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Reagan urges US ratification of postwar genocide treaty

President Reagan urged the Senate Wednesday to end a 35-year-old source of political embarrassment for the United States by quickly ratifying the international treaty outlawing genocide. The treaty has been dormant for decades , largely because of strong opposition by conservative groups that claim it constitutes an infringement on national sovereignty.

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The treaty was signed by President Truman in 1949 amid lingering world horror over the Nazi Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews died during World War II. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide has been ratified by 96 other nations.

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