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21 March 2008 Military News

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  • Cypriot leaders agree to start full negotiations within three months - UN UN News Centre 21 Mar 2008 -- The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to start full-fledged negotiations within three months on resolving the long-running dispute on the Mediterranean island, the United Nations' top envoy to Cyprus said today.
  • Turkish, Greek Cypriots agree to resume peace talks RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2008 -- Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders agreed on Friday to restart peace talks to reunify the divided island, opening the way for a Turkish bid to join the European Union.
  • Cyprus Peace Talks to Restart VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- Hopes are now high that the face-to- face meeting between the two community leaders in Cyprus has paved the way for peace on the divided Mediterranean island
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Graft continues despite reunification pledges IRIN 21 Mar 2008 -- More than a year after Cote d'Ivoire's government signed a peace deal and formed a joint government with rebels that had held the north of the country for five years, former rebels continue to levy taxes on trade and transport in the north and the government has not succeeded in bringing large parts of the country under its control.
  • Northern CAR Faces Violence From All Sides VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- The northern Central African Republic has been caught up in spiraling regional violence
  • YEMEN: Landmine-free by 2009? IRIN 21 Mar 2008 -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in Yemen has said areas with a high density of landmines have been cleared, but challenges remain.
  • ISRAEL: Israeli sanctions backfiring? IRIN 21 Mar 2008 -- The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip has hit the business sector, farmers and those who might benefit from development projects, but helped Hamas consolidate its authority in Gaza, says a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG).
  • SUDAN: Darfur attackers violated international law - UN IRIN 21 Mar 2008 -- Recent attacks by militias and Sudanese government troops on West Darfur villages in which scores of people were killed and thousands displaced, violated international humanitarian and human rights law, the UN said.
  • Russia criticizes U.S. over Kosovo military aid RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2008 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called the U.S. decision to allow arms supplies to Kosovo illegal and expressed fears that the move may further endanger stability in the region.

News Reports

  • China Claims Wide Support for Tibetan Crackdown VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- Chinese state media have released updated figures for the numbers of those killed in last Friday's rioting in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
  • China Reinforces Troops Responding to Tibetan Protests VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- Witnesses and foreign media have reported a huge buildup of Chinese troops in areas with large Tibetan populations, as the government cracks down on an unprecedented wave of protests.
  • US House Speaker Rebukes China on Tibet Crackdown VOA 21 Mar 2008 -- U.S. House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, says Tibet presents a challenge to the world's conscience, and has called for an international investigation into the causes of the recent unrest in the region which China controls. China has retaliated by saying Tibet is its own affair
  • Whirlwind campaigning marks final day of tight race CNA 21 Mar 2008 -- One day before Taiwanese voters decide their new president, the two candidates and their campaigns were desperately battling for every vote in a race once considered a cakewalk for the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) but now seen as a potential toss-up.
  • Israeli mercenary lawyer appeals against extradition to Colombia RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2008 -- The lawyer of an Israeli mercenary wanted by Colombian authorities for allegedly training guerrillas has appealed against a Moscow court decision to extradite him to Colombia.



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