New York: The US
demanded Tuesday that UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk be
sacked, after he made controversial comments regarding possible US
involvement in the Sep 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and
Falk, himself a US citizen, made comments that are "so noxious
that it should finally be plain to all that he should no longer
continue in his position on behalf of the UN," US Ambassador to
the UN Susan Rice said in a statement.
Rice noted that many delegates walked out of the hall when Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made "similarly slanderous remarks"
before the UN General Assembly in September.
Falk is the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in
occupied Palestinian territories. In a blog post dated Jan 11,
Falk wrote of an "apparent cover up" and of "awkward gaps and
contradictions in the official explanations" of the Sep 11
Falk, a professor of International Law, is well known for his
controversial views. Four years ago, for example, he compared
Israeli policies regarding Arabs with those of the Nazis regarding
Jews. Israel has since banned him from entering the country.