- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2001

Cut off arms to Somalia, Security Council urged
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Ethiopia's U.N. Ambassador Abdulmejid Hussein called on the Security Council to enforce the arms embargo it imposed on neighboring Somalia in 1992, the official press reported yesterday.
"Arms have been shipped to Somalia by air and sea, making the situation in that country much worse," he was quoted as saying. "Uncontrolled arms flow into that country has enabled terrorist organizations to carry out attacks deep inside Ethiopia.
"Some may try to sell the idea that al Qaeda and international terrorist groups are not in Somalia; we disagree," he said. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said a week ago that he believed al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, was still present in Somalia.

Uganda, Rwanda ties believed at new low
KAMPALA, Uganda Relations between one-time allies Uganda and Rwanda have hit a new low as Uganda accuses its neighbor of recruiting dissidents to attack its territory, diplomats said yesterday.
Observers are concerned that rising tension between the two countries threatens to bring more instability to Africa's volatile Great Lakes region, ravaged by Rwanda's 1994 genocide and war in the Congo.
Mistrust was fueled this month by the publication of a letter in local newspapers in which Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni reportedly complained to Britain that Rwanda was preparing to attack his country.
"We think the situation will not degenerate into full-scale war, but we are concerned the two countries will take a long time to get back to a cordial relationship," said a Western diplomat here.

S. Africa's diplomats now reflect population
CAPE TOWN, South Africa The country's diplomatic corps finally has become representative of all its population groups, thanks to a vigorous affirmative-action policy, a senior official said yesterday.
Sipho Pityana, director general in the Department of Foreign Affairs, said progress on a promise made last year has been "tremendous."
In July 2000, six years after the end of apartheid, the department's staff comprised 39 percent blacks, 48 percent whites, 10 percent Asian and 3 percent mixed race. By this month, it had changed to 53 percent black, 40 percent white, 4 percent mixed race and 3 percent Asian.
The staff composition at the department's head office in Pretoria was 81 percent male and 19 percent female last year. As of this month, it is 51 percent female and 49 percent male.

Weekly notes
Zambian President Frederick Chiluba, currently chairman of the African Union, yesterday urged Congo leader Joseph Kabila to keep talks about his country's political future on course. "I urge the government of Kabila not to allow new hurdles to sidetrack the effort," Mr. Chiluba said at his official residence. "Peace must surely come to Congo."

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