- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2002

Canadians exempted
Canada won a promise from the U.S. ambassador in Ottawa that Canadian citizens from countries on the U.S. terrorist list will not be fingerprinted or photographed when they visit the United States.
Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham told Parliament last week that Ambassador Paul Cellucci said Canadians, regardless of their nation of birth, will be exempted from a law that applies to travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria.
"I spoke to Mr. Cellucci just before I came here," Mr. Graham told lawmakers, "and he informed me that as of the future, Canadians carrying Canadian passports will not be treated any differently depending on where they were born. A Canadian is a Canadian for all purposes."

Caution in Florence
Americans in Florence should avoid crowds and be extra cautious this week as the Italian city prepares for an anti-globalization summit, according to the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
The European Social Forum expects tens of thousands of activists to descend on Florence for the meetings that begin Wednesday.
"The organizers have assured local authorities that their intention is to hold a peaceful meeting," the embassy said in a statement.

U.S. pledges Bali aid
The U.S. ambassador to Indonesia has promised American assistance with the investigation into the Oct. 12 terrorist attacks on the resort island of Bali and help in reconstructing the damaged areas.
Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce said the attacks on two nightclubs that killed nearly 200 people show that terrorism can occur anywhere.
"What we have seen is that no place is immune from this possibility, and that goes for every country in the world," Mr. Boyce told reporters in Indonesia.
"We, together, must fight so that [terrorism] cannot destroy our lives or the open democracy, which Indonesians and Americans alike cherish."
Mr. Boyce said Washington is still deciding on the amount of aid to give to the Bali reconstruction efforts.

Lithuanian award
Lithuanian Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas has presented a Northern Virginia man with one of his country's highest honors for his work to promote Lithuanian-American relations.
On behalf of Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, the ambassador decorated Algirda Rimas of Reston last month with the Knight Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.
Mr. Rimas is a member of the board of directors of the Joint Baltic American National Committee.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Gen. Hilmi Ozkok, Turkey's chief of staff of the military. His visit comes the day after Turkey's parliamentary election.
Slovak election monitors Olga Gyarfasova, Rasto Kuzel, Vlado Talian, Juraj Vaculik and Zuzana Wienk. They participate in a panel discussion on Slovakia's September elections at the Slovak Embassy.
Lin Hai, a computer scientist from Shanghai, who joins a panel discussion on Chinese government restrictions of the Internet. The discussion is hosted by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and begins at 2:30 p.m. in room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Olivier Roy of Paris' National Center for Scientific Research, who discusses the rise of Wahhabism in the Islam in a forum sponsored by the Center Asis-Caucasus Institute.
Dan Lindsay of the Ontario International Airport in Canada and Raisuke Miyawaki of Japan's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. They participate in a forum on security threats sponsored by Jane's Information Group.
Michael Devereux of Canada's University of British Columbia, Philip Lane of Ireland's Trinity College, Guillermo Ortiz of the Bank of Mexico and Yunyong Thaicharoen of the Bank of Thailand. They participate in a two-day a forum sponsored by the International Monetary Fund.
Talib Aziz of the Iraqi National Congress, who joins a panel discussion titled "Iraq after Hussein" at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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