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Rumsfeld Calls for NATO Unity in Fight Against Terrorism


U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has called for unity among NATO countries in the fight against terrorism.

Mr. Rumsfeld told an international security conference in Munich in Germany, the struggle should not be confined to issues where there is NATO consensus. He said one nation cannot defeat extremists alone.

Earlier, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder urged creating an independent panel of experts to review cooperation between Europe and the United States and to propose reforms by 2006. German Defense Minister Peter Struck delivered the remarks after illness prevented Mr. Schroeder from attending the meeting. The call followed strong U.S.-German disagreements over the war in Iraq.

Two years ago, Mr. Rumsfeld dismissed Germany and France as "old Europe" for opposing the U.S.-led war. Today, the defense secretary light-heartedly attributed those comments to the "old Rumsfeld."

Several thousand anti-war protesters demonstrated near the meeting site. Officers reported some arrests.

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