Berlin aims to block Islamconference attendees

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17 September 2004 , BERLIN - Germany's foreign ministry said Friday it will seek to prevent people from attending a planned Islamic conference in Berlin by refusing visas to would-be attendees. Ministry spokesman Walter Lindner said German embassies and consulates had been instructed not to issue visas to persons who state that the purpose of their visit is to attend the conference. He said that the ministry agreed with other German institutions and authorities that fundamentalists and preachers of hatred

17 September 2004

BERLIN - Germany's foreign ministry said Friday it will seek to prevent people from attending a planned Islamic conference in Berlin by refusing visas to would-be attendees.
Ministry spokesman Walter Lindner said German embassies and consulates had been instructed not to issue visas to persons who state that the purpose of their visit is to attend the conference.

He said that the ministry agreed with other German institutions and authorities that fundamentalists and preachers of hatred had no business in Germany.

His remarks came two days after Interior Minister Otto Schily announced a policy shift by the German government in saying Berlin would now seek to ban the Islamic conference which bills itself as being aimed at "American and Zionist Nazism".

The parley, titled the "First Arab, Islamic Congress in Europe" is set for October 1-3 in Berlin, with organisers expecting up to 800 participants.

Berlin city administration officials said Friday that they are also looking into ways to prevent the conference.

Initially, the federal government said it was up to the city of Berlin to decide whether to ban the convention.

The congress has been slammed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an international Jewish human rights group, which wants the meeting banned.

Islamic congress organisers declare in their manifesto that people invited to take part are those wanting to make "an intensive contribution ... to the world's resistance movement against the American and Zionist Nazism."

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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