- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 30, 2001

Hun Sen rejects rebel trial accord
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Prime Minister Hun Sen rejected a U.N. demand that Cambodia sign a key agreement on a proposed genocide trial for Khmer Rouge leaders.
Hun Sen's comments yesterday raised doubts about his government's commitment to creating a U.N.-assisted tribunal to bring to justice the surviving leaders of the Maoist Khmer Rouge, whose 1975-79 rule left about 1.7 million dead.
"It looks like the U.N. is forcing Cambodia to do whatever they want," Hun Sen said at a Cabinet meeting. "It looks like the U.N. is trying to play Cambodia like a game."

U.N creates account for AIDS donations
NEW YORK — The United Nations said yesterday that a special account had been set up to receive individual contributions to the global fund against AIDS championed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The money will be held in the special account, established by the U.N. Foundation, until the fund is operational.
Checks can be made out to the United Nations Foundation, Attn: Global Fund, and mailed to P.O. Box 31001-1899, Pasadena, Calif. 91110-1899.
Money has been trickling into the fund since Mr. Annan first proposed the idea of a global war chest to fight AIDS in Nigeria on April 26. Some 36 million people worldwide have AIDS or are infected with HIV, which causes the disease.

Obasanjo seeking relief from debt
LAGOS, Nigeria — President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday expressed hope that foreign creditors will grant the country a substantial debt relief.
"We are moving gradually to getting a substantial debt relief. But there are certain things we need to do. It is better to negotiate, appeal and talk about what we are doing," he said during a live interview on national radio and television.
Nigeria owes almost $30 billion to creditors in the London and Paris Clubs and to multilateral organizations such as the World Bank.
"They [creditors] are expecting us to exercise certain prudence in the management of our economy," Mr. Obasanjo said.

Bashir marks reign with peace pledge
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese President Omar Bashir said yesterday he would devote the coming year to achieving peace in his war-torn country.
Addressing a ceremony commemorating the 12th anniversary of his seizure of power in a coup d'etat, Mr. Bashir said achieving peace "will be one of our greatest battles in the new year," his 13th in power since June 1989.

Indonesian troops kill 20 Aceh rebels
LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia — Indonesian security forces killed 20 separatist rebels in a gunbattle in the Aceh province yesterday, military officials said.
The fighting broke out after soldiers ambushed a group of rebels who tried to attack some villages near the central Aceh capital of Takengon, about 1,060 miles northwest of Jakarta, military spokesman Lt. Col. Firdaus said.
"According to the villagers, they were rebels who had earlier massacred dozens of people and burned hundreds of houses in the area," said Col. Firdaus.

U.N. Council OKsWest Sahara talks
NEW YORK — The U.N. Security Council gave approval yesterday to five months of talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement on a draft autonomy plan for Western Sahara.
But the council instructed U.N. special envoy and former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, who drafted the plan, also to keep on the negotiating table the option of going ahead with a long-awaited independence referendum for the territory in northwestern Africa.
Diplomats said a resolution approved unanimously by the 15-nation council reflected a balancing act between the interests of Morocco, the Polisario and neighboring Mauritania and Algeria.



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