23 June 1999 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- 23 June 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING OF OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Jun 1999
- U-N / EAST TIMOR VOTE Voice of America 23 June 1999 -- UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN IS POSTPONING THE VOTE ON EAST TIMOR'S FUTURE, BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY IN THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY. THE MOVE IS BEING WELCOMED BY SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF INDEPENDENCE FOR THE TERRITORY.
- INDONESIA / EAST TIMOR Voice of America 23 June 1999 -- THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT HAS REACTED WITH SURPRISE TO THE DECISION BY THE UNITED NATIONS TO DELAY THE PLANNED INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM ON EAST TIMOR BY AT LEAST TWO WEEKS.
- OCALAN TRIAL Voice of America 23 June 1999 -- KURDISH REBEL LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN, ON TRIAL FOR HIS LIFE IN TURKEY, HAS RENEWED THREATS OF MORE VIOLENCE IF HE IS SENTENCED TO DEATH.
- OCALAN TRIAL / KURD REACT Voice of America 23 June 1999 -- THE GENERAL ATTITUDE IS ONE OF WAIT-AND-SEE -- WHETHER MR. OCALAN WILL BE CONVICTED AND IF SO, WHETHER HE WILL BE EXECUTED. MOST BELIEVE HE WILL BE CONVICTED. AND THE FACT THAT MR. OCALAN ADOPTED A CONCILIATORY ATTITUDE AT THE TRIAL ANGERS MANY PEOPLE HERE. THEY SAY HE HAD NOTHING TO GAIN AND SHOULD HAVE REMAINED DEFIANT.
- THE TRIAL OF PKK LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN: 'WHAT'S AT STAKE' FOR TURKEY USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 23 June 1999 -- The trial of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) chief Abdullah Ocalan on charges of treason against the Turkish state, which began on May 31 and is set to resume today on the prison island of Imrali after a brief recess, attracted the attention of European media along with a handful of observers from other regions. Some offered views on the proceedings themselves, and particularly Mr. Ocalan's "extraordinary" opening day testimony in which he asked that his life be spared so that be may "serve the Turkish state." Opinion in Turkey and elsewhere ranged from skepticism to puzzlement and even slight optimism over his offer to "bring down my men from the mountains" if the government agrees to negotiate "a democratic and peaceful solution to the Kurdish problem." Meanwhile, papers in leading EU countries argued that the stakes are high for Turkey in this trial and that much--including Turkey's hoped-for membership in the EU--is riding on its outcome. Many pointedly observed that the Ocalan hearing is in fact "a litmus test" for the Turkish system of justice and democracy, and worried that the country will opt for short-sighted "revenge instead of the rule of law."
- U-N / ETHIOPIA - ERITREA Voice of America 23 June 1999 -- THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL IS (WEDNESDAY) DEMANDING AN IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL CEASEFIRE IN FIGHTING BETWEEN ETHIOPIA AND ERITREA.
- ZIMBABWE / CONGO Voice of America 23 June 1999 -- TALKS AIMED AT ENDING THE WAR IN CONGO-KINSHASA ARE SCHEDULED IN THE ZAMBIAN CAPITAL, LUSAKA, ON SATURDAY. BUT THE SUMMIT IS BEING VIEWED WITH SUSPICION BY SOME OF THE NATIONS INVOLVED.
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