World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

Department of Public Information - News and Media Services Division - New York
Durban, South Africa
31 August 7 September 2001
RD/D/31
3 September 2001

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES COUNTRIES AT RACISM CONFERENCE

TO 'STAY THE COURSE' FOLLOWING ISRAEL, US WITHDRAWAL

The following statement is attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General:


The Secretary-General has been following closely developments at the World Conference against Racism since he left Durban, South Africa, on Saturday. He spoke to Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General of the Conference, in the last few hours.

He expects that progress can be made as delegates strive to harmonize their divergent positions in the search for a consensus text to come out of the Conference.

He is disappointed at the decision by Israel and the United States to withdraw their delegations from these intense negotiations, which, he is convinced, with good will, can conclude successfully by the end of this week.

It is tough going, but he urges all countries to stay the course. The Conference cannot afford other defections.

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