- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2001

Pakistan threatened with Indian attack

JAMMU, India The commander of Indian troops in disputed Kashmir warned yesterday that if pushed, New Delhi could choose military action against Pakistan's army and Islamic guerrillas.

In the most aggressive comments in years by a military commander, Lt. Gen. R.K. Nanavatty said India "must remain prepared to exercise the military action," and that the capture of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir was "achievable."

India and Pakistan, which conducted nuclear tests in 1998, have fought two wars over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Tensions have increased sharply since an Oct. 1 car bombing and gunfight that killed 40 persons at the state legislature in Jammu.

Albania denies visit in 2000 by bin Laden

TIRANA, Albania Charges by former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic that suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden spent time in Albania were rejected yesterday by the government.

"In his efforts to avoid facing the accusations of crimes against humanity, the war criminal Slobodan Milosevic does not hesitate to pronounce the lowest defamatory statements against Albania," said a government statement.

Appearing before the U.N. war-crimes tribunal in The Hague on Tuesday over reputed atrocities during the 1998-1999 conflict in Kosovo, Mr. Milosevic said bin Laden had been in Albania two years after the 1998 bomb attacks on two U.S. embassies in east Africa.

Indonesia quizzes Wiranto in scandal

JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesian prosecutors yesterday quizzed Gen. Wiranto, former military chief, and Akbar Tanjung, parliament speaker, over a $5.3 million scandal in mid-1999 involving the Bulog state food agency.

Gen. Wiranto told reporters after the questioning that the money from Bulog had been used by the military, in accordance with proper administrative procedures, for security in East Timor for the country's 1999 independence vote.

"The Bulog chief channeled the funds to the defense ministry. It was received by the defense ministry's staff and used with clear administrative procedures," the retired general and former defense minister said.

Timor independence approved for May 20

NEW YORK The U.N. Security Council yesterday endorsed the May 20 date that East Timorese have set for independence, and said some 5,000 peacekeepers and other U.N. personnel would stay in the territory until then.

The council, in a formal statement, agreed to maintain soldiers, civilians and police trainers in East Timor between six months and two years after independence.

But some members, during an all-day debate chaired by Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, weighed how much cash would be available after May 20 for the current complement of U.N. personnel.

African peacekeepers pushed for Burundi

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The road to peace in war-torn Burundi is fraught with danger, Nelson Mandela said yesterday as he urged the U.N. Security Council to give formal authorization to an African peacekeeping operation.

Mr. Mandela, who has led efforts to mediate a peace deal in Burundi since 1999, will fly to the central African country today for the installation of a new transitional government.

"The road ahead is still fraught with many dangers, but the installation of that transitional government represents a major achievement by the Burundi leadership," Mr. Mandela said at an awards banquet in Johannesburg.

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