- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 5, 2003

GERMANY

Foreign minister plans first postwar trip to U.S.

BERLIN — German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer is planning to visit Washington later this month, his first trip there since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March, an unidentified ministry spokeswoman said yesterday.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated markedly after Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder vehemently opposed the conflict, in line with massive popular opposition in Germany.



The spokeswoman said Berlin and Washington were working out dates and other details for Mr. Fischer’s trip.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Mass graves uncovered from civil war

SARAJEVO — Forensic experts have uncovered mass graves in eastern Bosnia containing at least 65 bodies, all believed to be Muslims killed at the start of the country’s ethnic wars, from 1992 to 1995, authorities said yesterday.

The victims are believed to be Muslim civilians from Zvornik, on Bosnia’s eastern border with Serbia.

In five of the graves investigated so far, the remains of the corpses were in body bags of the type used exclusively by the Belgrade-controlled Yugoslav People’s Army during the war, officials said

FRANCE

Corsican suspect arrives in Paris

PARIS — After his arrest Friday in Corsica, France’s most wanted fugitive, Yvan Colonna, was taken to Paris yesterday for his first court appearance in the assassination in 1998 of the Mediterranean island’s governor, police said.

Mr. Colonna, the chief suspect in the slaying of Claude Erignac, was taken to the main Paris courthouse in a motorcade of three armored vans and a dozen motorcycles with a red helicopter flying overhead.

Elite police swooped onto a sheepfold in the southern Corsican town of Porto-Pollo on Friday to capture Mr. Colonna, a 43-year-old separatist militant who was flown out from Ajaccio overnight and incarcerated in Paris’ Sante prison.

SPAIN

Activists protest running of the bulls

PAMPLONA — Animal rights activists stripped naked yesterday to protest the running of bulls through the streets of Pamplona, condemning one of Spain’s most famous traditions as cruelty to animals.

Activists from all over Western Europe had planned to run nude along the route for the annual bull runs next week, but police in Pamplona, in northern Spain, said the protest was unauthorized and blocked their way.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Reports say Montenegro is ready to sign ICC deal

BELGRADE — Montenegro is ready to agree to exempt American personnel from prosecution by the International Criminal Court, a condition for continued U.S. military aid, local news media reported yesterday.

However, analysts say a decision must be made by the loose federation of Serbia and Montenegro, which was formed in February from what was Yugoslavia.

Serbia and Montenegro has yet to make a formal decision on the issue. It was among 35 countries affected by a U.S. decision last week to cut off military aid from countries that backed the ICC and refused to grant formal immunity to Americans.

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