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Friday, 7 September, 2001, 13:50 GMT 14:50 UK
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The UN conference against racism is coming to an end, still dogged by fights and recriminations.

The summit, in Durban, South Africa, was meant to bring together leaders from all over the world to find ways to tackle racism and xenophobia.

But even before it started many countries downgraded their delegations.

A few days into the conference the US and Israel withdrew, in protest at attempts to equate Zionism with racism in the final statement of the meeting.

Meanwhile, European and African nations continue to argue over whether, and how, Europe should apologise for the slave trade.

Has the meeting been a failure? What has been achieved? What has the mood been like among delegates in Durban?

The BBC's Barnaby Phillips has been covering the summit. He answered your questions in a live forum from Durban.



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