- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 3, 2004

CONGO

Rioters attack U.N. compound

KINSHASA — Thousands of rioters attacked U.N. compounds across the Democratic Republic of the Congo yesterday, furious that U.N. troops had not stopped renegade soldiers from seizing the eastern town of Bukavu.

The United Nations said its guards fatally shot three looters in the capital, Kinshasa, where tens of thousands of demonstrators rampaged through the streets, smashing cars and attacking international staff.

U.N. officials said demonstrators had attacked missions in the central town of Kindu, the northeastern city of Kisangani and the southern mining center of Lubumbashi, where staff members sought refuge with the army.

However, calm returned to Bukavu yesterday after nearly a week of fighting, and the renegade general with ties to Rwanda, Laurent Nkunda, pledged to pull back.

SOUTH KOREA

Generals set steps to ease tensions

MOUNT SEORAK, South Korea — South and North Korea have agreed on a set of measures to ease tensions along their border.

Generals from each nation reached accord on a series of steps to avoid accidental armed clashes in the disputed western sea border, according to a joint statement issued today. The talks began early yesterday at South Korea’s Mount Seorak resort.

Under the accord, rival navies will set up a telephone hot line, share a radio frequency, use joint signaling systems and exchange information on checking illicit fishing in the area, beginning in mid-June.

TURKEY

Arms cache seized en route to Egypt

ANKARA — Customs authorities in Istanbul seized a radio-controlled missile and launcher as well as other weapons from a ship that was headed for Egypt from Ukraine, a government official said yesterday.

A Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman identified the ship as the Maltese-flagged Breze-47 and said the crew included six Ukrainians. From wire dispatches and staff reports

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