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UN racism conference

Sweden Steps up for EU

Despite the mass walkout on Monday the stormy UN conference on racism has finally produced a unity document - and on Wednesday Sweden’s ambassador will have to represent the whol of the EU at the conference.

The meeting was hit by controversy on Monday, when Iran’s president singled out Israel for criticism as an inherently racist country, prompting a mass walkout by many delegates. The delegate for the current EU presiding country - the Czech republic - left, leaving Sweden, which is next in line, to represent the EU.

Sweden’s government has been careful not to be too closely engaged in the Geneva-based conference, but has not completely boycotted it either. Now Sweden’s representative there, UN Ambassador Hans Dahlgren, says that the final document contains a lot of good stuff and nothing explicit on Israel or the Middle East.

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