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US to Boycott World Racism Conference at UN

Wednesday, 01 Jun 2011 05:33 PM

 

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Obama administration confirmed Wednesday in a letter to a U.S. senator that it will boycott a world conference against racism being held at U.N. headquarters in September.

Joseph E. Macmanus, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, wrote in the letter to Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that the United States will not participate in the 10-year commemoration of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism because the Durban process "included ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism."

AP obtained a copy of the letter, sent Wednesday to Gillibrand and other members of Congress.

Macmanus was responding to a letter the senator from New York had sent America's U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice asking her not to participate in the event.

"In December, we voted against the resolution establishing this event because the Durban process included ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism, and we did not want to see that commemorated," Macmanus wrote.

He added that in 2009 the U.S. withdrew from the planning of the conference because it reaffirmed the 2001 Durban Declaration, "which unfairly singled out Israel and included language inconsistent with U.S. traditions of robust free speech."

"The United States delegation in New York has not been involved in the formal negotiations on the modalities resolution or the outcome document and has had a notetaker only in these proceedings," the letter added. "We share your concern about the Durban commemoration's timing and venue as just days earlier, we will have held solemn ten-year memorials for those murdered in the September 11 terrorist attacks."

The letter said that the United States is "fully committed to upholding the human rights of all people and to combating racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance, and bigotry."

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