- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2001

Annan asks new push against small arms
NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged governments yesterday to stay on the offensive against the deadly small-arms trade after the United States muscled a U.N. conference into watering down a global action plan against firearms trafficking.
At Washington's insistence, delegates to the two-week U.N. small-arms conference that ended July 21 approved a far less ambitious strategy against the small-arms trade than organizers and most countries had hoped for.
Nearly all the concessions were made to keep from crossing a series of "red lines" laid down by the Bush administration, with many nations accusing the U.S. president of pandering to the powerful National Rifle Association.
Mr. Annan spoke at the start of a U.N. Security Council debate on small arms initiated by Colombia, which on Wednesday assumed the council presidency for the month of August.

Fujimori declared 'absent criminal'
LIMA, Peru — A Peruvian judge yesterday declared disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori an "absent criminal," and authorities issued an international arrest warrant on charges of dereliction of duty.
Judge Jose Luis Lecaros told reporters he had issued a resolution "declaring the accused, Fujimori, an absent criminal and presenting the respective arrest orders."
Mr. Fujimori, who is in self-exile in Japan, was fired last year at the height of a corruption scandal triggered by his former spy chief and right-hand man, Vladimiro Montesinos.

Food group warns on Latin drought
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The drought ravaging Central America is affecting some 1.4 million people, including more than 775,000 in "critical condition" because of food shortages, the World Food Program said yesterday.
Despite assurances from Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman that his country suffered "no famine," the U.N. agency warned that it could help only about 50 percent of those in dire need of assistance.
"Our hands are tied," lamented WFP regional director Francisco Roque. "We do not have the resources to help the rest," estimating the agency would require an additional 16,500 tons of food, worth some $7.5 million, to supply the most vulnerable populations — mainly women and children — for the next three months.
Nicaragua and Honduras were the worst hit, followed by El Salvador and Guatemala, as losses in corn and bean crops led to grave food shortages across the region.

Cuban, U.S. officials discuss pilot's fate
HAVANA — An American student pilot who crash-landed a small plane in Cuba this week remained under medical observation yesterday while Cuban and U.S. authorities discussed what steps to take next.
After issuing a short statement on Wednesday, Cuban authorities remained silent yesterday on the case of Milo John Reese, the novice pilot who made a rough landing of a small plane on the rocky coast of eastern Havana.
Consular officials from the U.S. Interests Section, the American mission in Havana, visited Mr. Reese on Wednesday at the Cuban Naval Hospital in Cojimar, just outside Havana, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

3 Italian policemen in melee transferred
ROME — Three law enforcement officials were transferred from their posts yesterday in the first action taken against police after last month's violence-marred Group of Eight summit, during which police killed a protester.
The decision was announced late yesterday by Interior Minister Claudio Scajola, who himself was the focus of a parliamentary confidence vote this week over accusations the police used excessive force against protesters.
Police shot and killed one 23-year-old demonstrator during the riots that overwhelmed Genoa during the July 20 to 22 summit.
More than 200 people were injured in clashes and 280 persons were arrested, about 100 of them foreigners.

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