- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005


U.N. peacekeepers needed for “years”

CAP-HAITIEN — Haiti will need U.N. peacekeepers for several years as it struggles to rebuild its ill-equipped police force and judiciary after the bloody uprising that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide last year, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said over the weekend.

The Security Council last week extended the peacekeeping mission’s year-old mandate for another eight months, but the volatile nation will need their presence for longer than that, said Jean-Marie Guehenno, the U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations.

Wrapping up a five-day visit to evaluate peacekeeping efforts, Mr. Guehenno said troops will be needed while the United Nations helps revamp a police force prone to corruption and outnumbered by armed street gangs, a process he said would take “a few years.”


Madrazo seeking 2006 PRI candidacy

MEXICO CITY — Main opposition leader Roberto Madrazo announced Sunday he will seek the candidacy for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for presidential elections next year. The capital’s leftist mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, heads opinion polls for the July 2006 presidential race by more than 10 percentage points.

In a long-expected announcement, Mr. Madrazo said he would participate in the party primaries set to begin July 15. “I have taken the decision, and I am going to take part in the democratic process for the good of the party,” he told a rally near Mexico City.

Mr. Madrazo is linked to the old guard of the party, which ruled Mexico for 71 years before losing presidential elections to the National Action Party’s Vicente Fox in 2000. He faces tough competition within the PRI from a half-dozen rivals.


Book: Pinochet aided Thatcher in Falklands

SANTIAGO — Chilean intelligence aided Britain during its war with Argentina over the Falklands during the 1980s.

That’s the assertion of “The Official History of the Falklands War,” which states the military dictatorship in Chile played a role in providing information to the British in exchange for discounts on planes for its air force.

Though Chile declared itself neutral at the time of the Falklands conflict, the book asserts that former Chilean strongman Gen. Augusto Pinochet had a secret agreement with then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Weekly notes

Brazil said yesterday it expects to formally break the patent on a U.S. drug by July 6 to slash costs of treatment for tens of thousands of its AIDS sufferers. Health Minister Humberto Costa told a press conference this is “totally legal” under World Trade Organization rules and does not violate any international agreements. He said Abbott Laboratories had refused to grant a voluntary license under which Brazil would manufacture the Kaletra anti-retroviral (ARV) and pay Abbott the actual cost of production. … Six Colombian soldiers were killed as troops clashed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels Saturday near the border with Venezuela, authorities in Bogota said. FARC rebels were trying to take control of a highway between Ocana and Abrego in Norte de Santander department, according to Gen. Jorge Ceballos of the 5th Brigade.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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