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Sending message to foes of Israel, Colin Powell boycotts Durban meeting.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/actions_speak_volumes_20010831

Sending a strong signal to the international community, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is boycotting the U.N. World Conference Against Racism -- which begins this week -- because of an anti-Israel atmosphere. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Powell will not attend the conference in Durban, South Africa, because proposed resolutions for the conference unfairly criticize Israel -- and the meeting will provide a forum for speakers to single out Israel repeatedly. (Washington will probably send a mid-level official to the gathering -- Ambassador E. Michael Southwick, the deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs.)

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