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SECRETARY-GENERAL DEPLORES IRANIAN PRESIDENT’S USE OF DURBAN REVIEW CONFERENCE
PLATFORM TO ACCUSE, DIVIDE, INCITE
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the remarks by the President of Iran at the Durban Review Conference today, 20 April:
I deplore the use of this platform by the Iranian President to accuse, divide and even incite. This is the opposite of what this Conference seeks to achieve. This makes it significantly more difficult to build constructive solutions to the very real problem of racism.
It is deeply regrettable that my plea to look to the future of unity was not heeded by the Iranian President. At my earlier meeting with him, I stressed the importance of the Conference to galvanize the will of the international community towards the common cause of fighting against racism.
I further stressed the need to look to the future, not to the past of divisiveness. In this regard, I reminded the President that the United Nations General Assembly had adopted the resolutions to revoke the equation of Zionism with racism and to reaffirm the historical facts of the Holocaust respectively.
We must all turn away from such a message in both form and substance. We must join hands and work together to achieve a constructive, substantive agenda to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
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