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					                                               Asia-Pacific Daily News Summary
                                                         10 June 2009

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HAWAII ............................................................................................................................................ 8
          U.S. Director For Asia-Pacific Center For Security Studies Visits Bangladesh ........... 8
EXERCISES .................................................................................................................................... 8
        GARUDA SHIELD .................................................................................................................. 8
          RCAF Off To Indonesia ...................................................................................................... 8
ASIA ................................................................................................................................................ 8
          ARMS TRADE - Asia Big Sales Target Despite Downturn .............................................. 8
        SWINE FLU (H1N1/A) ............................................................................................................ 9
          World Getting "Very Close" To H1N1 Pandemic, Says WHO ......................................... 9
          [Australia] Aussies With Pig Flu In Intensive Care ......................................................... 9
          [Australia] Australia Flu 'May Tip Pandemic' .................................................................. 9
          [Hong Kong] Hong Kong Reports First Domestic Human H1N1 Flu Case ................ 10
          [Korea] Five More Cases Of H1N1 Confirmed .............................................................. 10
          [Malaysia] Two More Influenza A (H1N1) Cases ............................................................ 10
          [Philippines] 2 Swine Flu Suspects Quarantined In Southcot ..................................... 11
          [Philippines] Swine Flu Symptoms Not Really Serious As Thought ........................... 11
          [Singapore] 2 More H1N1 Flu Patients Discharged ...................................................... 11
          [Thailand] A Bangkok School Suspends Classes In An Influenza Scare ................... 12
          [Thailand] Health Minister Investigating Case Of Taiwan Tourists With H1N1 .......... 12
          [Thailand] Health Ministry Confirms 3 New Cases Of Swine Flu ................................. 12
          [Vietnam] HCM City Confirms Three More Super Flu Cases ....................................... 12
REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS .................................................................................................... 13
        SIX PARTY TALKS .............................................................................................................. 13
          Japan, US Agree To Review 6-Party Talks On N.Korea ................................................ 13
          Campbell Urges N. Korea To Return To 6-Party Talks ................................................. 13
NORTHEAST ASIA ....................................................................................................................... 13
        CHINA ................................................................................................................................... 13
         Senior Official: China To Strengthen Party, Government Discipline At County Level
          ............................................................................................................................................ 13
         China: Pyongyang Just Wants Attention ....................................................................... 14
         Chinese Ambassador Calls For Early Conclusion Of Seoul-Beijing FTA................... 14
         Mainland Official Visits Taiwan To Consult Opinions On Upcoming Forum ............. 14
         Beijing Speaks Out Over Failed Steel Deal .................................................................... 14
         More India Troops In Disputed Territory ........................................................................ 15
         India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka ............................................................................. 15
         China, Pakistan To Enhance Anti-Terrorism Cooperation ........................................... 16
         China Pledges To Enhance Strategic Co-Op With Thailand ........................................ 16
         China Ready To Finance Infrastructure ......................................................................... 16
     Execution of Pinoy Traffickers in China ‘Unlikely’ ........................................................ 16
     China Bans Parts Of Gay Festival ................................................................................... 17
     China To Buy Up To $50 BIL. Of IMF Bonds .................................................................. 17
     CPI Drops 1.4% In April, Deflation Eases ....................................................................... 17
     Chinese Inflation Declines Again .................................................................................... 18
     China's Cabinet Announces Plan To Boost Coastal Jiangsu ...................................... 18
     Heavy Rain Leaves 14 Dead In Central, Sw China ........................................................ 18
     Reform Before Revolt In Today's China ......................................................................... 18
     Writer Stays In Police Grip............................................................................................... 19
     Japan PC Makers Rushing To Meet China's New Rule Of Filtering Software ............ 19
     New Train Service Between Mongolia And China ......................................................... 20
    TAIWAN ................................................................................................................................ 20
     Mainland Official Visits Taiwan To Consult Opinions On Upcoming Forum ............. 20
     ECFA Unlikely To Be Signed This Year .......................................................................... 20
     Outgoing KMT Chairman To Preside Over Next Cross-Strait Forum .......................... 20
     Ma Announces To Run For KMT Chairman ................................................................... 21
     Wu bows out as Ma runs for KMT chair ......................................................................... 21
     Stanton 'Out Of Running' For AIT Chief ......................................................................... 21
    JAPAN .................................................................................................................................. 22
     A-Bomb Disease Standards To Be Eased ...................................................................... 22
     Amano Leads Straw Poll In Race For IAEA Chief ......................................................... 22
     LDP Defense Policy Panel Ok's Strike-Capability Plan ................................................ 22
     LDP Starts Mapping Out Campaign Policies For Election ........................................... 23
     Treaty To Outlaw Cluster Bombs Gets Final Diet Approval ......................................... 23
     Aso, Hatoyama To Lock Horns In 2ND Diet Debate On June 17.................................. 23
     Japanese Parliamentarians Critical Of Burma Policy ................................................... 23
     Japan PC Makers Rushing To Meet China's New Rule Of Filtering Software ............ 24
     Japan Targets 15% Emissions Cut By 2020 .................................................................. 24
     Japanese Lunar Probe To Crash-Land On Moon .......................................................... 24
     Nikkei Hits New Eight-Month High .................................................................................. 25
     Japan's Key Machinery Orders Fall ................................................................................ 25
     Latest Data Shows Japan's Economy Is Bottoming Out .............................................. 25
     NEC Releases Unmanned Plane To Collect Data From Disaster Sites ....................... 26
     Panel Criticizes Prosecutors, Media Over Ozawa Fund Scandal ................................ 26
     Akashi Applauses Welfare Facilities Of IDPs ................................................................ 26
     Japan, US Agree To Review 6-Party Talks On N.Korea ................................................ 27
    MONGOLIA .......................................................................................................................... 27
     New Train Service Between Mongolia And China ......................................................... 27
     Clinton meets Mongolian Foreign Minister S. Batbold ................................................. 27
     Tensions For Mongolia's New President's Inauguration Ceremony ........................... 27
    ROK/DPRK ........................................................................................................................... 28
     U.N. Powers Agree To Draft Sanctions On N.Korea ..................................................... 28
     UN Powers Reach Deal On North Korea Sanctions ...................................................... 28
     Japan, US Agree To Review 6-Party Talks On N.Korea ................................................ 28
     Campbell Urges N. Korea To Return To 6-Party Talks ................................................. 29
     N Korea 'Close To Missile Launch' ................................................................................. 29
     Report: Russia Knows of North Korean Launch Plans ................................................ 29
     Russia Holds Out On Latest U.N. Resolution Draft ....................................................... 30
     Russia Has Info On NKorea Missile Launch Plan ......................................................... 30
     N Korea Draft Resolution Agreed ................................................................................... 30
     North Korean Nuke Test Remains Unconfirmed ........................................................... 30
     'NK Raising Tension For Power Succession' ................................................................ 31
     Jong-Un’s Succession Story Differs From Father’s ..................................................... 31
     Prepare For Collapse Of N. Korea: Analyst ................................................................... 32
     Unification Minister To Skip Inter-Korean Summit Anniversary Event ....................... 32
     U.S. Journalists 'To Be Sent To Special Camp In N.Korea' .......................................... 32

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        Slim Hopes From Inter-Korean Talks For Detained S.Korean ..................................... 32
        Journalists May Get 'Good' Gulag .................................................................................. 33
        N. Korea Sends Condolences On Death Of S. Korean Activist ................................... 33
        South Korea Gives US Info On North's Bank Accounts ............................................... 33
        U.S. Envoy Says No Intention To Invade DPRK ............................................................ 34
        Gates: Interceptor Missiles Can Protect US .................................................................. 34
        Bosworth: N Korea Unlikely To Change Hardline ......................................................... 34
        Could North Korea Provoke A New Korean War? ......................................................... 34
        China: Pyongyang Just Wants Attention ....................................................................... 35
        Chinese Ambassador Calls For Early Conclusion Of Seoul-Beijing FTA................... 35
        Governing Party Advises President To Reshuffle Cabinet .......................................... 35
        Defection Fallout Ripples Through Yankang Province ................................................ 36
        Inflation A Distant Threat For Korea ............................................................................... 36
        S. Korean Trade Minister Calls For Balanced Interest In FTA With New Zealand ..... 36
        Intellectuals Engage In War Of Ideologies ..................................................................... 37
        Ralliers Call For 'Recovery Of Democracy' .................................................................... 37
        Roh Bribery Scandal Must Be Revealed In Full ............................................................. 37
        S. Korea To Independently Build Next Space Rocket: Official .................................... 38
        South Korea Completes Space Centre For Rocket Launch ......................................... 38
        'Techno Peace Corps' To Help Developing Countries .................................................. 38
        Truckers To Strike Today................................................................................................. 39
        WHO Forum Adopts 'Busan Pledge' ............................................................................... 39
       RUSSIA................................................................................................................................. 39
        Medvedev Threatens To Ax Governors .......................................................................... 39
        New Arms Treaty Must Exclude Weapons In Space - Russian General ..................... 40
        Russia Against Unilateral Steps In Cutting Armaments - Lavrov................................ 40
        Russia Could Scrap Nuclear Arms Alongside Other Nations - Putin ......................... 40
        Russia To Continue Multi-Vector Foreign Policy -- Lavrov .......................................... 41
        Russian Destroyer To Take Part In Drills With NATO Warships.................................. 41
        Russian Missile Commander Opposes Conventional Warheads On ICBMS ............. 41
        Russia's Lada Sub Trials To Be Completed In 2009 ..................................................... 42
        N Korea 'Close To Missile Launch' ................................................................................. 42
        Report: Russia Knows of North Korean Launch Plans ................................................ 42
        Russia Has Info On NKorea Missile Launch Plan ......................................................... 43
        Russia Holds Out On Latest U.N. Resolution Draft ....................................................... 43
SOUTH ASIA................................................................................................................................. 43
       BANGLADESH ..................................................................................................................... 43
        Tipai Emits An Air Of Eerie Feelings .............................................................................. 43
        U.S. Director For Asia-Pacific Center For Security Studies Visits Bangladesh ......... 44
       BHUTAN ............................................................................................................................... 44
        Bhutan Signs ‘Historic’ IT Agreement ............................................................................ 44
       INDIA .................................................................................................................................... 44
        IAF Aircraft's Wreckage With 13 Bodies Located ......................................................... 44
        India Military Air Crash Kills 13 ....................................................................................... 45
        In BJP Blame Game, Leaders Now Criticise Key Strategists ....................................... 45
        Suspected Maoists kill 11 Policemen In India ............................................................... 45
        PM Kevin Rudd Calls For Calm After Assaults On Indian Students ........................... 46
        Australian PM Urges Calm Among Indian Students ..................................................... 46
        Countries Appeal For End To Racist Attacks ................................................................ 46
        Blaming Entire Australia For Attacks Wrong: Dalai Lama ........................................... 47
        Indians Rally In Sydney For Police Protection .............................................................. 47
        Girl 'Identifies Mumbai Gunman' ..................................................................................... 47
        India A Major Foreign Policy Priority: U.S. .................................................................... 48
        Burns to Push For Resumption Of Pakistan-India Dialogue In New Delhi-US ........... 48
        US Asks India To Resume Talks With Pakistan ............................................................ 48

