- The Washington Times - Friday, October 8, 2004

INDIA

Government rejects nonproliferation pact

NEW DELHI — India will not sign the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in its present form because of gaps that allow exports of nuclear materials in the region, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday. It was Mr. Singh’s first statement on the country’s nuclear policy since he took power.

Mr. Singh said the treaty seeks to restrict nuclear weapons to a few countries rather than eliminate them.

SUDAN

U.N. panel to study genocide accusations

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday named a five-member panel led by Italian Judge Antonio Cassese to investigate whether genocide has taken place in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The commission, created at the request of the U.N. Security Council, also will look into reports of widespread violations of human rights in the western Sudanese area.

The U.S. government says genocide is taking place in Darfur, and two top U.N. human rights watchdogs told the Security Council that war crimes probably had occurred on “a large and systematic scale” there.

CUBA

U.S. denies visas to island’s professors

The State Department said yesterday that it refused to grant entry visas to 67 Cuban academics trying to attend a conference in Las Vegas, because they are “government officials” whose purpose is to “spout the party line” in the United States.

“It’s the State Department’s view that Cuban officials should not travel freely within the United States and that Cuban officials and the Cuban regime needs to feel the pressure of our disdain for that regime and the condemnation that we have for the way that regime treats its own people, throws them in jail and persecutes them,” State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

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