- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 8, 2003

Denktash blocks vote on referendum
NICOSIA Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, backed by thousands of supporters, dealt a heavy blow to U.N. efforts to reunite Cyprus by blocking a parliamentary move to put the plan to a referendum.
Despite rival protests by thousands of candle-bearing supporters of the U.N. plan, pro-Denktash lawmakers boycotted the Turkish Cypriot parliament, denying it the numbers needed to assemble and debate the referendum the United Nations wants.
Tens of thousands of Turkish Cypriots took to the streets yesterday morning to support Mr. Denktash in his rejection of the U.N. plan to end the 29-year-old division of the island before it joins the European Union in 2004.

Five Islamic militants held in two raids
MADRID Spanish police arrested five persons suspected of being members of Islamic extremist groups in two raids yesterday, court sources said.
Police arrested four near the Mediterranean port city of Valencia and the fifth in the northern town of Logrono.
A Madrid judge ordered the arrests at the request of Spanish and French authorities.
Two of those arrested in Quart de Boblet on the outskirts of Valencia were Spanish shopkeepers, and the suspect arrested in Logrono was a Pakistani who operated a shop offering low-cost telephone calls.

Rebel surrenders after 20-year exile
BERLIN A suspected member of the disbanded Red Army Faction terrorist group gave herself up at the Frankfurt airport yesterday after returning from a 20-year exile in the Middle East, federal prosecutors said.
Sabine Callsen, now 42, has been sought since 1985 on suspicions of having a role in a pair of attacks on a company that helped build NATO ships, prosecutors said.
She arrived in Germany with her two children, both born in the Middle East.
Mrs. Callsen joined the Red Army Faction by September 1984, according to prosecutors, and is suspected in an April 8, 1985, bombing that caused $11,300 damage to a Hamburg company that was building a NATO frigate.

Largest delegation of U.S. lawmakers visits
HAVANA The largest single delegation of American lawmakers to ever visit communist Cuba arrived yesterday on the Caribbean island, Cuban officials said.
The eight lawmakers are members of the Cuba Working Group, which is pushing for changes in American policy toward Cuba, including an end to travel restrictions for U.S. citizens and an easing of four decades of trade sanctions.
The group includes Republican Reps. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, Denny Rehberg of Montana and C.L. "Butch" Otter of Idaho. Also in the delegation are Democratic Reps. John Tanner of Tennessee, Nita M. Lowey of New York, Dennis Moore of Kansas and Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts.

Montenegrin picked as first president
BELGRADE The parliament of Serbia and Montenegro elected a senior official of a ruling, independence-minded Montenegrin party yesterday as the new union's first president.
Sixty-five deputies in the 126-seat assembly backed Svetozar Marovic as president of the loose union formed last month from the ashes of the former Yugoslavia after a decade of Balkan wars.
Mr. Marovic, the 47-year-old deputy head of Montenegro's Democratic Party of Socialists, was the only candidate under a power-sharing agreement with much larger Serbia, which is expected to have three ministers in the five-member government.

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