- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 9, 2003

PERU
Interpol orders capture of ex-leader
LIMA The worldwide police authority Interpol has issued an international arrest order for former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on charges of murder in connection with a massacre of 15 persons in 1991, Justice Minister Fausto Alvarado said yesterday.
The killings, at a barbecue in a poor Lima neighborhood, were carried out by an army death squad. The victims included an 8-year-old boy.
Mr. Fujimori, who ruled Peru for 10 years, fled to Japan in November 2000 in the midst of a corruption scandal. The government of President Alejandro Toledo is preparing an extradition request.

FRANCE
Firms deny selling military parts to Iraq
PARIS Two French aviation companies denied yesterday a report in The Washington Times that they have sold Iraq spare parts for its fighter jets and military helicopters.
Dassault Aviation, which makes Mirage fighter jets, "wants to say in the clearest possible terms that since 1990 it has strictly respected U.N. Resolution 661," which imposed a weapons embargo on Iraq after it invaded Kuwait, spokesman Gerard David said in a statement to Agence France-Presse. The French-German group Eurocopter also denied selling Iraq spare parts for Gazelle attack helicopters in violation of the U.N. arms embargo.

MALTA
Tiny state votes on EU membership
VALLETTA Tiny, fiercely independent Malta voted yesterday on whether to join the European Union, the first such referendum among 10 nations invited to join the bloc next year.
Opinion polls before the vote showed the Maltese closely divided about membership. Hand-counting of the ballots cast on the Mediterranean archipelago's three inhabited islands, where 280,000 Maltese were eligible to vote, and the complication of having to ferry some of the ballot boxes to the capital, Valletta, meant results were not likely before this afternoon.
Of the other candidate nations, Slovenia votes next March 23. Others with referendums pending include Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and Slovakia. Cyprus is to ratify its bid with a parliamentary vote.

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