USA skal ha bestemt seg for å boikotte Durban-II konferansen i Geneve i april, sier en seniorkilde innen FN-systemet til Haaretz. USA skal ha deltatt i en forberedende runde og opplevd at de ikke hadde innflytelse: et dokument ble bare verre. Med slike utsikter ønsker ikke USA å delta.

Det kan bli beklemmende for bla. Norge, som ønsker å være i dialog. USA fant ut at det ikke var mulig. De ble ikke hørt.

A U.S. delegation took part in negotiations this month on summit. Referring to the content of draft resolutions formulated during the preparations, the source said that during negotiations «a bad document became worse,» prompting the U.S. to end its affiliation with the conference.

The U.S. decided the final document that will be produced by the conference is «not salvageable,» another official said.

Critics of the April conference, say Arab nations will use it as a forum to bash Israel and charge that the draft document will limit freedom of religion and speech.

Last week, Haaretz learned that the draft resolutions for the conference branded Israel as an occupying state that carries out racist policies. They refer to «the plight of Palestinian refugees and other inhabitants of the Arab occupied territories,» apparently meaning Israel itself.

The senior UN source told Haaretz that the U.S. ended its contact with the nations that drafted the resolutions, which will be voted on during the summit. The Americans did not want a draft resolution reiterating the decisions of the first Durban summit, held in 2001, to be brought to a vote, the source said.

They also insisted that no country would be specifically mentioned by name in any resolution and even objected to an initiative by Muslim countries to ratify a law banning criticism of any religion in the media, the source added.

U.S. to boycott Durban 2 summit on racism