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02 February 2005 Military News

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  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 02 Feb 2005
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT United Nations 02 Feb 2005
  • CONGRESS / MIDEAST RESOLUTIONS VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- The House of Representatives has adopted resolutions praising the recent Iraqi and Palestinian elections, calling them signs of change in the Middle East. This came just hours before President Bush's State of the Union address, which is also expected to mention the elections.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN LAND VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Israel's attorney general has overturned a government decision to expropriate Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. The decision follows the seizure of hundreds of hectares of land under a little-enforced law dating back to 1950.
  • Rice Sees Chance for Progress on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Washington File 02 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice believes that recent developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories have created an opportunity to bring the two parties back into cooperation within the framework of the road-map peace process.

  • Security Council President vows 'no impunity' for war crimes in Darfur, Sudan UN News Centre 02 Jan 2005 -- The Security Council is determined to ensure there is no impunity for anyone who has committed war crimes or crimes against humanity in Sudan's Darfur region, its President for February said today as he announced that the situation in Africa's largest country will be the focus of at least two Council meetings this month.
  • SUDAN: National parliament ratifies southern peace agreement IRIN 02 Feb 2005 -- Sudan's national assembly on Tuesday unanimously ratified the comprehensive peace agreement which was signed by the government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 9 January.
  • ITALY/SUDAN VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- The Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail travels Thursday to Italy for a two-day trip aimed at strengthening bilateral and trade ties. He will meet top Italian officials and hold talks on prospects opened by the recent peace agreement between the government and rebels in the south.

  • United States Concerned by Dismissal of Nepali Government Washington File 02 Jan 2005 -- The United States has expressed deep concern over Nepali King Gyanendra's move to dissolve Nepal's multiparty government and suspend civil liberties.
  • NEPAL/CABINET VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Nepal's King has appointed a new cabinet, one day after firing the government and imposing a state of emergency.
  • NEPAL/INDIA FEAR VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- India's prime minister will not attend a summit of the South Asian Association Regional Conference because of concerns about security in Bangladesh - a move that caused the summit to be postponed. Indian officials also cited displeasure with Nepalese King Gyanendra, who suspended democratic government in his country this week, and who was due to attend the summit.

  • DRC SECURITY VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Uganda and Rwanda have denied supplying arms and other assistance to insurgents in the Democratic Republic of Congo in violation of an arms embargo, as the United Nations had reported recently.
  • LAVROV PUZZLED BY U.S. ASSERTIONS THAT RUSSIA'S ENGAGEMENT IN SETTLING CIS CONFLICTS IS NOT INTENSIVE ENOUGH RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had not heard of a U.S. State Department official's statement that Russia had not paid much attention to settling conflicts in the post-Soviet space.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: UN Security Council tightens arms embargo, orders weapons inventory IRIN 02 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council has tightened an arms embargo on Cote d'Ivoire and ordered government and rebel forces to provide an inventory of their weapons by mid-March to aid eventual disarmament.
  • SENEGAL / CASAMANCE VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Senegal's government and southern Casamance separatists have agreed to finalize a peace accord by the end of May to end a two-decade low-level insurgency.
  • Georgia: Deadly Gori Blast Sparks Confused Reactions Among Officials RFE/RL 02 Feb 2005 -- A car bomb yesterday killed three policemen in the central Georgian city of Gori, just a few kilometers away from the separatist republic of South Ossetia. Although some evidence suggests the blast is criminal in nature, Georgian authorities claim the attack was prepared outside the country with a clear political aim. Some government officials are pointing to South Ossetia and its Russian protectors. Others, however, are urging a more cautious approach.
  • U.S. Hosts Meeting to Foster Peace in African Great Lakes Washington File 02 Feb 2005 -- The United States hosted a meeting February 2 of the Tripartite Joint Commission, composed of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, in order to facilitate cooperation among the three countries to resolve conflict in the African Great Lakes region.

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  • TSUNAMI TOURISM VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- The U.N. World Tourism Organization has set out plans to revive Asia's tourism industry, which was battered by the December 26th tsunami. The plans were drawn at an emergency meeting in Thailand of the tourism organization's 29-member council.
  • EADS Astrium delivers the first Inmarsat-4 satellite EADS 02 Feb 2005 -- EADS Astrium, Europe’s leading satellite manufacturer, has completed production and test of the first Inmarsat-4 spacecraft, the world’s most sophisticated commercial communications satellite. The spacecraft will leave the Toulouse facility on 5 February 2005 for shipment to Cape Canaveral.



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