15 December 1999 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Boeing to Modernize More Spanish Chinook Helicopters Boeing 15 Dec 1999 -- The government of Spain has awarded a contract to Boeing to modernize five Boeing 414 International Chinook helicopters to the Spanish Army's CH-47D configuration. This order represents the final installment in a modernization program that began in 1991.
- Radar System Improvement Kit Installed On Three U.K. AWACS Aircraft Boeing 15 Dec 1999 -- Boeing today announced that three United Kingdom E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft have been retrofitted with radar system improvement program (RSIP) kits. The aircraft were delivered ahead of the Royal Air Force's in-service schedule.
- Lockheed Martin Delivers 16,000th LANTIRN Targeting Pod; Signs Netherlands Contract Lockheed Martin 15 Dec 1999 -- The 1600th Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) system produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando was delivered to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) during a ceremony at the company's Orlando facility in November.
- 15 December 1999 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 15 Dec 1999
- FIFTY SPEAKERS, INCLUDING SECRETARY-GENERAL, ADDRESS SECURITY COUNCIL DURING DAY-LONG OPEN MEETING ON SITUATION IN AFRICA Press Release SC/6771 -- 15 December 1999 -- Many speakers focused on what they perceived as the Council's hesitancy to act in resolving crises in Africa, as opposed to its actions in other parts of the world. Prompt action was critical, they said. The Security Council should avoid the appearance of sporadic or rhetorical reactions to crises in Africa without follow-up, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this morning, during an open Council debate on the situation in that continent. Although peacekeeping had acquired a strong regional dimension, it was not fair to ask Africans to carry out peacekeeping tasks without help. Further, the Council should consider as a matter of urgency how regional operations could be more efficiently financed.
- REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO THE ACTIONS OF THE UNITED NATIONS DURING THE 1994 GENOCIDE IN RWANDA 15 DECEMBER 1999 -- Approximately 800,000 people were killed during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The systematic slaughter of men, women and children which took place over the course of about 100 days between April and July of 1994 will forever be remembered as one of the most abhorrent events of the twentieth century. The international community did not prevent the genocide, nor did it stop the killing once the genocide had begun. There was a persistent lack of political will by Member States to act, or to act with enough assertiveness.
- EAST TIMOR TALKS Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- Former rival East Timorese groups met in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss the reconstruction of the former Indonesian territory.
- EAST TIMOR RIGHTS Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- A U-N Commission of Inquiry on East Timor says it has found clear evidence of military involvement in the violence that erupted after the August 30th pro-independence referendum.
- JAPAN EAST TIMOR MEETING Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- International aid donors to East Timor opened a two-day conference in Tokyo Thursday.
- YEARENDER: COLOMBIA-U-S Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- This was a year in which the United States became much more actively involved in supporting Colombia's efforts to combat drugs and the its guerrilla insurgency.
- PANAMA - COLOMBIA Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso says the fighting in Colombia is of concern to Panama, especially when the action occurs close to the border.
- YEARENDER: SIERRA LEONE Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- The year ends with some of that optimism fading as delays and divisions within the rebel camp stall implementation of the July peace deal.
- U.S. Legislators Attack War in Sierra Leone with Anti-Diamond Bill By Jim Fisher-Thompson USIA 15 December 1999 -- Calling the illicit sale of diamonds in Africa the "fuel" that keeps the bloody civil war in Sierra Leone alive, two U.S. legislators have submitted a bill that calls for an international embargo on gems they say help fund rebel groups that have killed thousands of innocent civilians.
- CONGO PEACEKEEPERS Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- Nearly a year and a half after rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo took up arms to oust President Laurent Kabila, a small United Nations peacekeeping mission has started deploying across the country.
- U.S. Supports Peacekeeping in DROC, Holbrooke Says By Judy Aita USIA 15 December 1999 -- The United States will support international peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC), but not until the warring parties adhere to the peace agreement and the mandate of the mission is clear, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke said December 15.
- SUDAN OPPOSITION Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- Opposition leaders in Sudan are reacting with caution to recent emergency measures decreed by President Omar al-Bashir.
- U-N / LIBERIA REFUGEES Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- The United Nations refugee agency, U-N-H-C-R, is ending a U-N program that helped Liberian refugees return home from Sierra Leone.
- RUSSIA / CHECHNYA / O-S-C-E Voice of America 15 December 1999 -- A senior Russian general says federal troops could take control of the Chechen capital Grozny within days.
- BRIEFING BY SPECIAL ADVISER ON CYPRUS United Nations 15 Dec 1999
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