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14 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • England Briefs Senate on New Civilian Personnel System AFPS 14 Apr 2005 -- The Civil Service system came into being in the 1880s to foster a professional federal workforce, and the National Security Personnel System continues that spirit, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England told the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.
  • Despite Challenges, DoD Meeting Retention, Recruiting Goals AFPS 14 Apr 2005 -- America's all-volunteer military is performing well in its first protracted warfighting challenge, and recruiting and retention remain solid, a top Defense Department official told a House Appropriations defense subcommittee here today.
  • HSV 2 SWIFTly Delivers Marines to Rota Navy NewsStand 14 Apr 2005 -- High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift, with a compliment of more than 240 Marines, pulled into Naval Station Rota April 11.
  • South American Submarines Enhance U.S. Navy's Fleet Readiness Navy NewsStand 14 Apr 2005 -- In a joint agreement with Colombia and Peru, one diesel-electric submarine from each of these two countries is deploying to the United States in April to enhance fleet readiness by participating in a number of naval exercises.
  • Guardsmen charged with smuggling Ecstasy on C-5 AFPN 14 Apr 2005 -- Two Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing have been charged with importing narcotics from Germany to the United States after being arrested April 12 on federal narcotics charges, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office for the southern district of New York.

  • NATO DELEGATES TO VISIT RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS IN SAMARA RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- A NATO delegation will appear in Russia, April 17 through 21, to see the routine of the 15th Detached Peacekeeping Motorized Infantry Brigade, stationed in Samara on the Volga, German Zhitenev, senior officer of the Russian Landed Troops press service, said to Novosti.

  • Trafficking in Small Arms Destabilizing, Official Says Washington File 14 Apr 2005 -- The Organization of American States (OAS) is making significant contributions toward reducing the spread of illicit small arms and light weapons, a State Department official says.

  • PAKISTAN/RUMSFELD VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has wrapped up a tour of South Asia with a pledge that the United States would help Pakistan meet its defense needs. Mr. Rumsfeld also had praise for Pakistan's role in the war on terror.

  • CHINA / EU ARMS VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- U.S. lawmakers have stepped up criticism of the European Union for considering lifting the 16-year embargo on arms shipments to China. A joint hearing (Thursday) of two House (of Representatives) committees focused on the security implications of such a decision for the United States, while U.S. officials reiterated Washington's concerns.
  • EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT URGES E.U. TO MAINTAIN ARMS SALES BAN ON CHINA CNA 14 Apr 2005 -- The European Parliament passed a resolution Wednesday again insisting that the European Union arms sales embargo on China be maintained.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 14 Washington File 14 Apr 2005 -- Social Security, FDA, India/Pakistan, Ukraine/missile sales, Afghanistan, tracking of sexual predators, Ex-Im Bank/loan guarantees to China, border enforcement, Jim Wolfensohn/new appointment, Middle East, North Korea
  • State Department Briefing, April 14 Washington File 14 Apr 2005 -- Israel/Palestinians, Italy/Iraq, Egypt, China, China/Japan, North Korea, Western Hemisphere

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Other Conflicts

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Country hangs on Gbagbo's response to Mbeki ruling IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- War-torn Cote d'Ivoire on Thursday awaited to see whether President Laurent Gbagbo caves in to an international demand that he use his special powers as head of state to clear the way for his main rival to stand in presidential elections this year.
  • IVORY COAST DISARMAMENT VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Warring parties in Ivory Coast are trying to resume their often stalled disarmament process, while opposition leaders are reacting positively to a letter by South African mediator Thabo Mbeki on who should be allowed to run in October presidential elections.

  • MIDDLE EAST: 'DISAGREEMENTS' EVIDENT IN BUSH-SHARON MEETING US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 14 Apr 2005
  • WOLFENSOHN / MIDDLE EAST VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- The United States and its partners in the Middle East diplomatic quartet, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations, have named outgoing World Bank President James Wolfensohn to be a special envoy to help facilitate Israel's withdrawal from Gaza. He will focus on non-military aspects of the pullout including the disposition of vacated Israeli settlements.

  • DRC: Key Ituri militia group declares end to war IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- The Union des patriotes Congolais (UPC), one of the major militia groups in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, announced on Wednesday an end to its insurrection in the district of Ituri.
  • DRC: Militia group dismantled as 416 fighters surrender guns IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- The remaining 416 militiamen of the Forces armees du peuple congolais (FAPC) surrendered their guns to UN troops on Wednesday, effectively dismantling the movement and boosting efforts to pacify the troubled Ituri District in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  • NIGERIA / NIGER DELTA VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Activists and academics at a conference in Lagos, Nigeria, say chronic poverty is the main reason behind the cycle of violence in the Niger Delta, the country's major oil-producing region. Participants insist addressing poverty is key to bringing stability to the region.
  • SUDAN / ZOELLICK VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- Sudanese officials have told Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick they are doing all they can to stop the bloodshed in the war-ravaged Darfur region of western Sudan. Mr. Zoellick arrived in Sudan to begin a two-day visit aimed at pressuring Khartoum to end the conflict in Darfur and to begin implementing an accord which ended a separate war in the south.
  • RWANDA: Government destroys 6,000 small arms IRIN 14 Apr 2005 -- Rwanda has, for the first time, destroyed 6,000 small arms as part of a regional initiative to check the flow of illicit guns that have fuelled conflict in Africa's Great Lakes region, an official told IRIN on Thursday.

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