The nine member countries of the Common Market (European Economic Community) will firmly oppose attempts in the United Nations to equate "Sionism" with "racism", following a decision by EEC foreign ministers at their meeting in Rome, Italy, on Thursday (30 October).
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Background: The nine member countries of the Common Market (European Economic Community) will firmly oppose attempts in the United Nations to equate "Sionism" with "racism", following a decision by EEC foreign ministers at their meeting in Rome, Italy, on Thursday (30 October). But the Community will continue to make clear its condemnation of racist practises.
The foreign minister have been meeting at the Barbarini Palace to co-ordinate their policies on various World problems. During Thursday's session the ministers felt that to equate racism with Zionism was "unjust and harmful to the general climate in the Unite Nations".
Earlier this month of 17 October, the United Nations' General Assembly's Social Committee voted by 70 votes to 29 in favour of defining Zionism as "a form of racism".
The resolution will shortly be put before the General Assembly and the EEC foreign ministers have been reported as expressing the opinion that they would like to join the sponsors of the resolution-Arab states and other third world countries-in condemning racism as such, without branding Zionists as racists. The countries of the EEC would like to split the resolution, thereby allowing them to support the attack on racism while opposing the condemnation of Zionism.
During the same session the foreign ministers agreed to follow closely the implementation by the East European countries of the various agreements and accords which were decided on at the European Security Conference in Helsinki earlier this year.