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27 February 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Frequently Asked Questions on the New United States Landmine Policy US Dept. of State 27 Feb 2004
  • U.S. to Stop Using 'Persistent' Landmines After 2010 AFPS 27 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. military will stop using always-armed, live landmines after 2010 under a new government policy announced by senior officials at a State Department news briefing today.
  • U-S / LANDMINE POLICY VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- The Bush administration Friday announced a new landmine policy that includes an end to the use of low-tech conventional mines by the U-S military by 2010 and a big increase in spending on humanitarian mine-clearing. But the United States will remain outside the 1997 Ottawa treaty banning anti-personnel mines, and the policy is drawing criticism from anti-mine activists.
  • U.S. Announces New Worldwide Landmine Policy Washington File 27 Feb 2004 -- In a sweeping policy change, the United States will accelerate its efforts to end the global humanitarian problem of landmines by eliminating all of its non-self destructing landmines and by increasing funding for mine action programs worldwide, a State Department official says.
  • Navy's First Multi-Battle Group In Port Exercise Underway Navy Newsstand 27 Feb 2004-- The Navy's first Multiple Battle Group In Port Exercise (MBGIE) is underway through Feb. 27. MBGIE, which is organized by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (COMTHIRDFLT), is taking place concurrently in three different fleet concentration areas: San Diego, Norfolk and the Pacific Northwest locations of Bremerton and Everett, Wash.
  • Bloomfield Details Landmine Policy Changes Washington File 27 Feb 2004 -- The United States will accelerate its efforts to end the global humanitarian problem of landmines by eliminating all of its non-self destructing landmines and by increasing funding for mine action programs worldwide, a State Department official says.
  • A New U.S. Policy on Landmines Washington File 27 Feb 2004 -- This op-ed column by Lincoln Bloomfield, who is special representative of the president and secretary of state for mine action and assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, was published in the Financial Times February 27 and is in the public domain.
  • U.S.: Bush Administration Abandons Landmine Ban Human Rights Watch 27 Feb 2004 -- The Bush Administration's reversal of a ten-year policy to eliminate all antipersonnel landmines puts the United States in near total isolation in the global effort to ban mines, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • Bush Letters to Congress about NATO Invitees Washington File 27 Feb 2004 -- The White House released February 26 two letters from President Bush concerning the seven countries that have been invited to join NATO.

  • State Department Briefing, February 27, 2004 Washington File 27 Feb 2004 -- Announcements, Middle East/Europe, Haiti, Venezuela, France, landmines, Germany, Israel/Palestinians, NKorea/SKorea/China/Japan, Turkey/Cyprus, Macedonia, Iraq/United Arab Emirates
  • White House Daily Briefing, February 27, 2004 Washington File 27 Feb 2004 -- Haiti, landmines, 9/11 Commission, Bush-Schroeder meeting, Iraq/Senator Clinton's comments

  • Central Asia: New Report Shoots Down Assumptions About Arms Proliferation RFE/RL 27 Feb 2004 -- A new report finds that while the proliferation of small arms may pose serious threats in Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the same cannot be said of Central Asia as a whole.

  • TAIWAN SEEKING U.S. LOANS TO BUY U.S. ARMS CNA 27 Feb 2004 -- The Ministry of National Defense has approached the United States to obtain financial assistance to buy weapons from America, but so far no progress has been made, Minister of National Defense Tang Yiau-min said Friday.
  • Iran, Syria set to structure military cooperation IRNA 27 Feb 2004 -- Iran and Syria here Thursday night stressed the importance to organize defense and military relations.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • CONGRESS / HAITI VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- Congressional Democrats are stepping up criticism of President Bush's handling of Haiti, and are urging greater U-S engagement to end the crisis.
  • HAITI / ARISTIDE VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- The international community is pressuring Haiti's first-ever democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to resign amid deepening violence and chaos in his impoverished country. Mr. Aristide, a former Catholic priest, was once almost universally loved in Haiti as a champion of the poor.
  • U-N-H-C-R / HAITI VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations refugee agency is urging countries to grant asylum to fleeing Haitian refugees. The U-N-H-C-R says countries are obliged under international law to protect refugees and not send them back to a dangerous situation.
  • CONGRESS / HAITI VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- Congressional Democrats are stepping up criticism of President Bush's handling of Haiti, and are urging greater U-S engagement to end the crisis.
  • U-S / HAITI REFUGEES VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- The State Department says the U-S Coast Guard is repatriating more than 500 Haitians intercepted this week in international waters northwest of the troubled Caribbean state. U-S officials are concerned that the growing political violence in Haiti could trigger a surge of Haitian migrants seeking to land in the United States.
  • BUSH / HAITI VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- President Bush says he is continuing to push for a negotiated, political settlement to violence in Haiti. From the White House, VOA's Scott Stearns reports, there are mounting calls for Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to step down as rebels approach the capital.
  • HAITI/UNREST VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- Armed gangs of government supporters took over the streets of Haiti's capital on Friday, intimidating residents and shutting down the city. Elsewhere in Haiti, a previously unknown group of rebels took over Haiti's third largest city, Les Cayes. Rebels who control much of northern Haiti are reported to be advancing to within 60 kilometers of the capital.
  • PENTAGON/HAITI VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- As the unrest continues in Haiti, U-S military officials are preparing for a variety of contingencies. But the Pentagon is stressing no decisions have yet been made.
  • Costa Rican President and UN Secretary-General discuss turmoil in Haiti UN News Centre 27 Feb 2004 -- The tumultuous situation in Haiti was high on the agenda of talks in New York today between the President of Costa Rica and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
  • U-N/Haiti VOA 26 Feb 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has issued a call for prompt international intervention in Haiti, but stopped short of authorizing a peacekeeping force. Secretary General Kofi Annan named a veteran diplomat as his special adviser on Haiti.

