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SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 07 JULY 2002

 

 

 

BALKANS
  • Serbia’s election commission rules out Milosevic’s candidacy in presidential race
  • Srebrenica victims recovered from mass grave

GERMANY-IRAQ

  • Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder warns an attack on Iraq could endanger anti-terror coalition

TERRORISM

  • Italian secret services: Italy’s anti-terrorism crackdown could make it a target

OTHER NEWS

  • U.S. military intelligence hasn’t improved much, Rumsfeld says

 

 

 

BALKANS

 

  • The election commission in Yugoslavia’s larger republic rejected the possibility Tuesday that Slobodan Milosevic could run for president in upcoming elections. The commission made the ruling after Milosevic’s Socialist Party asked if there were "legal obstacles" to a potential bid for Serbia’s top post. The Socialists did not explain how they expected Milosevic, should he win, to act as president of Serbia from his Dutch detention cell. Milosevic’s trial is likely to last for two more years. The Sept. 29 vote will choose the replacement for Milan Milutinovic, a Milosevic aide indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal for atrocities allegedly committed during Milosevic’s crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo in 1999. Authorities have allowed Milutinovic to serve out most of his term as Serbia's figurehead president until the new elections.(AP 061831 Aug 02 GMT)

 

  • Forensic experts in Bosnia said on Tuesday they had recovered the remains of around 200 Muslims from a mass grave in a garden, bringing to about 6,000 the number of exhumed victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The Muslim-led Commission for Missing Persons had now completed a two-week exhumation at the site in the eastern village of Kamenica, one of the larger mass graves containing Srebrenica victims, its president Amor Masovic said. Officials say the site is a secondary mass grave, containing bodies which had been buried elsewhere but were dug up, moved and reburied probably to avoid discovery. They have identified the primary grave. Officials had already found another mass grave in Kamenica and Masovic said a third had now been identified in the village, thanks to a tip-off from the UN war crimes tribunal. The commission would start work there in two weeks, he said.(Reuters 1350 060802 Aug 02 GMT)

 

 

GERMANY-IRAQ

 

  • A U.S. attack on Iraq could endanger the international coalition against terrorism, German Chancellor Schroeder said in a letter to be printed Wednesday. Schroeder has been one of the United States’ staunchest allies in the war on terrorism since Sept. 11, but said an attack could have dire consequences. "I warn against an attack on Iraq," Schroeder said in a letter to the national Bild newspaper. "It would not be thought of as defensive and could destroy the international coalition. The Middle East needs peace, not new war. This is the goal of our policies."(AP 061955 Aug 02 GMT)

 

 

TERRORISM

 

  • Italy’s crackdown on international terrorism has increased the possibility that the nation could be a target of the al-Qaida terrorist network, Italian secret services have concluded in a report. State TV quoted that assertion and other conclusions Tuesday night from a twice-yearly report to Parliament by the nation’s intelligence outfits. The secret services, according to the Italian news agency ANSA quoting from the report, cite "sleeper" cells in Italy, saying there is "danger tied to the possibility that clandestine circuits offer support to operating elements coming from abroad." Parliament’s offices were closed for the day when the Italian news reports on the intelligence report came out, and the excerpts could not immediately be confirmed. State TV reported that the intelligence services have concluded that "the possibility has grown that (anti-terrorism) initiatives taken up by our country, interpreted as being persecutorial, will make (Italy) one of the targets at risk" for al-Qaida. The report didn’t name specific targets but said that "ships, airplanes, economic-commercial structures and places of high symbolic value" in Europe and the rest of the world could be targets, based on "multiple" intelligence received by the secret services, the Italian news reports said.(AP 062016 Aug 02 GMT)

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

  • U.S. military intelligence has not improved much, despite efforts to overhaul it both before and after Sept. 11, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld acknowledged Tuesday. Rumsfeld said that’s why he wants to create a high-level Pentagon post to oversee all of the military’s spy agencies. "We have not made many strides since I’ve been here in improving the intelligence take," Rumsfeld said during a question-and-answer session with military and civilian workers at the Pentagon. Rumsfeld wants to create a new undersecretary of defense for intelligence, a civilian who would direct all military intelligence activities and report directly to the defense secretary. Congress has yet to act on the proposal.(AP 061956 Aug 02 GMT)

 

 

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