Congresswoman urges US to lead the fight against racism

Paris- France (PANA) -- The United States has been urged to lead the fight for a world without discrimination or intolerance by sending a high-level delegation to the upcoming Third World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
US Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney, head of the Congressional black caucus on the world conference to be held from 31 August to 7 September in Durban, South Africa, made the call Friday insisting on a strong US delegation to the conference.
"We want the full participation of the United States in the World Conference against Racism and we want Secretary of State Colin Powell to lead the US delegation," she said in a statement made available to PANA.
Though planning for the conference began over three years ago, Mckinney observed, the United States "has not made a firm commitment to participate or to support the Conference".
According to the Congresswoman, representing the fourth district of Georgia in the US Congress, it was inexcusable for the United States to threaten to hold the world hostage because "it does not want to face its past.

27 july 2001 14:59:00

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