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Peace group solicits chiefs help in setting rule of law

At the invitation of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Portland police Chief Mark Kroeker will travel to Geneva in two weeks to help draft a manual on interim policing for war-torn countries.

Kroeker said he will be reviewing the work of several leaders who have begun to write a 'rule of law' for countries that have experienced intra-regional conflict, such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Congo.

He said he was invited based on his experience with the U.S.-Israeli-Palestinian anti-incitement committee and the U.N. peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In January, Kroeker met with some community criticism about participating in an weeklong antiterrorism summit in Israel.

Kroeker will attend the Geneva conference June 16-18 at the institute's expense. He will use his personal vacation time and spend a few additional days sightseeing with his wife.

The U.S. Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management and peaceful resolution of international conflicts.

Jennifer Anderson