Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Algeria fears attacks as anniversary nears
ALGIERS As Algeria prepares to celebrate 40 years of independence from France on July 5, security measures are being put in place in the capital, where it is feared armed extremists plan to step up their insurgency with an urban terrorism campaign.
Police and army roadblocks removed from Algiers have been restored as the civil war returns to the capital area claiming about 40 lives in the past three weeks.

Iraq detects politics in UNESCO inaction
BAGHDAD Iraq has charged that “political reasons” were behind UNESCO’s failure to add five Iraqi archeological sites to the World Heritage List, a weekly newspaper reports.
“UNESCO’s refusal to include five Iraqi archeological sites in its World Heritage List was due to political reasons,” said an official from the department of archeology quoted in Nabdh Al-Shabab.

Party threatens split over easing Kurd curbs
ANKARA, Turkey A key partner in the ruling coalition may quit the government because of plans to ease restrictions on the Kurdish language to prepare for European Union membership, a top party member was quoted as saying Monday.
The coalition’s parliamentary majority depends on the Nationalist Action Party (MHP). It opposes preparations for EU membership, but its leader said recently he would not wreck the government if Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit sought opposition support.
But MHP member Murat Sokmenoglu, the deputy parliamentary speaker, said the party would pull out of the coalition if Mr. Ecevit went to the opposition with plans to lift a ban on Kurdish-language education as the EU demands.

Iran criticizes polarization tactics
NICOSIA, Cyprus Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi criticized the Bush administration’s fight against international terrorism, saying it was aimed at humiliating Iran and not at eradicating the root causes.
“You may not be with the United States, but that doesn’t mean you are with the terrorists,” Mr. Kharazi told reporters during a visit to Cyprus. “Just by labeling others, the problems will not be resolved,” he added.

Weekly notes
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is to travel at week’s end to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan seeking to breathe life into the moribund Middle East peace process, his ministry said yesterday. Today he is to visit the Indian Ocean island state of Madagascar, a former French colony now in political turmoil. Egypt will receive U.N. and U.S. help in clearing millions of land mines that have hampered development in its Western Desert for more than half a century, a government official said yesterday. It has 23 million land mines on its soil the second-largest number after Angola mainly the legacy of fighting in Egypt among the British, Italian and German armies during World War II.

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