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Milosevic vows battle with 'NATO machine'
MOSCOW — Speaking from the prison where he is awaiting trial for purported war crimes, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic said yesterday he was determined to fight the NATO "machine" and had no regrets about his past.
"I'm proud of what I did to defend freedom and independence, without which no people and no country can live," he said in a telephone call to his brother, Borislav Milosevic, from the U.N. detention unit outside The Hague.
The call interrupted a meeting of the Society of Slavic Culture and Literature, a little-known Moscow group that gathered to celebrate Mr. Milosevic's 60th birthday, which was Monday.

U.S. was not alone in inaction, Rwanda says
KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda said yesterday that all Western powers, not just the United States, that turned a blind eye to genocide there after declassified documents showed U.S. officials were aware of the killing at an early stage.
Hundreds of pages of U.S. archive material released this week showed officials avoided using the word "genocide" because it could have obliged them to intervene, while high-level officials made scant effort to stop the slaughter in 1994.
"It was not only the U.S. government but most importantly all Western countries which had embassies in Rwanda were fully aware of the preparations of the genocide," said Charles Muligande, secretary-general of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front.

Iran, Turkmenistan ask pipeline delay
MOSCOW — Iranian President Mohammed Khatami and his Turkmen counterpart, Saparmurad Niyazov, called yesterday for the suspension of development in the oil-rich Caspian Sea's disputed waters, the Interfax news agency reported.
Until the Caspian is amicably divided, the oil fields should not be developed, as the Caspian must stay "a sea of stability and friendship," Mr. Niyazov and Mr. Khatami said in telephone talks.
The two presidents also discussed bilateral economic ties, especially in the oil and gas industries, and agreed that Mr. Khatami would visit Turkmenistan soon.

Dos Santos says he won't run again
LUANDA, Angola — Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, breaking a long silence, said yesterday he would not be a candidate in the war-weary nation's next presidential elections.
Just hours after Mr. dos Santos' announcement, Portuguese news agency Lusa said UNITA rebels sent proposals to Washington and the United Nations outlining measures to end Angola's 26-year-old civil war.
"If they (elections) are held in 2002 or 2003, we have a year and a half or 21/2 years for the party to ready its candidate for the battle, and of course this candidate will not be called Jose Eduardo dos Santos," the veteran African leader said in remarks broadcast on church-run radio.

Kabila dismisses rebel call to quit
WINDHOEK, Namibia — Congolese President Joseph Kabila yesterday dismissed a call by Rwandan-backed rebels that he hand over power to a transitional government, saying the matter was up to the electorate.
"The fact of whether or not the president should step down should be left to the Congolese people and not a rebel movement," Mr. Kabila said at the end of his visit to Namibia.
"We want to give our people the chance to decide their destiny and not the rebels to decide for them," Mr. Kabila said at a joint news conference with Namibian President Sam Nujoma.

Haitian police raid opposition office
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Police raided the headquarters of an opposition party and arrested five of its members on weapons charges, authorities said.
Police accused Convention of Democratic Unity party members of stashing weapons in its headquarters in Port-au-Prince.
Opposition leaders claimed the arrests were part of a clampdown on opponents by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government.
"The building is the hide-out of a gang of bandits," said police spokesman Jean-Dady Simeon.


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