- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 7, 2004

NETHERLANDS

Prince denies ever helping Nazis

AMSTERDAM — The 92-year-old father of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands broke a nearly 50-year silence to deny accusations he would have done a deal with the Nazis and had affairs with a female friend and a male assistant.

Prince Bernhard said in an open letter to De Volkskrant newspaper he had decided to speak out “for my own honor.”

German-born Prince Bernhard, a national hero during the liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945, rejected accusations he would have struck a deal with the Nazi occupiers.

He denied he ever had any children with a good friend, Lady Ann Orr Lewis, and he denied ever having had a homosexual affair with his personal assistant.

BRITAIN

Blair under fire over Iraq war

LONDON — A British Cabinet minister poured scorn on parts of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government yesterday for failing to accept blame in the aftermath of the Iraq war.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell sharply criticized ministers and officials in a newspaper interview for “testosterone-charged” reactions to an inquiry into an Iraq weapons expert’s suicide that largely absolved Blair’s administration — a move critics branded a whitewash.

CYPRUS

Greek Cypriot to attend talks

NICOSIA — Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos will go to New York for crucial U.N. reunification talks that start Tuesday, the government said yesterday.

“Our side reaffirms its readiness to support the effort of the secretary-general of the United Nations for a settlement to the Cyprus problem, and the president of the republic will go to New York to attend the meeting,” government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said.

Mediators are working to clinch a deal between Cyprus’ Greeks and Turks before the Greek side of the island joins the European Union on May 1.

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