- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 29, 2001

Nuclear cooperation urged of Pyongyang
SEOUL U.S., Japanese and South Korean officials urged North Korea to join the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism and to address concerns about its suspected nuclear weapons program.
In a joint statement released Tuesday, the three countries took "positive" note of actions taken by the North following the September 11 terrorist attacks. But the officials, who met for two days in San Francisco, said North Korea needs to "take further steps to confirm its cooperation with international anti-terrorism initiatives and opposition to international terrorism."
North Korea, which is included on a U.S. list of nations that sponsor terrorism, called the September attacks "very regrettable and tragic." It also decided to sign two United Nations treaties barring the financing of terrorism and the taking of hostages.

Kostunica reluctant to yield suspects
LONDON Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica signaled yesterday he was unwilling to hand over suspected war criminals to the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, saying that he was against "selective justice."
Speaking in London, Mr. Kostunica also denied that indicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Ratko Mladic was living in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and also spoke out against independence for Kosovo.
U.N. war-crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte on Tuesday accused the Yugoslav army of sheltering Mr. Mladic, and said she knew he was in Belgrade.
But Mr. Kostunica, who arrived yesterday on his first official visit to Britain, told the BBC: "To my knowledge, he [Mladic] is not in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia."

EU backs immigrant stance
COPENHAGEN The European Union praised Denmark's new government yesterday for creating a specific ministry for immigration and said its proposals for tighter rules on newcomers are in line with rest of Europe.
The Danish electorate's big swing to the right in the November 20 vote caused fears at home and abroad that the new Liberal-led rightist minority coalition would be hostage to a fiercely anti-immigrant party.
After a landslide victory, Liberal leader and new Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen formed a government with the Conservatives but excluded the anti-immigration Danish People's Party, which almost doubled its size in parliament with 12 percent of the vote.

World effort smashes child-porn ring
LONDON Detectives across the world arrested more than 130 persons yesterday in an unprecedented global crackdown on child pornography, British police said.
Britain's National Criminal Squad (NCS), which coordinated the probe, said it had been the world's largest collaborative policing operation in any terms.
Officers from 20 countries from Asia to Europe took part in "Operation Landmark," a 10-month investigation to target Internet users who accessed and traded in images of pedophilia.
The countries involved along with Britain were Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Portugal, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey and the United States.

U.N. calls AIDS leading destroyer
MOSCOW Twenty years after it was first identified, acquired immune deficiency syndrome has emerged as "the most devastating disease" in human history, the U.N.'s top AIDS official warned yesterday.
Not only is the disease continuing to spread dramatically in some of the world's most populous countries, but also preventive efforts are clearly failing in parts of the developed world, UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot said.
Presenting the UNAIDS annual report ahead of World AIDS Day on Saturday, Mr. Piot noted that 25 million people have already died of the disease while a further 40 million have the virus that causes it.

African forests turning to desert
MOMBASA, Kenya Africa is losing four million acres of forest every five years, moving the continent closer to becoming one huge desert, conservation experts warned yesterday.
The warning came at the end of a three-day meeting of regional experts and government representatives from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to try to identify common factors that are leading to forest degradation within the four countries.
During the meeting, participants pressed for the integration of an approach by governments to stop further forest depletion.
The meeting concluded that misguided government policies and negligence are to blame for the deteriorating biodiversity.

Raising Kursk was Putin's duty
MOSCOW Raising the wreck of the Kursk submarine from the sea floor was a moral obligation Russia had to fulfill despite navy opposition, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday as he thanked participants of the operation.
Some navy chiefs had opposed raising the Kursk, in part because of the cost and technical difficulties posed by the operation, and because of long-standing naval tradition which considers wrecks to be in effect the dead's burial site.
"The lifting of the Kursk was not just a state duty but first of all a moral duty," Mr. Putin said.

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