UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday hailed a decision by the United States to take part in a UN-led conference on racism in Geneva in April after it walked out on the previous session on the ground that the conference is anti-Semitism.
A statement, issued here by Ban's spokesperson Michele Montas, said: "The secretary-general welcomes the United States' decision to send a delegation to engage in the preliminary negotiations to finalize the draft outcome document of the Durban Review Conference, scheduled for April 20-24 in Geneva, Switzerland."
"The secretary-general urges all member states to engage constructively on all the outstanding issues of the outcome document to ensure a successful outcome of the conference," the statement said.
"The secretary-general condemns racism in all its forms and manifestations," the statement said. "Combating and eliminating discrimination and inequality require active engagement by all."
A U.S. delegation is expected to attend the preparatory talks on Monday in Geneva to prepare for documents to be adopted at the April conference. Canada and Israel, who also walked out on the previous session, have said that they would boycott the conference, reports said. ¡¡