Germany summons Tehran envoy over congress

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8 December 2006, Berlin (dpa) - The German Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned Iran's top envoy in Berlin to express anger over a planned Holocaust conference due to take place in Tehran next week, a spokesman said. Deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner said the Iranian charge d'affaires had been called in to receive a complaint on the meeting due to be hosted by the Iranian Foreign Ministry. "The German government condemns as unacceptable all comments which put Israel's right to exist into quest

8 December 2006

Berlin (dpa) - The German Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned Iran's top envoy in Berlin to express anger over a planned Holocaust conference due to take place in Tehran next week, a spokesman said.

Deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner said the Iranian charge d'affaires had been called in to receive a complaint on the meeting due to be hosted by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

"The German government condemns as unacceptable all comments which put Israel's right to exist into question or raise doubts about the Holocaust," said Ploetner at a news briefing.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the Holocaust - in which six million European Jews were murdered - is a myth. He has also called for the destruction of Israel.

The Tehran conference, due to be attended by researchers from about 30 countries, claims it wants to assess the magnitude of the Holocaust and whether the Nazis really used gas chambers to kill Jews.

"We condemn all past and future attempts by those who give a platform to people who put the Holocaust in question," said Ploetner, adding: "The Iranian charge d'affaires was called in ... to make this unmistakably clear."

DPA

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