Grenade Kills Ethnic Albanian in Kosovo
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia--A rocket-propelled grenade killed an ethnic Albanian in northern Kosovo yesterday, the latest incident of violence that continues to bedevil international efforts to establish normality in the province.
Officials of the NATO-led Kosovo peacekeeping force said the grenade smashed through the windshield of a truck driven by the victim, killing him and wounding a woman passenger.
There were no further details on the incident near Kosovska Mitrovica, a northern town that has been the scene of repeated confrontations between Kosovo Serbs and ethnic Albanians as well as several abductions and shootings.
Greece Now Supports Turkey Joining EU
SAARISELKA, Finland--In a significant change of heart, Greece told its European Union partners it no longer objects to longtime rival Turkey joining the union.
Greece would favor Turkish membership as long as the union does not ease entry conditions for its eastern neighbor, Greek officials said after a weekend EU foreign ministers' meeting.
Greece now believes it is "in its own interest to see Turkey move closer to Europe," Foreign Minister George Papandreou said. He said he spoke with Ismail Cem, his Turkish counterpart, by telephone Saturday night.
Greece had long opposed Turkish EU membership. EU officials praised the new policy as a breakthrough that promises to end years of Greek vetoes of funding programs for Ankara.
Mitchell to Try to Save N. Ireland Accord
BELFAST--Former U.S. senator George Mitchell, who led the successful push for a peace accord between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland last year, arrived to try to prevent the 17-month-old deal from collapsing.
Mitchell said, however, that he had no intention of repeating his two-year stewardship of the negotiations that produced the Good Friday accord of 1998. In a recorded interview broadcast on British television, Mitchell said he was not prepared "to listen to the same arguments over and over again," and he intended to reach a conclusion within weeks.
The British and Irish governments have asked Mitchell to try to broker a compromise that would allow implementation of two key sections of the accord--the formation of a Protestant-Catholic government and the gradual disarmament of the Irish Republican Army.
Sudan Rejects U.S. Special Envoy
KHARTOUM, Sudan--Sudan has rejected Washington's appointment of a special envoy to Khartoum, calling it unacceptable, state radio reported.
The United States said 10 days ago it had appointed former Florida congressman Harry Johnston as its special envoy to Sudan to highlight what it called Sudan's appalling human rights situation and its humanitarian needs, and to promote an existing peace process.
"The way the envoy was appointed was not proper. It did not recognize the legitimacy of the country. It is unacceptable," state Radio Omdurman quoted Culture and Information Minister Ghazi Salahuddin as saying.
The minister said all three mandates given to the envoy had been adequately dealt with by Khartoum, and wondered what Johnston was really assigned to do.
THE MIDDLE EAST
Jordan's Abdullah to Visit Ex-Foe Kuwait
AMMAN, Jordan--King Abdullah will fly to Kuwait in a groundbreaking visit to put a final end to differences stemming from the Persian Gulf War. Officials say the visit will cap a reconciliation between the two countries that started when Jordan began to distance itself from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein after sheltering a senior Iraqi defector in 1995.
Albright Pays Visit to Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam--Fresh from helping broker a new Middle East accord, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrived in Vietnam today en route to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in New Zealand.
During her 30-hour stopover, Albright planned meetings with the Communist country's top two leaders and her counterpart, Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam.
She will witness a repatriation ceremony for four sets of remains believed to be those of American soldiers listed as missing in action in the Vietnam War.
And she will commission the new U.S. consulate adjacent to the site of the U.S. Embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, which was known as Saigon when it was the capital of the former U.S.-backed government of South Vietnam.
Diplomatic ties, restored in 1995, now include a bilateral trade agreement in principle that is being completed in Washington before it is sent to both countries' legislatures for approval. A deal on cooperation in technology and communications is expected to be signed today.
China Staging War Games Near Taiwan
HONG KONG--China's People's Liberation Army is staging war games in the southeastern coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Guangdong across from Taiwan, a Beijing-backed Hong Kong newspaper said.
The Wen Wei Po daily quoted unnamed military sources as saying the main object of the exercises was beach landings.
FOR THE RECORD
* BOGOTA, Colombia--At least six Colombian soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting with Marxist guerrillas in San Juan de Sumapaz, a rugged mountain region just south of Bogota, an army spokeswoman said.
* KATMANDU, Nepal--A twin-engine domestic airplane clipped a telecommunications tower with its wing and crashed in nearby hills, killing all 15 people aboard.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"There is every indication that a massacre is taking place, staged by [Indonesian] military forces."
--Ana Gomes, Portuguese envoy to Indonesia