- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2000

U.N. eyes 4,200 troops for East Africa

NEW YORK U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed a 4,200-strong peacekeeping force to monitor an accord halting a two-year border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Security Council on July 31 approved an advance party of up to 100 military observers, called the U.N. Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), to maintain liaison between the two sides and help prepare for a full-scale peacekeeping operation.

In a report issued Thursday, Mr. Annan proposed turning this into a full-scale military force of up to 4,200 personnel, including 220 military observers, three infantry battalions and support units.

Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a cease-fire accord in Algiers on June 18, under the auspices of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

Pakistan denies getting Asian missile help

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan The government of Pakistan Thursday rejected CIA claims that it had received technology from China and North Korea to help develop ballistic missiles.

"Pakistan and China do not have cooperation in building long-range missiles. The same situation applies with North Korea as far as we are concerned," Foreign Office spokesman Riaz Mohammed Khan said.

An unclassified CIA report presented on Wednesday to the U.S. Congress said China had increased assistance to Pakistan's missile program, while North Korea also helped the country in the missile area.

Mother, 90, dies days after reunion message

SEOUL A 90-year-old South Korean woman died three days after being told that a son she had not seen for 50 years was alive in North Korea and might come to see her, Red Cross officials said Thursday.

Hwang Bong-soon was overjoyed when officials told her on July 16 that her 68-year-old son, who was living in the North, might be allowed to go to Seoul for a family reunion. Officials proceeded to set up the meeting, only to find that the woman had died in the meantime.

The mother and son, Moon Byong Chil, were to meet during four days of temporary family reunions in Seoul next week. Similar reunions will take place simultaneously in Pyongyang, the North's capital.

The news is good on 2 Canadians

CALGARY, Alberta Family members of two Canadians facing charges of attempted terrorism in Yugoslavia spoke to the men Thursday for the first time since their arrest and said both were in remarkably good shape.

Ron Hall said he talked to his 19-year-old son, Liam, by telephone from his Alberta home for a total of eight minutes after Belgrade finally allowed consular access.

"I can't believe how upbeat he is, how optimistic and how well he is. He said everything was just fine, other than his jeans were dirty," Mr. Hall told CBC television.

Victim of attacks honored in Spain

MADRID Spain's army laid to rest the latest victim of a fierce ETA offensive with military honors Thursday as protesters held silent vigils and the government met for crisis talks with opposition leaders.

The coffin of Sub-Lt. Francisco Casanova was carried shoulder high and draped in a Spanish flag as soldiers fired off a salute a day after two attackers shot him dead at his home in the northern city of Pamplona.

Lt. Casanova, a 46-year-old father of two, was the ninth victim of attacks either claimed by or blamed on the ETA since the Basque separatist group ended a cease-fire in December.

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