Australia will not attend Durban III conference

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August 23, 2011 17:36

 
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Australia will not attend the Durban III conference, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's spokesman announced on Tuesday.

"We have not been convinced that the High Level Meeting will avoid unbalanced criticism of Israel and the airing of anti-Semitic views," said Gillard's spokesman, explaining that Australia could not "support a meeting that chooses to reaffirm the original Durban Declaration, as appears likely."

The High Level Meeting on the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action was scheduled to take place at the United Nations in New York City on September 22.

The conference was organized to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Durban I conference, which took place in Durban, South Africa. It was widely denounced as an anti-Semitic, UN-sponsored event that singled out Jews and Israel in order to attack them, including calls to eliminate Israel.

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