18 September 1999 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- E. TIMOR / PEACEKEEPERS Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- Nine warships carrying troops from the multi-national peacekeeping force for East Timor are now heading toward the violence ravaged province, where the Indonesian army has been pulling its soldiers out.
- EAST TIMOR - HORTA Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- East Timorese Independence leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jose Ramos Horta says the Clinton administration has assured him the United States is committed to independence for the island nation. Mr. Ramos Horta met with White House and Congressional officials in Washington today/Friday and later addressed a rally by supporters of East Timor.
- KYRGYZSTAN/CLASH Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- Seven soldiers in Kyrgyzstan have been killed and several others injured in a clash with a band of Islamic militants attempting to cross into the country from neighboring Tajikistan. Government officials in Kyrgyzstan believe the militants are trying to reach Uzbekistan in order to destabilize the secular government there.
- CONGO / CEASEFIRE Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- There's more trouble for the three-week-old ceasefire in Congo's civil war. Each side is accusing the other of violating the accord.
- RUSSIA / CAUCASUS Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- The Russian Air Force continues its campaign to strike at what it describes as rebel bases inside Chechnya. Meanwhile, Chechen officials say Russian troops have crossed into Chechen territory
- LANKAN KILLING Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- In an attack on three villages in eastern Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger rebels are reported to have killed at least 51 Sinhala civilians.
- CAMBODIA / U-N Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has rejected a proposed joint tribunal with the United Nations to bring leaders of the Khmer Rouge movement to trial for atrocities during their 1970's rule. The United Nations now faces the difficult choice of whether to participate in the trials, which some observers fear will be influenced by present-day Cambodian politics
- CHILE / SPAIN Voice of America 18 September 1999 -- Relations between Chile and Spain worsened even more this week after Spanish authorities rejected a Chilean proposal to let an arbitration panel decide the fate of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
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