- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 11, 2002

Suu Kyi says sanctions 'send strong message'
MADRID Pro-democracy Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi noted the power of international sanctions to send a "strong political and economic message" to her country's military regime, according to an interview published in Spain's daily El Mundo.
"There is no evidence that sanctions have caused harm primarily to the Burmese people," Mrs. Suu Kyi said in the interview published two days ago.
The United States and European Union congratulated the military junta for releasing Mrs. Suu Kyi, 59, on Monday from 19 months of house arrest, but stopped short of saying they would lift economic embargoes.

U.S. special troops join India exercises
NEW DELHI Two hundred U.S. Special Operations soldiers from the U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu will begin today two weeks of military exercises with the Indian army for the first time, said U.S. and Indian officials.
The exercises will take place near Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, the U.S. Embassy said. An advance team of 10 U.S. soldiers arrived with equipment days ago and began setting up for the military exercises, made possible because of rapidly expanding U.S.-Indian cooperation since the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
The Indian 50th Parachute Battalion will contribute 200 troops to the exercise, which will include parachute jumps and training with each other's weapons, said an Indian defense official.

Delhi police kill militants in ambush
NEW DELHI Two men suspected of belonging to a Pakistan-based militant group were reported fatally shot Thursday by police in the Indian capital.
The Press Trust of India news agency said the two men were Pakistani militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba. One was identified as Abu Bilal, who police said was involved in a shootout at New Delhi's historic Red Fort in December 2000 in which three persons were killed. The other militant was identified as Abu Zabi-ullah.
Both were killed by elite policemen in the Nizamuddin locality of Delhi about 10 p.m. The Aaj Tak television channel reported that Delhi police had arrested three Lashkar-e-Taiba members earlier in the day.

Weekly notes
Vietnam, itself a one-party state, said it respects Burma's decision to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "We support the effort of the Myanmar government toward national reconciliation," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Phan Thuy Thanh told reporters Thursday in Hanoi. Vietnam and Burma are fellow members of the Association of South East Asian Nations. … The German government said yesterday that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's aircraft had automatically released materials to deflect a feared attack shortly after leaving Kabul, Afghanistan, but it turned out to be a false alarm. A government spokesman said the material phosphorus spheres was released from the plane about 10 minutes after it left Kabul en route to Uzbekistan Thursday. An air force official said the false alarm was probably triggered by a bolt of lightning or thunder.


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