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106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. RES. 429 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives concerning the participation of the extremist FPO in the Government of Austria. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 1, 2000 Mr. Lantos (for himself, Mr. Gilman, Mr. Gejdenson, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Weiner, Mr. Horn, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mrs. Morella, Mr. Wexler, Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Abercrombie, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Porter, Mr. Evans, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Tierney, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. McGovern, and Mrs. Jones of Ohio) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives concerning the participation of the extremist FPO in the Government of Austria. Whereas the extremist, racist, and xenophobic FPO has entered into a coalition agreement and is participating in the new Government of Austria; Whereas the long-time-leader of the FPO, Joerg Haider, praised Adolf Hitler's ``sound employment policy'' and called Waffen SS veterans ``decent people with character who stuck to their belief through the strongest headwinds''; Whereas Joerg Haider and his party in the recent election campaign decried the ``over-foreignization'' of Austria, which was an expression that was coined and used by Nazi leaders; Whereas at a time when the European Union, the United States, and other nations are working actively to discourage ethnic hatred in the republics of the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere, the FPO shamelessly appealed to racist sentiment and based its political campaign on racism and xenophobia; Whereas in the past Joerg Haider and his party have expressed fundamental disagreement with the principles of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights, which are the foundation of a modern, democratic, open, and tolerant Europe and which Austria, as a member of the European Union, is committed by treaty to uphold; and Whereas the inclusion of the FPO in the Austrian governing coalition serves to legitimize and encourage the extreme right in other countries of Europe: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- (1) recognizes the right of the Austrian people to express their political views through a democratic election, but also reaffirms the right and the obligation of the United States House of Representatives to express its opposition to the anti- democratic, racist and xenophobic views that have been expressed by Joerg Haider and other leaders of the FPO, and, because of these publicly expressed views, to state its opposition to the party's participation in the Austrian Government; (2) condemns the insulting, racist, and xenophobic statements which have been made over many years by Joerg Haider, the long-time leader of the FPO, and by other leaders of the party; (3) expresses profound regret and dismay that the FPO will play a major role in the new Government of Austria; (4) commends the leaders of the European Union, the fourteen other member states of the European Union, Canada, Norway, and other countries which have expressed their serious concerns regarding the participation of the FPO in the Government of Austria; (5) calls upon the President, the Secretary of State, and other officials and agencies of the United States Government to emphasize to Austrian Government officials our concern about the inclusion of any party in the Government of Austria, including the FPO, that has been associated with xenophobic, racist policies, and statements supportive of Nazi-era programs; (6) urges Members of Congress to use any meetings with ministers and other political leaders of the Government of Austria to express concern for Austria's continued adherence to democratic standards and full respect for human rights; (7) calls upon the Secretary of State to continue to scrutinize the policies of the new Government of Austria and to be prepared to take additional measures if circumstances so warrant; and (8) directs the Clerk of the House to send a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of State with the request that it be forwarded to the President of Austria. <all>
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