight, that will be the official end of Iran”.
The administration does not feel restrained by congressional approval. The USA has placed an aircraft carrier in waters close to Iran and is threatening to move large contingents of troops into the area.
Iranian officials have responded that they are fully prepared to fight.
We see this as a threat to peace as described in the UN Charter Art. 39.
In conclusion, we hereby refer to the duty of the Secretary-General to urge the UNSC to take action to prevent war if the parties in a conflict are unable to do so on their own.
That the parties do not seem willing to negotiate, increases the urgency for a UN intervention for peace. That intervention could take the forms described in the UN Charter Art 33.2.
We sincerely hope that you, Secretary General, will take action in the UNSC, according to the UN Charter Art. 99, to decrease the tension and reduce the risk of war.
TFF Director Prof. Jan Oberg is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment.
The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, TFF in Lund, Sweden is independent of government and corporate funding and thus conducts truly free research. Thanks to its 60 expert Associates around the world, it has a well-respected capacity from on-the-ground conflict analysis and mediation work in places such as Georgia, ex-Yugoslavia, Israel-Palestine, Iraq, Burundi and Iran. Since 1986 TFF has worked for the UN Charter goal of peace by peaceful means. TFF produces truthful, comprehensive analyses and critiques the exaggerated use of violent means. That’s diagnosis and prognosis. But we also do treatment because the world will not become a better place without constructive dialogue and ideas.
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