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  • 8 December 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 08 Dec 1999
  • SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS ASSEMBLY SHOULD ESTABLISH WORKING GROUP TO ADDRESS PROGRESS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF REPORT ON AFRICA Press Release SG/SM/7253 AFR/195 - 8 December 1999 -- Following is the text of the address delivered today by Secretary- General Kofi Annan to the General Assembly meeting on follow-up to his report on the causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa.
  • SECRETARY-GENERAL SUGGESTS FORMATION OF GROUP FOR PROMOTION OF PEACE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ACROSS CONTINENT OF AFRICA Press Release GA/9681 - 8 December 1999 -- The fight against AIDS must be intensified because it was a threat to the existence of many African countries. The representative of the European Union said that in curbing the supply of arms to Africa, full attention must be given to examining measures to suppress the illegal trade in diamonds, gold, and other precious materials which were used to pay for them.
  • US Department of State Daily Press Briefing 08 December 1999 -- We have never questioned Russia's right to fight terrorism or insurgencies on its soil. But we have strongly and consistently urged all sides to seek a political solution. A purely military solution is not possible. We are aware of reports that Russia is using heavier weapons, including fuel air bombs. We can't confirm those specific reports.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE PRESIDENT December 8, 1999 -- I think Russia is already paying a heavy price. I think they'll pay a heavy price in two ways. First of all, I don't think the strategy will work. Secondly, the continuation of it and the amassing of hundreds of thousands of refugees, will further alienate the global community from Russia.
  • Text: U.S. Statement on Chechnya to OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation USIA 08 December 1999 -- "Disturbing reports from Chechnya have raised further concerns about the scale of violence as well as the operational methods that are being employed by the Russian military," Ambassador David T. Johnson told the Forum for Security Cooperation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) December 8.
  • Text: Joint Statement Expresses Concern Over Civilians in Chechnya USIA 08 December 1999 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a joint statement December 8 regarding the situation of civilians in Chechnya.
  • BRITAIN / CHECHNYA Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- Britain says it appears Russia is responding to international condemnation of its military assault in Chechnya and the threat to withdraw much-needed financial aid.
  • CLINTON - CHECHNYA Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- President Clinton says he does not believe ending U-S aid to Russia over Moscow's military campaign in Chechnya is in the U-S interest.
  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- Widespread international condemnation of Russia's bombardment of Chechnya may be having some effect. Russia now says it is just warning civilians to leave in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Text: U.S. Government Statement on Afghanistan at Ottawa Meeting USIA 08 December 1999 -- "Prospects for peace in Afghanistan have continued to be discouraging since this group's last meeting in June," the U.S. Government said in a statement prepared for delivery at the Afghan Support Group's meeting in Ottawa, Canada, December 8.
  • SUDAN / UGANDA Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- The presidents of Uganda and Sudan say they will try to normalize relations between their countries.
  • INDONESIA / ACEH Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid has warned the troubled northern province of Aceh that the government will not tolerate efforts to break free from Indonesia.
  • NICARAGUA INSTITUTES PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HONDURAS OVER 'MARITIME DELIMITATION' IN CARIBBEAN SEA Press Release ICJ/593 - 8 December 1999 -- Nicaragua instituted proceedings against Honduras with regard to "legal issues subsisting" between the two States "concerning maritime delimitation" in the Caribbean Sea.

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  • CUBAN EXILE TRIAL Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- A federal jury in Puerto Rico on Wednesday acquitted five Cuban exiles who were on trial for plotting to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro.



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