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The U.S. government has explained that the meeting's final document contains an anti-Israel and anti-Western language that "it can not support".
United States announced on Saturday that they will not participate in the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in the United Nations (UN), which begins on Monday in Geneva, because the draft of the declaration, despite "significant improvements" still includes references to the conflict between Israel and Palestine that do not have U.S. approval.
Robert Wood, State Department spokesman, explained that the final text "still contains language that reaffirms the whole Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA), 2001, that the U.S. strongly disapprove".
In 2001, U.S. and Israel left the Durban conference, when the anti-Semitic and Arab countries promoted the inclusion of Zionism as a form of racism. The UN sought to overcome this by a further declaration, but despite the good intentions of the institution, it still does not satisfy the U.S..
Robert Wood, who has praised the progress made in the revised document, has recognized that the draft declaration represents a major achievement "for all those who seek to create a world free from all forms of discrimination." However, after three months of deliberation, the U.S. have decided not to participate in the Geneva meeting because the declaration deals with key issues that can only be resolved in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Review Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, known as Durban II, will be held from 20 to 24 April in Geneva (Switzerland). Many countries had not yet confirmed their attendance while waiting to know the specific content of the core document of the meeting, which was only agreed and closed on last Friday.
Despite the boycott, Washington has insisted that U.S. "remain fully committed" to defending the rights of all individuals and to combat all forms of racial discrimination.
Although the administration of President George Bush had refused to cooperate in preparations of the Conference, Barack Obama decided to send a delegate as soon as he took his functions in January 2009.
In late February, the first African American citizen to assume the presidency of the U.S. warned that it would not participate in further negotiations if the text failed to dispel doubts about the issue of conflict between Israel and Palestine, which has not finally happened.Read »