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        Pak Isn't Curbing Terror, India Tells US ......................................................................... 49
        Pakistan Wants Friendly Ties With Its Neighbors: Gilani ............................................. 49
        Pakistan Welcomes Indian PM's Peace Gesture ........................................................... 50
        Analysis - India And Pakistan May Talk, But On Different Terms ............................... 50
        India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka ............................................................................. 50
        Political Solution, A Sri Lankan Affair- Shiv Shanker Menon ...................................... 51
        Indian PM Urged To Secure Suu Kyi’s Release ............................................................. 51
        More India Troops In Disputed Territory ........................................................................ 51
       NEPAL .................................................................................................................................. 52
        MJF Meeting Venue Turns Into Battleground; Three Lawmakers Among Those Hurt
         ............................................................................................................................................ 52
        Nepali Gov't To Endorse President's Move On Army Chief ......................................... 52
        PM Consults Lawyers On Revoking Katawal's Sacking ............................................... 52
        PM Nepal Extends Olive Branch To Maoists As Latter Reciprocates With Pre-
        Condition ........................................................................................................................... 53
        PM: Army Integration Top Govt Priority ......................................................................... 53
        Strike Cripples Normal Life In Nepal's Terai Region ..................................................... 53
       PAKISTAN ............................................................................................................................ 54
        Army Operation Launched Against Militants In Bannu ................................................ 54
        Pakistan Deals 'Aiding Taliban' ....................................................................................... 54
        'Many Militants Dead' In Pakistan ................................................................................... 54
        Army Repels Taliban In NW Pakistan After Hotel Blast ................................................ 55
        Light Security Contributes To Pakistan Hotel Bombing .............................................. 55
        Search For Pakistan Blast Victims ................................................................................. 55
        16 Dead In Pakistan Hotel Blast, Taliban Blamed ......................................................... 56
        Pak Navy Alert For Country Defence: Noman Bashir ................................................... 56
        Benazir Bhutto Probe Stalled Over Lack Of Funds ....................................................... 56
        Govt To Transfer 2.6M Acres To Landless Farmers In Five Years .............................. 57
        Pakistan To Enhance Defence Ties With Czech Republic ........................................... 57
        US Delivers Four Mi-17 Cargo Helicopters To The Army ............................................. 57
        Burns to Push For Resumption Of Pakistan-India Dialogue In New Delhi-US ........... 58
        US Asks India To Resume Talks With Pakistan ............................................................ 58
        Pak Isn't Curbing Terror, India Tells US ......................................................................... 58
        Pakistan Wants Friendly Ties With Its Neighbors: Gilani ............................................. 59
        Pakistan Welcomes Indian PM's Peace Gesture ........................................................... 59
        Analysis - India And Pakistan May Talk, But On Different Terms ............................... 60
        India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka ............................................................................. 60
        China, Pakistan To Enhance Anti-Terrorism Cooperation ........................................... 60
       SRI LANKA .......................................................................................................................... 61
        Sri Lanka Detains Canadian MP ...................................................................................... 61
        War Over, Lanka Allows Displaced Tamils To Vote In Provincial Polls ...................... 61
        Four pro-LTTE MPs Refused Leave By Sri Lankan Parliament ................................... 61
        Guilty Plea In Tamil Tiger Trial ........................................................................................ 62
        Political Solution, A Sri Lankan Affair- Shiv Shanker Menon ...................................... 62
        India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka ............................................................................. 62
        Akashi Applauses Welfare Facilities Of IDPs ................................................................ 63
SOUTHEAST ASIA ....................................................................................................................... 63
       BURMA ................................................................................................................................. 63
        Myanmar Court Allows Extra Suu Kyi Witness ............................................................. 63
        Myanmar's Suu Kyi Meets Lawyers In Prison ............................................................... 63
        Indian PM Urged To Secure Suu Kyi’s Release ............................................................. 64
        Japanese Parliamentarians Critical Of Burma Policy ................................................... 64
        Suu Kyi Trial Clouds Myanmar Cyclone Aid Effort ....................................................... 65
        SM Goh Briefed On Developments To Promote Tourism In Shan State In Myanmar 65
        Burmese Migrants In Thailand And Malaysia Demand Equal Rights .......................... 65

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     Thai Army Reinforces Burma Border ............................................................................. 66
    CAMBODIA .......................................................................................................................... 66
     RCAF Off To Indonesia .................................................................................................... 66
     Cambodia Dispatches 52 Peacekeeping Soldiers To Sudan ....................................... 66
     French Spy Agency Inspired Duch’s Prison .................................................................. 67
     Government Critics Abused By Courts: Group ............................................................. 67
     Head Of Tribunal Victim Unit Under Fire ........................................................................ 67
     Cambodia, Vietnam Set Year 2012 To End Border Demarcation ................................. 68
     Nation Joins Forces With Cambodia In Drug War......................................................... 68
    INDONESIA .......................................................................................................................... 68
     Candidates Vow To Campaign Peacefully ..................................................................... 68
     Indonesia Tightens Security In Papua Prior To Election .............................................. 69
     Indonesia Ready To Sink Illegal Fishing Boats ............................................................. 69
     Prabowo Backs SBY Over Ambalat ................................................................................ 69
     Choirie: Malaysia Won`T Wage War Against Indonesia ............................................... 70
     Malaysian Navy Chief Offers Apology ............................................................................ 70
     RCAF Off To Indonesia .................................................................................................... 70
     RI Foreign Minister Talks About Climate And Partnership In Washington ................ 71
    LAOS .................................................................................................................................... 71
     Thailand, Laos, Vietnam Open New Customs Checkpoint ........................................... 71
    MALAYSIA ........................................................................................................................... 71
     Choirie: Malaysia Won`T Wage War Against Indonesia ............................................... 71
     Malaysian Navy Chief Offers Apology ............................................................................ 72
     Karpal Urges PAS To Reassess Its Position In Pact .................................................... 72
     Malaysia Increases Surveillance As Human Trafficking Increases ............................. 72
     Burmese Migrants In Thailand And Malaysia Demand Equal Rights .......................... 73
     Malaysian Ministers Urged To Strengthen Cooperation With S'pore ......................... 73
     Set Aside Matters Detrimental To Malaysia-Singapore Relations ............................... 73
    PHILIPPINES ........................................................................................................................ 74
     ‘Shameless Abuse Of Power’ .......................................................................................... 74
     Back Off, Senators Tell Palace, House ........................................................................... 74
     Malacañang Tightens Security Due To Rallies .............................................................. 75
     Rainbow Protest Coalition Converges In Makati ........................................................... 75
     Cha-Cha Sets Perfect Storm, Political Volatility To Worsen Growth .......................... 75
     Filipinos Rally Against Moves To Amend Constitution ................................................ 76
     Governor files charges vs. Bombing suspects ............................................................. 76
     Execution of Pinoy Traffickers in China ‘Unlikely’ ........................................................ 76
     China Ready To Finance Infrastructure ......................................................................... 77
     Filipino And American Businessmen To Retrace Bataan Death March ..................... 77
     IMF Sees Philippine Economic Contraction In 2009 ..................................................... 78
     Rogue MILF Blamed For Attack On Telecom Tower, Power Facility In SK ................ 78
     Sayyaf Leader In Kidnap Of Aid Workers Nabbed ........................................................ 78
     Soldier Killed, 2 Others Hurt In Maguindanao Blast ..................................................... 79
     Women Groups In Philippines Fight To Expedite Passage Of Anti-Cyber Crime Bill 79
    SINGAPORE ........................................................................................................................ 79
     Economists Expect Singapore Economy To Shrink 6.5% This Year .......................... 79
     Malaysian Ministers Urged To Strengthen Cooperation With S'pore ......................... 80
     Set Aside Matters Detrimental To Malaysia-Singapore Relations ............................... 80
     SM Goh Briefed On Developments To Promote Tourism In Shan State In Myanmar 80
     President Nathan Discusses Bilateral Ties, World Issues With Turkish Counterpart81
    THAILAND ............................................................................................................................ 81
     Abhisit Sees Growth From Q4 ......................................................................................... 81
     Massacre Sparks Action; Cabinet To Hold Talks On Taking New Tack ..................... 81
     Security At Mosques, Temples In Deep South To Be Tightened ................................. 82
     Army Chief, Chief Of Staff Visit Deep South .................................................................. 82
     Govt Plans B16bn Development In Far South ............................................................... 82

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         Army Chief: Political Means, Development Key To Ending Insurgency ..................... 83
         Arrest Warrants Issued, Bounty Offered For Narathiwat Insurgents .......................... 83
         Ex-Premier Thaksin May Have Entered UAE Under Alias ............................................ 84
         Germany Bans Thai Ex-Leader Thaksin ......................................................................... 84
         Thai Army Reinforces Burma Border ............................................................................. 84
         Burmese Migrants In Thailand And Malaysia Demand Equal Rights .......................... 85
         China Pledges To Enhance Strategic Co-Op With Thailand ........................................ 85
         Thailand, Laos, Vietnam Open New Customs Checkpoint ........................................... 85
        VIETNAM .............................................................................................................................. 86
         US Ambassador Rejects Bill On Vietnam’s Human Rights .......................................... 86
         Vietnamese Diplomat Calls Us-Vietnam Dialogue A Success ..................................... 86
         Cambodia, Vietnam Set Year 2012 To End Border Demarcation ................................. 86
         Nation Joins Forces With Cambodia In Drug War......................................................... 87
         Thailand, Laos, Vietnam Open New Customs Checkpoint ........................................... 87
         Donors Upbeat About Nation’s Recovery ...................................................................... 87
         President Triet Salutes Role Of Banking Industry ........................................................ 88
         Rise In Jobless Rate Expected ........................................................................................ 88
         Lawmakers Debate Education Plan ................................................................................ 88
         National Congress Of Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities To Open In May 2010 ............... 89
OCEANIA ...................................................................................................................................... 89
         ADB Launches New Publication About Pacific Trade Data And Economies ............. 89
        AUSTRALIA ......................................................................................................................... 89
         Camping Trips Not Terror Training, Says Accused ...................................................... 89
         PM Kevin Rudd Calls For Calm After Assaults On Indian Students ........................... 90
         Australian PM Urges Calm Among Indian Students ..................................................... 90
         Countries Appeal For End To Racist Attacks ................................................................ 90
         Blaming Entire Australia For Attacks Wrong: Dalai Lama ........................................... 91
         Indians Rally In Sydney For Police Protection .............................................................. 91
         'Tackle Racism Or Attacks Will Go On': Researcher .................................................... 91
         Confidence Soars After Sidestepping Recession ......................................................... 92
         Beijing Speaks Out Over Failed Steel Deal .................................................................... 92
         Highly Vulnerable To Oil Shortages ............................................................................... 92
         Pressure Off To Accept Gitmo Inmates .......................................................................... 93
         Ministers Wrap Up Talks Between PNG And Australia ................................................. 93
        COMMONWELTH OF NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS .................................................. 93
         8 WWII Heroes To Arrive For Battle Of Saipan Rites .................................................... 93
         NMI To Mark Battle Of Saipan Anniversary On Sunday ............................................... 94
         CNMI Fails To Establish Free Trade Zones For Years .................................................. 94
        FIJI ........................................................................................................................................ 95
         Fiji Gets Another Month Of Emergency Law ................................................................. 95
         Fiji’s NFP Leader Fears Emergency Rules Will Remain Indefinitely ........................... 95
         Fiji Media Council Says Journalists Frustrated By Emergency Extension ................ 95
         Fiji Regime Critic Says Emergency Regulations Signal Lack Of Confidence ............ 95
         Prominent Lawyer Warns Fiji On Path To Failed State ................................................. 96
        GUAM ................................................................................................................................... 96
         B-52s Arrive From Louisiana ........................................................................................... 96
         Feds Award $2m To Port Authority ................................................................................ 96
        NEW ZEALAND ................................................................................................................... 96
         S. Korean Trade Minister Calls For Balanced Interest In FTA With New Zealand ..... 96
        PALAU .................................................................................................................................. 97
         Palau Asked To Take Guantanamo 17 ............................................................................ 97
         Palau To Take Guantanamo Uighurs .............................................................................. 97
         Palau’s Guantanamo Plan Worries Residents ............................................................... 97
        PAPUA NEW GUINEA ......................................................................................................... 98
         Ministers Wrap Up Talks Between PNG And Australia ................................................. 98

