- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Diplomatic offensive
President Bush yesterday intensified the war against terrorism on the diplomatic front in talks with the president of Algeria, the first official in a crowded agenda of foreign leaders at the White House this week.
Mr. Bush tomorrow will speak via satellite to officials from 17 Central European nations at an anti-terrorism conference in Poland.
Yesterday, Mr. Bush talked about "cooperation in the war on terrorism" with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose North African country has been fighting an Islamic fundamentalist insurgency since 1992, a White House spokesman said.
Tomorrow, Mr. Bush will meet French President Jacques Chirac and Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sheik Sabah Ahmad Jabir Sabah, the acting prime minister and foreign minister of Kuwait, will see Mr. Bush on Wednesday.
Irish Prime Minister Berti Ahern meets Mr. Bush on Thursday, and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee sees the president on Friday.
On Saturday, Mr. Bush travels to New York for the U.N. General Assembly, where his meetings include one with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Pressure on Arafat
The United States is increasing diplomatic pressure on Yasser Arafat to arrest terrorists and close their operations on Palestinian territory.
Daniel Kurtzer, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, was the latest American official to demand the Palestinian leader do more than simply issue statements condemning terrorism. His comments in Tel Aviv yesterday follow statements Friday in Washington by David Satterfield, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs.
Mr. Kurtzer told the Foreign Press Association that some groups operating on Palestinian territory have "turned quite specifically to terrorism." Those groups include Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
"We've had some very serious conversations with [Mr. Arafat] at a very senior level, saying that words are not enough to prove that one is against terrorism," Mr. Kurtzer said.
"It is in Chairman Arafat's fundamental interest to confront those elements," Mr. Satterfield told the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, the Associated Press reported.
Mr. Satterfield said the Palestinian uprising has turned into an "ongoing campaign of terror" that is damaging Mr. Arafat's image.

Dispute 'cleared up'
Venezuela yesterday insisted that its diplomatic dispute with the United States is "cleared up," according to Foreign Minister Luis Davila.
In a statement read to reporters, Mr. Davila reaffirmed his country's "strong condemnation" of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
"I think that with this declaration today, in addition to what the president [Hugo Chavez] said Saturday, things are perfectly cleared up," Mr. Davila said.
However, Washington was still assessing the dispute with U.S. Ambassador Donna Hrinak, who was recalled for consultations after Mr. Chavez and other senior officials criticized the U.S. bombing in Afghanistan. Mr. Chavez, in a Saturday radio address, apologized.

Marathon man
The prime minister of the Slovak Republic ran in the New York Marathon on Sunday to show Slovakia's solidarity with American citizens in the war against terrorism.
Mikulas Dzurinda finished the 26-mile race in three hours and 42 minutes, a "pretty good time," the Slovak Embassy said yesterday.
The prime minister told CNN before the race that he was proud to be one of several thousand entrants who will "run for freedom."
"I fully understood that the attack on September 11 was not only an attack against America, it was an attack against our values in which we believe," he said. "So we are all Americans now."
The Slovak Embassy said many Americans have contacted the embassy, "thanking the prime minister for this wonderful gesture of solidarity and support."
Mr. Dzurinda also visited ground zero to view the remains of the World Trade Center and met New York Gov. George E. Pataki, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer.


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