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Mr. Annan’s scheduled May 5 report on the state of a cease-fire called for under his six-point peace plan will be “a moment of truth: Either this mediation is working, or it isn’t,” Mr. Juppe said.


President decries foreign influences

ALMATY — The president of the oil-rich former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan has criticized the West for what he said was its attempt to impose its values on the rest of the world.

Nursultan Nazarbayev told Russian state-controlled channel Rossiya-24 in an interview aired Wednesday that the use of modern mass media to influence internal political developments in certain countries creates security risks.

Since 1991, Kazakhstan has adopted a flexible diplomatic position, cultivating warm ties with the West as well as its former Soviet partners and China.

But Mr. Nazarbayev’s remarks, which chime strongly with the position adopted by neighboring Russia, appear to signal discomfort with the democracy embraced by Western governments.

Authoritarian governments in Central Asia, including Kazakhstan, have observed the overthrow of numerous regimes in the Middle East with palpable unease.


World court rejects appeal on transfer of Gadhafi’s son

THE HAGUE — The International Criminal Court on Wednesday threw out an appeal filed by Libya against the court’s demand that Moammar Gadhafi’s jailed son be transferred to The Hague.

The Libyan state had filed an appeal April 6 against the court’s request for the immediate transfer of Seif al-Islam, wanted for crimes against humanity and detained in Libya in the aftermath of his father’s downfall.

“The Appeals Chamber therefore dismisses the appeal as inadmissible,” judges said in a document released by the court.

The government set up after Gadhafi’s 42-year stranglehold on power came to bloody end has been adamant about trying Seif al-Islam and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi in Libya.

The dead dictator’s 39-year-old son remains in the custody of a militia in the town of Zintan. Mr. Senussi, who also is wanted by France and Libya, is being held in Mauritania, where he was arrested last month.

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