Rumsfeld to attend Munich security conference

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11 February 2005, MUNICH - In a last-minute development, US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld is to attend the 41st Munich Conference on Security Policy at the weekend, Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa learned from conference sources. The sources confirmed that Rumsfeld will be attending the high-level parley, the development coming a day after German federal prosecutors said they would not take any action against Rumsfeld for alleged war crimes in Iraq. As late as last week Rumsfeld had said a visit to Germ

11 February 2005

MUNICH - In a last-minute development, US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld is to attend the 41st Munich Conference on Security Policy at the weekend, Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa learned from conference sources.

The sources confirmed that Rumsfeld will be attending the high-level parley, the development coming a day after German federal prosecutors said they would not take any action against Rumsfeld for alleged war crimes in Iraq.

As late as last week Rumsfeld had said a visit to Germany was uncertain due to the possibility of legal action.

On Thursday, German Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm announced in Karlsruhe that there would be no action against Rumsfeld. He said any such criminal investigations were a matter for judicial authorities in the United States since Rumsfeld is a US citizen.

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights had filed an action in December alleging violations of German legislation which outlaws war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide independent of the place of crime or origin of the accused.

Rumsfeld is currently in Iraq on a visit which was not announced in advance for security reasons. He is conferring with top US and Iraqi military leaders on the situation in the country.

The Munich security conference is to be opened in a welcoming banquet late on Friday, with German President Horst Koehler scheduled to speak. The main work will take place Saturday and Sunday, with this year's meetings to be attended by, among others, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

DPA

Subject: German news

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