17 January 2000 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- CHILDREN / ARMED CONFLICTS Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- A senior United Nations official has appealed to governments to adopt an international treaty to raise the minimum age at which children can be recruited into the armed forces.
- RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- David Russell-Johnston backed down from earlier comments that the Council of Europe might suspend Russia's membership.
- Around the situation in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation (human rights, humanitarian and legal aspects) Reply by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation 17.01.2000 -- The conclusion on August 31, 1996, of the Khasavyurt agreements and the election in February 1997 of A. Maskhadov President of the Chechen Republic opened up an opportunity to form a legal basis for relations between the Russian Federation and its constituent entity - Chechnya and to restore law and order in the Republic. However, instead of directing the emerging process of crisis settlement into a constitutional channel the authorities of the Chechen Republic preferred to take a different course. The Republic turned into an enclave managed by terrorists and drug and arms traffickers.
- RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- Russian forces are intensifying air attacks over Chechnya's southern mountains and military officials say they will soon seize the rebel capital, Grozny.
- UNHCR / TIMOR Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, reports more people, many alleged to be former members of militia gangs, are returning to East Timor from camps in West Timor.
- IRAN / TURKEY Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- Turkey's relations with Iran have been dogged by Turkey's allegations that separatist Kurdish rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, the P-K-K, have set up bases in Iranian territory.
- WAR CRIMES / ARKAN Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- The prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal says she is satisfied the man known as "Arkan" was killed Saturday in Belgrade and is the same man the tribunal indicted for war crimes.
- SUDAN PIPELINE Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- In Sudan, workers are rushing to repair an oil pipeline damaged in an attack by members of an opposition group.
- GERMANY TERRORIST TRIAL Voice of America 17 January 2000 -- Johannes Weinrich, a key terrorist collaborator of the man called Carlos "The Jackal," has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a German court.
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