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25 January 2000 Military News

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  • 25 January 2000 - DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 25 Jan 2000
  • U-N-H-C-R / CHECHEN REFUGEES Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- The United Nations says thousands of people are fleeing intensified fighting and aerial bombardments by the Russian military in Chechnya.
  • RUSSIA/CHECHNYA Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- Chechen rebels are reported holding in the face of a ferocious Russian assault around Minutka Square, a main junction leading to the center of the city.
  • RUSSIA / CHECHNYA Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- A senior Russian general says nearly 12- hundred soldiers have been killed in action in the current military offensive in and around Chechnya.

  • Text: ICTY on Detention of Indicted War Criminal Mitar Vasiljevic USIA 25 January 2000 -- The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued a press release welcoming the detention by members of SFOR of Mitar Vasiljevic, who was indicted in 1998 for his part in incidents of "mass murder, torture and other cruel treatment" of Bosnian Muslims --including women, children and the elderly -- in and around Visegrad in eastern Bosnia.
  • BOSNIA WAR CRIMES Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- A Bosnian Serb charged with murdering and exterminating Muslims has been arrested by NATO-led troops in eastern Bosnia. He's now in the custody of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

  • CHINA - EAST TIMOR Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- East Timor independence leader Xanana Gusmao is in China on a four-day visit during which the issue of establishing diplomatic relations has been foremost on the agenda.
  • SUDAN CABINET Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- The president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has re-shuffled his cabinet in an attempt to address the nation's economic problems.
  • INDONESIA / UNREST Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- Indonesia's two top leaders are traveling in different parts of the country, to help restore calm in the strife-torn provinces of Aceh and Maluku.
  • MARINES MURDERED January 25, 2000 -- The weekly Serambi (Banda Aceh) has reported that four Indonesian marines were killed yesterday in Bireuen District, Aceh. According to a military spokesman, the attack was carried out by a band of the Aceh Merdeka insurgents headed by a Tengku Muslem.
  • U-N-H-C-R / ERITREA Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- The United Nations says it will resume operations in Eritrea after a suspension of more than two-years.
  • BIZIMUNGU ON CONGO Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- Rwanda's President Pasteur Bizimungu said Tuesday that he would immediately order a withdrawal of his nation's troops from Congo-Kinshasa if an international peacekeeping force could guarantee Rwanda's security.
  • THAILAND-KAREN Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- The takeover of the Ratchaburi hospital by Burmese insurgents is widely seen by Thais as an abuse of their hospitality by ethnic Burmese who have been granted refuge.
  • THAILAND-HOSTAGES Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- Security forces in Thailand stormed a hospital early Tuesday morning to free hundreds of patients and medical staff, held hostage by an ethnic rebel group from Burma. All of the hostages were freed unharmed, while all of the gunmen were killed.
  • ALGERIA UNREST Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- News media in Algeria report 12 civilians have been killed and three wounded in an ambush by Islamic militants outside the town of Miliana, 100 kilometers west of the capital.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT OF RWANDA 25 January 2000 - If the international community or the Security Council could guarantee that President Kabila and his allies would not endanger Rwandan soldiers, and that the Interahamwe would not rush immediately into Rwanda following a withdrawal, they would leave the country.

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  • CLINTON - COLOMBIA Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- President Clinton is predicting bipartisan Congressional support for a one-point-six billion-dollar U-S aid package to help Colombia combat drug trafficking. Although left-wing rebels control the drug-producing southern provinces in Colombia, U-S officials say the aid would not target insurgents.

  • MEXICO STRIKE Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- New efforts to end a nine-month strike at Mexico's largest university failed today (Tuesday) when student strikers would not allow the university dean on the barricaded campus.



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