|Sunday, April 23, 2000,
calls for western aid
Koreas end first round of talks
Gore quizzed in fund misuse probe
court summons maverick Editor
envoy cautions Pak
Summit calls for western aid
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe, April 22 (Reuters) South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique rallied behind President Robert Mugabe and demanded international funding for land redistribution to end Zimbabwes crisis over the ownership of farms.
President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique yesterday told newsmen after talks with Mr Mugabe that western governments should make good on their promise at a 1998 donor conference to fund the redistribution of farm lands mainly owned by whites.
We think the donors, including Great Britain, have to deliver. They have to fulfil their commitments, he said after talks that included South African President Thabo Mbeki and President Sam Nujoma of Namibia.
President Mugabe was able to cool down the spirits of the whole people.... We are happy that President Mugabe is dealing with both the farmers and the veterans.
Mr Mugabe met the presidents of three neighbour states at Victoria falls, Zimbabwes top tourist resort, where many hotel bookings have been cancelled because of the violent crisis over the ownership of farmland.
Mr Mbeki said Mr Mugabe and the squatters and war veterans who have occupied hundreds of white-owned farms wanted to end the occupation, but that this could not happen before a formal land redistribution programme was in place.
LONDON: Britain is ready to help fund land redistribution in Zimbabwe, but only once the murder and mayhem perpetrated against the countrys white farmers has stopped, the foreign office said on Saturday.
A genuine land reform programme...is what we have always been prepared to help fund, provided it is within the rule of law, Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain said in a statement.
HARARE (Reuters): The police today moved onto occupied farms in Zimbabwe to free two abducted white farmers, in the first sign of a possible turnaround in the countrys escalating land and political crisis.
Farmers in the Bindura area, 100 km north-east of Harare, told Reuters by telephone that two farmers, whom they named as Ian Miller and Chris McGraw, had been abducted by self-styled liberation war veterans early today.
Elian reunited with father
WASHINGTON, April 22 (PTI) Six-year-old Cuban shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez was reunited with his father at an airforce base near here today after federal agents seized him from the house of his relatives in Miami, ending his five-month-long ordeal.Elian and his father Mr Juan Miguel Gonzalez would be staying at the Andrews air base for a few days, CNN quoted officials as saying.
Earlier, federal agents seized Elian from the home of his Miami relatives before dawn today firing tear gas shells at an angry mob in what can be described as a scene taken straight from a Hollywood thriller.
Over 20 agents arrived at the house after 5 a.m. (2.30 p.m. IST) in vans and burst into the house. They took the frightened child out of the arms of one of the fishermen who rescued him on November 25 last year.
A woman and man brought Elian out of the home and put him in one of the vans which sped off with the Cuban boy screaming help me, help me, dont take me away, in Spanish.
Elian was later bundled into a government plane which took him to the air base, an official said, adding the boy was unhurt in the dramatic operation.
He was explained what was happening to him and was calm on the plane, the official said. A psychiatrist and a flight surgeon were also on the plane.
Attorney-General Janet Reno told a news conference that she had no choice but to send the federal agents because the relatives would not give him up peacefully.
2 Koreas end first round of talks
PANMUNJOM, Korea, April 22 (AFP) Officials of North and South Korea today ended their first round of talks aimed at preparing for a landmark inter-Korean summit in June.
The two sides agreed to meet again at this border village on Thursday next week to continue with efforts to hammer out the agenda and details for the summit.
South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung is scheduled to travel to Pyongyang for talks with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-Il on June 12-14.
Todays talks ended at 11:20 a.m. (0220 GMT) and lasted an hour and 20 minutes, 40 minutes less than had been scheduled.
The Norths chief delegate Kim Ryung-Sung, a deputy ministerial-level official on the standing committee of the Norths Supreme Peoples Assembly, demanded the two sides first discuss basic issues at the summit.
There are a slew of pending issues between the two sides. In order to resolve these issues, the two sides must settle basic issues first, the Norths chief delegate said in his opening statement.
