France advocates reinforced legal frameworks to combat racism

Paris- France (PANA) -- France has called for reinforced legal frameworks as a mechanism for combating racism at national levels and guarantees by States to effectively implement policies to fight the evil.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau said in a statement that France and other EU countries would lay emphasis on improved education and training systems as part of preventative strategies against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and associated intolerance.
The French statement comes ahead of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
Preparatory meetings to the 28 August-7 September Conference were concluded 10 August in Geneva.
"For us (France) as well as our European partners, it is necessary to make that Conference a success by rallying consensus of the international community around the fight against racism," the statement said.
Paris believes it is within such a spirit of consensus that the past questions of colonialism and slavery could be resolved.
The statement said the Durban Conference should not be used as a forum for confrontation on regional crisis.
Africa is arguing that compensation for colonialism and slavery should be on the agenda, just like the Arab countries are contending on Zionism, which they consider as a form of racism.
But Europe, US and Israel are opposing discussion of these topics at Durban.

15 august 2001 20:21:00

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