- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 5, 2005


Congo’s demand for sanctions dismissed

KAMPALA — The government said yesterday that a demand by the Democratic Republic of the Congo for U.N. sanctions against Uganda for threatening to send troops across the border to disarm Ugandan rebels there was intended to divert attention.

“The DRC should not shun from its responsibility, and talk of an embargo is diversionary,” Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa told Agence France-Presse. “It is the duty of the DRC under the Lusaka Peace agreement [to make sure] no negative elements use its territory to destabilize its neighbors.”

Under a 1999 peace accord signed in Lusaka, Zambia, Kinshasa was to ensure that all armed groups in Congo were disarmed. On Tuesday, Ileka Atoki, the DRC’s envoy to the United Nations, called for a total arms embargo and other sanctions against Uganda over President Yoweri Museveni’s threat last month to send troops across the border to disarm Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.


Police, troops clash; civilians die in crossfire

LAGOS — Police and army officers blamed each other yesterday after a clash between their forces left three civilians dead and provoked arson and looting.

At least three civilians were killed in crossfire and a Lagos police headquarters was burned down Tuesday after a dispute between armed police and soldiers escalated to street fighting. Witnesses said brawling and shooting erupted after an army officer tried to prevent a police patrol from extorting an illegal toll from a motor-cycle-taxi driver.

Lagos police spokesman Bode Ojajuni told Agence France-Presse: “I was kidnapped by the soldiers who beat and inflicted injuries on me. I am on my way to the hospital now for further treatment.”

Weekly notes …

About 65 illegal aliens from sub-Saharan Africa broke through fences separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla yesterday, police said, two days after a spokesman for Spain’s Civil Guard said 100 migrants had managed to cross the border. Private Spanish radio Cadena Ser said the breach yesterday was at Pinares de Rostrogordo, where the border fence is 10 feet high and has not been raised to 20 feet like the rest of the perimeter. … Zimbabwe has begun relocating more than 200 endangered black rhinos from a conservation farm targeted by poachers, the state-run Herald newspaper reported yesterday. A poacher was arrested in neighboring Botswana for selling a horn thought to be removed from a rhino killed at Gourlay’s Farm conservancy in Matabeleland North province. Wardens at the farm also found two black rhinos with snares around their necks and said foreign and local poachers were working together in the area, the daily reported.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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