Hillary Clinton to attend security conference

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28 January 2005 , BERLIN - US Senator Hillary Clinton will attend next month's Munich Security Conference which is widely seen as the top annual gathering of movers and shakers on global strategic issues, organisers said on Friday. Senator Clinton's presence comes as the United States - for the first time in years - has chosen not to send a top White House cabinet member. US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, who has attended for the past several years, cancelled plans to come to Germany after a US huma

28 January 2005

BERLIN - US Senator Hillary Clinton will attend next month's Munich Security Conference which is widely seen as the top annual gathering of movers and shakers on global strategic issues, organisers said on Friday.

Senator Clinton's presence comes as the United States - for the first time in years - has chosen not to send a top White House cabinet member.

US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, who has attended for the past several years, cancelled plans to come to Germany after a US human rights organisation asked German authorities to prosecute him for war crimes.

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint in December with the Federal German Prosecutor's Office against Rumsfeld accusing him of war crimes and torture in connection with detainee abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

Rumsfeld immediately made it known that he would not attend the Munich conference unless Germany quashed the legal action.

The organisation alleges violations of German legislation which outlaws war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide regardless of where the crime takes place in the world or the nationality of the accused.

Replacing Rumsfeld at the Munich meeting will be Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defence for policy, who announced this week he will be standing down this summer.

Also due to attend the 11 to 13 February  meeting is United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Organisers say this year's meeting, which will be attended by 250 politicians, diplomats, officers and academics, is due to focus on soft power issues such as "peace through dialogue" and conflict prevention. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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