- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 14, 2002

Kissinger meets key Chinese official
BEIJING Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, credited with changing the course of U.S.-Chinese ties, yesterday met Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao, the man tipped to be a driving force in bilateral relations in the future.
During a meeting to mark the 30th anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Chinese ties, Mr. Hu sent a clear message about the pact Mr. Kissinger negotiated to pave the way for the historic breakthrough.
In a statement, Mr. Hu said whenever the three communiques that form the basis of the pact are "slighted," U.S.-Chinese relations have "stagnated or even regressed."
Beijing has accused Washington, which says it will do "whatever it takes" to help Taiwan defend itself, of breaking a promise to abide by the one-China policy as stipulated in the three joint communiques that laid the groundwork for normalization of relations in 1972.
Mr. Hu's statement on the contentious issue of Taiwan came just two weeks before his scheduled visit to Washington.

Georgia says Russians pull out of gorge
TBILISI, Georgia Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze yesterday said Russian troops had begun to pull out of a remote gorge 24 hours after their sudden arrival there ignited a diplomatic row.
Dozens of heavily armed Russians in blue peacekeeping helmets and body armor landed by helicopter on Friday in the Kodori Gorge, without Tbilisi's permission. The gorge is a no-man's-land on the edge of Georgia's rebel Abkhazia region.
The move enraged Georgia's parliament and came just weeks before the planned arrival of U.S. military instructors on a training mission that has infuriated Moscow.

War-crimes suspect dies in hospital
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Veteran Serbian politician and war-crimes suspect Vlajko Stojiljkovic, who shot himself in the head outside the Yugoslav parliament on Thursday, died in a hospital yesterday evening, a doctor said.
Mr. Stojiljkovic put a bullet through his head just hours after parliament passed a law under heavy U.S. financial pressure to send him and other war-crimes suspects to the U.N. tribunal.

Hungary's leader calls mass support rally
BUDAPEST Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, trailing in parliamentary elections, urged about a half-million followers yesterday to rally support ahead of a decisive second vote next weekend.
"Everybody must bring at least one other person to vote on Sunday," Mr. Orban said in a 40-minute speech broadcast live on national radio and television.
At one of the largest rallies witnessed in Hungary in over a decade, party officials said 2 million people from across the country attended the event in Budapest's Kossuth Square outside the parliament building by the Danube river.
Mr. Orban, 38 and bidding to be Hungary's first post-communist leader to win re-election, said voters had a simple choice between an "old and a new world."
His conservative Fidesz-led alliance was narrowly defeated by the Socialists in a first-round vote last Sunday. A second round of voting is scheduled for April 21.

East Timor goes to the polls
DILI, East Timor Voting began today in landmark elections that will pave the way for East Timor to become the first nation to gain independence in the new millennium.
Former resistance leader Xanana Gusmao is the overwhelming favorite to win the ballot, seen as the culmination of a quarter-century struggle for nationhood. His only opponent, Francisco Xavier do Amaral, said he is resigned to coming in second.
Polling stations were quiet early today. Election officials, however, expect turnout to be high across the tiny territory, which split from Indonesia in August 1999 after a U.N.-organized referendum.

U.S. bishop drowns at Mexican beach
MEXICO CITY A U.S. Roman Catholic bishop drowned while swimming at a beach in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, authorities said yesterday.
Bishop Charles Patrick Carroll, 69, of Yakima, Washington, was visiting friends in the area, authorities said in a news release.

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