- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2005

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Hindu

India, Pakistan, Iran ties

MADRAS, India — The establishment of a joint working group on energy cooperation marks a new high in the development of bilateral relations between India and Pakistan. Having wisely set aside its political objections to the pipeline, India needs to sort out a whole raft of economic and financial issues with both Pakistan and Iran. The cost of gas at the wellhead is a major issue for New Delhi and Islamabad, and one which the two countries will jointly have to tackle for maximizing their individual gains. Transit fees are another issue that will require careful negotiation. Eventually, trilateral discussions involving Iran will be needed to settle questions of security, insurance and infrastructure finance. An obvious factor to be taken into account is the United States’ publicly expressed opposition to the project. However, despite the existence of domestic laws such as the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, Washington will not find it easy to sabotage the proposed pipeline or block international sources of funding. Japan, for example, has successfully resisted the Bush administration’s pressure to walk away from the Azadegan oilfield project. As long as India and Pakistan remain firm on their right to conduct business with Iran, the U.S. will have to back off. …

Creating mutual dependencies is the surest way of ensuring that India and Pakistan start living like normal neighbors.

Jamaica Observer

Police transparency on crime

KINGSTON, Jamaica — So, the constabulary is attempting to implement as policy what it has tried twice before: hiding crime statistics from the public. For no matter how they try to dress it up, that is precisely the effect of the policy shift, confirmed on Monday, of not issuing the weekly crime data.

The police last tried that stunt in January of 2004, when they announced that anyone requiring crime data would have to either formally write to the commissioner of police or await his quarterly press briefings when he would make statistics available. …

Seventeen months on, having recorded nearly 750 murders with fewer than six months gone for the year — after a record of more than 1,400 in 2004 — the police now seek to abandon the compromise they agreed to previously. …

As we did then, we still now consider the policy to be asinine and not worthy of a police force claiming to be in a mode of reform and wanting to present itself as progressive and modern.

Sunday Mirror

France-Libya nuclear cooperation

HARARE, Zimbabwe — All progressive forces of the international community welcome the intentions of France and Libya to sign a cooperation agreement that will see the former helping the latter to develop its civilian nuclear energy program. The resources that are at the disposal of all civilizations across the world ought to be used for the betterment of humanity, not its destruction.

Memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, victims of the devastating effects of atomic bombs used by the United States of America in the Second World War, are still fresh in the minds of many. Everyone dreads a repeat of the same now that a number of countries have nuclear capability; hence international commitments on nonproliferation.

Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, has in the past year geared his country toward development, having undergone a dramatic diplomatic reversal and since agreed to stop developing weapons of mass destruction, denouncing terrorism and acknowledging responsibility for the Lockerbie and French UTA plane bombings in the 1980s.

In the true spirit of constructive partnership, the visit by President Jacques Chirac to Libya last November appears to be yielding positive results as the French Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jean-Baptiste Mattei, last week said Paris was prepared to offer a “favorable response” to Col. Gadhafi’s request for technological transfer to enhance the exploitation of nuclear energy for development purposes. Such maturity and progressiveness is highly commendable.


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