zondag 19 april 2009

VS neemt niet deel aan Durban II anti-racisme conferentie

Een duidelijk signaal van de Amerikaanse regering. Obama heeft zijn woord gehouden dat de VS Durban 2 zou boycotten behalve wanneer de tekst substantieel zou worden verbeterd.

US to boycott 'Durban II' United Nations racism meeting
The Obama administration will "with regret" boycott a UN conference on racism next week over objectionable language in the meeting's final document that could single out Israel for criticism and restrict free speech, the State Department said Saturday.
The decision follows weeks of furious internal debate and will likely please Israel and Jewish groups that lobbied against US participation. But the move upset human rights advocates and some in the African-American community who hoped that President Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, would send an official delegation.
The administration had wanted to attend the April 20-25 meeting in Geneva, although it warned in late February it would not go unless significant changes were made to the draft text.


U.S. says will not attend U.N. conference on racism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will boycott next week's United Nations conference on racism in Geneva because of "objectionable" language in the meeting's final document, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday.

"It now seems certain these remaining concerns will not be addressed in the document to be adopted by the conference next week. Therefore, with regret, the United States will not join the review conference," said State Department spokesman Robert Wood.

The United Nations organized the forum to help heal the wounds from its last such forum, in Durban, South Africa. The United States and Israel walked out of that 2001 conference when Arab states sought to define Zionism as racist.

(Reporting by Sue Pleming; editing by Todd Eastham)

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