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Clinton: Not enough women in peacekeeping

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the media as Susan Rice, United Nations ambassador for the U.S, listens following the Security Council meeting held to discuss the Arab League's peace plan for Syria at the UN on January 31, 2012 in New York City. The proposed plan calls for the transfer of power from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to his deputy and for free elections to be held. UPI/Monika Graff
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the media as Susan Rice, United Nations ambassador for the U.S, listens following the Security Council meeting held to discuss the Arab League's peace plan for Syria at the UN on January 31, 2012 in New York City. The proposed plan calls for the transfer of power from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to his deputy and for free elections to be held. UPI/Monika Graff | License Photo

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- More women should be involved in the international peacekeeping process, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday in Munich, Germany.

In remarks made at a breakfast held in support of women in international security, Clinton said not enough women's voices are being heard.

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"And when the [United Nations] Security Council passed Resolution 1325, we tried to make a very clear statement, that women are still largely shut out of the negotiations that seek to end conflicts, even though women and children are the primary victims of 21st century conflict," she said.

Clinton was in Germany to attend the 48th Munich Security Conference, which was held Thursday through Sunday.

She said she counted the women in attendance at the conference and "there were not enough."

"And in the last two decades, dozens of conflicts have persisted because peace efforts were unsuccessful. Talks broke down, agreements were broken, parties found it easier to fight than to negotiate. And far too often in these failed efforts women were marginalized, making up, by one estimate, just 8 percent of all peace negotiators," Clinton said.

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