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     Five PNG Police Briefly Held In Highlands Hostage Situation ..................................... 98
     Incarcerated Criminal Behind PNG Kidnapping ............................................................ 98
    SAMOA ................................................................................................................................. 98
     Four Men In Samoa Charged With Missing Funds From Police Ministry ................... 98
     Ousted Samoa MPs Call For Speaker’s Resignation .................................................... 99
    VANUATU............................................................................................................................. 99
     Vanuatu PM Acts To Shore Up Support ......................................................................... 99




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                                           SUMMARIES
HAWAII

U.S. Director For Asia-Pacific Center For Security Studies Visits Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN) - Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ed Smith, director of the Asia-Pacific
Center for Security Studies (APCSS), is visiting Dhaka to meet with government, military and
political leaders to discuss security issues. "APCSS addresses regional and global security
issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations
to its comprehensive program of courses and conferences, both in Hawaii and throughout the
Asia-Pacific region," a U.S. embassy press statement said in the capital, Dhaka, on Wednesday.
The center focuses on defining and addressing regional security issues and capacities. It also
helps develop professional and personal ties among national security establishments throughout
the region, the statement added. Smith will meet with senior Bangladesh government and
defense officials as well as think tank representatives. He will also be the guest speaker at a
roundtable co-hosted by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and the U.S. embassy on civil-
military cooperation, according to the statement.
Source: AHN
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7015451992

EXERCISES

GARUDA SHIELD

RCAF Off To Indonesia
The daughter of Khieu Vansich, 37, peers from between the legs of two RCAF soldiers at Phnom
Penh International Airport on Tuesday. Her father is one of 18 RCAF soldiers leaving to
participate in a military exercise known as the Global Peace Operations Initiative, which will be
held over three weeks in Garuda Shield, Indonesia. Thirty-four more RCAF soldiers will leave on
Saturday.
Source: Phnom Penh Post
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2009061026376/National-news/RCAF-off-to-
Indonesia.html

ASIA

ARMS TRADE - Asia Big Sales Target Despite Downturn
Economies are slowing and budgets are under fire but in Asia and the Pacific one nearly
bulletproof bet remains defence spending. China has led the charge as countries across the vast
region have poured money into their militaries to upgrade gear, add capabilities and expand their
reach. Asia ranks second after the Middle East in the developing world for arms imports. Experts
say so far the economic downturn has only made minor dents in the procurement plans of some
Asian countries, but the region is likely to remain one of the most alluring markets for a global
defence industry that is growing dependent on exports. That's why at the Paris Air Show next
week Asians are likely to be courted. "There are a lot of people who, quite frankly, see the Asian
market as one of the El Dorados," said military expert Richard Bitzinger, a senior fellow at
Singapore's S.Rajaratman School of International Studies. Military expenditure in the Asia-Pacific
region, not including South Asia, rose more than 5 percent in 2008 compared with the year before
to $248 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
According to the U.S. Congressional Research Service, Asia accounted for more than 40 percent
of world arms transfers between 2000 and 2007. (Cont)
Source: Reuters; John Ruwitch
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/6/11/worldupdates/2009-06-
10T202645Z_01_NOOTR_RTRMDNC_0_-402270-1&sec=Worldupdates


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SWINE FLU (H1N1/A)

World Getting "Very Close" To H1N1 Pandemic, Says WHO
The World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday that the world was on the verge of an official
Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, saying it was working to prepare countries for raising its alarm to
the highest level. "We are getting very, very close," said Keiji Fukuda, WHO assistant director-
general, noting that in Australia, there was now "a great deal of activity in Victoria at the
community level." Under the WHO's guidelines, one key criteria for declaring a pandemic would
be established community spread in a country outside the first region in which the disease was
initially reported, in this case, outside the Americas. The WHO has so far left its six-level
pandemic alert scale unchanged at phase five, signalling that a pandemic is "imminent." The UN
health agency's guidelines had initially focused on the geographical criteria to justify a phase
change. However, member states have called on the agency to take other elements, such as
severity of the disease into account. On Tuesday, Fukuda played down the role of severity,
saying that "by going to phase six, what this would mean is that the spread of the virus continues
and activity has become established in at least two regions in the world. "It doesn't mean that the
severity of the situation has increased," he said. Australia's H1N1 flu outbreak hit sports events
on Tuesday as a national swimming competition was axed and rugby league's first case put
fixtures in doubt. (Cont)
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/434919/1/.html

[Australia] Aussies With Pig Flu In Intensive Care
Five people with swine flu have been placed in intensive care in Victoria and residents at three
nursing homes are being tested for the potentially deadly virus. A Department of Human Services
(DHS) spokesman told The Age he could not say how old the five patients were or whether they
had an underlying health condition that may have given them complications when they were
infected with the virus. "What the underlying causes of their illness is, I don't know They are
certainly not well and need to be managed in ICU,'' he said. "In one case, the person is in hospital
because of trauma, so the H1N1 is unrelated.'' In a written statement, Victoria's acting chief
health officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, said health authorities were working with three nursing homes
where a number of residents have reported flu-like symptoms. "As is the usual practice in such
instances, symptomatic residents have been isolated and movement of residents and staff has
been restricted,'' the statement said. "Action being taken also includes the restrictions of visitors
to the facility until the cases have resolved. Nose and throat swabs have been taken from the
symptomatic cases for testing at VIDRL (Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory).''
The DHS spokesman would not name the homes or where the five intensive care patients were
being treated. Australia's National Pandemic Emergency Committee will meet on Friday. The
DHS spokesman said the vast majority of the 1011 Victorians with swine flu had experienced mild
symptoms.
Source: Australian Associated Press
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25619075-5006785,00.html

[Australia] Australia Flu 'May Tip Pandemic'
A sharp increase in swine flu cases in Australia may mean the infection has become a pandemic,
the World Health Organization says. For that to happen, officials would have to verify that the
disease had become established outside North America, where the crisis began. "Once I get
indisputable evidence, I will make the announcement," said WHO director general, Margaret
Chan. More than 1,200 people have contracted the virus in Australia - none fatally. The total
means Australia has seen a four-fold increase in a week. Less than a month ago the country had
only a handful of cases of the H1N1 virus but it now has the highest number of infections outside
North America. Victoria and the state capital, Melbourne, are the worst-hit with more than 1,000
confirmed cases. Most of those affected are suffering only a mild illness, but the Health Minister
of Australia's Queenland state, Paul Lucas, has warned that the contagious respiratory condition
would inevitably claim lives. The head of the WHO's global influenza programme, Keiji Fukuda,

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said the stituation had "evolved a lot" in recent days. "We are getting close to knowing that we are
in a pandemic situation," he said. But Dr Fukuda urged calm. "It does not mean that the severity
of the situation has increased or that people are getting seriously sick at higher numbers or higher
rates than before," he said. (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8092474.stm

[Hong Kong] Hong Kong Reports First Domestic Human H1N1 Flu Case
Hong Kong health authorities on Wednesday reported the territory's first case of human H1N1 flu
where the person had caught the virus within the city. Thomas Tsang, controller of the Centre for
Health Protection, said the patient, a 55-year-old man, had caught the A(H1N1) virus at an event
which another known H1N1 flu patient had attended. "He had no travel history during the
incubation period. We find he had been at the same cocktail party function as the confirmed case
on June 5," Tsang told reporters. There have been more than 45 confirmed cases of human
H1N1 flu infection in Hong Kong, but all the previous cases caught the virus while travelling
abroad. The latest case came more than a month after Hong Kong officials confirmed Asia's first
case of the A(H1N1) virus, sparking the week-long quarantine of around 300 guests and staff at a
city hotel. The city is very nervous about infectious diseases following the outbreak of the SARS
virus in 2003, which killed 300 people here and 800 worldwide after one carrier spread the
disease in a Hong Kong hotel. According to the latest World Health Organisation figures, human
H1N1 flu has infected more than 26,000 people in 73 countries across the world, killing 140
people, mainly in Mexico and North America.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435078/1/.html

[Korea] Five More Cases Of H1N1 Confirmed
Five additional cases of the H1N1 flu virus, a subtype of the influenza A, were discovered
yesterday, bringing the total number of people infected with the disease here to 53.
The five Koreans included three who arrived here from the United States, one from the
Philippines and one who stayed in Australia and Hong Kong. Despite a relatively slow increase in
infection cases here, the first case suspected of having contracted the virus in Australia put health
officials on alert. The 20-year-old male student who was studying in Australia was quarantined at
the airport on Monday. Even though he traveled to Hong Kong before entering Korea, health
officials said he might have been infected with the virus in Australia, where the number of
confirmed H1N1 patients has surpassed 1,000. "As the Southern Hemisphere is entering the
winter season, infection cases are increasing in the region, particularly in Australia and Chile,"
said Jun Byung-yool, a senior official of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Travelers from the region should be more careful in checking their own health condition," he
said, asking for passengers to report to a local public health center when they have any flu-like
symptoms, such as high fever and respiratory difficulties, within the seven-day incubation period
of the disease after their arrival here. Considering the increase in infection cases in Australia,
health officials have been conducting phone-call monitoring on travelers from the country since
last Thursday. (Cont)
Source: The Korea Herald; Lee Ji-yoon
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/11/200906110049.asp

[Malaysia] Two More Influenza A (H1N1) Cases
Two more influenza A(H1N1) cases have been confirmed, raising the total number in the country
to nine patients. Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the eighth patient
was a 17-year-old American student on board a MH91 flight from Newark, United States, which
arrived at KL International Airport on Monday. "The ninth patient is a New Zealander who was on
the AirAsia Dx7 2723 last Friday - the same flight as the Australian student confirmed earlier with
the disease. "She then continued her journey to Penang on board MH1138 and arrived there at
10.15am," he said
Source: The Star Online: Ng Cheng Yee

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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/6/10/nation/20090610143855&sec=nation

[Philippines] 2 Swine Flu Suspects Quarantined In Southcot
Health authorities in South Cotabato have placed two residents in Polomolok town under
quarantine for possible infection with influenza A (H1N1) virus or swine flu. Dr. Edgardo Sandig,
South Cotabato health officer, said they recommended the immediate isolation of the two
residents, one of whom is a grade-schooler, who reportedly showed flu-like symptoms after
arriving from Thailand several days ago. “They already took laboratory tests to verify whether the
influenza symptoms they've had were caused by A(H1N1) infection,” he said in a radio interview.
He said they are still waiting for the official result of the tests, which were earlier sent for
confirmation at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Manila. As precautionary measure,
Sandig said he has designated the integrated provincial health office’s epidemiology team and
the Polomolok health office to monitor the status of the patients, who were confined at the
municipal hospital in Barangay Pagalungan. He also directed the team to monitor the persons
who had contact with the two patients after they arrived in the country. “One of them reportedly
attended classes at the Polomolok Central Elementary School before the symptoms came out so
we’re also monitoring the pupils who had initial contact with the patient,” he said. Sandig assured
that medical personnel in the area are capable of handling possible cases of swine flu and they
have well-equipped treatment facilities. (Cont.)
Source: MindaNews: Allen V. Estabillo
http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6503&Itemid=151

[Philippines] Swine Flu Symptoms Not Really Serious As Thought
A government health expert on Wednesday said that the symptoms caused by the A(H1N1) virus
were not as serious as previously thought. The virus causes swine flu. Still, the World Health
Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday from Geneva that the world was on the verge of an
official swine flu pandemic, saying it was working to prepare countries for raising its alarm to the
highest level. Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd also on Wednesday encouraged school
authorities to continue monitoring and reporting unusual rises of flu cases among their students
as he reported 23 more confirmed A(H1N1) cases from schools. The total number of A(H1N1)
cases in the country is now 77. Health officials, however, said that all of these are “mild cases”
and that 23 of the people infected have been discharged. “We’ve seen very mild symptoms from
infected people. This virus is not so serious as previously thought,” said Dr. Eric Tayag, the
director of the National Epidemiology Center. He did not elaborate. The 23 confirmed cases came
from schools that earlier reported A(H1N1) infection. These were the De La Salle University-Taft,
Far Eastern University-East Asia College, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, St. Andrews
School-Parañaque, and Ateneo de Manila High School. The new confirmed cases included 19
Filipinos and four foreigners—18 male and five female with their ages ranging from eight to 49
years. The Health department said seven of the new confirmed cases had a history of travel to
the United States and Japan. (Cont.)
Source: The Manila Times: Rommel C. Lontayao, and Angelo S. Samonte
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/june/11/yehey/top_stories/20090611top6.html

