- The Washington Times - Friday, April 13, 2001

China-Cuba summit celebrates communism

HAVANA Chinese President Jiang Zemin began his visit to Cuba yesterday with a message of solidarity for fellow communist President Fidel Castro and his government's decades-old dispute with the United States.

"The Cuban people have created a unique culture and written heroic chapters in the defense of state sovereignty and national independence," Mr. Jiang said in an arrival statement after being met by Mr. Castro at the airport in Havana.

Apart from their communist kinship, Cuba and China share another bond. Both are immersed in a diplomatic counteroffensive to prevent censure by the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva for their human rights record.

Chile arrests school protesters

SANTIAGO, Chile Nearly 100 high school students were arrested yesterday after violent protests, the third in nine days, demanding free access to mass transit.

Some 3,000 teens gathered at a city park and demanded free student passes to use in the city mass-transit system.

The pass, which students seek to obtain for free, currently costs $4.25 (U.S.) and cuts a third off the regular bus fare.

Indonesia cracks down on Aceh rebels

JAKARTA, Indonesia President Abdurrahman Wahid has ordered a new crackdown against rebels in Aceh province, frustrated by failed peace attempts and a war of attrition, the defense minister said yesterday.

Mr. Wahid signed a presidential decree authorizing the military and police to target known separatists in villages and districts across the province, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, Defense Minister Mohammad Mahfud said.

In the past, Indonesia's security forces have been accused of widespread human rights abuses in their attempt to put down the long rebellion in Aceh. Over the past decade, at least 6,000 people have died in the unrest. Human rights activists claim many were unarmed civilians killed by soldiers and police officers

Developing world woos U.S. to climate talks

NEW YORK Developing nations urged the United States yesterday to return to international talks aimed at curbing greenhouse gases and not to unilaterally turn its back on global warming.

"It is a bad and disappointing message from the new Republican administration in Washington to the international community," Iran Ambassador Bagher Asadi, chairman of the U.N. Group of 77 representing developing nations, told reporters.

President Bush abandoned the Kyoto Protocol last month, saying it stood to harm the U.S. economy and did not require emissions cuts by developing nations like China, whose emissions are growing the fastest.

U.N. condemns flare-up of Burundi's civil war

NEW YORK U.N. Security Council members condemned renewed fighting in Burundi's long civil war and yesterday urged all parties to give aid workers free access to those in need of assistance.

Three relief workers were shot last week in an ambush on a truck convoy bringing food to starving residents of the tiny central African nation.

Around 200,000 people, most of them civilians, have died in Burundi's seven-year civil war.

Trial set for Poland's Jaruzelski

WARSAW Poland's last communist leader, retired Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, is scheduled to go on trial next month for the deaths of 44 shipyard workers shot by state forces when he was defense minister in 1970, the PAP news agency reported yesterday.

Warsaw's Provincial Court opened the way for the proceedings by rejecting defense motions asking that Gen. Jaruzelski, 77, and another communist-era leader, Stanislaw Kociolek, be tried by a special State Tribunal empowered to try top officials.

Gen. Jaruzelski is charged with ordering the military to shoot at workers protesting price hikes. According to official figures, 44 workers were killed in the Baltic coast cities of Gdynia, Gdansk and Szczecin.

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