US to Boycott UN Racism Meeting

By: Matthew Lee AP
By: Matthew Lee AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says the Obama
administration will boycott a U.N. racism conference next week over
objectional language in the meeting's final document.

Spokesman Robert Wood said Saturday that despite improvements
from an earlier draft, the changes in the final text do not address U.S. concerns of anti-Israel and anti-Western bias. The administration had lobbied hard for more revisions so that it could participate.

Concern is high that the April 20 to 25 conference in Geneva may
descend into heated debate over Israel that marred the last such
gathering eight years ago, especially since Iran's hardline president - who has called for Israel's destruction - will attend.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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