[Singapore] 2 More H1N1 Flu Patients Discharged
Two more patients of the H1N1 flu virus have been discharged bringing the total number cleared
to 12. The remaining six patients are still in the hospital and their condition is stable. The Ministry
of Health said contact tracing for the 16th to 18th cases have also all been accounted for. And
from Thursday, all suspected cases of Influenza A involving children under the age of 16 years
and pregnant women beyond 24 weeks gestation will be referred to the KK Women's and
Children's Hospital (KKH) via the 993 ambulance. In situations where both parent and child are
suspected cases of Influenza A, they will be referred to KKH together in the first instance. The
ministry said this will allow the patients to receive the required paediatric and obstetric care
needed.
Source: Channel NewsAsia: Pearl Forss
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/435120/1/.html

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[Thailand] A Bangkok School Suspends Classes In An Influenza Scare
A private school in Dusit district suspends Grade 6 classes for three days after a student of the
school was infected by the influenza 2009. The 11-year-old student had no record of travelling to
a foreign country, therefore, the ministry's investigation focused on the school and the boy's
classmates. Other patients of the flu had record of travelling abroad. Deputy Public Health
Minister Manit Nopamornbhodi refused to reveal name of the school. "Three classes of Grade 6
of the school will be suspended for three days, starting on June 11," he said.
Source: The Nation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/30104828/A-Bangkok-school-suspends-classes-
in-an-influenza-

[Thailand] Health Minister Investigating Case Of Taiwan Tourists With H1N1
Thailand's minister of public health is scheduled to visit a hospital in the eastern resort province of
Chonburi to begin an investigation into the case of two Taiwanese tourists who were diagnosed
with Influenza A (H1N1) after returning home from a trip to the province. Mr. Witthaya
Kaewparadai said that he would lead a mobile medical unit to Banglamung Hospital in Chonburi
after a Surveillance and Rapid Response Team (SRRT) visited the province on Tuesday to
collect 1,000 clinical samples at random for investigation. The samples were sent to the Medical
Science Department to conduct lab tests. Taiwanese disease control authorities reported two
Taiwanese students carried the H1N1 virus after return home from a trip to Pattaya. He said he
would also visit Sirindhorn Hospital in Bangkok near Suvarnabhumi Airport to observe its
operations. He said he received a report that news on two Taiwanese tourists had an impact on
the country’s tourism, but he has not talked to the tourism and sports minister on the issue.
However, many parties expressed concern that overly restrictive measures could affect
Thailand’s economy. The World Health Organization has reported that Influenza A (H1N1) has
spread to 73 countries and infected more than 26,500 people.
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10292&t=4

[Thailand] Health Ministry Confirms 3 New Cases Of Swine Flu
The Public Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed three new cases of influenza A(H1N1)
infection, bringing the number of cases in Thailand to 16. The 14th and 15th cases are two 20-
year-old men who returned to Thailand from the US on Sunday. The most recent case is an 11-
year-old boy who has not been abroad lately. Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said
the ministry is trying to find out how the boy caught the virus.The boy developed a fever and
started coughing on Saturday. He was later admitted to a hospital with a high fever. Mr Witthaya
was scheduled to visit Bang Lamung hospital in Pattaya to check on virus control preparations
after two infected Taiwanese nationals claimed they caught the virus while in Pattaya. On
Tuesday, three cases -- two 20-year-old women and a 30-year-old man -- were found in Thailand.
They contracted the virus when they were in North America.
Source: The Bangkok Post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/145711/health-ministry-confirms-3-new-cases-of-swine-
flu

[Vietnam] HCM City Confirms Three More Super Flu Cases
Health officials in HCM City reported the number of confirmed A (H1N1) flu infection cases has
risen to 17 yesterday, three more cases than the previous day. Two new patients are a 40-year-
old man and a three-year-old girl, arriving in Viet Nam recently. They are now in quarantine and
treatment at HCM City Children’s Hospital No 1. Another case is a seven-year-old boy, who was
also in quarantine after his first blood test gave positive result for the virus, and the second test
will give result today, according to Phan Van Nghiem, head of HCM City Department of Health’s
Medicine Profession Division. The boy who lives in District 3, HCM City had not gone to foreign
countries recently and had close contact with two A/H1N1 flu confirmed patients quarantined at

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HCM City Children’s Hospital No 2. All of the three patients are in good health state. The city
health workers yesterday also quarantined eight travellers with high body temperature at HCM
City Tropical Diseases Hospital and HCM City Children’s Hospital No 1. Nghiem said Pham Ngoc
Thach Tuberculosis Hospital’s quarantine rooms were put into operation yesterday, after
receiving four travellers with high body temperature found at Tan Son Nhat Airport.
Vietnamese and foreign experts will this week begin research aimed at producing a vaccine
against the A/H1N1 flu virus, a seminar heard in Ha Noi on Monday. (Cont)
Source: Vietnam News Agency
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/showarticle.php?num=01HEA100609

REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

SIX PARTY TALKS

Japan, US Agree To Review 6-Party Talks On N.Korea
Senior Japanese and US officials have agreed that the conduct of the six-party talks on North
Korea's nuclear program should be reviewed. Japan's chief delegate to the talks, Akitaka Saiki,
and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg agreed on the issue on Tuesday in
Washington. They confirmed that the framework for the six-party talks that started in 2003 should
be maintained. But they agreed that the way the talks proceed should be reviewed, given that
little progress had been made on the issue of nuclear development in North Korea. Steinberg said
the United States is exploring new measures to pressure North Korea, including whether to place
it again on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. After the meeting, Saiki told reporters it is
time to review whether the six-party talks have produced results in forcing the North to abandon
its nuclear program. He added that striving to get all 6 members to a meeting is not the only
purpose of the talks.
Source: NHK World
http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_17.html

Campbell Urges N. Korea To Return To 6-Party Talks
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State-designate Kurt Campbell urged North Korea Wednesday to
return to the six-party talks on ending its nuclear ambitions, saying Washington will not accept a
nuclear North Korea. "We've got to make clear to the North Koreans that should they decide to
return to the table for negotiations in a multilateral context, we'd be prepared to do that,"
Campbell, the nominee for assistant secretary for East Asia and Pacific affairs, said at his
confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We've also been very
clear that we cannot accept a nuclear North Korea." Campbell, chief executive officer and co-
founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an organization dedicated to
advancing a strong, centrist national security strategy, was nominated in April to replace
Christopher Hill, who was appointed as U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
Source: Yonhap News; Hwang Doo-hyong
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/11/0200000000AEN20090611000200315.HTML

NORTHEAST ASIA

CHINA

Senior Official: China To Strengthen Party, Government Discipline At County Level
BEIJING -- A senior Chinese official has called for strengthening Party and government discipline
at the county level, so as to consolidate the base for fighting corruption and provide an
organizational guarantee for the anti-corruption drive at the grassroots level. This was remarked
by He Guoqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC)
Central Committee Political Bureau, at Tuesday's televised conference on the issue, which was
jointly held by five central Party and government departments. County level discipline
departments have played an active role in the anti-corruption campaign, while they are facing

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difficulties and problems in personnel development, finance and equipment, said He, who also
heads the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). He urged all discipline
officials to be highly consistent with the Party Central Committee with Hu Jintao as the general
secretary and become "Loyal Guardian for the Party and Close Friend of the Masses." The
quality of the country's discipline officials must be improved as a whole through practicing and
training, said the official. The authorities will provide discipline officials with better office
equipment and other necessary materials, he noted. The meeting was presided by He Yong,
member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and deputy head of the CCDI.
Source: Xinhua
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/10/content_11516166.htm

China: Pyongyang Just Wants Attention
BEIJING - Dismissive of warnings that the Korean Peninsula stands on the brink of war, China
contends North Korea's recent provocative actions are yet another illustration of brinkmanship
aimed at attracting the United States' attention. Beijing decried the North's nuclear tests in late
May, but remains uncommitted to tougher sanctions against the impoverished Stalinist nation.
Diplomats from the five permanent members of the Security Council - China, Britain, France,
Russia and the US - plus Japan and South Korea, have been conducting intensive bargaining
sessions for almost a week attempting to agree on new measures to punish the defiant North.
They have signed off on widening the arms embargo imposed on Pyongyang after its first nuclear
detonation in 2006, and new financial restrictions - but remain at loggerheads over the issue of
inspecting cargo ships on the high seas. China has warned that interdicting ships at sea on
suspicion of carrying banned materials could provoke the North into a military response and at
the very least discourage it from returning to talks on abandoning its nuclear program. North
Korean state-run media warned Monday that Pyongyang "will consider any sanction a declaration
of war and will take due corresponding self-defense measures". (Cont)
Source: Inter Press Service, Antoaneta Bezlova
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KF11Dg02.html

Chinese Ambassador Calls For Early Conclusion Of Seoul-Beijing FTA
China's ambassador to South Korea called on the two Asian economic powers Wednesday to
push for an early conclusion of a free trade deal to further enhance their economic cooperation.
Seoul and Beijing have been conducting a feasibility study on a bilateral free trade agreement
(FTA) since March 2007 through a joint panel comprising government officials, business leaders
and academics. "China and South Korea should aggressively and properly push for a free trade
accord, based on the findings of an ongoing feasibility study," Cheng Yonghua said during a
business forum held here.
Source: Yonhap News; Nam Kwang-sik
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/10/0200000000AEN20090610002800320.HTML

Mainland Official Visits Taiwan To Consult Opinions On Upcoming Forum
A mainland official in charge of Taiwan affairs arrived on the island Wednesday to solicit opinions
on a cross-Straits economic and cultural forum to be held on the mainland next month. Zheng
Lizhong, deputy director of the Taiwan Work Office of Central Committee of the Communist Party
of China, will hold talks with the Kuomintang (KMT) authorities on issues relating to the Fifth
Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum in July. Zheng who heads a six-member
delegation will tour the island to consult members of the Taiwan public about improving
cooperation and exchanges across the Straits.
Source: Xinhua
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90785/6675882.html

Beijing Speaks Out Over Failed Steel Deal
China and Europe are unhappy at the decision of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to merge some of
their operations. The Chinese government has criticised Australia for the collapse of a major
Chinese investment in mineral resources company Rio Tinto. Late last week, Rio Tinto rejected a

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huge investment by China's Chinalco after arranging another deal with rival miner BHP Billiton.
China's government spokesman, Qin Gang, has expressed Beijing's displeasure at this result.
"The decision made by Rio Tinto, I believe, has not only very much disappointed the related
Chinese company, but has caused strong reactions from the iron and steel industry and also the
general public in China," he said. According to the Chinese Iron and Steel Association, the
merger of Rio Tinto and BHP's operations has the strong colour of monopoly. Meanwhile, news
agencies report that European steelmakers have called for an investigation into the joint iron ore
project between Rio Tinto and BHP. The new deal in Western Australia means assets will be
shared equally between the two companies, and involves BHP handing over $7 billion for Rio
equity. The agreement is expected to save the firms at least $12 billion. The European steel
industry federation, Eurofer, argues a merger of iron ore assets of this type in a world market
already dominated by three suppliers would not be in the interests of the steel industry, European
consumers or the European economy.
Source: Radio Australia News: Stephen McDonell
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18537

