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Friday, 31 August, 2001, 21:09 GMT 22:09 UK
In pictures: conference against racism
The World Conference Against Racism has opened in the South African city of Durban despite difficulties which threatened to derail it.

The conference has been dogged by the issue of the Middle East, with Western states scaling down their delegations in protest at perceived pro-Palestinian bias.


Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini arrives for opening of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban
Zulu drums got the conference off to a dramatic start but its effectiveness as a forum is in doubt as Western heads stay away

Pro-Palestinian protesters march as the conference opens
Initial attempts to equate Zionism with racism caused fury in the West

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson
Mrs Robinson has worked to soften the conference's strong tone on Israel

South African President Thabo Mbeki chats with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan ahead of the opening
Mr Annan told the conference that Palestinians were not the only people with a sense of injustice

US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, left, and Cuban President Fidel Castro, arrive for the conference
The issue of compensation for slavery has also upset the US Government

Motsuku Pheku of the Pan Africanist Congress leads protest outside the conference
South African opposition groups turned out to publicise their own concerns, such as land redistribution

Woman walks past riot police ranks
Security was high for the event but it opened peacefully

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