- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2003

PERU
Interpol puts ex-leader Fujimori on wanted list
PARIS Interpol issued an international call yesterday for the arrest of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on charges of murder and kidnapping in Peru.
An arrest warrant was issued in Peru in 2001 for Mr. Fujimori, who has been in self-exile in Japan. Tokyo has not extradited him to Peru because he is a Japanese citizen.
Mr. Fujimori, born in Peru to Japanese immigrants, fled to Japan in November 2000 as a corruption scandal toppled his decade-long regime.

AFGHANISTAN
Security forces arrest four former Taliban
KABUL Afghan security forces arrested four former Taliban officials southwest of the capital, state television reported.
Those arrested in Ghazni province include Akhand Sayed Shaheed, a former deputy education minister under the Taliban regime, which was ousted in a U.S.-led war in 2001.

BELGIUM
Seven European nations sign NATO membership
BRUSSELS Seven Central and Eastern European nations signed treaties yesterday to become members of NATO, an expansion hailed as a historic reunification of the continent after decades of Cold War division.
Foreign ministers from Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia and Latvia signed the papers at a formal ceremony at NATO headquarters before delegates from the 19 current NATO members.
The countries will become members in May 2004 if their parliaments ratify the treaties.

GREECE
November 17 terrorist admits role in killing
ATHENS One of 19 suspected members of Greece's deadliest terrorist group testified yesterday that he participated in the 1986 killing of a Greek industrialist and a 1987 attack on a busload of American soldiers.
Patroklos Tselentis, a member of the November 17 group, told the court he drove a getaway motorcycle in the slaying of industrialist Dimitris Angelopoulos and drove a truck in the bus bombing that injured 11 American soldiers.
The group's murder victims include four American envoys, two Turkish diplomats and Greek political and business figures.

TURKEY
Coordination pledged before troops move
DIYARBAKIR Turkey's military chief of staff pledged yesterday to coordinate with the United States before sending troops into northern Iraq and said there would be no deployment unless a refugee crisis erupted or Turkey's security was threatened.
Gen. Hilmi Ozkok's softer tone was similar to that of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, who said Tuesday that Turkey would send forces into northern Iraq to stop any flood of refugees only in a crisis.

VENEZUELA
Iraqi envoy urges anti-U.S. oil boycott
CARACAS Iraq's ambassador to Venezuela, a big supplier of oil to the U.S. market, called on the world's oil producers yesterday to halt shipments to the United States and Britain and proposed an international trade boycott to protest the war against his country.
In a news conference, Taha Al-Abassi said people around the world opposed to the war should stop buying U.S. and British products, and he urged oil-exporting nations such as Venezuela to stop supplying Britain and the United States.

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