Sudan's Holocast reference
By Juliet Eilperin
COPENHAGEN--In an unexpected twist, the delegate who did his utmost to derail a political agreement at the U.N.-sponsored talks ended up mobilizing support for it by comparing the U.S.-brokered deal to the Holocaust.
Lumumba Stanislaus Dia-ping of Sudan--who chairs the G-77 plus China, a bloc of 130 countries--said Saturday the Copenhagen accord would end up killing Africans by failing to curb global temperature rise.
"It is asking Africa to sign a suicide pact, an incineration pact in order to maintain the economic dependence of a few countries," Dia-ping said . "It's a solution based on values that funneled six million people in Europe into furnaces."
A slew of delegates decried the reference, with Anders Turesson, chief negotiator of Sweden, calling it "absolutely despicable," and Ed Miliband, Britain's energy and climate change minister, describing it as a "disgusting comparison," which "should offend people across this conference whatever background they come from."
A slew of representatives from developing nations not only urged Dia-ping to take back his comments, but voiced their support for the deal once he had denounced it.
Dia-ping's remarks were particularly ironic given the fact that Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, and that the Danes, who hosted the climate talks, managed to save 95 percent of their Jews during World War II, while other European governments let their Jewish citizens perish. After organizing collectively, the Danes managed to get 7,000 Jews safely across the sound to Sweden, while 481 were sent to the Thereseinstadt concentration camp, most of whom lived to return home.
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