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United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today called on the Millennium hotel to immediately clarify and reconsider its decision to serve as the official host hotel to President Ahmadinejad during his stay in New York and instead decline to host President Ahmadinejad.
In a letter to the Richard Hartman, the CEO of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc and Wanda Chan the General Manager to the Millennium, UANI President Ambassador Mark D. Wallace wrote:
"President Ahmadinejad is the leader of a criminal regime that flouts international law in developing an illegal nuclear weapon, and brutally represses its own people. President Ahmadinejad leads a regime that is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Just recently President Ahmadinejad called the tragic events of September 11, 2001 a 'big lie'.
"Simply put it is an outrageous affront to the people of New York City that you would host this man and his delegation. All New Yorkers should reject your hotel if you host this illegitimate 9/11 denying regime.
"UANI denounces in the strongest possible terms any decision by the Millennium to host President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian delegation in New York and calls upon the Millennium to join the international community in isolating Iran and condemning the Iranian regime by refusing to host Mr. Ahmadinejad.
"If the Millennium continues with its plans to serve as a host to President Ahmadinejad, UANI will take action against the Millennium. UANI will call on its activists to peacefully protest your properties, and will call for a general public boycott of all Millennium, Grand Millennium, Copthorne, Kingsgate and City Development Limited properties.
"The Millennium’s decision to potentially host President Ahmadinejad is directly contrary to the other New York Hotels and venues that have refused to host this regime including The Helmsley Hotel, Gotham Hall, and The Essex House. If it continues with its decision to host the Iranian regime, the Millennium Hotel will be putting its short-term profit ahead of its responsible role in the New York hotel community." (Business Wire, "UANI Calls on The Millennium Hotel to Refuse to Host President Ahmadinejad," 5/2/10)