- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 29, 2004


Chirac slams Bush on endorsement

ISTANBUL — French President Jacques Chirac bluntly criticized President Bush yesterday for supporting Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, saying the U.S. president had “gone too far.”

On Sunday, Mr. Bush publicly endorsed Turkey’s bid, telling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara: “I will remind the people of this good country that you ought to be given a date by the EU for your eventual acceptance into the EU.”

Mr. Chirac told a press conference on the sidelines on the NATO summit here: “Not only did he go too far, he ventured into territory which is not his concern.”


Princess Anne visits, marks rule

GIBRALTAR — Britain’s Princess Anne arrived yesterday for an official three-day visit marking three centuries of British rule that has stirred up emotions in nearby Spain.

Anne’s visit provoked displeasure last week from the Spanish government, which until 1704 had controlled Gibraltar before ceding authority to the British Empire under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.


Liberals seen losing majority

OTTAWA — Canadians voted yesterday in a national election likely to end the Liberal Party’s 11-year monopoly on power and produce a fragile minority government that might need to bargain with separatist lawmakers from Quebec.

Final polls showed a virtual deadlock between the Liberals and the Conservative Party, neither having more than 35 percent of the vote and neither expected to win a majority of the House of Commons’ 308 seats.

Whichever party gains the most seats will need to look beyond party ranks to function effectively, either to the separatist Bloc Quebecois or the left-wing New Democratic Party.

Paul Martin, the Liberal leader, replaced Jean Chretien as prime minister last year without an election and had hoped to win a mandate for his administration.


Museveni furious at court ruling

KAMPALA — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is furious a court has overturned a 2000 referendum that banned multiparty politics, the British Broadcasting Corp. said yesterday.

Since the referendum, parties are allowed to exist but are not allowed to contest elections.

The constitutional court’s ruling effectively nullifies all government acts passed since 2000, Mr. Museveni said.


Rivals make significant start

NEW DELHI — India and Pakistan made progress toward ending five decades of enmity by agreeing yesterday to notify each other before missile tests, open new consulates and try to end a deadly dispute over the Himalayan enclave of Kashmir.

“Both sides are committed, both sides are determined, both sides have the good will,” Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar told New Delhi TV after six hours of talks with his Indian counterpart, Foreign Secretary Shashank, who uses only one name.

The agreements by Mr. Khokhar and Mr. Shashank were part of a process begun last year with the goal of a summit this year by the leaders of India and Pakistan to resolve conflicting claims to Kashmir.

The South Asian neighbors have fought two full-scale wars and engaged in a 1999 border clash over the Himalayan enclave.

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