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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dropped 'ambiguous' Holocaust reference from UN speech | World news | guardian.co.uk

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dropped a controversial phrase casting doubt on the Holocaust from an address to a United Nations conference on racism, according to UN officials and Farsi interpreters.

An official Iranian text of Ahmadinejad's address to the conference on Monday referred to "the ambiguous and dubious question of the Holocaust". However, when the president delivered the speech he omitted the phrase, referring more vaguely to "abuse of the Holocaust". He also dropped a segment about Zionist "penetration" of western society.

It is not clear why he deviated from the prepared text, but Ahmadinejad took the podium at the conference following a meeting with the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, who had urged against the use of divisive language.

However, the speech as delivered still contained the claim that Israel had been created by western "military aggression" after the second world war, "by using the pretext of Jewish sufferings and by abusing the Holocaust". He described Israel as "a completely racist regime" and "those racist perpetrators of genocide". He also suggested the 2003 Iraq invasion was planned "by the Zionists and their allies in the then US administration in complicity with the arms manufacturing companies and the owners of wealth".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 12:37:02 PM EST
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BBC NEWS | Middle East | UN 'regrets' Ahmadinejad speech

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "misused" an anti-racism conference at which he called Israel a racist state.

His speech sparked wide condemnation and a walkout by EU delegates.

Iran criticised Mr Ban's comments as "one-sided". Mr Ahmadinejad returned home on Tuesday to what was officially described as a "sensational" welcome.

The UN said Mr Ahmadinejad had dropped language from his speech describing the Holocaust as "ambiguous and dubious".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 12:39:13 PM EST
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Full Text of President Ahmadinejad's Remarks at U.N. Conference on Racism | Foreign Policy Journal
This is a rush transcript of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks at the United Nations Durban Review Conference on racism in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 20, 2009. Transcribed from the translation given in the U.N. webcast of the speech.
by Fran on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 05:18:16 PM EST
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Deutsch Welle: Israel compares Iran with Nazi Germany as racism conference limps on

Speaking at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Auschwitz, Israel's deputy prime minister likened Iran to the Third Reich. His remarks came a day after Iran labeled Israel "a racist regime" at a UN conference in Geneva.
by Sassafras on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 01:43:04 PM EST
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Everyone walk out of that one? No? Shocking. IOKIFYAZ.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 01:44:24 PM EST
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BBC: Obama to invite Middle East heads

US officials say the leaders of Israel, Egypt and the Palestinians will visit the White House in the next two months in a new push for Middle East peace.

Reports say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would be invited by the first week of June.

There is no indication the Arab and Israeli leaders will have direct talks.
by Sassafras on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 03:14:33 PM EST
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Obama condemns Ahmadinejad, but still wants talks | International | Reuters

By Laura MacInnis GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned as "appalling and objectionable" a speech by Iran's president which denounced Israel as a racist state and prompted a walkout from a U.N. conference on racism.

Delegates at the troubled United Nations meeting, meanwhile, speedily adopted an anti-racism declaration the day after the dramatic protest by Western states at the comments by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad was the only head of state to address the Geneva conference, known as Durban II, which is being boycotted by about a dozen countries including the United States who fear it could be used to single out Israel for criticism.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 04:55:55 PM EST
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