- The Washington Times - Monday, May 30, 2005

HAITI

Warning to nationals ‘regrettable’

JACMEL — Prime Minister Gerard Latortue has objected to the U.S. State Department’s instructions that its nonemergency personnel leave this Caribbean nation amid security concerns.

“I object to this double standard … It’s a hard blow that the Americans have dealt us,” Mr. Latortue said Friday during a visit to this southern city. “I don’t understand the game they are playing. It’s a regrettable decision.”

A day earlier, the State Department urged U.S. citizens to leave Haiti or not to travel there because of “the absence of an effective police force in much of Haiti.”

BOLIVIA

Protesters demand gas nationalization

LA PAZ — Protesters took to the streets of this capital yesterday in the latest demonstration calling on Bolivia’s government to nationalize the country’s natural-gas industry.

As they made their way downtown, organizers promised that the demonstration would be peaceful, but police increased security and directed protesters away from the presidential palace and Congress. Protests increased sharply after Congress approved a law May 17 giving the state a greater stake in the energy industry.

Lawmakers are scheduled today to debate modifications to the law. Bolivia has an estimated 63.7 trillion cubic yards of natural gas.

CHILE

2 more dead found after march in Andes

LOS ANGELES — Rescuers found the bodies of two more soldiers in the Antuco region Sunday, bringing to 40 the number of soldiers confirmed dead, and five still unaccounted for, in a military maneuver in the Andes that went wrong, the army said.

Nearly 400 soldiers were on a May 18 training exercise when blizzards hit as the men marched along a 15-mile path linking two shelters near Antuco, east of the army base here, about 300 miles south of Santiago, the capital.

The victims of the “Tragedy of Antuco,” as it is being called here, were mostly conscripts ages 18 to 20. Their deaths have revived a debate over mandatory military service. The march was ordered despite forecasts of heavy snow.

Weekly notes

…President Alejandro Toledo yesterday began the first visit by a Peruvian head of state to Jordan. On this mission, the two countries will sign several cooperation agreements. Mr. Toledo was to hold talks with King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Adnan Badran during the two-day visit, boosting cooperation in tourism, education and culture. … The Canadian navy has detonated most of a dozen or so shells left on a Labrador shoal after World War I when the British cruiser HMS Raleigh ran aground off Forteau Bay, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported yesterday. A navy spokesman said the latest round of detonations, which were conducted last week, left only about 10 to 12 shells below the surface.

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