- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Rwanda, Congo seek peace deal
PRETORIA, South Africa Rwanda and Congo have reached an agreement on how to end the conflict in the Congo, South African officials said yesterday.
Delegates from the two countries have been meeting in Pretoria since Thursday to seek an end to a war that has killed an estimated 2 million people since 1998, mostly from starvation and disease.
"An understanding has been reached," South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma who chaired the talks said at a news conference. He declined to give further details, saying the presidents of Rwanda and the Congo had to be briefed first.

Musharraf woos Muslim parties
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf met with leaders of six conservative Islamic parties yesterday in an effort to improve ties with groups that have strongly opposed the U.S.-led war against terrorism.
State-run television showed Gen. Musharraf greeting the leaders, who wore long, dark robes and white skullcaps. He sought to assure them he was committed to keeping Pakistan an Islamic, not secular, state, said one of the leaders, Allama Shah Ahmad Noorani.
"Pakistan was born as an Islamic state, and nobody had authority to change its Islamic character," Mr. Musharraf said.

Philippine president renews anti-terror vow
MANILA President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, addressing Congress as thousands of leftists clashed with police outside, vowed yesterday to crack down on criminal kingpins and get more U.S. training for the poorly funded Philippine military to fight domestic terrorism.
Mrs. Arroyo said Washington will conduct more exercises to boost her military's capabilities. About 1,000 U.S. troops are in the Philippines as part of the six-month exercise, which ends July 31.

Indonesian-U.S. ties sought in war on terror
JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia's armed forces welcomed yesterday a move within the U.S. Congress to reinstate military ties, but human rights groups denounced it as endorsing an abusive and undemocratic institution.
On Friday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved lifting restrictions on the Indonesian military's participation in the Pentagon's International Military Education and Training program.

U.S. to compensate families of victims
SEOUL The U.S. military has agreed to pay $162,500 to each family of two teenagers fatally struck by a U.S. armored vehicle, South Korea said yesterday.
Family members of the 14-year-old girls were not immediately available for comment on whether they would accept the compensation offer.
Sgt. Mark Walker and Sgt. Fernando Nino were on a training mission on June 13, when their armored bridge carrier struck and killed the girls on a public road.

N. Ireland gunman kills Catholic teen
BELFAST A suspected Protestant gunman fatally shot a Catholic teenager walking home alone from a pub yesterday.
The victim, 19-year-old Gerard Lawlor, left behind a mother, four brothers, a girlfriend and a toddler son and a society wondering how to stop yearlong rioting on the capital's north side.

Morocco and Spain put war on hold
RABAT, Morocco Morocco and Spain agreed to a "frank and sincere dialogue" and will meet again in September to discuss their competing claims to a tiny Mediterranean island that ignited a 10-day military standoff, the Moroccan foreign ministry said.
Two days after Spain withdrew its forces, both countries maintained their claims to the island, according to a joint statement released after talks between Moroccan Foreign Minister Mohamed Benaissa and his Spanish counterpart, Ana Palacio.

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