- The Washington Times - Friday, July 28, 2000

Putin reflects on new world order

MOSCOW Russia is interested in building a democratic world order, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday as he accepted credentials from seven new ambassadors to Moscow.
Mr. Putin said the United Nations should continue to play a central role in the world, and that the U.N. Security Council should increase its effectiveness.
"On the international arena, Russia will strive for construction of a democratic world order ruled by the law of equality, mutual respect, a balance of interests and humanism," Mr. Putin said.
Mr. Putin's recent Asian tour, ending in Japan for a summit of the leading industrialized nations, underlined Russia's interest in being firmly entrenched in both the East and the West.

Caretaker premier reappointed in Fiji

SUVA, Fiji Fijian President Ratu Josefi Iloilo said Friday he was reappointing caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to head the country's interim government despite nationalist rebel opposition.
The president's office said Mr. Qarase, a merchant banker, and his 27 ministers would be sworn in later Friday. Three nominees chosen by rebel leader George Speight have been dropped from the lineup.
The South Pacific island nation of about 800,000 people remained on alert after the military cracked down on nationalist rebels ahead of the appointment of the new government.

Corpses threaten epidemic in Grozny

MOSCOW The decomposing corpses of Russian soldiers stored in broken refrigerated railway wagons in the capital Grozny could trigger an epidemic, a doctor in breakaway Chechnya was quoted as saying Thursday.
Interfax news agency quoted senior doctor Sultan Chunchayev as saying the wagons, parked near the capital's railway station, were packed with the remains of Russian soldiers killed during the 1994-96 Chechen war and the refrigerators no longer worked.
"A dangerous epidemic could well start in Grozny and spread to other areas," he was quoted as saying, adding that the heat of the summer could encourage the spread of infection unless the corpses were moved.

Preval primes Haitians for difficult times

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti President Rene Preval warned Haitians to be ready to tighten their belts if the international community carries out sanctions threatened over Haiti's recent legislative elections, according to press reports Thursday.
Haiti "won't change," and will continue to recognize results of disputed May 21 and July 9 legislative elections, Mr. Preval stressed in statements reported in the Haitian press.
Vote results gave the Lavalas Family Party of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide 18 of the 19 Senate seats up for grabs, and some 60 of the 83 seats in the lower Chamber of Deputies. Mr. Preval is also a member of Lavalas.

Massive financing is urged for Africa

GENEVA Africa needs a massive injection of external financing to kick start and maintain growth in the region if it is to break its dependence on aid, a new United Nations report said Thursday.
Large amounts of official aid is the "only feasible way" to help break the "vicious circle" of inadequate and volatile financial flows and erratic growth in the region, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development report said.
Doubling official financing to sub-Saharan Africa to an annual $20 billion dollars could help trigger increased national savings and investment, as well as faster growth.

Contest reopened for Acropolis museum

ATHENS Greece revived an international contest Thursday to choose the design of a new Acropolis museum, meant as a home for the Elgin Marbles it has fought to get back from Britain for years.
"We mean to have the museum in 2004 and we will fight tooth and nail to be true to our decision," Culture Minister Theodoros Pangalos told a news conference.
The long-delayed museum at the foot of the Acropolis will house art treasures now crammed into outdated rooms on top of the hill. But the facility is intended mainly to showcase the Elgin Marbles should they be returned to Greece.
Lord Elgin took the massive marble friezes and sculptures from the Parthenon 200 years ago and later sold them to the British Museum.

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