Ahmadinejad 9/11 comments ‘obscenity’, says Asian president

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UNITED NATIONS: East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, Jose Ramos Horta, on Saturday accused Iran’s outspoken leader of speaking "obscenities" when he evoked US government involvement in the September 11 attacks.

Horta said that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad went too far with his speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday when he said most people believe the US government orchestrated the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

"President Ahmadinejad is entitled to believe in, and regurgitate, whatever intellectual, philosophical or theological concoctions his unique mind may fabricate," Horta said in his speech to the UN assembly.

"However, I do not agree that any one of us should disregard basic rules and practices of conduct among leaders and utter obscenities in this august assembly."

East Timor’s independence leader said that Ahmadinejad’s comments were "an obscenity."

"He went too far as he has done many times before in this assembly and in other fora as when he questioned the facts of the Holocaust."

Horta is one of the rare international leaders to have criticized Ahmadinejad in public after the comments, which sparked a walkout by the US and many Western delegations.

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