Briefs

By Ap, Reuters, Cox | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), August 15, 1994 | Go to article overview

Briefs


Ap, Reuters, Cox, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Rival Serbs, Muslims Sign Agreement To Halt Sniping

Bosnia's rival Serbs and Muslims signed a U.N.-brokered accord Sunday to halt sniping in Sarajevo within 24 hours. They also pledged to patrol high-risk areas with U.N. soldiers to stop marksmen who disobey.

In addition, the two sides agreed verbally to end shooting attacks around Sarajevo airport that have shut down the U.N. airlift to the city, a U.N. spokesman said. There was no immediate word when the flights would resume.

Gunfire halted the flights Thursday only two days after they had resumed following an 18-day break. The city already faces a severe food shortage. Reuters

***** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Assembly Puts Off Election For President Until 1996

The National Assembly voted Sunday in Santo Domingo to delay new presidential elections that were intended to end the Caribbean nation's three-month leadership crisis.

The assembly voted to hold elections May 16, 1996, and rejected an accord reached Wednesday to hold the election Nov. 16, 1995.

Dominican politics have been in dispute since allegations of fraud surfaced during last May's presidential elections. Joaquin Balaguer beat Jose Francisco Pena Gomez of the Dominican Revolutionary Party by about 1 percent, or 22,000, of the votes cast. Reuters

***** JAPAN Another Official Resigns Over Statements On WWII

For the second time this year, a Cabinet minister has resigned after outraging Asian nations by playing down Japan's role in World War II. His successor immediately distanced himself from the remarks.

Shin Sakurai stepped down Sunday in Tokyo as head of the Environment Agency after his statement that Japan did not intend to invade Asian nations drew harsh rebukes from South Korea and China, two of the countries that suffered most from Japanese brutalities during the war.

Sakurai's replacement, Sohei Miyashita, disavowed his predecessor's remarks at a news conference, echoing Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama's position that Japan should feel remorse for the suffering that it caused during the war.

In May, Justice Minister Shigeto Nagano described as a "fabrication" the 1937 massacre of Chinese civilians in Nanking by Japanese soldiers and defended Japan's wartime actions as an attempt to free Asia from Western colonialism. …

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