UN to Vote on Establishment of Global Holocaust Remembrance Day

Measure would mark January 27 as the date; 110 nations expected to vote in favor of proposal initiated by Israel.

The United Nations General Assembly will hold a session and vote on the establishment of an international Holocaust remembrance day on Monday.

Ninety-one countries have pledged their support for the proposal, which was initiated by Israel. Currently, the measure enjoys a solid majority of 110 votes in favor out of a total of 190 members in the UN.

The proposal calls for January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, to be recognized as the day which the UN marks as Holocaust Day. In recent years, a few European states have set an annual date on their calendar to commemorate the Holocaust.

As part of the UN proposal, all member states will be called upon to develop an educational curriculum meant to instill the memory of the Holocaust among the coming generations in order to prevent future instances of genocide.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed his support for the measure.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom was scheduled to attend the session however later canceled the trip due to Monday's Knesset vote on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new round of ministerial appointments.

A number of foreign ministers, including those of Security Council members Britain, Russia, and the U.S., are expected to attend the session.

In any event, the ministers were scheduled to attend a Security Council vote regarding Syria's role in the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.