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Malta’s UN ambassador keeps away from Iran speech

Malta was ‘prepped’ for a walkout on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the UN’s Durban conference this week, sources told this newspaper, and sent a lowly embassy official to the meeting instead of its ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.
Malta was among the 23 EU member states in the walkout in protest at Ahmadinejad’s inflammatory speech at the Durban review conference to review the 2001 declaration from the World Conference Against Racism.
In his speech Ahmadinejad said the Zionist creation of Israel in Palestine was accomplished by “military aggressions to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering” and that migrants from around the world set up “a totally racist government” and that “in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive racist regime in Palestine.”
The conference was initially boycotted by Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and the United States, over claims that it would promote anti-Semitism by referring to Israel as a “racist government” over its occupation of Palestine.

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