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- Israeli police stormed a mosque complex in Jerusalem's Old City today to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing Muslim demonstrators. There are reports that several demonstrators and police officers were slightly injured.

  • LIBERIA: UN peacekeepers arrive, but rebel gunmen stay on IRIN 27 Feb 2004 -- There is not much left to loot in Buchanan. Residents recall ruefully of how teenage rebel smashed their way through Liberia's second city when they occupied Buchanan in July last year, stealing whatever came their way.
  • LIBERIA: Survivors tell how Taylor's forces massacred hundreds in Bomi County IRIN 27 Feb 2004 -- Hundreds of civilians were massacred and their bodies dumped in a river after a killing spree by forces loyal to Charles Taylor in July 2002, according to a report by a leading Liberian human rights group.

  • U-N / IVORY COAST FORCE VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has authorized a six-thousand strong peacekeeping force for Ivory Coast. The United States will not contribute troops to the force, although it will pay more than a fourth of the cost.
  • Security Council authorizes full peacekeeping operation in Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 27 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today authorized a full one-year peacekeeping operation for Cote d'Ivoire and mandated nearly 7,000 UN personnel to monitor the comprehensive ceasefire agreement the West African country's warring parties reached last May.
  • IVORY COAST / NORTH VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- People living in the rebel-held north of Ivory Coast have few jobs, and lack such basic services as health and schooling. But many say they don't mind living under the rebels, because they feel they are not relegated to second-class citizenship.

  • ZIMBABWE: Demining hit by withdrawal of US/EU funding IRIN 27 Feb 2004 -- Twenty-four years after the liberation war ended, landmines still remain a cruel and present danger for communities living along Zimbabwe's borders with Zambia and Mozambique.
  • Georgia: Saakashvili Urges Security Council Pressure To End Abkhaz Conflict RFE/RL 27 Feb 2004 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili yesterday appealed to the UN Security Council to use pressure to bring about a political solution to the conflict with the breakaway region of Abkhazia.
  • UGANDA: Donors deny hampering efforts to fight rebellion IRIN 27 Feb 2004 -- Donors to Uganda have rejected suggestions by President Yoweri Museveni that imposed restrictions on defence spending have hampered the army's effectiveness in fighting rebels in northern Uganda
  • SUDAN: New mediation efforts for Darfur IRIN 27 Feb 2004 -- The government of Sudan may be willing to accept new mediation efforts to resolve the Darfur conflict in the west of the country, according to Sa'id Khatib, the official government spokesman.
  • DRC: Disarmament programme gathers momentum IRIN 27 Feb 2004 -- Since its inception some two years ago, more than 8,500 Burundians, Rwandans and Ugandans have been repatriated through the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement (DDRRR) programme for foreign armed combatants and their dependents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), under the aegis of the country's UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) and partner organisations.
  • CHAD / U-N VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- United Nations officials in Chad say thousands of Sudanese refugees continue to flee bombing by Sudanese government forces in the strife-torn Darfur region, where rebels have been fighting the government for the past 10 months. The U-N High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, plans to arrive in Chad on Sunday to assess the situation.
  • SUDAN/UNREST VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations Friday called for an investigation into a recent attack on aid workers delivering assistance in the Western Upper Nile area of southern Sudan.
  • UGANDA / UNREST VOA 27 Feb 2004 -- Uganda's Cabinet has rejected a request by parliament to declare northern Uganda a disaster area, in the wake of violent street protests that followed last weekend's rebel attack on a refugee camp, in which more than 200 people were killed.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 27 Feb 2004 -- Romanian parliament ratifies NATO accession treaty / NATO chief wants UN resolution on Iraq before July / Islamist "sleepers" worry Brussels police chief / Date set for the resumption of talks between Kosovo and Serbia / Javier Solana to visit Macedonia (sic) after president dies / U.S. reform plan for Middle East is advice, not blueprint / Bush administration to end U.S. use of land mines not set to self-destruct, won't join treaty
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 27 Feb 2004 -- Lt. Gen. Hillier identifies challenges facing NATO / Afghanistan signs agreement to improve Kabul international airport / Greek defense minister on Olympics security / U.S. plan criticized

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