Conflicting reports on Germany's supposed boycott of Durban II

Germany has decided to boycott this week's UN anti-racism conference, joining the United States and five other countries who will not attend it, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on Sunday. However, Germany's Foreign Ministry spokesman denied his nation has decided to pull out, saying it will announce its final decision on Sunday night. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with government policy. The US, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Israel and Italy are boycotting the conference out of concern that it could be used by Muslim countries to criticize Israel and limit free speech when it comes to criticizing their religion.