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Chileans stage Kissinger protest in Geneva

About 100 people gathered in Geneva on Friday to protest Henry Kissinger’s presence at the annual meeting of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Kissinger, now 87, had been invited by the IISS to deliver a keynote speech on power shifts and security.

The demonstrators, most of them from Chile, described the former US secretary of state as an “assassin”.

They were criticising Kissinger for his alleged role in the Chilean military coup of 1973, when General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the government of President Salvador Allende.

Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, who had also been invited to the IISS meeting, did not attend.

According to the foreign ministry, her decision not to participate had “nothing to do” with Kissinger or the related protest.

In his speech Kissinger said that Afghanistan’s neighbours needed to get more involved in finding solutions to the conflict there.

He also said that nuclear diplomacy with North Korea and Iran had produced no significant results.

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