According to this, Ahmadinejad has ben forced to cancel his trip to the UN headquarters in New York due to some bureaucratic difficulties, which might have been placed deliberately to prevent Ahmadinejad’s trip.
This is an unfortunate turn of events, as it might have been a good opportunity to hear Ahmadinejad’s side of the story before the members of the Security Council voted on new sanctions being imposed on Iran. Even though all members, with the exception of South Africa, were pretty much determined to halt Iran’s development of weapons-grade plutonium, it is important to maintain a dialogue with all parties regardless of the circumstances. To date, Bush has refused any contact with the Iranian Premier until he has assurances that the nuclear program has been halted; however, not to have any kind of dialogue with an adversary is just plain bad politics.
Whatever the reason for cancellation of the trip, I ought to say that I’m rather happy that the trip was cancelled. I think Ahmadinejad was quite unlikely to influence the Security Council’s decision, and would only help add to the media campaign against Iran by coming up with more provocative and useless statements.
Iran’s foreign minister is likely to make it to the Security Council session in time.