- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

LIBYA

Accord to allow nuclear inspections

VIENNA, Austria — Libya took a fresh stride toward international rehabilitation yesterday by signing an agreement allowing the United Nations’ atomic watchdog to conduct snap inspections of nuclear facilities in the country.

Earlier, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s governing board passed a resolution praising Libya for dismantling its secret nuclear-weapons program. It commended Tripoli to the U.N. Security Council.

Diplomats said the resolution noted that Libya’s past nuclear activities had put it in breach of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but applauded the country’s disarmament moves.

SIERRA LEONE

War-crimes tribunal inaugurated

FREETOWN — The U.N.-backed war-crimes court for Sierra Leone was inaugurated yesterday to try those accused in the decadelong war that killed thousands.

The court was set up under a treaty signed in 2002 between the government and the United Nations to try those behind the atrocities that killed about 200,000 people. The civil war ended in 2001.

Members of the rebel Revolutionary United Front, which hacked off its victims’ limbs, as well as leaders of the pro-government Civil Defense Forces are being tried. Although he has been indicted, former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is in exile, was absent.

RWANDA

Leader linked to assassination

BRUSSELS — Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrived in Brussels yesterday for a three-day visit, officials here said, amid controversy over a French police investigation reportedly linking him to the presidential assassination that sparked the genocide in Rwanda, a former Belgian colony.

Mr. Kagame was to meet in the evening with European Union foreign-policy chief Javier Solana and had separate meetings planned today with Belgium’s King Albert II, Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, Foreign Minister Louis Michel and Cooperation Minister Marc Verwilghen.

The paper Le Monde reported Tuesday that the antiterrorism division of the French judicial police had concluded that Mr. Kagame had ordered the 1994 rocket attack that shot down a plane carrying predecessor Juvenal Habyarimana as it was landing at the airport in Kigali on April 6. The killing led to 100 days of bloodletting, during which a million people died.

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