- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 2, 2005

ISRAEL

Sharon, Abbas to meet June 21

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced plans yesterday to hold a second summit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The two leaders last met on Feb. 8 in Egypt where they called a halt to 41/2 years of fighting.

A statement from Mr. Sharon’s office said the two will hold talks on June 21 and that Israeli and Palestinian officials will meet beforehand to discuss a three-month-old truce and to coordinate Israel’s planned Gaza pullout in August.

BOLIVIA

Protesters march on besieged capital

LA PAZ — Thousands of marchers descended on Bolivia’s besieged capital to surround Congress yesterday and said they would not end their two-week protest until demands for nationalizing the energy sector are met.

Police fortified barriers around Congress after clashes with dynamite-throwing protesters Tuesday filled the streets of La Paz with tear gas and kept fearful lawmakers from attending a key legislative session.

Many of La Paz’s 700,000 residents were expected to stay home from school and work, scared by a wave of vandalism late Tuesday against businesses and violence directed at drivers and pedestrians.

LEBANON

Anti-Syrian groups split opposition

BEIRUT — Anti-Syrian opposition groups said yesterday they will compete against each other in a key stage of Lebanon’s general elections this month, drawing complaints from the influential Maronite Christian bishops.

Voters go to the polls in the mainly Shi’ite Muslim south on Sunday, but with a pro-Syrian ticket apparently assured of victory, focus has shifted to the central Mount Lebanon polls due on June 12 in the staggered elections.

Staunchly anti-Syria Christian leader Michel Aoun will square off against Druze leader Walid Jumblatt in the Alley-Baabda constituency and against a fellow Christian opposition coalition in three other central constituencies.

“The chaos within the ranks that we are seeing indicates an ignorance of national principles and a lack of clarity of options,” the Maronite bishops said.

FRANCE

French diplomat killed in Haiti

PARIS — A French diplomat was fatally shot in Haiti while driving through an area controlled by armed gangs outside the Caribbean nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, the French Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Honorary Consul Paul-Henri Mourral died of his wounds several hours after being shot Tuesday night.

The ministry condemned the killing and demanded the government in Haiti do all in its power to identify and punish the killers.

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