The session of the 64th UN General Assembly opened in New York on September 23. The leaders of more than 150 countries of the world gathered for the meeting in the UN Headquarters. The first hours of the meeting were marred with scandals.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shocked everyone with his wish to put up his Bedouin tent in the center of New York. The Libyan leader carries the tent wherever he goes. Gadhafi was not allowed to do that and was thus forced to stay in the consulate office.
The tent was later installed on the outskirts of New York, on the land owned by billionaire Donald Trump. Nevertheless, the authorities demanded the tent should be dismantled claiming that the exotic construction violated the housing code of Bedford – the town where it had been erected.
Gadhafi was obviously sad when he took the tribune at the UN Headquarters. He spoke for nearly two hours instead of 15 minutes, as was originally planned. Being gripped with emotions, he grabbed a copy of the UN Charter and tossed it aside in a theatrical manner.
"It should not be called the Security Council, it should be called the 'Terror Council,' " Gadhafi said.
Many delegates left the room during his speech. When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the world’s stage, the controversy continued.