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Taiwan appeals for U.S. arms sales

TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwan yesterday appealed to the United States to maintain sales of weaponry against rival China, a day after Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan attacked the U.S. policy of selling military equipment to the island.

"Hopefully the U.S. government would properly take into consideration our needs [in defense]," army Gen. Huo Shou-yeh, vice Chief of the General Staff, told reporters after attending a meeting of the parliament's national defense committee.

He referred to annual Taipei-Washington arms talks next month, during which, according to unconfirmed reports, Taiwan is to disclose a shopping list of sophisticated weapons, including destroyers equipped with the Aegis satellite anti-missile system.

Despite Washington's switching of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, the United States has remained the biggest arms supplier to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act.

U.S. backs dismissal of Bosnian leader

The United States yesterday backed the U.N. high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina in his dismissal of the Croat member of Bosnia's three-man presidency, Ante Jelavic.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement the dismissal was an "appropriate response to the extra-constitutional actions taken by Jelavic and other extremist elements of the political party that he led."

The West's top peace official in Bosnia, Wolfgang Petritsch, dismissed Mr. Jelavic after the Bosnian-Croatian leader threatened to declare self-rule in Croat-controlled areas. He also barred him from any official or elected public office.

"The United States joins the international community in supporting the decision," the U.S. statement said.

Sanctions imposed on diamond exports

NEW YORK The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to impose sanctions on diamond exports from Liberia to punish the country for its reported guns-for-gems trade with Sierra Leone's rebels.
The ban on diamonds, along with a travel embargo on Liberian President Charles Taylor and a coterie of officials and businessmen, will come into force automatically on May 7. The delay was requested by West African nations, who must help enforce the sanctions.
A new, broader arms embargo to substitute for one imposed during Liberia's 1992 civil war went into effect immediately after the U.S.- and British-drafted resolution was adopted by the 15-nation body Wednesday.
Liberia, and especially Mr. Taylor, is accused of helping rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) carry out a 10-year civil war, financed largely by diamonds from Sierra Leone in exchange for arms.

Federation derides Bush abortion policy

LONDON Family-planning specialists said yesterday that President Bush's decision to block U.S. funding for international groups that support abortion created a double standard that would increase maternal deaths and illegal abortions.
"We condemn this double standard," Dr. Med Bouzidi of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) told those at a news conference to release a report on sexual and reproductive health. The report showed the risk of dying during pregnancy and birth was 33 times higher in poor nations than wealthy ones.
Dr. Bouzidi said the move to deprive women in the developing world of choices and services available in the United States created a two-tiered system that would lead to more illegal abortions.

Angola military chiefs assume command

LUANDA, Angola Angola's new chiefs of the army, navy and military security have assumed command in a reshuffle that started last year with the sacking of the powerful defense forces chief, the state newspaper reported yesterday.
Gens. Mateus Miguel Angelo and Antonio Jose Maria have replaced Gens. Luis Faceira and Cirilo de Sa as head of the army and military security, respectively, Jornal de Angola said.
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in January sacked his defense forces chief Joao de Matos, reportedly because of policy differences. He was replaced by Armando de Cruz Neto, former vice minister of defense.

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