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Meetings with U.N. Diplomats, Government Leaders Stress Key Issues

Posted: September 28, 2006

As past years, the Anti-Defamation League met with heads of state, heads of government and foreign ministers who were in New York City for the 61st United Nations General Assembly.

Barbara B. Balser, National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, led the League’s delegation to engage with dignitaries representing more than 25 countries to present ADL’s positions on major issues of the day and to discuss areas of mutual interest and concern.

The diplomatic meetings were held in conjunction with B’nai B’rith International and at times took place jointly with the leadership of other Jewish organizations. The list of countries included
Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

While country-specific issues were raised at each meeting (i.e. incidents of anti-Semitism and U.N. voting record), general key issues included:

  • Israel after the Lebanon war, including emphasis on enforcement of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 and the disarmament of Hezbollah;
  • International anti-Semitism both related and unrelated to the Lebanon war;
  • The prevention of Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons;
  • Treatment of Israel at the United Nations with particular emphasis on the passage of anti-Israel resolutions by the General Assembly and other U.N. bodies, perpetuation of the anti-Israel Palestinian committees, and the disappointing actions of the newly reorganized Human Rights Council.
  • An end to the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
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