Canada boycotts UN racism conf. that targeted Israel

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November 25, 2010 23:16

 
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TORONTO — Canada will not attend Durban III, a United Nations  conference on racism next September in South Africa because the event has negatively targeted Israel, the country's immigration minister said Thursday.

Minister Jason Kenney said Canada has lost faith in the Durban process, a conference that began in 2001 to develop strategies to defeat racism.

"Canada is clearly committed to the fight against racism, but the Durban process commemorates an agenda that actually promotes racism rather than combats it."

Next year's event commemorates the 10th anniversary of the initial Durban conference that saw the United States walk out in protest over texts branding Israel as a racist and apartheid state.

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