South Africa Government Position on Co-Sponsoring the United Nations (UN) Resolution, passed on 26 January 2007, that condemned Holocaust Denial

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO: 127

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 OF 15 MAY 2007

MR D.H.M GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

1) Whether, with regard to the United Nations (UN) resolution passed on 26 January 2007 that condemned Holocaust denial, South Africa was requested to co-sponsor the resolution; if so, what was South Africa's position in this regard;

2) Whether South Africa was present in the UN General Assembly during the debate and the passing of this resolution; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? N924E

REPLY:

1) South Africa, on the basis of its unqualified abhorrence of the Holocaust and its firm determination to help ensure that these events are never repeated, decided from the outset to support the United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Holocaust Denial (A/RES/61/255). Israel and the US asked UN Member States, including South Africa, whether they would consider co-sponsoring the resolution. As the resolution was to be adopted by consensus, there was no need to co-sponsor it.

2) South Africa was indeed represented at the meeting during which the resolution was adopted. South Africa and many other countries were not represented for the full duration of the meeting, as is the normal practice at the United Nations when no vote is required. No political statement was intended by any period of absence from the General Assembly hall and the Department deeply regrets that misrepresentations and factual inaccuracies of the South African position are being advanced in some quarters.


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