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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Australia withdraws from Durban III

I really hope this doesn't cost them a seat on the Security Council, but even if it does, I'm thrilled that they did it because it's the only right and moral thing to do.

Australia has withdrawn from the Durban III conference.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia had decided not to attend the High Level Meeting on the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action scheduled to be held in New York on September 22.

Referred to as the Durban conference after the original event held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, the meeting was aimed at combating global racism. However, it was marred by anti-Semitism.

Australia and many other countries walked out of the first meeting while the Kevin Rudd government subsequently boycotted the second conference in 2009, which saw Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad deliver a long tirade against Israel.

Ms Gillard's spokesman said Australia remained involved in the early stages of consultations on the High Level Meeting in order to oppose attempts to endorse extreme language or explicit references in the text of the Durban Declaration.

"But we have not been convinced that the High Level Meeting will avoid unbalanced criticism of Israel and the airing of anti-Semitic views," the spokesman said in a statement.

"This occurred at the original Durban World Conference on Racism (2001) and the subsequent Review Conference (2009). Australia did not attend either conference.

"Nor would Australia be able to support a meeting that chooses to reaffirm the original Durban Declaration, as appears likely."

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At 7:33 PM, Blogger Thermblog said...

I really do hope they get the Security Council seat. In Canada, Harper's support for Israel was blamed for us not getting that seat. If Australia gets it, we can shove that in certain faces.

(It's really a spurious argument because the anti-Israel left makes the assumption that popularity implies justice, but I'll take what I can get to make them uncomfortable.)


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