More India Troops In Disputed Territory
India is attempting to extend its control over a disputed border area also claimed by China,
experts said Tuesday, in response to reports that New Delhi was deploying "thousands more
troops" in parts of "Arunachal Pradesh". Reuters quoted a "governor of the remote state" as
saying India will deploy "two army divisions comprising 25,000 to 30,000 soldiers each". "It (the
deployment) was part of the planned augmentation of our capabilities to defend the country ...
The increase in force strength is to meet the future national security challenge," J.J. Singh told
Reuters. The report also said New Delhi would bring more firepower into the disputed zone -
adding 155 mm guns, helicopters and unmanned aircraft. Ye Hailin, an expert in India studies
with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said New Delhi is strengthening its control
because it "knows clearly that China will not resort to military action to solve the problem". "India
is adopting this means to make its control over the area an accepted fact," Ye said. India and
China fought a brief war over the 3,500 km Himalayan border area in 1962. Although the
neighbors signed a treaty and agreed to maintain "peace and tranquility" along the disputed
frontier and also agreed to find a political solution, talks have made little progress. "It (additional
deployment) is not helpful to resolve the border dispute, and could easily cause regional tension,"
said Sun Shihai, who is also with the CASS. "The chance of a border conflict is not big, if India
does not instigate it," he added, noting China wants peaceful solutions through dialogue.
Source: China Daily, Zhang Haizhou
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-06/10/content_8265793.htm

India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka
NEW DELHI - India is not happy with the important military role it says China and Pakistan played
in the Sri Lanka's government decisive offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE). Top government officials in New Delhi have told Asia Times Online that India believes
Colombo stockpiled arms and even sought help from military commanders from China and
Pakistan before the offensive that decimated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and
eventually killed Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran in May. Chinese and Pakistani arms and
direction were the "clinching" factor in the military's victory, top official sources have told ATol.
"With China's increasing role and presence in Nepal and Pakistan, and Pakistan's in Bangladesh,
New Delhi is looking at recalibrating its passive diplomatic approach towards Sri Lanka," said one
senior official, who wished to remain anonymous. "While its main tussle for influence in the South
Asia region is with China, India's immediate concern is Pakistan due to the country's role in the
past of launching clandestine terror activities, as has happened in Bangladesh," the official
added. Sources say that India has been concerned about Pakistan's reported supply to the Sri
Lankan government of al-Khalids (Pakistan's main battle tank), training for fighter pilots, and
advanced rocket launchers. (Cont)
Source: Asia Times, Siddharth Srivastava
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KF11Df01.html


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China, Pakistan To Enhance Anti-Terrorism Cooperation
BEIJING - China and Pakistan on Tuesday pledged to enhance cooperation on law enforcement
and anti-terrorism. "We hope to work with Pakistan to fight the crimes concerning the citizens of
the two countries to ensure safety of the Chinese people in Pakistan," said Zhou Yongkang,
member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China
(CPC) Central Committee. During a meeting with Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Zhou
said China respected and supported Pakistan's measures to safeguard stability, boost the
economy, and fight religious extremism and terrorism. He said China would join hands with
Pakistan to push forward bilateral ties and cooperation to safeguard regional peace. Zhou added
the Chinese government would encourage its enterprises to do business in Pakistan while better
running on-going projects there. Malik said Pakistan valued friendship and a strategic and
cooperative partnership with China, and would promote security cooperation to ensure safety of
the Chinese peoples and organizations in Pakistan. Chinese State Councilor and Minister of
Public Security Meng Jianzhu attended the meeting. The delegation from Pakistan arrived in
Beijing Monday and leaves Friday.
Source: Xinhua
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-06/10/content_8269905.htm

China Pledges To Enhance Strategic Co-Op With Thailand
BEIJING -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday pledged to enhance strategic
cooperation with Thailand. "We will work with Thailand to achieve win-win results and joint
development," Yang said in talks with his Thai counterpart Kasit Piromya. Yang said the two
nations enjoy good relationship, with high degree of mutual political trust, sound cooperation in
various fields, and close coordination in international and regional affairs. The growth of China-
Thailand relations have brought tangible interests for the two nations and the two peoples, and
also helped regional peace, stability and prosperity, he said. Echoing Yang, Kasit said the two
nations enjoyed profound traditional friendship, and maintained healthy and stable development
of bilateral ties. Thailand would, as always, continue promoting friendship with China, and
enhancing cooperation between the two sides in various sectors, Kasit noted. Kasit was here on
an official visit from June 10 to 11 at the invitation of Yang.
Source: Xinhua
http://english.sina.com/china/2009/0610/247467.html

China Ready To Finance Infrastructure
China remains ready to help finance Philippine infrastructure projects with a $1.8-billion fund
despite the cancellation of one major telecommunications deal two years ago due to a bribery
scandal, the Chinese ambassador said yesterday. The Chinese development fund could be used
by the Philippines to finance mutually agreed infrastructure projects to bolster its economy amid
economic hard times, Ambassador Liu Jianchao told reporters. “This is one of the assistance that
China is willing to provide” to help the Philippines “weather the financial crisis,” Liu said. Any loan
from the fund must be repaid within 15 years with an annual interest of 3 percent, but no
repayments have to be made in the first five years. The fund would have been used to finance a
$330-million Philippine government deal with China’s ZTE Corp. to set up a nationwide
broadband network, but President Arroyo canceled the deal in 2007 after allegations that she, her
husband and a former elections chief benefited from huge kickbacks. Mrs. Arroyo, her husband
and the former elections chief have strongly denied any wrongdoing. Mrs. Arroyo’s spokesmen
said then that opposition politicians raised the allegations to undermine her rule. ZTE has denied
bribing anyone in the deal. “I’m sure China and the Philippines will have projects in the future
after this incident,” Liu said. (Cont)
Source: AP
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news8_june9_2009

Execution of Pinoy Traffickers in China ‘Unlikely’
Filipinos who are facing the death penalty in China for drug offenses are “unlikely” to be
executed, China’s ambassador to the Philippines said. Liu Jianchao noted that the 12 Filipinos

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who each were slapped with a death sentence are subject to a two-year reprieve from the
Chinese government, which grants a two-year suspension of sentence for those convicted of drug
trafficking. If the convict behaves properly during the period, the sentence will be reduced to life
imprisonment. “If they behave well inside prison during the whole time of the reprieve, there is a
little chance that they will be executed,” Liu told reporters in a roundtable on Monday. “In fact, I
have never heard of Filipinos getting executed [in China],” he stressed. The Foreign Affairs
department is monitoring 59 death-penalty cases involving Filipino migrant workers. Of this
number, 39 are on death row because of drug-related offenses. Liu said that China will not go
slow on drug traffickers or mules, including Filipinos. China, according to him, is the worst victim
of drug trafficking. “Being involved in drugs is very humiliating. It is a serious crime and a violation
of the law, no matter how ignorant the traffickers may be,” he pointed out. While the ambassador
noted that drug cases involving the Filipinos have put the Philippines in a bad light in the eyes of
the Chinese, businessmen on the mainland are still promoting the country as an investment
destination. (Cont.)
Source: The Manila Times: Llanesca T. Panti
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/june/11/yehey/top_stories/20090611top7.html

China Bans Parts Of Gay Festival
The organisers of China's first Gay Pride Festival have been told to cancel two of their sessions.
The news came on the very day a state-run newspaper described the Shanghai festival as of
"profound significance". Officials have warned the owners of two venues planning to hold a play
and a film screening they would face "severe consequences" if they went ahead. Homosexuality
was illegal in China until 1997, and officials described it as a mental illness until 2001. Since then
the government's attitude might best be characterised as "don't condemn, but don't promote". So
a front-page article that discussed how many gay people there might be here, and an editorial in
the state-run China Daily that highlighted the tolerance of a city like Shanghai seemed to
represent a shift towards a more tolerant attitude. A few hours later, however, officials in
Shanghai were visiting businesses that planned to hold events as part of Pride Week and
ordering them to cancel. The festival's organisers are confused and frustrated. They do not know
what is going on, and calls to the officials involved have gone unanswered. It could be that this is
more the result of the authorities' nervousness about public events they do not control than about
the official attitude to homosexuality. But it shows how, in this country, any effort to advance the
rights of a group in society is viewed with suspicion and sometimes alarm. (Cont)
Source: BBC; Chris Hogg
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8093695.stm

China To Buy Up To $50 BIL. Of IMF Bonds
China has notified the International Monetary Fund of its interest in investing up to 50 billion
dollars in new IMF bonds. IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn issued a statement
on Tuesday, welcoming China's move. The IMF wants to shore up its capital base so it can help
cash-strapped nations hit by the global financial crisis. This is the IMF's first-ever bond issue.
Russia has already said it intends to buy up to 10 billion dollars worth of the bonds. The bonds
are expected to be denominated in the IMF's own unit of account known as Special Drawing
Rights, or SDRs. The SDR is a weighted average of four major currencies, namely the dollar,
yen, euro, and pound. China and Russia have suggested that the SDR be made a new global
reserve currency to replace the US dollar.
Source: NHK World
http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_24.html

CPI Drops 1.4% In April, Deflation Eases
The consumer price index fell 1.4 percent in May from a year earlier, the 4th straight month that
prices have declined, the National Bureau of Statistics reported on its website on Wednesday.
The pace of the price drop, a major gauge of inflation or deflation, slowed from April's 1.5 percent
decline, which has led to most Chinese economists to dispense concerns about deflation.
Deflation, defined as incessant drop of CPI, is believed to hurt consumers’ confidence of

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economic recovery from the global economic crisis. The price of major commodities, such as
crude oil and minerals, have been rising in past few weeks, which is likely to also help ease
deflation, analysts said. Food prices, a key component of the CPI, fell 0.6 percent in May from a
year earlier, and non-food prices fell 1.7 percent, the Bureau showed. The statistics bureau also
issued data showing that China's producer price index fell 7.2% in May from a year earlier, the
sixth consecutive monthly decline.
Source: People's Daily
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90778/6675590.html

Chinese Inflation Declines Again
China's consumer price inflation has fallen for the fourth straight month. The index fell 1.4% in
May, from the same month last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. This was
driven mostly by declines in non-food items, though the price of China's most popular meat, pork,
fell by 32% from last year. Prices for goods have dropped as demand for Chinese exports
slumped due to the deep recessions in the major US and European economies. The prices of
non-food items fell at an annual rate of 1.7%, while food prices fell by 0.6%.
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8092849.stm

China's Cabinet Announces Plan To Boost Coastal Jiangsu
BEIJING -- The State Council, China's Cabinet, on Wednesday announced a plan to boost
coastal regions of east China's Jiangsu Province, where growth has long lagged behind some
other parts of the booming province. Coastal Jiangsu, led by cities of Lianyungang, Yancheng
and Nantong, is an important part of the Yangtze River Delta, according to an executive meeting
of the State Council, presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao. Wednesday's plan is aiming to build
the region into a traffic hub, a coastal industrial base, a good place to live as well as potential
development zones as the area abounds in land reserves and mud flat. The country would
accelerate the development of the three leading cities, boost infrastructure such as power grid
and transportation, raise the region's fishing output, and strengthen exploration of the muddy
coast, partly by reclaiming land from the sea in a scientific way, according to the plan.
Lianyungang City is also the start point of the Europe-Asia rail line that goes through west China
before finally reaching Rotterdam of the Netherlands. Development of the region would help
boost the country's less developed middle and western areas, and enhance cooperation with
Central Asia, Europe and Northeast Asia, according to a statement issued after the meeting.
Meanwhile, another plan was issued to further develop the culture of China's ethnic minorities.
Source: Xinhua
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/10/content_11522641.htm

