- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004


Governments urged to fix laws, finances

NAIROBI — African economic and financial analysts called yesterday on governments across the continent to establish well-developed legal infrastructures for financial systems and economic development.

“Africa needs policies that grasp the reality that an economy exists to sustain individuals and families in dignity that benefits their development,” the officials said in a statement issued at the end of a three-day meeting.

The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said that in several countries, opportunities for generating domestic development funding are hampered by a lack of skilled workers, inadequate infrastructure and high levels of illness and deaths caused by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.


President deplores deadly crime wave

BUJUMBURA — President Domitien Ndayizeye voiced alarm yesterday over a crime wave that he said has included 300 homicides.

“Over the last three months, we have seen about 300 murders, 72 ambushes, not including those carried out by [the rebel] National Liberation Forces, 31 car thefts and 460 other acts of armed robbery,” he told military and government officials.

Last week, the U.N. mission in Burundi, a country recovering from 11 years of civil war, said six to 10 persons are being killed by bandits each day, compared with two to three per day in June.


Troop pledge made contingent on safety

DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzania said yesterday it would make good a pledge to send 100 troops to the African Union mission in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region only if it receives a guarantee they will not be targeted.

“We want reassurance from Sudan that troops sent to keep peace in the region will not be attacked by parties involved in the local conflict there,” Defense Minister Philemon Sarungi told Agence France-Presse.

Weekly notes

Liberia’s fighting factions were officially disarmed and disbanded yesterday, as their leaders urged the international community to make good on promises of rehabilitation for former combatants. “I would like to take this moment to declare our organization, the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, officially dissolved,” said its leader, Sekou Conneh, who took up arms in 1999 against President Charles Taylor in Liberia’s second civil war since 1989. … Cameroonian President Paul Biya, in power since 1982, took the oath of office yesterday for a new seven-year term. Returned to power with 70.9 percent of the votes cast Oct. 11 and cleared by the Supreme Court of massive fraud, he told the National Assembly he would step up the fight against corruption and fraud.



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