Poland walks away from Durban III

By JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
September 20, 2011 19:14

 
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BERLIN - A diplomat at the Polish Embassy in Germany's capital told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the Polish government will not attend the UN-sponsored Durban III anti-racism conference on September 22 in New York because the event could be used to promote racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.

Jacek Biegała, a spokesman for the Polish Embassy in Berlin, told the Post that Poland's government "will definitively not participate in Durban III,” adding that the “we fear that the ten-year commemoration event will be used to foster opinions and positions that are the opposite of fighting racism and intolerance.”

Biegala said that the fight against racism contains efforts to combat anti-Semitism and that Poland will continue to oppose racism and intolerance  abroad and domestically through its activities and NGOs.


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