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ENGLAND: U.S. ENDORSES NEW SECURITY ROLE FOR EU

BIRMINGHAM -- In a major shift in U.S. defense policy, Defense Secretary William Cohen said yesterday that NATO will have to share responsibility for the security of Europe with the European Union.

Cohen delivered the message to fellow defense ministers in the 19-nation NATO alliance during an annual informal meeting.

For the past year the 15-nation European Union has been developing its own military arm to give its common foreign policy more clout and to be able to act in crises in which the United States or other allies do not wish to get involved.

Until now, Washington's reaction to the European Union's plans has been unenthusiastic. Many in Washington fear a European defense force would be the first step in splitting NATO and pushing the United States out of Europe.

U.S. SCORES KEY WIN IN SECURITY COUNCIL VOTING

UNITED NATIONS -- Colombia, Ireland, Mauritius, Norway and Singapore won two-year terms on the Security Council in a vote yesterday that was a major victory for the U.S. campaign to prevent Sudan from filling a seat.

Mauritius, the U.S.-backed candidate, beat Sudan in the fourth round of balloting 113-55, giving it the two-thirds majority needed to win the single seat allocated for Africa. …