- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 10, 2002

Cambodia snubs Dalai Lama

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday ruled out inviting the Dalai Lama to the World Buddhist Summit to be held here in early December, saying only monks recognized by China would be welcomed at the event.

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About 100 Buddhist leaders from 16 countries, along with more than 1,000 followers of the religion, are expected to attend the summit.

Beijing, which has invested heavily in Cambodia in recent years, considers the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate a dangerous separatist.

Turkmen leader sees no need for election

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov said yesterday there was no need to stage presidential elections in Turkmenistan in the next few years but added that the country might consider the issue again in 2008.

The Turkmen leader has ruled with an iron grip since becoming Communist Party chief in 1985.

At a People's Council meeting last year, he suggested staging presidential polls in 2010, the year he turns 70, despite his election in 1999 as Turkmenistan's president for life.

Nepalese Communists call for negotiations

KATMANDU, Nepal Nepal's main opposition Communists, poised to make a strong showing in November polls, attacked caretaker Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba yesterday for his refusal to negotiate with violent insurgent Maoist rebels and for suspected electoral violations.

The Nepal Communist Party called on the government and the Maoists to come to the negotiating table.

Mr. Deuba reached a truce with the Maoists after coming to power in July 2001, but three rounds of talks stalemated over rebel demands that the monarchy be scrapped.

Indian minister to hold London talks on terror

NEW DELHI Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani will hold wide-ranging talks on terrorism with senior officials in London during his visit to Britain later this month, officials said yesterday.

Mr. Advani, who is also India's home minister, will be in London for two days beginning Aug. 21, said British Ambassador to India Rob Young.

He will meet with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, among others.

Weekly notes

Tajikistan convicted former Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Kim of drug smuggling yesterday and sentenced him to 13 years in prison, a Supreme Court official said. Officials in India's northeast called yesterday for more guards on the border with Burma to curb the number of addicts in the country's most drug-infested region. Nepal's newborn prince and second in line to the throne was named the "king of hearts" yesterday in an elaborate Hindu ceremony. The U.S. Agency for International Development yesterday pledged $100 million in education aid to Pakistan, one month after it officially returned to the Islamic republic from a seven-year absence.

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