- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 4, 2001

Cabinet resigns in South Korea

SEOUL The entire South Korean Cabinet resigned today after the national assembly voted for the dismissal of President Kim Dae-Jung's key policy-maker on North Korea, YTN television news said.

The resignations were decided at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Lee Han-Dong, said YTN.

Senior presidential staff also tendered their resignations because of yesterday's vote, said Mr. Kim's spokesman Park Joon-Young.

Mr. Kim suffered a major political setback when the national assembly voted for the dismissal of Unification Minister Lim Dong-Won, a key figure in negotiations with rival North Korea.

The vote has sparked the collapse of South Korea's ruling alliance and could hit inter-Korean relations.


Macedonia resumes peace debate

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonian legislators resumed debate on reforms crucial to peace with ethnic Albanians yesterday as Western officials hinted that NATO, now collecting guerrilla weapons, may need to consider a future security role.

A NATO spokesman agreed that a serious security vacuum looms in Macedonia after the alliance winds up its 30-day gathering of rebel arms later this month.

He said NATO governments were considering how to stabilize the ex-Yugoslav republic thereafter.

Another NATO official said alliance governments were looking into ways of protecting a future mission of several hundred Western civilians who would monitor compliance with a peace deal that would be vulnerable to violent radicals on both sides.


Bombs explode in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Four bombs exploded on the streets of Jerusalem early yesterday, and Israel responded with a helicopter strike that sent missiles through the roof of a Palestinian security building in the West Bank.

In a day of violence on several fronts, one Palestinian was killed and 17 were wounded, while at least six Israelis were hurt.

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said he was still trying to arrange truce talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Nothing was set, but speculation focused on a possible meeting this week in Italy, where Mr. Peres and Mr Arafat both have been invited to a conference.

Asked whether a cease-fire could be reached, Mr. Peres said: "That is my hope."

Even if a meeting is arranged, the prospects of a breakthrough to end 11 months of fighting are slim.

Mr. Peres and Mr. Arafat have met twice in recent months, but have failed to halt, or even reduce, the bloodshed.


Thousands demonstrate for Milosevic

BELGRADE — Around 5,000 supporters of Slobodan Milosevic took to the streets of Belgrade yesterday to protest the arrival of Carla Del Ponte, the chief prosecutor of the U.N. war crimes tribunal where Yugoslavia's former president is being held.

Mr. Milosevic was transferred by Yugoslavia's reformist government to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague on June 28, where he is awaiting trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over his role in the 1998-99 conflict in the Serbian province of Kosovo.

Mrs. Del Ponte will push in Belgrade for the transfer of some 15 war crimes suspects still believed to be in Serbia, including Serbian President Milan Milutinovic.

Defan Stefanovic, from the Socialist party's youth wing, described Mrs. Del Ponte as "a monster" who had given "every patriot in Yugoslavia a feeling of pride and dignity."


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