The leader of Iranian delegation, Mr. Iraj Nadimi, pushed the issue in a news conference, taunting that how would Canada feel in case the Iranian officials used an international forum to speak in favor of Quebec sovereigntists. The delegation of Uganda also recorded their condemnation of what they called “called Mr. Baird’s arrogance and ignorance.” The meeting had almost 1,400 international delegates representing different parts of the world.
Mr. Baird was completely unapologetic for the deed and in fact mentioned that “sometimes the truth hurts.” He stated that he specifically chose this opportunity in order to gather more international support against Iran’s nuclear program and human rights abuses. He stated that “staying silent is never an option when people stone women, when they hang gays, when they incite genocide, when they say they want to wipe the Jewish people and the Jewish state off the map.” He asserted “It is never good for anyone in civilized society to stay quiet. It is tremendously important as an international community that we speak with one voice.”