Tuesday 30 March 2004
March 30, 2004
UN: Report On Security Lapses Shakes Top Management
An independent panel has traced responsibility for UN security lapses in Iraq last year from field managers in Baghdad to the No.2 executive at the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan responded to the report by calling for the resignation of his security coordinator, but he declined to accept the resignation of deputy UN chief Louise Frechette. Security concerns continue to overshadow the organization's efforts to assist with Iraq's political transition.
March 29, 2004
Annan Dismisses UN Security Head Over Iraq Lapses
United Nations, 29 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has dismissed UN security coordinator Tun Myat and reassigned a top-level humanitarian official following an investigation into security lapses before the attack at UN headquarters in Baghdad last year.
March 26, 2004
Iraq: One Year After Fall Of Hussein, Women In Iraq Facing Many Hardships
A year after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime, women in Iraq face many problems -- from violence and economic hardship to day-to-day privations like a continued lack of water and electricity. Activists, however, say a lack of security remains the main problem.
March 26, 2004
Iraq: Deminers Clear 1 Million Mines, Bombs From North, But Daunting Task Remains
Deminers say they have cleared 1 million mines and pieces of unexploded ordnance in northern Iraq since the toppling of Saddam Hussein a year ago. That is noteworthy progress toward removing a menace that today kills or injures at least 20 people a month in the area. But it also is a measure of how much still remains to be done.
March 24, 2004
Iraq: 100 Days Before Handover Of Sovereignty, UN Poised For Difficult Mission
Security remains a chief concern in Iraq With less than 100 days to go before Iraqis are to assume power from the U.S.-led coalition, the UN faces the challenge of forging a political consensus on a transitional government. A key Shi'a leader's rejection of the interim constitution poses difficulties for the UN electoral mission, poised to return power to the country. The UN Security Council will adopt a statement later today supporting the UN mission, and making no mention of the interim constitution.
March 23, 2004
U.S.: Washington's 'Greater Middle East Initiative' Stumbles Amid Charges It Imposes Change
A major U.S. proposal to foster democracy in the Mideast, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan has run aground amid angry criticism from key Arab rulers and doubts in Europe. Now, Washington is reported to be revising its approach in hopes of still finding a way to unveil some version of its Greater Middle East Initiative at the G-8 summit in June.
March 20, 2004
U.S. To Assist Inquiry Into Alleged Oil-For-Food Fraud
Kuwait City, 20 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell today said that Washington will assist a fraud inquiry into allegations that the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein diverted money from the UN-sponsored oil-for-food program.
March 19, 2004
Western Press Review: Interethnic Violence Erupts In Kosovo And The One-Year Anniversary Of War In Iraq
Prague, 19 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war (20 March), much of the press devotes considerable attention to assessing what has been achieved since the U.S.-led ouster of Saddam Hussein. The anniversary is somewhat eclipsed, however, by a surge of new violence in Kosovo. Three Albanian teenagers drowned this week in the UN protectorate when they were allegedly chased into a river by Serbian youths. The drownings precipitated an angry reaction from Albanians and sparked retaliatory violence aimed at the Serbian community, which left 20 dead and destroyed dozens of homes.