Canada boycotts UN racism conference
Toronto: Canada`s immigration minister says the country will not attend Durban III, a United Nations conference on racism next September in South Africa because he says the event has negatively targeted Israel.
Minister Jason Kenney said on Thursday that Canada has lost faith in the Durban process, a conference that began in 2001 to develop strategies to defeat racism.
Canada and several other countries walked out of that meeting after Iran and several other countries gave anti-Israeli speeches.
A conference document also said the assembly recognises the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the right to an independent state.
Canada led a boycott of Durban II in Geneva last year, where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against the Jewish state.
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