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Statement on the Introduction of the Resolution on Holocaust Denial

Ambassador Alejandro D. Wolff, Acting U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Remarks in the General Assembly
New York City
January 26, 2007

Thank you, Madame President.

I am pleased to announce that since the original submission of the draft resolution, the following countries have also joined as co-sponsors:

Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Mozambique, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Togo.

Madame President,

I have the honor to speak on behalf of 103 co-sponsors. As we prepare for Monday's observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, it is crucial that the General Assembly declare, unambiguously and forcefully, its condemnation, without any reservation, of any denial of the Holocaust. The resolution we are introducing builds on the strong foundation of resolution A/60/7 of 2005 in making clear that all people and all states have a vital stake in a world free of genocide.

The terrible events of the Holocaust are deeply disturbing and will always remain so. It was one of the most tragic moral catastrophes in the history of humankind. We remember it, indeed we must remember it, to ensure that such events are never repeated. Those who would deny the Holocaust--and, sadly, there are some who do--reveal not only their ignorance but their moral failure as well.

Finally, the resolution urges all member states unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part, or any activities to this end. By so doing, this Assembly places its moral authority, and its political will, squarely behind the very first words of our Charter, "to save succeeding generations." The United Nations was founded in the immediate aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, and it is particularly fitting to remember this legacy.
Madame President, on behalf of the co-sponsors, I offer this resolution for adoption. We hope that all member states will join in consensus so that the United Nations may speak as one on this vital issue. Thank you.

Released on January 26, 2007

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