- The Washington Times - Monday, April 8, 2002

'Waste of time'
MUNICH The return of U.N. arms inspectors to Iraq would be a waste of time, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said in an interview to be published today.
Mr. Aziz told the German weekly magazine Focus that Iraq opposes the return of the inspectors "since it would be a waste of time. The United States will still say that we have weapons of mass destruction while the U.N. inspectors will say they have found nothing."
Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri told a Kuwaiti newspaper late last month that Iraq might agree to allow the return of the inspectors, who were withdrawn in December 1998. Mr. Aziz said there was no reason for their return since "they worked for almost eight years in our country" and found no weapons of mass destruction.

Srebrenica massacre
AMSTERDAM Embarrassed by charges that it failed to prevent a 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Bosnia, despite the presence of Dutch U.N. troops, the Netherlands is to release Wednesday the report of an investigation of the bloodbath.
Up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the U.N.-designated "safe area" Europe's worst massacre since World War II when the town fell to Bosnian-Serb forces during the Bosnian war.
More than five years in the making, the 7,000-page report by the Dutch Institute for War Documentation is the official Dutch history of the 1995 events. A report two weeks ago by the Interchurch Peace Council said Dutch U.N. troops, generals and politicians bore clear responsibility for failing to protect the Muslims.

Assembly on aging
MADRID As industrial countries face up to the costs of caring for their graying populations, Spain is billing the Second World Assembly on Aging this week as a chance to help developing nations avert a crisis.
Much has changed since the first assembly 20 years ago in Vienna, Austria. Improved health care and nutrition mean people are living longer and choosing to have fewer children.
Spain's Social Affairs Minister Juan Carlos Aparicio said the aim of the five-day conference, which starts today, is to put aging on the policy agendas of all 160 nations taking part. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar will open the meeting, expected to draw 5,000 participants.

Arab League request
CAIRO Arab League chief Amr Moussa said here over the weekend that Arab states would seek an immediate meeting of the U.N. Security Council to examine the deteriorating situation in the West Bank.
Mr. Moussa gave the news Saturday after an emergency meeting in Cairo of the foreign ministers of the 22-member Arab League. The meeting was held at the request of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority to approve measures supporting the Palestinians after the Israeli offensive in the West Bank.

Visit to Burma
RANGOON, Burma The ruling military junta has set new dates for a visit by a U.N. special envoy who is trying to negotiate talks between the junta and Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the country's National League for Democracy, said a government minister.
Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail will pay a four-day visit, starting April 23, Deputy Foreign Minister Khin Maung Win told Reuters.

Betsy Pisik is on assignment. Her column will resume when she returns.

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