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UN Assembly Condemns Holocaust Deniers

A demonstration in support of Lebanon and against Israel in Tehran in July 2006 (Fars) January 26, 2007 -- The UN General Assembly today adopted a resolution condemning Holocaust deniers.

The resolution was approved by consensus, without a vote. Iran disassociated itself from the action, calling the U.S.-drafted resolution a political exercise.

Israel's envoy to the UN, Dan Gillerman, said the resolution confirms the historicity of the Holocaust while Iran continues to deny it.

"While the nations of the world gather here today to voice in unison their collective commitment to condemning Holocaust denial, without reservation and in any and in all forms, a member of this assembly continues to deny that eternal truth," he said.

Speaking at the same session, Hossein Gharibi, an Iranian representative to the UN, stood by Iran's position that the Holocaust should be closely examined to determine its scope.

The resolution follows a Tehran-sponsored forum dominated by speakers who questioned whether the Holocaust ever happened.

(AP, Reuters)

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