- The Washington Times - Monday, May 29, 2000

Barak, Clinton agree to meet again soon

JERUSALEM President Clinton congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak yesterday on Israel's pullout from Lebanon, and both leaders agreed they should meet again soon, Mr. Barak's office said.
"The two leaders also discussed the entire peace process and ways to advance negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians," said a statement issued by the prime minister's office after Mr. Barak and Mr. Clinton spoke by telephone. "The two men agreed on the need to hold a meeting between them in the near future."
The two leaders were to have met in Washington a week ago to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. But Mr. Barak canceled his trip because of anti-Israeli violence in the West Bank and Gaza and fast-moving events in south Lebanon.

Indian president visits China

BEIJING India's president arrived in China's capital yesterday, opening a weeklong visit to bolster relations between the often uneasy Asian neighbors.
President Kocheril Raman Narayanan was greeted at the airport by Foreign Ministry officials and groups of expatriate Indian children waving Indian flags.
Mr. Narayanan's formal agenda begins today with an honor guard review in Tiananmen Square and talks with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. He will also meet Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and National People's Congress Chairman Li Peng during his stay, the United News of India news agency reported.
The visit will carry forward attempts by India and China to soothe years of bitterness by holding dialogue on key issues.

Pakistan says Kashmir is key to peace

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Marking the second anniversary of Pakistan's nuclear tests yesterday, the army chief, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said India and Pakistan have to settle their dispute over the shared territory of Kashmir to remove "the threat of a nuclear holocaust."
He told a public gathering in the capital that Pakistan was not interested in embarking on a nuclear arms race. However, he warned that Pakistan would not be left behind if neighboring India forges ahead with nuclear weapons development.
The military chief said he has repeatedly offered talks with India to settle the Kashmir dispute. "We don't want the people of South Asia to live under the threat of a nuclear holocaust. But India shouldn't take our offer as a sign of weakness."

Israeli minister quits in scandal

JERUSALEM Transportation Minister Yitzhak Mordechai resigned yesterday in the face of sexual assault and harassment charges filed by three former subordinates.
The resignation of the former defense minister and highly decorated army officer was expected to hamper Prime Minister Ehud Barak's efforts to pull his coalition together after two partners threatened to resign over the government's peace policies. The coalition troubles could cloud Mr. Barak's peace plans.
Mr. Mordechai's resignation from the ministry was accepted in a Cabinet meeting yesterday and will take effect tomorrow, Mr. Barak's office said in a statement. Mr. Mordechai will continue to serve as a member of the parliament.

Errors cited in Zimbabwe vote

HARARE, Zimbabwe After an initial inspection of voter registration lists for elections next month, the main opposition party yesterday accused election officials of deliberately omitting the names of opposition activists.
In the city of Bulawayo, the names of 13 of 15 activists of the Movement for Democratic Change did not appear on their district lists, though all 15 registered as voters and led a campaign for others to do so, said Welshman Ncube, deputy head of the party.
Lists of the nation's 5.1 million registered voters and the boundaries of voting districts for the 120 elected seats in the Harare parliament were released Friday. The registrar's office was closed, and no government spokesman was available for comment yesterday.

Policeman shot, injured in Fiji riot

SUVA, Fiji A policeman was shot and a television station ransacked when a mob supporting coup leader George Speight surged through the South Pacific nation's capital late yesterday, police and witnesses said.
A total of eight shots were heard, most of them from around the sprawling parliament complex where Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry is being held hostage.
A police spokeswoman said a Fiji Police Force constable was shot when he was caught up in a mob of about 100 indigenous Fijians, some of them armed, from the parliament compound. The extent of the man's injuries was not known.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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