DOS Memo re: Summary of News and Events

DOS Memo summarizes various events that have occurred around the world, including news that the International Committee of the Red Cross' has commenced to meet with detainees at Guantanamo. [Contents redacted].

Doc_type: 
Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Friday, January 18, 2002
Doc_rel_date: 
Monday, November 22, 2004
Doc_text: 

, EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT
-Operations Center RELEASED IN PART
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Overnight BriefNo.3
Friday, Janaary 18, 2002
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ICRC BEGINS MEETING WITH DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO
ANNAN REAFFIRMS NEED FOR BALANCE IN WAR ON TERROR : ..
(U) UNSYG Annan warned governments that counter-terrorism efforts must be balanced with the protection of human rights during a UNSC debate, report the media. The Secretary General's statement was not contentious, comments the mission. Both Annan's address and a UN spokesman's statements reiterate a basic affmtlP.tion of principles of international law.
(Watch/USUN New York Ie/con, Reuters)
VOLCANIC DEATH TOLL IN DRC STANDS AT 4S
(U) A regional OFDA coordinator and a UN disaster assessment team are scheduled to arrive January 19 to assess relief needs and investigate the accuracy of UN reports of an e5timated 45 dead and 200,000 to 500,000 displaced by the volcano's eruption, reports the desk. Most of those displaced fled to Rwanda; the GOR's capacity to assist the refugees is limited.
(Walch/Rwanda desk te/con, Reuters)
HAmAN PRIME MINIST£R PROFFERS RESIGNATION
(C) Prime Minister Cherestal had previously been summoned by the Haitian Senate for an anticipated vote of no confidence next week. President Aristide has refused in recent weeks to endorse Cherestal, leaving the PM exposed to scathing criticism for GOH shortcomings, and had declined several months ago to accept Cherestal's resignation. The President's re5ponse now is uncertain, given that he may want to use the PM as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the opposition. (Watch/Haili desk e-mail)
AFGHANISTAN HOSTAGE SURFACES IN KARACHI
(U) Amcit Clark Bowers arrived at the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi, claiming to have been tortured and imprisoned by the Taliban. reports the bureau. Consulate officials will meet with Mr. Bowers January 19. (Watch/Consular Affairs bureau e-mail)
Drafted: MJSeanlKBbreslti Approved: VLCrilcs Dill: Swc (III bun:lIII5). CIA. DOD, NSC. USUN
DERJVED FROM: Multiple SOIll'CCS
DECLASSIFY ON: 01117107
CONFIDENTIAL
UNITED STATES DEPARHIENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER
UNCLASSIFIED
DA TE/CASE 10: 30 SEP 2004 200303827
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5921
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