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The U.N. Prepares for Durban III

Elects Iran VP and Qatar president of the General Assembly.

12:00 AM, Jun 24, 2011 • By ANNE BAYEFSKY
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Furthermore, the U.N. will crown the day-long meeting with a new declaration “by heads of state and government” that will celebrate the original Durban Declaration. That’s the declaration that charges Israel with racism and names not one of the U.N.’s other 191 state members. To ensure that the views of Ahmadinejad and company get full billing, the General Assembly will also be treated to “summaries of the discussions” (conducted during the day at roundtables), while the whole event will be webcast around the globe. A few non-governmental organizations will be allowed to speak – provided that they are included on a list drawn up by the president of the General Assembly and approved by U.N. member states “on a no-objection basis.” 

In case you’re wondering, the resolution that hands Iran and its friends a veto over the selection of anti-racism advocates who will be permitted to speak at Durban III was adopted by the General Assembly without a peep from Obama administration delegates. 

Principled engagement, U.N. style.

Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a professor at Touro College, and the editor of 

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