Julian Borger, diplomatic editor
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dropped a controversial phrase casting doubt on the Holocaust from an address to a United Nations conference on racism, according to UN officials and Farsi interpreters.
An official Iranian text of Ahmadinejad’s address to the conference on Monday referred to “the ambiguous and dubious question of the Holocaust”. However, when the president delivered the speech he omitted the phrase, referring more vaguely to “abuse of the Holocaust”. He also dropped a segment about Zionist “penetration” of western society.