Netherlands Considers Boycott of Durban II

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CBNNews.com - The Netherlands may be the third country to boycott the U.N.'s Durban II conference to be held in April.

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, who told Dutch radio that he "will not be involved in anti-Semitism," said unless the anti-Israel statements are removed from the conference's draft text, the Netherlands will not attend the conference.

Israel and Canada were the first to announce that they would not attend the U.N.-sponsored conference, while the U.S. has yet to make a decision.

At Durban I, Israeli and U.S. delegates walked out when a draft resolution equated Zionism with racism. In the end, the resolution wasn't passed.

Durban II appears to have the same agenda.

"We won't take that decision lightly," Verhagen said. "We will take every opportunity at this time to fight racism and discrimination, but we will not be used for a propaganda circus," the Dutch foreign minister said.

Source: The Associated Press

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