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16 December 1999 Military News

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  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA CLASH Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- Russian officials are hotly denying Western news reports of a clash in the Chechen capital, Grozny, that left more than 100 federal troops dead.
  • US - RUSSIA Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- The United States is signaling its concern about the intensifying Russian military campaign in Chechnya, and reports of a rebel ambush that is believed to have left scores of Russian soldiers dead.
  • Inquiry Faults U.N. for Failing to Stop Rwandan Genocide By Judy Aita USIA 16 December 1999 -- In failing to prevent or stop the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the United Nations failed the people of Rwanda and should acknowledge this and apologize for not having done more, an independent inquiry has concluded.
  • U-N-RWANDA REPORT Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- An investigative panel appointed by U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the 1994 genocide in Rwanda was caused in large part by a lack of political will at the United Nations.
  • STATEMENT ON RECEIVING THE REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO THE ACTIONS OF THE UNITED NATIONS DURING THE 1994 GENOCIDE IN RWANDA THE SECRETARY-GENERAL - 16 December 1999 -- The United Nations was founded at the end of a war during which genocide had been committed on a horrific scale. Its prime objective was to prevent such a conflict from ever happening again. In 1994 the whole international community -- the United Nations and its Members States -- failed to honour that obligation.
  • SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFED ON DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR PEACEKEEPING Press Release SC/6774 - 16 December 1999 -- Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Bernard Miyet, said that the military situation in the country had seriously deteriorated in the past three months. The United Nations Observer Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) had deployed military liaison officers, but until MONUC was guaranteed full security and freedom of movement, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations would not be able to fully assess security conditions or develop a detailed concept of operations to submit to the Council.
  • CONGO / REBELS Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- The leaders of three rebel factions in Congo-Kinshasa are scheduled to meet on Friday in southern Uganda, trying to overcome deep divisions among them to form a united front in their fight against Congolese President Laurent Kabila.
  • U-N-CONGO DEBATE Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- U-N Security Council members have agreed on the need for a United Nations-sponsored peacekeeping mission in Congo-Kinshasa.
  • ON THE DECEMBER 15, 1999 STATEMENT BY THE NATO COUNCIL MINISTERIAL MEETING December 16, 1999 -- There is no need to restate the known position of the Russian leadership on questions of the need of resolute struggle against bandits and terrorists in the Northern Caucasus, the more so that internal matters of the Russian Federation are not, cannot be and will not be a subject of our international dialogue, and the more so with NATO.
  • JAPAN - E. TIMOR AID Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- Japan on Thursday pledged 100 million dollars in aid to help rebuild the ravaged territory of East Timor.
  • SUDAN POLITICS Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- Senior members of the ruling party in Sudan are holding a second night of meetings, in an effort to mend a rift that has caused the president to declare a state of emergency and dissolve parliament.
  • SIERRA LEONE / RELEASE Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- The French aid group Doctors Without Borders says its two volunteers were set free on Thursday after being held by a faction of the Revolutionary United Front for 10 days.
  • WHAT NEXT FOR INDONESIA? Voice of America 16 December 1999 -- There are separatist movements in several provinces. Religious antagonisms have turned violent in Ambon. And human rights abuses in East Timor have sparked calls for the prosecution of some top military leaders.

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