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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 16, 2004

Secretary Powell to Attend Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will visit Berlin to participate in the Conference on Anti-Semitism sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) April 28-29, 2004.  The conference will raise awareness of anti-Semitism and identify measures to promote tolerance.  Secretary Powell sees the conference as an important occasion to address the serious problem of anti-Semitism.  He welcomes the initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany to host the conference in Berlin.    

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch will head the U.S. delegation to the conference.  The delegation also includes U.S. Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey and Congressman Ben Cardin of Maryland, as well as five Public Members and several Administration officials, all of which are listed in the attachment to this announcement.  Representatives of non-governmental organizations active on Jewish affairs and human rights will also attend the conference.  We appreciate the strong interest that members of the delegation and others have shown in participating.

 The OSCE hosted its first conference on anti-Semitism in Vienna last June.

 The OSCE is made up of 55 nations, located in Europe, Eurasia and North America.


Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

Ed Koch, former Mayor of New York City (delegation head)

Senator George Voinovich
Congressman Chris Smith
Congressman Ben Cardin

Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress
Fred Zeidman, Chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council
Stephen Hoffman, President and CEO of United Jewish Communities
Betty Ehrenberg, Institute for Public Affairs, Orthodox Union of Jewish Congregations
Jay Lefkowitz, Washington Attorney

Ambassador to the OSCE Stephan M. Minikes
Ambassador Edward B. O’Donnell, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, Department of State
Tevi Troy, Office of the President
Wan Kim, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice 


Released on April 16, 2004

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