Clinton, Gore quizzed in fund misuse probe
WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) FBI agents and a US Justice Department official interviewed the President, Mr Bill Clinton, under oath for four hours as part of a probe of alleged campaign finance abuses, the White House said.
The White House issued a terse statement saying Mr Clinton and the Vice-President, Mr Al Gore, who was interviewed on Tuesday, had cooperated fully with the Justice Department, investigation which stems from allegations of political fund-raising irregularities in their successful 1996 re-election campaign.
The President and the Vice-President cooperated fully with the task force and voluntarily agreed to be interviewed this week, the White House said in its statement.
Neither the President nor the Vice-President is a target of the investigation, added a White House official, who asked not to be named. Neither was asked by the Justice Department campaign finance task force to appear for further interviews.
White House officials declined all comment on the subject of the interviews as did Mr Gore, who spoke briefly to newsmen as he returned to Washington after a campaign trip to Detroit.
I volunteered to cooperate fully as I have from the beginning of the investigation, Mr Gore told reporters on his air force two aircraft.
According to court documents released last month, the task force has begun investigating whether the White House failed to hand over electronic mail sought by campaign finance investigators and used intimidation to keep the e-mail secret.
Iran court summons maverick Editor
TEHERAN, April 22 (Reuters) Irans hard-line Press court today summoned a newspaper Editor for interrogation after he alleged top intelligence officials were behind the murders of secular dissidents.
There is the possibility of (my) arrest, Akbar Ganji told mediapersons as he entered the courthouse for the closed-door questioning. This is the price we pay for exposures in connection with the serial murders.
A former ideological official in the elite revolutionary guards, Ganji has outraged the establishment with his detailed allegations in the Press of high-level complicity in the murders of dissident figures dating back many years.
Editor of the reformist Sobh-e Emrouz, Ganji is the latest in a string of journalists to go before the court, which has closed several dailies and imprisoned newspaper executives.
Earlier this month, the same court sent Mashallah Shamosolvezin, the Dean of Irans independent press, to prison for 30 months for insulting Islamic values.
Another journalist, Emadeddin Baqi, preceded Ganji into the courthouse to answer similar allegations.
The conservative majority in the out-going Parliament has also taken aim at the Press, which it holds responsible for its defeat in parliamentary polls last February. It passed a series of amendments subjecting editors and journalist to new restrictions and greater legal liability.
But Ganji, who also writes for a number of publications, said any set-backs for the reform platform of President Mohammad Khatami, which has emphasised Press freedom, were only temporary.
I may go to jail instead of the masterminds (of the murders), but I am not concerned. There are fundamental changes taking place in our country.
Sharat Chandra dead
KANSAS CITY (Missouri), April 22 (AP) Indian-born writer G.S. Sharat Chandra, who was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in poetry in 1993, has died. He was 64.
Chandra suffered a brain haemorrhage on Tuesday evening, and never regained consciousness, said his daughter, Shalini. He died Thursday morning.
Chandra, who was a Professor in English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was nominated for Pulitzer for his 1993 book, Family of Mirrors.
Chandra was born on May 3, 1935, in Mysore, and came to the USA when he was 27. He was first educated as a lawyer, holding degrees earned in India and Canada.
Shalini said he was unhappy as a lawyer. He wanted to be a poet, of all things. I just find that really romantic. He just loved English, loved the classics.
German envoy cautions Pak
NEW DELHI, April 22 (UNI) The German Ambassador in Islamabad has told Pakistan that it runs the risk of being named as a terrorism-supporting country and even getting disintegrated, if it does not change its Afghan policy.
Sada-e-Islami Jamhoori Iran, the Urdu service of Radio Tehran, has reported that the Ambassador told a seminar in Islamabad on Thursday that Pakistan must change its policy towards Taliban in Afghanistan if its wanted to save itself from being branded as a country supporting trans-border terrorism.
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