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Canada has already said it will not take part in events marking the 10th anniversary of the Durban declaration on racism and some U.S. senators are urging the United States to boycott the meetings, which were called for in a vote at the U.N. General Assembly on Friday.
“Under the present circumstances, as long as the meeting is defined as part of the infamous ‘Durban process,’ Israel will not participate in the meeting scheduled to take place in U.N. headquarters in New York in September 2011,” said Israel’s U.N. mission spokeswoman Karean Peretz.
Israel and the United States opposed the resolution — which passed 104-22, with 33 abstentions — that called for the new follow-up summit to the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in the South African city of Durban.
Insisting that “Israel is part of the international struggle against racism,” Ms. Peretz said “Israel regrets that a resolution on an important subject — elimination of racism — has been diverted and politicized by the automatic majority at the U.N., by linking it to the Durban Declaration and Program of Action that many states would prefer to forget.”
BEIJING | Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao tried on Sunday to reassure the public about the government’s ability to control inflation, a day after China raised interest rates amid worries that rising prices could hurt social stability.
Mr. Wen’s remarks underscore the government’s concerns about anger over inflation — an especially sensitive topic in a society where poor families spend up to half their incomes on food. Rising incomes have helped offset price hikes, but inflation undercuts economic gains that help support the ruling Communist Party’s claim to power.
“I can tell everybody, the government has complete confidence in tiding over this difficult stage together with the masses,” Mr. Wen said while taking questions from callers during a visit to China National Radio’s offices, according to a report on the station’s website.
Mr. Wen expressed confidence in the government’s ability to control price increases, pointing to large grain reserves as well as moves to support production by reducing and waiving taxes.
Inflation jumped to 5.1 percent in November, a 28-month high, despite a crackdown on speculation and repeated moves to curb a flood of money circulating in the economy from massive stimulus spending and bank lending.
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