- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2005


Panel voices concern over arms flow

NAIROBI, Kenya — International donors called yesterday for respect of a 13-year-old U.N. arms embargo on Somalia amid new accusations of violations and calls from African nations for the ban on weapons sales to be lifted.

The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Committee, chaired by U.N. special envoy for Somalia Francois Fall, voiced concern at reports that weapons have been flowing into the lawless country as its transitional government attempts to return from exile in neighboring Kenya.

“The international community has been concerned over certain developments inside Somalia, including the reported inflow of weapons and an increase in the general level of tension both in terms of media rhetoric and reported movements of militia,” the CMC said.


U.S. envoy questioned on Swiss-Iraqi’s death

BERN — Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey summoned the U.S. ambassador yesterday to explain the death in Iraq of a Swiss businessman who was fatally shot by an American soldier.

She told Ambassador Pamela Willeford of her concern over the shooting in Baghdad last week, and asked Washington for a rapid clarification, ministry spokesman Ivo Sieber said.

Switzerland said on Sunday that the United States had expressed regrets but offered no explanation for the death of Salah Jmor, 49, a Swiss citizen of Iraqi-Kurdish origin.

His family said he was killed by a shot from a three-vehicle American convoy as his brother drove him on a highway.

Mr. Jmor had lived since 1980 near Geneva with his wife and three children. He was a member of the Swiss Socialist Party, an informal representative of the Kurds at the United Nations and helped alert the world to Saddam Hussein’s gassing of Kurdish areas in 1988. He was killed June 28, a day after arriving in Iraq for a visit.


Mayor objects to U.S. Navy base plans

IWAKUNI — Mayor Katsusuke Ihara voiced strong opposition yesterday to a plan to bring U.S. Navy operations from a base in Kanagawa Prefecture to Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture as he met with the air station’s commanding officer.

“Transferring functions from the Atsugi naval air facility and night landing practice [to Iwakuni] will create a great burden on local residents. I am absolutely against this,” Mr. Ihara said he told Col. Michael Dyer. It was the first time an Iwakuni mayor had conveyed the city’s opposition to the plan to U.S. base officials.

Mr. Ihara said after the meeting that Col. Dyer promised to relay the message to his superiors. The mayor said the American officer also promised to respond to the increasing number of complaints from residents about noise from U.S. military aircraft.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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