USA ved State Department erklærte lørdag at de vil delta i forberedelsene til Durban II-konferansen, men at USA ennå ikke har bestemt seg for å om de vil delta. Canada og Israel har allerede bestemt seg for boikott.
While the US has said it would decide at a later date whether to participate in the conference, the State Department on Saturday said that it would send diplomats to participate in preparatory meetings being held next week for the 2009 World Conference Against Racism, which is set to be held in Geneva on April 20-24 and which Israel and Canada have already decided to boycott.
Det skal være splittelse innad i Obamas administrasjon. Hillary Clinton er skeptisk, mens FN-ambassadør Susan Rice og rådgiver for Det nasjonale sikkerhetsråd, Samantha Power, ønsker at USA skal delta.
One official who is reportedly pressuring Secretary of State Clinton to take part in Durban II is the new American Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, who was Obama’s close campaign adviser and has pushed for the US to join the UN Human Rights Council, which was boycotted by the Bush administration, partly because of its one-sided criticism of Israel.
The other official reportedly pushing for American involvement in «Durban II» is Samantha Power, an Obama adviser at the National Security Council who participated in the initial Durban conference as the representative of an NGO and has a history of making controversial statements about Israel. In the past, Power expressed support for cutting US military assistance to Israel and using the funds as aid to build a Palestinian state.
Leder av NGO Monitor, Gerald Steinberg, sier deltakelse også utgjør en viss risiko for USA. Hvis man ikke har lykkes å endre konferansens kurs i løpet av to uker, risikerer man å bli gissel. Hvis konferansen gjentar de antisemittiske utspillene fra Durban I, vil det kompromittere deltakerne, både arabiske land og USA.