Moratinos calls for united front against racism
8 June 2005, CORDOBA — Foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos called for international united front against intolerance and anti-semitism.
8 June 2005
CORDOBA — Foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos called for international united front against intolerance and anti-semitism.
Speaking at a conference organised by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Moratinos said: "We share a common objective to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of intolerance and discrimination, without exception."
"The experience and the memory of the Holocaust have not been enough to eliminate attitudes and actions which clearly are an affront to the dignity of Jews," said Moratinos, responding to fears racism is on the rise in Europe.
The Spanish minister, a former European Union envoy to the Middle East, said discrimination against Muslims was "a new problem linked to the growing presence of communities of Muslim immigrants in our societies".
Integration of Muslims "has been made difficult by the current international situation," Moratinos added.
Simone Veil, the French former head of the European Parliament who was deported to Auschwitz during World War II and now chairs the Shoah foundation, insisted that "hatred comes from ignorance" but added that education could defeat such intolerance.
She said the choice of Cordoba for the conference was important as it had been a historical focal point of Christian, Jewish and Muslim coexistence, as the conference venue.
Veil said that "this city reminds us that being different does not necessarily signify being an enemy".
She denounced Holocaust denial, which she termed "the most notable form of modern anti-Semitism".
New York governor George Pataki, heading the US delegation, told delegates he shared his country's commitment to battle intolerance.
"When left unchecked, ethnic and religious hatred become the fuels that fire mankind's most unspeakable evils — a point my fellow New Yorkers witnessed first hand, as did I, on 11 September, 2001," Pataki said.
The Vienna-based OSCE groups 55 states from North America to Central Asia.
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Subject: Spanish news