- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 21, 2001

U.N. small-arms talks seek deal with U.S.
NEW YORK — A U.N. conference on small arms, faced with a tough U.S. stand in defense of gun rights, indicated yesterday its willingness to compromise to reach a last-minute agreement on a strategy against global firearms trafficking.
Meeting on the final day of the two-week conference, delegates scrambled behind closed doors to cobble together an effective action plan without crossing a series of "red lines" set out by Washington.
"The meeting is expected to go into the evening. Whether they will reach a consensus document remains to be seen," a U.N. official said.
Delegates said progress in the past two days was primarily due to concessions to Washington, which insisted from the conference's first day that it could not accept any strategy that did not shield private gun owners, makers and dealers.

Argentina softens austerity measures
BUENOS AIRES — Argentine stocks closed 4.47 percent higher as news emerged yesterday that the government had agreed with key members of the ruling Alliance on softening austerity measures while sticking fast to its goal of reaching zero deficit.
Presidential Chief of Staff Nicolas Gallo confirmed that only workers receiving monthly wages of 1,000 pesos or more would be subject to wage cuts. President Fernando de la Rua had earlier said the cuts would affect salaries of 300 pesos or more.
Mr. Gallo said that the government and ruling Alliance legislators "agreed on some ideas" that would allow them to raise the basic level at which salaries would be affected.

China's Jiang visits Ukraine
KIEV— Chinese President Jiang Zemin arrived in the Ukrainian capital yesterday for a four-day official visit that is part of an extensive trip through the former Soviet Union.
The trip, which has already taken Mr. Jiang to Russia, Belarus and Moldova, captured wide attention with the signing of a Russia-China friendship treaty in Moscow. The accord was seen as an attempt by Moscow and Beijing to counter what they fear is U.S. hegemony.
The choice of destinations showed Mr. Jiang's apparent wish to cement closer ties with those republics that either are in a union with Moscow, such as Belarus, or are seen as candidates to join it, such as the Communist-led Moldova and Ukraine.

Jamaican leader says deployment needed
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Less than two weeks after deploying soldiers to quell violence that killed 28 persons, Jamaica's prime minister said yesterday that he wouldn't hesitate to use the army again to maintain order.
The recent fighting erupted in a poor area of Kingston on July 7 as police moved in to search for guns in a home for the elderly near the Tivoli Gardens, a stronghold of the opposition Jamaica Labor Party.
"All communities must recognize they are subject to the law," Prime Minister P.J. Patterson said during a conference call with reporters.

Iraq suspected of missile attack
Iraq apparently fired a surface-to-air missile at a U.S. surveillance plane in Kuwaiti airspace, Pentagon officials said yesterday. The U.S. plane was not hit.
The crew of a Navy E2-C surveillance aircraft flying in Kuwaiti airspace on Thursday reported seeing the plume of a surface-to-air missile apparently fired from inside Iraqi territory, according to a senior defense official who discussed the matter on the condition of anonymity.
The official said the sighting could not be immediately confirmed through other means. He said it was possible the missile was fired ballistically, meaning it was not guided by radar and in which case it could not be tracked by its electronic emissions.

Extremists hit sites in Northern Ireland
BELFAST — Extremists in Northern Ireland attacked a Catholic community center and a rural police station yesterday, causing no injuries but raising tensions.
A home-made grenade was thrown at a heavily fortified police station in Castlewellan, a village south of Belfast, and several shots were fired in its direction.

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