Australia ‘Unlikely’ to Attend

Australian FM Stephen Smith puts it rather plainly: “Frankly, unless something qualitatively changes or something qualitatively different occurs, it is most unlikely that Australia will attend the Durban Review Conference in Geneva.” (From Xinhua news.)

This is perhaps the clearest indication yet of Australia’s intentions. Though, it must be said, the Conference’s opening gavel is less than a week away. At what point — if only for logistical reasons — do threats of non-attendance need to begin to be realized? (Heck, if anyone’s going to show up from Canberra, don’t they practically have to leave tomorrow?)

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