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Romney Seeks to Ban Iranian President from U.N. Appearance

According to the New York Times, http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/romney-calls-on-un-to-bar-iranian-president/ , Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, is seeking to bar Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from appearing before the General Assembly next week.

Romney is sending a letter to the United Nations Secretary General on Monday, which states "With the disturbing news that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmandinejad is planning to address the United Nations General Assembly next week, I call on the United Nations to revoke any invitation to President Ahmadinejad to address the General Assembly. The only way he should be greeted in the United States is with an indictment under the Genocide Convention."

Last year several influential figures including John Bolton, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, lobbied http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/ahmadinejad-incitement.pdf for the United Nations’ International Court of Justice to indict Mr. Ahmadinejad for incitement of genocide. They base their argument on his calls for the destruction of Israel.

This weeks planned appearance would be Ahmadinejad's third visit to the United States. He plans to go to Venezuela after his U.S. stay to meet with President Hugo Chavez.