Heavy Rain Leaves 14 Dead In Central, Sw China
At least 14 people were killed and two others remained missing after heavy rain triggered floods
starting on Sunday in central China's Hunan and southwestern Guizhou provinces, the Ministry of
Civil Affairs said Wednesday. Eight of the fatalities were in Guizhou and six in Hunan. The two
missing people were also in Hunan, according to the ministry. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, about 4
million people had been affected by the storm, with about 176,200 evacuated. The ministry said
13,495 rooms had collapsed and 32,728 had been damaged. About 16,060 hectares of crops
had been destroyed, and direct economic losses were estimated at 1.92 billion yuan (280.23
million U.S. dollars), the ministry said. The ministry sent a team Tuesday afternoon to Hunan to
help with relief work. It also initiated a grade IV emergency response, which means a 24-hour
alert, daily damage reports, and dispatching money and relief material within 48 hours.
Source: Xinhua
http://english.cri.cn/6909/2009/06/10/1461s492005.htm

Reform Before Revolt In Today's China
BEIJING - I confess, 20 years ago I was in Tiananmen Square. I knew many students; I talked to
them then and still talk to them. Then, they wanted democracy and revolution. Now, they feel it is

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hard and complicated to explain what took place on June 4, better to talk about something else,
better to avoid the issue, because they think differently. Their attitudes have certainly changed
because they have grown older, China has changed and the Communist Party is more effective.
Maybe so, but these explanations do not fully explain the deep undercurrent that is rushing
through Chinese society. In the 19th century, China - dominated by a foreign dynasty and
people, the Manchu - was under heavy attack internally and from abroad. Inside, a massive
rebellion by the Taiping attempted to topple the emperor and establish a new, fully Chinese
pseudo-Christian dynasty. Foreigners were also attacking: Russians by land in Xinjiang and
Westerners by sea during the Opium Wars. In theory, it would have been a good opportunity for
the Han majority in China to rally with the rebels or the new foreigners and overthrow the
Manchu. However, the best Mandarins in China and the vast majority of the population, largely
Han, instead did the impossible to salvage the foreign dynasty. Despite the fact that the Manchu
oppressed the Han with discriminatory policies, officials and the people tried their best to save the
failing dynasty. Charles Horner, in his forthcoming Rising China and its Postmodern Fate,
explores this issue and sees it as one of the most important trends in understanding modern
China. (Cont)
Source: Asia Times, Francesco Sisci
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KF11Ad01.html

Writer Stays In Police Grip
Police extended the detention of leading dissident Liu Xiaobo, his lawyer said yesterday, as rights
groups urged Beijing to release the writer and make public the charges against him. Liu, 53, was
detained in December after he signed Charter 08, a manifesto calling for democracy and the rule
of law. No charges have been laid. He is under "residential surveillance" but not at his home.
Friends believe he is in custody at a Beijing hotel. "The police visited Liu Xiaobo's wife and told
her that he will remain under residential surveillance and the investigation would continue,"
lawyer Mo Shaoping said. "They said that new measures in his case would be taken, but they did
not specify what these were. "Basically, his entire residential surveillance has not conformed with
laws and regulations." Liu, who was jailed for two years for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen
protests, headed a writer's group called the Independent Chinese PEN Center when police took
him away. He spent three years in a camp in the mid-1990s over calls on the government to
reconsider its verdict that the 1989 protests were "counter-revolutionary."
Source: Agence France-Presse
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=3&art_id=83226&sid=24163478&con_ty
pe=1&d_str=20090610&fc=4

Japan PC Makers Rushing To Meet China's New Rule Of Filtering Software
Having identified China as a key growing market, Japanese computer manufacturers are racing
to meet the country’s new requirement for personal computers to have pre-installed filtering
software designated by the government, starting next month. The Chinese government said
Tuesday it will require all PCs sold in mainland China, including foreign made products, to have
government-designated software that blocks access to certain sites from July 1 onwards. At a
time when the global economic slump has dented demand for PCs in the U.S. and European
markets, China is a promising market where Japanese manufacturers anticipate robust sales.
Japanese makers such as Toshiba Corp and Sony Corp are therefore hurrying to meet the
deadline. But with less than one month until the requirement takes effect, they have limited
information about the software, while their rivals in China are reportedly making PCs pre-installed
with the software, industry officials said. ‘‘It is easy to install the software in PCs,’’ an official at a
Japanese manufacturer said. ‘‘But it will take almost a month to make sure our PCs do not have
any bugs.’’ The Japanese government, meanwhile, is looking for further details of China’s new
requirement, and trying to gauge the impact of the policy. ‘‘At present, we don’t think it will
become a trade barrier’’ as the policy is not directed at products made in a specific country, said
an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. (Cont)
Source: Kyodo News



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http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/japan-pc-makers-rushing-to-meet-chinas-
new-rule-of-filtering-software

New Train Service Between Mongolia And China
Beginning this summer, a new monthly train service will carry tourists between Ulaanbaatar and
Beijing. This follows the signing of an agreement between China Railway Travel Service,
Erlianhot China Youth Travel Service and Mongolia Travel Service. The first train is scheduled to
begin operation on July 21. The train will carry 400 passengers. The agreement calls for train
service to continue for one year. Officials hope to stimulate tourism between the two capitals.
Source: Mongolia Web News
http://www.mongolia-web.com/economy/2522-new-train-service-between-mongolia-and-china-

TAIWAN

Mainland Official Visits Taiwan To Consult Opinions On Upcoming Forum
A mainland official in charge of Taiwan affairs arrived on the island Wednesday to solicit opinions
on a cross-Straits economic and cultural forum to be held on the mainland next month. Zheng
Lizhong, deputy director of the Taiwan Work Office of Central Committee of the Communist Party
of China, will hold talks with the Kuomintang (KMT) authorities on issues relating to the Fifth
Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum in July. Zheng who heads a six-member
delegation will tour the island to consult members of the Taiwan public about improving
cooperation and exchanges across the Straits.
Source: Xinhua
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90785/6675882.html

ECFA Unlikely To Be Signed This Year
Taiwan and China are unlikely to sign an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) in
the latter half of this year, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan said
yesterday."It takes time and consensus,” she said. “A more practical estimation is next year, but I
cannot say for sure whether it would be the first half of the year or the latter half.” Lai made the
remarks in response to a question by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Te-fu at the
legislature during a joint committee review of the three agreements signed with Beijing in April.
Lin asked her when she expected Taipei to sign the ECFA with Beijing. Lai said although the
planned pact was not on the agenda of the cross-strait talks scheduled for the second half of the
year, both sides could talk about the issue if they were ready. The government agencies began
preparations in February and should be ready for talks if Beijing felt the time was right, she said.
Asked about her opinion of China's proposed special financial zone on its east coast across from
Taiwan, Lai said it remained to be seen whether the proposal would benefit Taiwanese interests.
"I have not seen a detailed plan. What we want to focus on right now is tackling more urgent
issues,” she said. Lai said the government would negotiate with Beijing only if it was ready and
every negotiated item must correspond to national interests. (Cont)
Source: Taipei Times, Ko Shu-ling and Mo Yan-chih
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2009/06/11/2003445915

Outgoing KMT Chairman To Preside Over Next Cross-Strait Forum
Taipei -- Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) said Wednesday that its outgoing chairman, Wu Poh-
hsiung, will preside over the fifth forum between the KMT and the Communist Party of China
(CPC), which will be held July 11-12 in Changsha, Hunan Province in central China. The KMT
issued the statement Wednesday after Wu made public his decision not to seek reelection in light
of President Ma Ying-jeou's intention to run for the chairmanship. The agenda of the planned
KMT-CPC forum was decided at a preparatory meeting held earlier in the day in Taipei City. It
was attended by KMT think tank members and a Chinese delegation headed by Zheng Lizhong,
deputy director of CPC's Taiwan Affairs Office. According to a KMT statement on the preparatory
meeting, the two sides have agreed on three topics for discussion in the KMT-CPC forum,
including the preservation of Chinese cultural heritage, and the promotion and expansion of

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cross-Taiwan Strait cultural and industrial cooperation. The agenda will also include a
conference on cross-strait economic and trade exchanges, according to the statement. Some
200 scholars and experts from each side are expected to attend the forum. Zheng, who is also
vice president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, arrived in
Taipei Wednesday for the preparatory meeting. On arrival, he said that during his visit he will also
try to obtain opinions from the Taiwan people on the cross-strait transportation, postal and trade
links.
Source: CNA, Elizabeth Hsu
http://english.cna.com.tw/ReadNews/Detail.aspx?pSearchDate=&pNewsID=200906100024&pTy
pe1=PD&pType0=xPDCS&pTypeSel=0

Ma Announces To Run For KMT Chairman
KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said he would not run for KMT chairman after he learnt Taiwan
leader Ma Ying-jeou had the intention to run for it. The KMT is scheduled to elect a new
chairman on July 26. Potential candidates are required to submit their applications from June 15
to 16. Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, offered no
comment on the coming KMT chairman election at an unrelated press briefing Wednesday
morning in Beijing. Fan, however, said, "The KMT and the Communist Party of China, via party-
to-party exchange mechanism, conducted in past years a lot of fruitful activities which
dynamically stimulated the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations." "We believe that the
exchange mechanism would further play an important and active role," Fan said.
Source: Xinhua
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-06/10/content_8269834.htm

Wu bows out as Ma runs for KMT chair
President Ma Ying-jeou announced yesterday he would run in the Chinese Nationalist Party
(KMT) chairman election on July 26 to push for closer cooperation between the government and
the party. “I am prepared to join the next KMT chairmanship election, to again lead this party that
has established and protected the Republic of China and to continue party reform ... I have
decided to run in the party chairman’s election not to expand my power, but to fulfill my
responsibility,” Ma said at a press conference at KMT headquarters yesterday afternoon. Ma,
accompanied by KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung and top party officials, thanked Wu for his long-
term support and for taking over as KMT chairman after Ma stepped down over the mayoral
special allowance fund case. Wu said he would not run in the election. He said Ma had told him
about his intention to run for the chairmanship two days ago. Wu said he would cooperate by not
running in the election. "I am under tremendous stress these days ... I’ve made it clear that it
would be impossible for me to compete with President Ma in the election,” Wu said. Ma and Wu
had planned to finalize the issue next Monday when registration opens for the party’s
chairmanship election, but decided to hold a joint press conference yesterday to explain the issue
after speculation mounted over a power struggle between the two. (Cont)
Source: Taipei Times, Mo Yan-chih
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2009/06/11/2003445887

Stanton 'Out Of Running' For AIT Chief
Sources in Washington said that William Stanton, the US deputy chief of mission to Seoul, is no
longer at the top of the list to replace American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Stephen Young
when he steps down this summer. The sources, who spoke on condition of strict anonymity, said
Stanton's name had been withdrawn by the US State Department as a result of pressure from
congressional members. From the start, the State Department has refused to comment on the
pending appointment and declined to confirm that Stanton was ever their candidate of choice or
that he has been dropped. “It's more than gossip and rumor, but I have not seen anything in
writing,” one diplomatic source said. “The word we are getting is that Stanton is no longer in the
running,” a congressional source said. Stanton came under fire in April after he allegedly made
highly insensitive comments about two US journalists — Taiwanese American Laura Ling and
Korean-American Euna Lee — who were arrested by the North Koreans on charges that they

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illegally entered the country. He was said to have told a group of young congressional staff
members visiting the embassy in Seoul that the women were “stupid” and that their case was
“distracting from bigger issues.” Earlier this week both women were sentenced to 12 years of
hard labor and US President Barack Obama has become personally involved in trying to win their
freedom. (Cont)
Source: Taipei Times, William Lowther
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2009/06/11/2003445909

JAPAN

A-Bomb Disease Standards To Be Eased
A new government review is likely to ease the criteria by which hibakusha atomic-bomb survivors
can be certified to be suffering from radiation-related illnesses, a high-ranking official said
Tuesday. On the same day, the government announced it would not appeal a Tokyo High Court
ruling on May 28 that recognized nine plaintiffs as sufferers of atomic bomb-related illnesses. The
official said the review would be completed by the 64th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, respectively. The current criteria will likely be
relaxed to recognize people with liver function disorders and deteriorating thyroid gland functions.
The high court recognized those with these disorders as suffering from atomic bomb- related
illnesses, in addition to five other diseases, such as cancer and leukemia, whose sufferers are
recognized under criteria introduced in April 2008 when certain conditions are met. Twenty of the
30 Tokyo plaintiffs had been certified as having atomic bomb-related illnesses under the 2008
criteria. The latest ruling added nine more. The ruling was the 18th consecutive defeat for the
government in a series of group lawsuits filed by hibakusha seeking recognition that their
illnesses were caused by radiation exposure to the World War II bombings. If certified, they are
entitled to medical treatment at public expense and a monthly health allowance of 137,000 yen.
(Cont)
Source: The Asahi Shimbun
http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200906100018.html

