Czechia boycots UN conference against racism – EURACTIV.com
The Czech Republic will not participate this year in the United Nations conference against racism to be held in September in New York.
“I took this decision because of historic concerns about anti-Semitism and the misuse of the platform for attacks against Israel,” Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek said, adding that the country will continue to fight against racism and discrimination.
The so-called Durban conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action. Austria and the Netherlands have already decided to boycott the event, news site iRozhlas reported.
Kulhánek announced his decision on Monday in Brussels, where he met his European counterparts and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. According to Kulhánek, a large part of the EU countries supported the idea of enhanced cooperation with Israel.
The Czech minister also urged to re-establish the EU-Israel Association Council which has not held a formal meeting since 2012.
“We need to activate the council because it is a way to improve relations in the area of trade, investment and research in particular, which has enormous potential for cooperation between the EU and Israel,” Kulhanek said.