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Russian foreign ministry regrets U.S., Canada, Ukraine vote against UN resolution

November 22, 2014, 14:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The resolution expresses concerns over spread across the world of various extremist political parties, movements and groups, including neo-Nazis as well as racist extremist movements and ideologies
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MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Ministry regrets the U.S., Canada and Ukraine have voted against the UN resolution on fighting glorification of Nazism, and the EU countries’ delegations have abstained from voting.

“Ukraine’s position is especially regretful. It is tough to realise how a country, which people had experienced the horrors of Nazism and had made a major input in the common Victory over it, could be voting against a document, which condemns is glorification,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement published on Saturday.

“We hope adoption of this resolution will send a clear signal to the countries, which have been facing the necessity of most decisive measures to fight the growing attempts to glorify Nazism,” the statement reads.

The third committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution urging countries to undertake more efficient measures to struggle against glorification of Nazism and other forms of racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.

A total of 115 out of 193 UN member-states voted in favour of the document, initiated by Russia. Three countries opposed the document - Canada, the United States and Ukraine. Another 55 delegations, including those from the European Union countries, abstained.

The resolution expresses concerns over spread across the world of various extremist political parties, movements and groups, including neo-Nazis as well as racist extremist movements and ideologies.

The text also warns against glorification of the Nazi movement and former members of the Waffen-SS organisation and against erecting monuments and memorials to them.

Therefore the document calls on states to take more efficient measures in line with international standards in the human rights sphere to fight these developments and extremist movements posing a real threat to democratic values.

The resolution unequivocally condemns any denial of the Holocaust and calls for ensuring ratification and implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

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