Wednesday, 14 December 2005 19:00
Associated Press, STRASBOURG, France _ Iran does not have the leadership it deserves, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday, hours after Iran's president called the Holocaust a "myth" engineered by Europe to create a land for the Jews.
"This shows the nature of the regime. With the great respect I have for that country, that people, the great history of that country, I say they do not have the president, or the regime, they deserve," Barroso, in unusually strong comments, told reporters.
"Those statements are completely unacceptable, and it is really shocking that a head of state that has a seat in the United Nations can say such a thing," Barroso added on the sidelines of a European Parliament meeting. "It calls our attention to the real danger of that regime having an atomic bomb."