23 Nations Fled Ahmadinejad's Race Speech

Monday, 20 Apr 2009 10:11 PM

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Of the 27 European Union states, 23 walked out of an international conference on racism Monday after Iran's president launched a verbal onslaught against Israel, triggering furious rebukes from Western capitals.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has previously called for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map, criticised the creation of a "totally racist government in occupied Palestine" in 1948, calling it "the most cruel and repressive racist regime.

The conference had been boycotted by the United States, Israel, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Germany. The Czech Republic announced following his speech that it would be withdrawing from the summit over his remarks on Israel and the Holocaust

The 23 countries that turned their back on Ahmadinejad:

1. Austria

2. Belgium

3. Bulgaria

4. Cyprus

5. Denmark

6. Estonia

7. Finland

8. France

9. Greece

10. Hungary

11. Ireland

12. Latvia

13. Lithuania

14. Luxembourg

15. Malta

16. The Netherlands

17. Portugal

18. Romania

19. Slovakia

20. Slovenia

21. Spain

22. Sweden

23. United Kingdom

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