- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2000

New incursions into Serbia reported

BUJANOVAC, Yugoslavia A top Yugoslav army commander said yesterday that Kosovo Albanian militants made more incursions into Serbia but said the military would not intervene unless provoked.
Yugoslavia's new president, Vojislav Kostunica, has demanded that NATO live up to its commitment to stop ethnic Albanian attacks in southern Serbia that have killed at least five persons.
"There are conditions for this [crisis] to be solved by peaceful means," said Gen. Nebojsa Pavkovic, a Yugoslav army commander who visited his troops on the edge of a contested buffer zone between Kosovo and the rest of Serbia.
Gen. Pavkovic charged that an additional 200 "terrorists" infiltrated into the buffer zone where Serbian police are allowed to patrol with only light arms from Kosovo in the last few days.

Jordan plans flights into Iraq

AMMAN, Jordan National airline Royal Jordanian plans its first commercial flight to Iraq in more than 10 years tomorrow, state television reported.
"The company has issued tickets and taken reservations for its first commercial Amman-Baghdad flight on Thursday," the report said, explaining that this did not represent the resumption of regular flights but rather of charter flights.
Last week, Jordanian Information Minister Taleb Rifai said his country was working for a resumption "very soon in regular air links between Amman and Baghdad."

Peruvian Maoists riot, ask for amnesty

LIMA, Peru Prisoners linked to Sendero Luminoso, the Maoist Shining Path insurgency, rioted yesterday at a high-security correctional facility in Peru's capital, demanding interim President Valentin Paniagua grant them a blanket amnesty to aid in national reconciliation, a spokesman for the inmates said.
Dozens of prisoners climbed onto the roof of the building, waving placards calling for an amnesty and a review of their sentences handed down by a military court under the previous president, Alberto Fujimori.
Some 1,500 prisoners are held there, mostly guerrillas with the Shining Path and the Marxist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, both crushed by Mr. Fujimori during his 10-year rule.

Cook Islands reports oyster-killing disease

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands A disease killing large numbers of oysters in the Cook Islands is not the dreaded akoya strain that devastated Japan's pearl industry, it was announced yesterday.
Ministry of Marine Resources chief executive Navy Epati said scientists from New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research believed pearl oysters were being affected instead by the vibrio harveyi disease.
Both diseases can severely affect pearl production, with the akoya disease wiping out oysters entirely.

Kashmir separatists attack despite truce

SRINAGAR, India Separatists in Kashmir attacked Indian forces yesterday, officials said, answering the government's call for a Ramadan cease-fire with violence that left 12 persons dead.
The government put the cease-fire into effect early yesterday, saying it hoped to bring guerrillas fighting for independence in Kashmir to the peace table. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers in divided Kashmir were ordered not to fire on separatist guerrillas during the Muslim holy month except as a last resort if attacked.
The major militant groups, however, rejected the cease-fire.

Annan says pollution will hit poor hardest

NEW YORK Voicing disappointment at the deadlock in talks on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday poor nations would suffer most from pollution they did not create.
Mr. Annan said he was "disappointed by the inconclusive outcome" of the U.N. climate change conference in The Hague last week and urged governments to make "every effort to bridge the gaps between them so that agreement can be reached at a resumed session next year."
"Developing countries will suffer most from the impacts of climate change which is already happening even though they are the least responsible for it," the U.N. chief declared.

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