- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 31, 2002

No inspectors without Iraq settlement

ZURICH U.N. weapons inspectors can only return to Iraq under an overall plan for the settlement of the Iraqi conflict, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said in a Swiss newspaper yesterday.

Mr. Aziz said in an interview with the Neue Zurcher Zeitung that it was unacceptable that Iraqi concerns were being ignored.

"The return of U.N. weapons inspectors must be part of a plan that would embrace the settlement of the conflict over Iraq, as laid out under United Nations Resolution 687," Mr. Aziz told the daily newspaper.

Lebanon peacekeepin extended 6 months

NEW YORK The U.N. Security Council extended its 24-year-old peacekeeping presence in Lebanon for six months yesterday but asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to continue reducing the number of troops.

The 15-member body, in a resolution adopted unanimously, also endorsed a recent report by Mr. Annan that accused Israel and especially Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrillas of repeatedly violating a U.N.-drawn boundary between the two countries.

But the Security Council, of which Syria is a member, did not mention any violators by name but condemned all violence and expressed concern about "serious breaches" of the withdrawal line since Israel pulled its troops out of southern Lebanon in May 2000.

Quake rocks Turkey; no casualties

ISTANBUL, Turkey A 4.5-magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Turkey yesterday and damaged some houses in Denizli province, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Most parts of Turkey lie close to active earthquake fault lines.

More than 18,000 people died in two major quakes that hit the northwest of the country in 1999.

Saudis give millions for Palestinians

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has transferred $15.4 million to a special Arab League account created in support of the Palestinian Authority, the kingdom's finance minister said yesterday.

The latest transfer covers the months of August and September.

The oil-rich kingdom already made two similar payments in April and June, bringing to $46.2 million the total amount paid.

At a Beirut summit in March, Arab leaders decided to send $55 million a month over six months to Yasser Arafat's authority to help it cope with the consequences of Israel's blockade of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Morocco wants explanation from Spain

TANGIERS, Morocco Morocco's King Mohamed VI yesterday called on Madrid to "clearly define" its relations with Rabat after a bitter dispute over a tiny Mediterranean island off the African coast.

A 10-day standoff over the island some 200 yards off the Moroccan coast and known to Spaniards as Perejil and to Moroccans as Leila was resolved on July 22 after the intervention of the United States.

The disputed outcrop was thrust from obscurity into the international spotlight when a Moroccan landing party unexpectedly hoisted the national flag there earlier this month.

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