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Rice continues diplomatic tour to Belgium


US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faces more questions on alleged secret CIA flights. The US Secretary of State spoke on the issue at a meeting with NATO and EU officials in Brussels, where she is continuing her diplomatic tour of Europe.

She stressed that Washington had respected international law and not authorised torture. The controversy is almost certain to surface again at a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting later today. It is devoted to the atlantic alliance’s growing role in Afghanistan and Central Asia, but German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “I think we will be talking about the CIA topic. I don’t know if we will learn something new about it.” Rice’s assurances that the UN’s convention against torture applies to all US personnel everywhere in the world seems to have allayed concerns to some extent, but worries remain over whether US intelligence operated secret prisons for terrorist suspects in Europe.
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