Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 19:19 pm (KSA) 16:19 pm (GMT)

UN meeting on racism adopts final declaration

Delegates walk out of the Assembly Hall during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech
Delegates walk out of the Assembly Hall during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech

A United Nations meeting on racism on Tuesday adopted a final declaration against racism, xenophobia and intolerance, a day after an anti-Israel speech by Iran’s president triggered a mass walkout.

"Ladies and gentlemen, you have taken a momentous decision to adopt the document," president of the meeting, Amos Wako said, describing it as a "historic outcome."

 We couldn't allow our determination and consensus to be destroyed by isolated instances or intolerances and incitement to hatred as we witnessed yesterday 
British Ambassador Peter Gooderham

Wako, the attorney general of Kenya, added that the move "shows that one can remain constructively engaged and reach a consensus."

Delegates said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech calling Israel a racist regime had strengthened delegates’ resolve to adopt the declaration as soon as possible, thereby advancing the adoption to Tuesday, rather than as planned on Friday.

"We couldn't allow our determination and consensus to be destroyed by isolated instances or intolerances and incitement to hatred as we witnessed yesterday," British ambassador Peter Gooderham told AFP.

Ahmadinejad on Monday criticized the creation of a “totally racist government in occupied Palestine" in 1948. He called it "the most cruel and repressive racist regime."

His speech prompted a walkout by 23 delegations of European Union countries, and a flurry of condemnation from Western nations following a boycott of the meeting by several Western countries and Israel.

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