Nasrallah says UN a weak organization, calls for fair taxes and proportional law

Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Saturday during an event celebrating the birth of Fatima Al Zahra the daughter of Prophet Mohammad, that the United Nations is a weak organization and cannot be relied on to support rightful causes.

Nasrallah addressed gatherers through a screen in a speech which also touched on the political and economic situations in Lebanon.

He hailed all women who continued to rise to the level of responsibility required of them during these difficult times in Lebanon and other countries, namely Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

"I offer my deepest respect for U.N. official Rima Khalaf," said the Hezbollah leader in a comment on Khalaf's resignation from ESCWA.

The United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.

"Israel, the US, and their supporters exercised immense pressure on the UN and its Secretary General to withdraw the a similar fashion to that of Saudi Arabia and its report," he claimed.

"The United Nations is a weak organization...incapable of taking a stance or preserving dignity. This means that we cannot wager on this organization's ability to win back our lands in Palestine."

On a more domestic note, Nasrallah asserted Hezbollah's strong support for the approval of the wage scale file.

"There must be serious efforts to fund it, otherwise its approval will be unsuccessful," he noted, adding that it was fine to impose fair taxes which did not affect the poor and lower middle classes.

Funding the wage scale without resorting to augmented taxes was viable, but required serious measures, according to Nasrallah, who categorically rejected using this file for political gains.

He revealed that major parliamentary blocs planned to meet and discuss the wage scale further.

Commenting on the issue of parliamentary elections, Nasrallah said that "time is short and playing on the edge of the cliff is a dangerous game."

The Hezbollah Chief urged all political factions to issue an electoral law that guaranteed equity in representation to all Lebanese components, including small political parties or forces.

He reiterated that the proportional law ensured equity in representation and brought about justice for all and ensured the national interest of Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency