Germany to walk out at UN if Iran denies Holocaust

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 09:06

Berlin: German diplomats are prepared to walk out in protest if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeats before the UN General Assembly his past denials of the Holocaust, Berlin officials confirmed Tuesday.

A foreign ministry spokesman confirmed a newspaper report that Germany would respond harshly to any anti-Semitic rhetoric during the speech this Thursday.

"We are seeking a common response from the European Union (EU) nations," said the spokesman.

The plans were reported by the newspaper Handelsblatt.
In April, most EU delegates walked out of a meeting of the UN Human Rights Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, after Ahmadinejad claimed Zionism was "racism personified".

Handelsblatt said Israel had approached a variety of western foreign ministries in recent days to ask for a coordinated walkout from the room during Ahmadinejad`s speech.

The Iranian president said Friday at a speech in Tehran that the Holocaust was a "fairy tale".

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 09:06

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