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White House staffers traveling with Clinton today downplayed the importance of allegations that Haitian Interior Minister Mondesdir Beaubrun was involved in the murder of an opposition leader this week . (Aristide said flatly that Beaubrun was innocent.) U.S. officials told TIME White House correspondentJames Carneythat they disclosed the charges in order to demonstrate that the U.S. government will not condone political retribution in Haiti. Even so, they took no chances on risky photo-ops today: "There will not be an encounter," a State Department official said curtly when asked if Clinton and the minister would cross paths. "They will not shake hands."