Amano Leads Straw Poll In Race For IAEA Chief
Yukiya Amano of Japan led other candidates in an informal nonbinding straw poll Tuesday ahead
of the election for the next director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ernest
Petric of Slovenia, a rival candidate, told reporters after a closed-door meeting that Amano got 20
out of 35 possible votes. Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa received 11 votes and Luis
Echavarri of Spain got four. Petric and Jean Pol Poncelet of Belgium did not receive any votes.
The straw poll, conducted during the closed-door session of the 35 member states on the Board
of Governors, was held to help candidates gauge how much support they would receive.
Source: Kyodo News
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/amano-leads-straw-poll-in-race-for-iaea-chief

LDP Defense Policy Panel Ok's Strike-Capability Plan
A Liberal Democratic Party panel examining the nation's defense policy officially adopted
Tuesday proposed changes to the National Defense Program Guidelines, including a proposal
that Japan should have the capability to strike the bases of an enemy country. The proposed
revisions to the guidelines, which would take place at the end of the year, also include a
relaxation of the nation's three principles on arms exports, and an increase in the defense budget.
The LDP National Defense Division, which the panel reports to, also approved the proposals,
which will soon be submitted to Prime Minister Taro Aso. Regarding the issue of having the
capability to attack an enemy country's bases, some LDP members are concerned this could be
misunderstood as a preemptive strike doctrine. Therefore the panel made it clear in the document
outlining the proposals that Japan "will not make preemptive attacks." Regarding the self-imposed
restrictions on arms exports, to maintain the technical level of the nation's defense industry, the
panel suggested domestic companies be allowed to take part in joint projects with nations other
than the United States to develop defense equipment. Currently, only joint projects with the

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United States are allowed as exceptions. Regarding the defense budget, the panel called for a
reverse in the policy of consecutive cuts, which started in fiscal 2003, saying, "Appropriate
staffing and budget levels should be secured." (Cont)
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20090610TDY02310.htm

LDP Starts Mapping Out Campaign Policies For Election
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday embarked on procedures to map out its
campaign platform for the House of Representatives election, which could be called anytime over
the next few months. The LDP is expected to incorporate into its campaign platform plans to raise
the consumption tax, restrict hereditary candidacies and curtail the number of Diet seats and to
also highlight what it has achieved and what it will be able to do as a responsible ruling party.
LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Kosuke Hori told reporters that details were not
discussed at Tuesday’s first meeting of the party’s project team and that the party will ask Prime
Minister Taro Aso, who doubles as LDP president, for his opinions Wednesday. In an attempt to
differentiate itself from the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, the LDP is likely to
mention raising the consumption tax from the current 5 percent to cover swelling social security
costs amid the aging of society.
Source: Kyodo News
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/ldp-starts-mapping-out-campaign-policies-for-
election

Treaty To Outlaw Cluster Bombs Gets Final Diet Approval
The Diet gave final endorsement Wednesday to the country’s signing of an international treaty to
ban the use and stockpiling of cluster bombs, paving the way for Tokyo to ratify the treaty. The
Convention on Cluster Munitions will enter into force six months after the 30th state has
submitted its instrument of ratification. So far, eight countries, including Ireland and Norway, have
ratified the treaty, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Once the pact takes effect,
signatories are required to stop using cluster bombs immediately and to dispose of their
stockpiles in eight years. The pact also says that signatories should provide adequate care to
victims of the munitions and clear contaminated areas. The opposition-controlled House of
Councillors unanimously approved the pact during a plenary session Wednesday morning,
following endorsement in May by the House of Representatives, which the ruling parties
dominate. The Japanese government has already budgeted about 200 million yen for the current
fiscal year to look into ways to dispose of the cluster bombs Japan’s air and ground defense
forces maintain in their arsenals.
Source: Kyodo News
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/treaty-to-outlaw-cluster-bombs-gets-final-diet-
approval

Aso, Hatoyama To Lock Horns In 2ND Diet Debate On June 17
Prime Minister Taro Aso and opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama are set to lock horns again in
parliament on June 17, as a lower house committee Tuesday gave approval for a second debate
between the two party leaders during the ongoing Diet session that day. The House of
Representatives’ Committee on Fundamental National Policies also decided to distribute flyers
urging spectators to refrain during the upcoming debate from booing and hissing, which were
rampant during the last debate on May 27.
Source: Kyodo News
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/aso-hatoyama-to-lock-horns-in-2nd-diet-
debate-on-june-17

Japanese Parliamentarians Critical Of Burma Policy
New Delhi (Mizzima) - The ongoing trial against opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has
attracted the attention of Japanese Parliamentarians, raising questions regarding Japan’s stance
on Burma. At least 70 Japanese Parliamentarians on Wednesday urged the government to push

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for a six-party type of talks – a-la-North Korea – concerning Burma, inclusive of regional countries
and China. The Parliamentarians say Japan must kick-start the process in order to ensure
genuine change comes to the militarily-ruled Southeast Asian nation. Dr. Min Nyo, a
representative of the National Council of the Union of Burma, an exile opposition umbrella group,
said Japanese Diet (Parliament) members have of late responded to events unfolding in Burma
and would much regret if the junta sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to yet another spell of detention.
“There were a lot of questions from the Parliamentarians both from the ruling and opposition
parties on the events in Burma and in relation to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial,” said Dr. Min Nyo,
referring to an emergency meeting of the Japanese Diet members concerning the freedom of
Aung San Suu Kyi conducted on Wednesday. (cont)
Source: Mizzima News
http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2282-japanese-parliamentarians-critical-of-burma-
policy.html

Japan PC Makers Rushing To Meet China's New Rule Of Filtering Software
Having identified China as a key growing market, Japanese computer manufacturers are racing
to meet the country’s new requirement for personal computers to have pre-installed filtering
software designated by the government, starting next month. The Chinese government said
Tuesday it will require all PCs sold in mainland China, including foreign made products, to have
government-designated software that blocks access to certain sites from July 1 onwards. At a
time when the global economic slump has dented demand for PCs in the U.S. and European
markets, China is a promising market where Japanese manufacturers anticipate robust sales.
Japanese makers such as Toshiba Corp and Sony Corp are therefore hurrying to meet the
deadline. But with less than one month until the requirement takes effect, they have limited
information about the software, while their rivals in China are reportedly making PCs pre-installed
with the software, industry officials said. ‘‘It is easy to install the software in PCs,’’ an official at a
Japanese manufacturer said. ‘‘But it will take almost a month to make sure our PCs do not have
any bugs.’’ The Japanese government, meanwhile, is looking for further details of China’s new
requirement, and trying to gauge the impact of the policy. ‘‘At present, we don’t think it will
become a trade barrier’’ as the policy is not directed at products made in a specific country, said
an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. (Cont)
Source: Kyodo News
http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/japan-pc-makers-rushing-to-meet-chinas-
new-rule-of-filtering-software

Japan Targets 15% Emissions Cut By 2020
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso on Wednesday said the Asian economic powerhouse was
aiming to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 15 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. "I have
decided to aim at a 15 percent reduction from 2005," Aso told a news conference -- setting a
target that translates to an eight percent reduction on 1990 levels, the standard benchmark used
in United Nations talks.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435076/1/.html

Japanese Lunar Probe To Crash-Land On Moon
A Japanese probe will end more than a year of orbiting the moon with a controlled crash-landing
on the lunar surface, officials said Wednesday. The Kaguya probe will hit the moon at about 1800
GMT Wednesday, Japan's space agency, JAXA, said in a statement. The probe was launched in
September 2007 and has completed its scheduled observations. Its mission was extended and it
has been in low lunar orbit since January last year. It is currently flying as low as six miles (10
kilometers) above the moon's surface in an elliptical orbit. Kaguya will hit the moon's surface at
an angle of less than 1 degree, probably creating a red flash, a JAXA official said on condition of
anonymity, citing agency policy. If left alone, Kaguya would eventually fall to the moon on its own,
but JAXA wanted to control its crash and make final observations, he said. Kaguya is expected to
hit near the moon's southern pole, JAXA said. Since the site is in the shade, there is a slight

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possibility that the impact flash may be observed from Earth. During the Kaguya project, Japan
launched two other orbiters to relay data. One fell to the moon in February, while the other has
been measuring gravity around the moon and is still in orbit.
Source: AP
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_JAPAN_LUNAR_PROBE_ASOL-
?SITE=YOMIURI&SECTION=HOSTED_ASIA&TEMPLATE=ap_national.html

Nikkei Hits New Eight-Month High
Japan’s benchmark index jumped to a fresh eight-month high Wednesday, powered by climbing
commodity prices and optimism that a global economic recovery is more than just speculation.
The Nikkei 225 stock average gained 204.67 points, or 2.1%, to 9,991.49—edging toward the key
10,000 level and its highest close since Oct 7 when it stood at 10,155.90. The broader Topix
index rose 2% to 937.01. Oil prices zoomed above $71 a barrel Wednesday in Asia to reach a
2009 high. Prices have jumped more than 100 percent in three months as traders have cheered
news showing the worst of a severe U.S. recession is likely over. Investors also welcomed news
that prices in China fell in May for a fourth month, moderating the threat of inflation and giving
Beijing a freer hand to carry out its giant stimulus plan. The strong sentiment helped Tokyo
markets brush off weaker-than-expected Japanese machinery orders data for April. The orders, a
closely watched indicator of corporate capital spending, tumbled 5.4% to a 22-year low, the
government said Wednesday. “Machinery orders were missed forecasts, but overall, markets are
increasingly hopeful about the economic outlook,” said Hiroichi Nishi, general manager at Nikko
Cordial Securities in Tokyo. Nearly all sectors benefited from Wednesday’s rally, with finance and
resource-related issues leading gains. Mizuho Financial Group Inc shot up 6.1% at 261 yen, and
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc added 5.7% to 4,300 yen. Trading house Mitsubishi Corp
climbed 6.3% to 1,995 yen. (Cont)
Source: AP
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/nikkei-hits-new-eight-month-high

Japan's Key Machinery Orders Fall
Japan's core machinery orders, a closely watched indicator of the health of the economy, fell by
5.4% in April. The figures, which were just released by the Government, were worse than
expected. Japan is dependent on exports for growth, and has been hit badly by the global
collapse in demand in the past half-year. The latest figures underline the slump in Japan's
economy and suggest that any recovery will be slow and fragile. The fall in core machinery orders
of 5.4% in April was far worse than analysts had expected. It shows companies are reluctant to
invest despite signs that a brutal plunge in industrial production and exports may be bottoming
out. Japan remains mired in its worst financial crisis since the end of the Second World War. The
economy, the world's second largest, contracted by a record 4% in the first quarter of the year.
That is worse than the declines in other major industrialized nations. The Government is banking
on massive public spending to turn the economy around. The latest package is worth around
$150bn (£100bn).
Source: BBC; Roland Buerk
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8092480.stm

Latest Data Shows Japan's Economy Is Bottoming Out
Japan' economy is bottoming out, the April coincident index (CI) of business conditions released
by the Cabinet Office has suggested. The CI came to 85.8 in April against the base year of 2005 -
- up 1 point from the previous month. It was the first time in 11 months that the index has turned
upward. This is because companies' output indicates that the economy has already hit bottom.
Following the release of the figure, the Cabinet Office revised upward its economic outlook from
"the index shows that the economy is worsening" to "there are signs that the economy is
bottoming out." It supports Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano's recent remarks that the economy
had emerged from the worst of the downturn by March. The CI is a composite of various
economic indicators, including retailers' sales figures, and is calculated by comparing the
indicators of the month with those of the previous month. Seven out of the already released nine

