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23 April 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Exercise Clever Sentinel Ends with Major Operation Navy Newsstand 23 Apr 2004-- The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) multilateral maritime interdiction training exercise, Clever Sentinel 2004, kicked off April 19, and ended with a major operation that simulated the interception of a ship carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily, April 22.
  • USS Coronado arrives in Subic Bay 7th Fleet Release 23 Apr 2004-- USS Coronado (AGF 11) and the embarked U.S. Seventh Fleet Staff arrived here April 23 for a regularly scheduled port visit. This visit is a demonstration of the continuing friendship between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States.
  • Marines, Koreans engage in air base ground defense Marine Corps News 23 Apr 2004-- Side-by-side with the Republic of Korea Air Force 16th Fighter Wing, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 engaged in air base ground defense (ABGD) exercises during Exercise Foal Eagle, March 23-25.
  • Marines, Koreans combine forces in runway repair Marine Corps News 23 Apr 2004-- Combat engineers teamed up with Korean airmen March 29 for exercise Foal Eagle's combined Rapid Runway Repair, also known as triple R, exercise.
  • Initiatives to improve education system that has served the Army well Army News Service 23 Apr 2004-- Today's methods of training the force and growing leaders are not broke, but they do need some tweaks to ensure continued success on tomorrow's battlefields, according to the findings of Task Force Leader Development and Education.

  • White House Press Briefing, April 23, 2004 Washington File 23 Apr 2004 -- White House Assistant Press Secretary Trent Duffy and Jim Connaughton, the chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, briefed the media on Air Force One as they accompanied President Bush to events in Naples, Florida.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Peacekeeping system in the spotlight IRIN 23 Apr 2004 -- Rapidly changing trends in international peacekeeping are likely to pose a serious challenge to regional authorities intending to establish an emergency force for dealing with conflict in Southern Africa, recent research has noted.

  • U-S-Israel-Arafat VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- The Bush administration Friday reaffirmed its opposition to Israel trying to exile or kill Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The comments followed an assertion by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that he was no longer bound by a commitment to the United States not to harm the Palestinian Authority chief.
  • U-N/Middle East VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- The top U-N Middle East envoy has called on Israel to make a full and complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, and urged Security Council action to ensure the pullout is done correctly. The envoy described this a crucial moment in Middle East diplomacy.
  • U.S. Calls for Political Resolution to Unrest in Nepal Washington File 23 Apr 2004 -- Following is the official answer to a question taken at the April 22 regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted later in the day
  • SUDAN: Garang leaves venue of peace talks IRIN 23 Apr 2004 -- The leader of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), John Garang, left the Kenyan town of Naivasha, venue of the Sudanese peace talks, on Thursday, according to an SPLM/A official.
  • CHAD-SUDAN: Darfur peace talks still on track - mediator IRIN 23 Apr 2004 -- Peace talks between the Sudanese government and two rebel movements in the western province of Darfur are still on track, despite delays in sending a ceasefire verification team into the troubled area, a spokesman for the Chadian mediation team said on Friday.
  • NIGERIA: Rival militias gear up for fresh fighting in delta IRIN 23 Apr 2004 -- A fragile five-month ceasefire between rival tribes in Nigeria's troubled Niger Delta region is in danger of falling apart as armed clashes between the two sides escalate.
  • Ahead of Cyprus poll tomorrow, UN hands over authenticated settlement plan UN News Centre 23 Apr 2004 -- With Cypriots heading to the polls tomorrow, the United Nations today handed over the authenticated version of a plan to reunify Cyprus ahead of its entry into the European Union on 1 May.
  • 'Right' Israeli pullout from Gaza could help bring Middle East peace - UN envoy UN News Centre 23 Apr 2004 -- The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, gave the Security Council a cautiously upbeat assessment today of developments in the area, now poised between choosing a new era of peacemaking if Israel withdraws from Gaza in the right way and more violence if the withdrawal is wrongly handled.
  • GEORGIA / ADZHARIA VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- The Georgian parliament is due to vote on a plan to disarm the separatist province of Adzharia. At the same time, Adzharia is seeking outside help to protect it from the Georgian central authorities.
  • CYPRUS REFERENDUM / U-S VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- Greek and Turkish Cypriot voters go to the polls Saturday to decide whether to accept a U-N plan for the reunification of the divided island.
  • DRC: Disarmament of ex-combatants begins IRIN 23 Apr 2004 -- Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo began on Thursday a programme to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate some 330,000 former combants in the east of the country.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians in West Bank violence Friday. One of the dead was a senior member of a group linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah Movement.
  • IVORY COAST / PROTESTS VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast will try to keep the peace Saturday between opposition groups and supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo.
  • C-A-R/FIGHTING VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- Security forces clashed late Thursday with a group of mercenary fighters in a northern suburb of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Fighting first erupted last week when the mercenaries demanded higher payment for their assistance in bringing President Francois Bozize to power last year.
  • SRI LANKA PEACE PLAN VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- Sri Lanka's president has invited Norwegian peace negotiators to resume talks aimed at ending the nation's two decade old civil war. Norway suspended its involvement in peace talks in November, because of a political feud between the president and former prime minister.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 23 Apr 2004 -- Top NATO official criticizes Kosovo's leadership / Violence must stop, dialogue restored, the U.S. and NATO say / Candidates for joint command of united army fail to meet criteria set by NATO / France's Sarkozy declares war on defence costs / Bulgaria may mull fewer troops in Iraq in June / Defence Secretary Rumsfeld opposes resumption of U.S. military draft
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 23 Apr 2004 -- Western policy in Kosovo attacked / Britain in talks to send more troops to Iraq / French aircraft carrier made available to Enduring Freedom until May 2

  • UN/HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- As the U-N Human Rights Commission concluded its annual six-week session, representatives of several non-governmental organizations said they are disappointed at this year's proceedings. The organizations accuse member governments of undermining the work of the Commission.
  • UN/SUDAN VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations Human Rights Commission has adopted a resolution expressing "concern" over human rights violations in Sudan. The United States, which denounced the proposal for failing to address ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region of Sudan, cast the sole dissenting vote.
  • SAF/POL VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- South Africa's third democratically-elected parliament has been sworn in and has re-elected President Thabo Mbeki to his second term.

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