IMF slams delegate exclusions

Stringent security measures around the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conference in Singapore has led to criticism from the World Bank and several charities. The Singapore government barred at least 27 activists accredited by the IMF/World Bank on the grounds of disruption at previous meetings. World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz denounced the decision, accusing the Singapore government of "going back on an explicit agreement" to allow open access to accredited parties to the meeting when it was appointed host nation in 2003. Several charities including Oxfam and Greenpeace have condemned the decision and have threatened to boycott parts of the meeting in protest. "We're joining the boycott to show solidarity with our partners and allies who were denied access to exercise their fundamental rights, through freedom of expression and association, to attend the meeting," said Oxfam media officer Taylor Thompson. Wolfowitz added earlier today that talks between the IMF, World Bank and the Singapore government to revert the decision were in progress, though a solution had yet to be reached.

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