Monday, November 29, 2010

Canada to boycott UN conference on racism

A Canadian official said on Thursday that his country has decided to boycott Durban III--the United Nations conference on racism which will be held in New York on September next year.
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism said that Canada has lost faith in the Durban process.
He added that the Durban process actually promotes racism rather than combats it, and negatively targeted Israel.
Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Durban conference where, it will be recalled, the United States and Israel walked out to protest the 'anti-Semitic atmosphere'. The Jewish state was labeled as a racist and apartheid nation.
Last year, Canada led a boycott of Durban II in Geneva where Iranian President ralied against Israel.
Eight other countries later joined the boycott: Australia, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and the US.
The UN committee adopted a resolution this week that provides the most comprehensive framework for combating racism.
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