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22 December 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Rumsfeld 'Saddened' by Attacks on DoD Efforts AFPS 22 Dec 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he is "truly saddened" that anyone could have the impression "that I or others here are doing anything other than working urgently to see that the lives of the fighting men and women are protected and are cared for in every way humanly possible."
  • 'Silver Lobos' fly into retirement AFPN 22 Dec 2004 -- The Air Force's last operational F-4 Phantom II squadron held its inactivation ceremony here Dec. 20.
  • Crash leads to investigation, Raptor safety stand down AFPN 22 Dec 2004 -- Commanders of units flying the F/A-22 Raptor called for a safety stand down of the fleet following a crash Dec. 20 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
  • Former Navy Warship Oriskany (CVA 34) Docks in Pensacola, Fla. Navy NewsStand 22 Dec 2004 -- The ex-Oriskany (CVA 34) arrived at its new berthing place at the Port of Pensacola Dec. 20. The carrier will set a precedent in a new sunken reef program for naval vessels when it is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico next year.
  • Sea Warrior to Helm Sailors' Futures Navy NewsStand 22 Dec 2004 -- The Navy announced the human resource management component of the Navy's Sea Power 21 transformational effort, a strategic plan called Sea Warrior, Dec. 18.
  • Mission successful for Joint Task Force-535 USMC News 22 Dec 2004 -- More than 600 Marines, sailors, airmen and soldiers with Joint Task Force-535, most from the Okinawa, Japan-based 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, returned here Dec. 17-20, after providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for people who were affected by severe storms in the Philippines.

  • White House Pledges Probe Of Abuse Allegations RFE/RL 22 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. White House has pledged a full investigation of fresh revelations about American military personnel allegedly abusing prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

  • Powell Looks Back on U.S. Foreign Policy Successes, Problems Washington File 22 Dec 2004 -- President Bush is "a leader in the truest sense of the word," according to outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • State Department Daily Briefing, December 22 Washington File 22 Dec 2004 -- Indonesia/East Timor, Iraq, Iran, Libya/Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestinians, Taiwan

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • UN / ANNAN / SUDAN VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for a reassessment of efforts to end the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, saying the current strategy has failed. Mr. Annan rejected a U.S. suggestion that he pay another visit to Darfur to move the peace process forward.
  • US / INDONESIA / TIMOR VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell met Wednesday with his counterparts from Indonesia and East Timor in an effort to help the two countries resolve ongoing disputes stemming from the 1999 violence that followed East Timor's vote for independence. The United States is backing parallel inquiries into the violence by the United Nations and the two parties themselves.
  • Annan urges Security Council and UN to rapidly rethink joint approach to Sudan UN News Centre 22 Dec 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the United Nations and the Security Council to make an immediate and "real re-assessment" of their approach to resolving the humanitarian crisis engulfing Sudan's Darfur region because the current course is clearly not working.
  • SUDAN/SECURITY VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- An international human-rights group is criticizing the Sudanese government for its one-year extension of a state of emergency.
  • BLAIR / MIDDLE EAST VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is seeking to revive Middle East peace efforts, including arrangements for an international conference he hopes to host early next year. Mr. Blair held talks in Israel with Ariel Sharon and then met with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank town of Ramallah
  • SUDAN: Agreement on southern conflict within reach - officials IRIN 22 Dec 2004 -- A comprehensive peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) to end two decades of conflict in the south could be signed within days, officials involved in peace talks in Kenya said on Tuesday.
  • DRC: UN creates buffer zone in east, but regional administrator objects IRIN 22 Dec 2004 -- The UN announced on Tuesday that it was creating a buffer zone in the province of North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 10-km buffer zone will be located between the towns of Kanyabayonga and Lubero.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Normalise relations, Security Council urges IRIN 22 Dec 2004 -- The UN Security Council has urged Ethiopia and Eritrea to normalise their relations, saying it was encouraged by the recent move towards a peaceful resolution of their border dispute.
  • SUDAN/PEACE TALKS VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- The Sudanese government and the south's main rebel group are optimistic they will sign a final peace agreement by the end of the year as earlier promised. The rebel group says the situation in Darfur is not affecting the talks.
  • INDONESIA/EAST TIMOR VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- Indonesia and East Timor have agreed to set up a joint commission to investigate the murder and destruction surrounding the Timorese vote for independence from Indonesia in 1999. Human rights campaigners have already expressed doubts about how seriously the two countries want to look into the matter.
  • BLAIR / MIDDLE EAST VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is seeking to revive Middle East peace efforts, including arrangements for an international conference he hopes to host early next year. Mr. Blair held talks in Israel with Ariel Sharon and meets later with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah.

News Reports

  • UKRAINE / ELECT RALLIES VOA 22 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's opposition presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, has urged his supporters to keep up the pressure for a free and fair re-run Sunday as his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, warned of the possibility of further unrest. The competing rallies come just four days before the new election ordered by Ukraine's Supreme Court.
  • Yanukovych Says Repeat Vote Can't Be Fair RFE/RL 22 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian presidential candidate, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, says the 26 December repeat presidential runoff cannot be considered fair.
  • Analysis: Ukrainian Candidates Face Off In Debate RFE/RL 22 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian presidential candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych on 20 December met in a live televised debate ahead of the upcoming repeat of last month's flawed presidential runoff.

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