Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Cooperation sought on nuclear talks

Pakistan is delaying international talks on a ban on the production of nuclear bomb material, insisting that any deal must also require its archrival, India, to reduce its stockpile.

President Obama has pushed for the ban, and the United States on Tuesday urged Pakistan to allow a quick start to the talks at the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

"It is imperative that we work together . . . and begin substantive work in 2010," U.S. representative Garold N. Larson told the meeting.

India has a larger stock of fissile material and the capacity to build more warheads than Pakistan. Pakistan fears that India is gaining disproportionate power in South Asia after a 2008 agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the Unites States and India and a series of strategic and economic cooperation deals it has concluded with Russia and other countries.

The Geneva disarmament conference can move forward only by consensus. In its latest delaying tactic, Pakistan is pledging to block agreement on a U.S. proposal for a work plan, the next step in the negotiation process.

-- Associated Press


Ousted premier to run for president

Sudan's last elected prime minister said Tuesday he will run for president in April elections, promising to settle the Darfur conflict and "dismantle totalitarianism" in Africa's largest state.

Sadiq al-Mahdi was overthrown with the rest of his civilian government in a bloodless coup by the current president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in 1989.

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