Spain to host meeting on intolerance to Muslims

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14 September 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Discrimination and intolerance towards Muslims will be the subject of an October 9-10 conference in the Spanish city of Cordoba under the aegis of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), organisers said Friday.

14 September 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - Discrimination and intolerance towards Muslims will be the subject of an October 9-10 conference in the Spanish city of Cordoba under the aegis of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), organisers said Friday.

The meeting will investigate the "roots of intolerance towards Muslims, the consequences and the role of the media," a Spanish Foreign Ministry statement read.

Spain currently holds the presidency of the OSCE and Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos will chair the meeting.

High-ranking delegations from the 56 OSCE member states from Europe and Central Asia as well as non-governmental organisations are due to attend with a preliminary NGO meeting held on October 8 at nearby Jaen.

Moratinos's ministry pointed out he had "several times spoken of his concern" regarding perceived discrimination and intolerance towards Muslims, dubbing the issue "an alarming problem."

In 2005, the OSCE held a similar conference on anti-Semitism, also the subject of a 2004 meeting in Berlin, while Paris hosted another meeting on Internet racism and Brussels one on xenophobia in general.

Cordoba was chosen as the host for this year's event and the 2005 incarnation as the city is a symbolic venue of centuries of coexistence between Christians, Jews and Muslims.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

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