Belgium's deputy prime minister Joelle Milquet attends a news conference at Chigi Palace government office in Rome, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Cabinet ministers from more than a dozen European nations have come to Rome in a show of support for Italy's first black cabinet minister who has been attacked with racist taunts ever since she was appointed in April. The ministers signed a declaration Monday condemning racism as anathema to Europe's democratic principles. They said the attacks that Cecile Kyenge has been subjected to were unacceptable and must stop, particularly since they have come from politicians. Members of Italy's xenophobic Northern League party have called the Congolese-born Kyenge "Congolese monkey" and other epithets. Belgium's deputy prime minister Joelle Milquet sponsored the initiative. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
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