- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 14, 2002

Serbs say Montenegro to stay in Yugoslavia
BELGRADE Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica announced today that an accord had been reached on the future of the Yugoslav Federation.
"An agreement has been reached thanks to the constructive approach of [Montenegrin President] Milo Djukanovic," Mr. Kostunica told reporters after nearly 12 hours of discussions among federal, Serbian and Montenegrin officials. "We have obtained a solution that is acceptable to Serbia and Montenegro. … It is a new beginning. … I am filled with optimism."
He said that under the agreement, the federation would remain intact, as would his position as the federation's president, and that Serbia and Montenegro would continue to share one seat at the United Nations.

Sri Lanka leader visits disputed area
JAFFNA, Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe began a two-day visit to this embattled northern peninsula today marking the first high-level political visit here in 20 years.
The prime minister arrived in a military aircraft that landed at the Palaly air base on the northern edge of this 1,000-square-mile peninsula.
The top-level visit came amid a truce between government forces and Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who maintained a de facto separate state here from 1990 to 1995. Since then, fierce fighting has erupted in the area.

German military sends planes to Kenya
BERLIN Germany's military said it was sending a deployment of long-range reconnaissance aircraft to Kenya yesterday to support the U.S.-led war on terrorism.
The German navy said two reconnaissance planes would be sent from their base in Nordholz in northern Germany to Mombasa, Kenya's main port.
A contingent of about 80 soldiers as support personnel and a third aircraft were expected to follow today.

Indian court bars prayer near disputed site
NEW DELHI India's Supreme Court yesterday barred hard-line Hindus from holding special prayers near a disputed site amid the country's worst religious crisis in a decade.
Ignoring a government plea, the court ruled Hindu activists should be prevented from holding the ceremony tomorrow near the site of a razed mosque in northern India.

Angola orders troops to stop shooting
LUANDA, Angola Angola said yesterday it had ordered its armed forces to stop shooting at midnight, raising hopes for an end to its long civil war after the death of UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.
It also said it was prepared to grant a blanket amnesty for all crimes committed in the country's savage 27-year conflict.
"A unique moment in history, a convergence of will could lead to an end to the armed conflict in Angola," the government said in a statement read on state radio.

U.S. sailor's body found in Suez Canal
CAIRO Egyptian sailors found the body of a man wearing a U.S. Navy uniform floating in the Suez Canal yesterday, security sources said.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman said he could not confirm the report but said an American sailor recently had "jumped ship."
Sources said papers found on the body indicated he was an American sailor from the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.


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