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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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