April 20, 2009 / 1:25 PM / 10 years ago

Attendance at U.N. conference on racism

(updates figures)

April 20 (Reuters) - Following is the roster of countries attending or boycotting a U.N. conference on racism that opened in Geneva on Monday.



HEADS OF STATE

Iran (Togo, East Timor, Montenegro cancelled, as did Zambia’s vice-president)



HEADS OF GOVERNMENT

Namibia



FOREIGN MINISTERS

The following foreign ministers were scheduled to give speeches on Monday: Norway, South Africa, Benin, Cameroon, Tanzania, Qatar (assistant minister), Guinea, Palestine, Luxembourg (minister designate), Uganda (minister of state), Pakistan (minister of state), Syria (minister of state), Bahrain (minister of state), Indonesia (deputy minister), Armenia (vice minister), Ecuador (vice minister), India (vice minister), Russia (vice minister), Colombia (deputy minister), Laos (vice minister), Sudan (minister of state), Libya (deputy minister), Mauritania



OTHER MINISTERS

The following countries were scheduled to be represented by ministers of justice, social services or other portfolios: Botswana, Brazil, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Montenegro, Lesotho, Bolivia, Zimbabwe, Barbados, Mauritius, Iraq (deputy minister), Chile (vice minister), Kazakhstan (vice minister), Cuba (deputy minister), Burkina Faso, Zambia (deputy minister), Kenya (assistant minister), Swaziland, Haiti (Vice Minister)

AMBASSADOR-LED DELEGATIONS:

France, Britain, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland; Vatican represented by Geneva-based permanent observer to the United Nations



ABSENT:

United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands

(Compiled by Laura MacInnis and Jonathan Lynn)



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