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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Obama administration announces US will stay away from Durban III

Remember the Durban III conference scheduled for New York City right after the 10th anniversary of 9/11? Well, you can tell that we are getting into an election season. The United States has announced - three months in advance no less - that it will stay away from the Durban III conference.
UN Watch obtained a copy of the following letter sent today by the US State Department to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who in December led a coalition of 18 senators calling on the Obama Administration to follow Canada's lead and pull out.

June 1, 2011

Dear Senator Gillibrand:

I am writing to respond to your letter to Ambassador Rice about the proposed 10-year commemoration of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism (the Durban Commemoration) to be held in New York in September 2011.

The United States will not participate in the Durban Commemoration. 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. 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. 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 United States is fully committed to upholding the human rights of all people and to combating racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance, and bigotry. In 2009, after working to try to achieve a positive, constructive outcome in the Durban Review Conference, we withdrew from participating because the conference reaffirmed the original 2001 Durban Declaration, which unfairly singled out Israel and included language inconsistent with U.S. traditions of robust free speech.

We remain deeply committed to fighting racism at home and abroad, including through enhanced implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. As a matter of both principle and policy, we will always stand ready to work with all partners to uphold human rights and combat bigotry and discrimination around the world.


Joseph E. Macmanus
Acting Assistant Secretary
Legislative Affairs
(U.S. State Department)
Enjoy it while you can folks. November 2012 will be over soon enough.

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At 9:57 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

Most morally bankrupt regime ever. How can the US stay away when the d*mn thing is in NYC!!! On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, no less. Antisemitic degenerates from around the world will swarm all over the city, defiling it with their filth. What will NY's Jews do? If dhimmi Bloomberg had any cojones, he'd prevent this from happening altogether.

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Benyaminov Shamil said...

@ Ashan.....you are right on dhimmi Bloomberg and those so called liberal jew morons that will demand statehood for everyone but let’s denied our my homeland rights to historical land of Israel....I believe strongly if only a strong person with righteous mind like former mayor Giuliani ...he would tell them no way this will take place in my city. That’s the man I respect….


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