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Amid protest, final draft adopted

world Updated: Apr 21, 2009 23:51 IST
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A United Nations meeting on racism on Tuesday adopted a final declaration against racism, xenophobia and intolerance, a day after an anti-Israel speech by Iran's president triggered a mass walkout.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you have taken a momentous decision to adopt the document,” president of the meeting, Amos Wako said, describing it as a “historic outcome.”

Wako, the attorney general of Kenya, added that the move “shows that one can remain constructively engaged and reach a consensus.”

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has previously called for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map, on Monday criticised the creation of a “totally racist government in occupied Palestine” in 1948. He called it "the most cruel and repressive racist regime."