- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

MOROCCO

Agreement hailed for Western Sahara

RABAT — The government hailed a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted Tuesday as paving the way for a “fair, sustainable and mutually acceptable” solution on Western Sahara.

The measure “completely reinforces the approach supported by Morocco for a lasting political solution that supports peace, stability and development in [North Africa],” the Foreign Ministry said.

The Security Council resolution urges a “mutually acceptable” political solution in Western Sahara, providing self-determination for its people.

SUDAN

Government, rebels sign new truce

JUBA — With hugs and handshakes all around, Uganda’s government and Lord’s Resistance Army guerrillas signed a new truce yesterday intended to spur talks to end one of Africa’s longest and most brutal wars.

The agreement guarantees security for the rebels at two remote locations while talks continue here in the southern capital to try to resolve two decades of fighting.

SOMALIA

Peace talks head toward collapse

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Peace talks to avert war in this Horn of Africa nation appeared on the verge of collapse yesterday, diplomatic sources said, as Islamist and government forces maintained a tense standoff.

The warring sides were to start meeting Monday here in Sudan’s capital for a third round of Arab League-sponsored talks that so far have produced nothing more than agreements to recognize each other and halt military moves — the latter disregarded.

Weekly notes …

Nyamko Sabuni cannot be missed in the official photograph of the Swedish government: She is the first African immigrant to join a ministerial lineup in this Scandinavian country. Born in Burundi where her parents from the former Zaire lived in exile, Miss Sabuni, 37, is Sweden’s new minister of integration and sex equality. “I don’t think I do my job very differently than anyone else just because I am black, but maybe because of certain views I have,” she said in Swedish, which she speaks with her family, interspersed with her native Swahili. … The European Union yesterday lifted a two-year ban on South African ostrich meat imposed after fears of avian influenza that led to the killing of tens of thousands of the birds. “The European Union informed South Africa that it accepts the country’s status as free from highly pathogenic notifiable avian influenza,” South Africa’s foreign ministry announced. “The export of fresh ostrich meat can therefore resume Nov. 1, 2006,” though the ostriches must be tested for any trace of the disease within 28 days before slaughter, it said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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