- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2002

Arabs call Saudi plan Israel's 'last chance'
CAIRO Arab foreign ministers meeting here said yesterday a Saudi initiative to end the spiraling Middle East violence could be Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "last chance" for peace.
Ministers from the 22-member Arab League were concluding two days of talks to prepare for a summit in Beirut later this month. The Saudi proposal to offer Israel peace in exchange for Israeli-occupied Arab land is expected to top the meeting's agenda.
"I believe that the Beirut summit is the last chance for Sharon and the Israeli leadership," said Kuwaiti Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheik Mohammed Salem Sabah, who chaired the Cairo meeting. "I think Arabs should offer the Israeli leadership this chance."

South African party lambastes Jimmy Carter
JOHANNESBURG The ruling African National Congress accused former U.S. President Jimmy Carter yesterday of being arrogant and contemptuous for criticizing the government's AIDS policies, and said he was trying to foist unsafe drugs on South African AIDS sufferers.
Mr. Carter, who visited South Africa on Friday before flying to Nigeria, urged the government to do more to fight AIDS and offered to help raise funds for anti-AIDS programs. He said the government should distribute the drug nevirapine, found effective in reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The government's refusal to make the drug universally available has spurred criticism from many quarters, including Nelson Mandela, the revered former president.

Neighbors back plea to assist Argentina
FORTALEZA, Brazil Latin American finance ministers yesterday urged the international banking community to aid the Argentine government in its struggle to rebuild the region's third-largest economy.
Flanked by colleagues from Mexico, Chile and Peru, Argentina's Economy Minister Jorge Remes Lenicov told delegates at the 43rd annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank that his country needed "time, prudent declarations and all the necessary support."
"To get out of this crisis we need international support," Mr. Lenicov said. "Support not only with words, but also with loans and funds."

Canadian troops enter Afghanistan combat
TORONTO An undisclosed number of Canadian troops based in Kandahar are entering combat against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in eastern Afghanistan, the Canadian defense department said yesterday.
Defense department spokesman Maj. Chris Lemay said soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, will enter combat missions under the command of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division.
"We're coming with a lot of experience," said Maj. Lemay, who declined to comment on the location and length of time it would take to carry out the operations.

Officials dismantle Cambodian skull map
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Skull by human skull, officials dismantled yesterday a key memorial to the atrocities committed by Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge rulers.
Buddhist monks prayed for the souls of some 300 victims of the communist regime whose remains were part of a map of Cambodia displayed publicly since 1979 as a testament to the regime's brutality. Museum officials said the skulls were decaying.
The map, held together by wire, was taken apart after the Buddhist ceremony. The human remains were later placed in a wooden case enclosed by glass.


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