- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 12, 2001

Security concerns have prompted the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to sharply scale back next month's scheduled meeting in the nation's capital.
The two lending organizations said in a statement Friday that their annual autumn meeting would be confined to the weekend of Sept. 29-30. Originally, they had planned to meet a few days before that weekend and conclude on Oct. 3.
The IMF and World Bank said they "fully share the interest of the U.S. authorities" in ensuring the least possible disruption to the people who live and work in Washington.
Protests in connection with the meeting had been planned for Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, and Washington police have been preparing a massive security operation. Officials said they were expecting as many as 40,000 demonstrators.
District of Columbia officials planned to go to the White House tomorrow to ask that the federal government underwrite the security operation. Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said the decision to shorten the meeting would reduce the request for federal funds from $50 million to about $38 million.
Security concerns were heightened by the death of a protester at the Group of Eight summit in Genoa, Italy, last month.



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