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Powell Attends Warsaw Uprising Events, Meets Polish Leaders - 2004-07-31

Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Warsaw as head of a U.S. delegation to events marking the 60th anniversary of the 1944 uprising in the Polish capital against the World War II German occupation. He is on the last leg of a seven-nation trip to Europe and the Middle East.

Mr. Powell will attend a memorial concert and other events marking the uprising, launched on August 1, 1944, by members of the underground Polish Home Army.

The rebels held out for 63 days, before being crushed by Nazi forces in street-by-street fighting that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

The 60th anniversary events are especially poignant, since only a handful of elderly survivors of the uprising are left to attend the ceremonies.

Mr. Powell will also meet Polish officials, including President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Prime Minister Marek Belka to discuss, among other things, the future of Poland's contingent in the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

The secretary came here from Sarajevo, where he warned Bosnian officials Saturday that the country's integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions will be slowed, as long as former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and other Balkans war crimes figures remain at large.