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indicators that are used to calculate the CI -- including the index of mining and industrial output
and smaller businesses' sales -- turned upward in April, contributing to the rise in the CI. In
contrast, corporate investment in plants and equipment and the job-offers-to-seekers ratio kept
declining in April. The leading index of business conditions that shows the forecast of economic
conditions several months later rose in April for the second consecutive month to 76.5, which is
up 1 point from March. (Cont)
Source: The Mainichi Daily News
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/business/news/20090610p2a00m0na013000c.html

NEC Releases Unmanned Plane To Collect Data From Disaster Sites
The small, unmanned airplane recently released by NEC Corp. (Photo courtesy of NEC
Corp.)NEC Corp. has released a lightweight unmanned airplane for large-scale disasters, which
is equipped with an automatic flight control system and a camera to collect live data from disaster
scenes. The plane made by Nippi Corp. in Yokohama, which measures 129 centimeters in length
and weighs up to three kilograms, flies using an electric motor and a global positioning system
receiver. It can fly at speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour and make flights of up to 30
kilometers or about 20 minutes on a single charge. The infrared camera mounted on the plane
can detect heat given off by forest fires and send live images of disaster scenes and flight data to
ground stations up to two kilometers away. It is also easy to change flight routes after departure
through control by computers on the ground. NEC says the plane will play an important role in
rescue operations following major earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters, especially when
land traffic networks are closed down. The new system, including the plane, transmitting and
receiving antennas for ground stations and communication devices, is priced from 20 million yen
excluding tax. NEC is planning to sell 60 units of the system in five years, expecting demand
mainly from government and other public offices.
Source: The Mainichi Daily News
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20090610p2a00m0na016000c.html

Panel Criticizes Prosecutors, Media Over Ozawa Fund Scandal
Prosecutors and the media deserve censure over their handling of a fundraising scandal involving
a secretary of former Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa that led to Ozawa's
resignation from the top post of the main opposition party, a report unveiled by a panel of experts
for the DPJ said Wednesday. At a news conference, Jun Iio, a professor at the National Graduate
Institute for Policy Studies who headed the third-party panel, also said the DPJ blundered by
allowing the scandal, which he said was a matter solely concerning Ozawa, to become a party
issue and that this damaged the party.
Source: Kyodo News
http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstStory/index.php?storyid=443635

Akashi Applauses Welfare Facilities Of IDPs
(Colombo Lankapuvath June 10) Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi expressed his
satisfaction on the facilities provided to the IDPs at the welfare centres. He said that there is
much progress in the development of providing facilities to the IDPs in the welfare villages,
Akashi made these comments followed his visit to the welfare villages at Settikulam, Vavuniya
yesterday (09). The condition of the IDPs has improved since his last visit and he also expressed
his appreciation of the efforts made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the senior officials who
had paid attention to details of the needs of the IDPs. He stated that Japan and other nations
would help in the effort to resettle the IDPs in their original places of residence till the last IDP
was settled, they would continue to help Sri Lanka in its efforts at bringing back normalcy to the
people of the north. The Government’s effort was to complete resettlement of the displaced
civilians of the north within 180 days as emphasized by Senior Advisor to the President and
Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa. Envoy Akashi had expressed willingness of the Japanese
Government to assist in the de-mining process so that civilians would feel safe to return to their
native places. Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Rishard Bathiudeen.


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Competent Authority Maj Gen G. A. Chandrasiri and other senior officials accompanied Akashi on
his visit to the north. (cont)
Source: Lankapuvath
http://www.lankapuvath.lk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1827&Itemid=51

Japan, US Agree To Review 6-Party Talks On N.Korea
Senior Japanese and US officials have agreed that the conduct of the six-party talks on North
Korea's nuclear program should be reviewed. Japan's chief delegate to the talks, Akitaka Saiki,
and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg agreed on the issue on Tuesday in
Washington. They confirmed that the framework for the six-party talks that started in 2003 should
be maintained. But they agreed that the way the talks proceed should be reviewed, given that
little progress had been made on the issue of nuclear development in North Korea. Steinberg said
the United States is exploring new measures to pressure North Korea, including whether to place
it again on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. After the meeting, Saiki told reporters it is
time to review whether the six-party talks have produced results in forcing the North to abandon
its nuclear program. He added that striving to get all 6 members to a meeting is not the only
purpose of the talks.
Source: NHK World
http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_17.html

MONGOLIA

New Train Service Between Mongolia And China
Beginning this summer, a new monthly train service will carry tourists between Ulaanbaatar and
Beijing. This follows the signing of an agreement between China Railway Travel Service,
Erlianhot China Youth Travel Service and Mongolia Travel Service. The first train is scheduled to
begin operation on July 21. The train will carry 400 passengers. The agreement calls for train
service to continue for one year. Officials hope to stimulate tourism between the two capitals.
Source: Mongolia Web News
http://www.mongolia-web.com/economy/2522-new-train-service-between-mongolia-and-china-

Clinton meets Mongolian Foreign Minister S. Batbold
Mongolia is determined to deepen and expand our relations with the United States on the basis of
comprehensive partnership, based on our shared values and common strategic interests. Indeed,
our two countries have excellent relations, and the people of Mongolia, and Mongolia has been
always grateful to the continued support of United States to our democratic reforms. Mongolia is –
also strives to continue this process, and to promoting and maintaining peace and security in
Northeast Asia and Central Asia, and we will continue to work with U.S. and other countries in the
region closely.
Source: Mongolia Web News
http://www.mongolia-web.com/government/2521-clinton-meets-mongolian-foreign-minister-s-
batbold-video-

Tensions For Mongolia's New President's Inauguration Ceremony
On Monday the budget for the Inauguration Ceremony for the new President was discussed. The
whole ceremony consists of 12 different budget items such as the suit, reception, wrestling,
military parade, press and receiving the foreign representatives (State Leaders of 16 countries
have been sent invitations; e.g. Russian Federation, Germany, Japan, Korea, France, India etc).
Total cost was estimated around 248 million tugrug. Regarding the matter, the Standing
Committee members expressed many contradicting opinions, the Committee decided to have the
issue to be discussed by the Cabinet Meeting and the Cabinet approved a 137 million tugrug for
the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony. News.mn reported on controversy regarding the content
of the ceremony. Elbegdorj and DP would push for a ceremony on Sukhbaatar square in a suite,
while MPRP points to the fact that the law prescribes a traditional deel in parliament hall.
Source: Mongolia Web News

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http://www.mongolia-web.com/government/2524-tensions-for-mongolias-new-presidents-
inauguration-ceremony

ROK/DPRK

U.N. Powers Agree To Draft Sanctions On N.Korea
UNITED NATIONS - Seven key countries agreed to a draft U.N. resolution on North Korea on
Wednesday, ending weeks of wrangling over a plan to expand sanctions against Pyongyang for
its recent nuclear test and weapons program. The draft resolution, penned by the United States
and endorsed by the five permanent Security Council members, plus Japan and South Korea,
was being discussed at a closed-door meeting of the 15-nation Security Council. "If all goes well
we're expecting a vote on the resolution on Friday," a U.N. diplomat told Reuters on condition of
anonymity. The agreement ended more than two weeks of closed-door negotiations that pitted
five powers demanding tough sanctions against Pyongyang for its May nuclear test -- United
States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea -- against Russia and China, which argued
against harsh penalties for North Korea. The draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, "condemns in
the strongest terms" North Korea's nuclear test last month and "demands that (it) not conduct any
further nuclear test or any launch using ballistic missile technology." The end result reflected the
compromises arrived at to satisfy the objections of China and Russia. Beijing and Moscow had
opposed language in earlier drafts requiring countries to inspect North Korea vessels carrying
suspicious cargo that might violate a partial U.N. trade and arms embargo. In the latest version,
the Security Council "calls upon" states to inspect such vessels but does not require it. However,
the draft resolution would require countries to deny fuel to any suspicious North Korea vessels.
(Cont)
Source: Reuters, Louis Charbonneau
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSSP42233120090610?feedType=nl&feedName=us
morningdigest

UN Powers Reach Deal On North Korea Sanctions
Seven key UN powers on Wednesday reached a tentative deal on a draft resolution that would
broaden UN sanctions on North Korea in reaction to its nuclear test last month, a diplomat said.
The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the seven nations would present the
draft to the full 15-member Security Council at 11:00 am (1500 GMT). The diplomat, who is
familiar with the closed-door negotiations among envoys of the five permanent members of the
council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Japan and South Korea,
said a vote on the text by the full council was likely to take place Thursday. Adoption of the draft
is virtually assured that the key players have endorsed it, diplomats said.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435123/1/.html

Japan, US Agree To Review 6-Party Talks On N.Korea
Senior Japanese and US officials have agreed that the conduct of the six-party talks on North
Korea's nuclear program should be reviewed. Japan's chief delegate to the talks, Akitaka Saiki,
and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg agreed on the issue on Tuesday in
Washington. They confirmed that the framework for the six-party talks that started in 2003 should
be maintained. But they agreed that the way the talks proceed should be reviewed, given that
little progress had been made on the issue of nuclear development in North Korea. Steinberg said
the United States is exploring new measures to pressure North Korea, including whether to place
it again on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. After the meeting, Saiki told reporters it is
time to review whether the six-party talks have produced results in forcing the North to abandon
its nuclear program. He added that striving to get all 6 members to a meeting is not the only
purpose of the talks.
Source: NHK World
http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_17.html


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Campbell Urges N. Korea To Return To 6-Party Talks
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State-designate Kurt Campbell urged North Korea Wednesday to
return to the six-party talks on ending its nuclear ambitions, saying Washington will not accept a
nuclear North Korea. "We've got to make clear to the North Koreans that should they decide to
return to the table for negotiations in a multilateral context, we'd be prepared to do that,"
Campbell, the nominee for assistant secretary for East Asia and Pacific affairs, said at his
confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We've also been very
clear that we cannot accept a nuclear North Korea." Campbell, chief executive officer and co-
founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an organization dedicated to
advancing a strong, centrist national security strategy, was nominated in April to replace
Christopher Hill, who was appointed as U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
Source: Yonhap News; Hwang Doo-hyong
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/11/0200000000AEN20090611000200315.HTML

N Korea 'Close To Missile Launch'
Russian officials have said North Korea is close to test-launching another ballistic missile,
Russian media say. Itar-Tass news agency quoted a military official saying he had information on
the type of rocket but no launch date. In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a long-range and
several short-range missiles, and tested a nuclear device. The Russian warning comes as
diplomats at the UN said the Security Council was close to agreement on new sanctions against
North Korea over the tests. Fears of a new missile launch by North Korea have been stoked by
warnings earlier this week to shipping to stay away from the waters off its east coast for the next
three weeks. Launch imminent? Itar-Tass quoted a source in the Russian foreign ministry as
saying: "Judging by everything, a launch will take place. There are signs that preparations for this
are underway." US and South Korean officials have also said there are signs that the North may
be preparing to test-fire a long-range missile. The US has said it has ruled out military action
against the North in favour of international diplomatic efforts. US President Barack Obama's
special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, told the Korea Society in New York that the US
was not seeking to topple the North Korean government. "North Korea's recent actions to develop
a nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capacity require that we expand our consideration
of new responses," Mr Bosworth said. (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8092614.stm

Report: Russia Knows of North Korean Launch Plans
Russia is reported to have information on North Korean plans to launch a ballistic missile, but
does not know the precise timing of the launch. A Russian military source told the Interfax News
Agency Wednesday that it has certain information regarding the type and characteristics of the
missile, but not when it might be launched. The source added that Russia would be monitoring
the launch, but did not say whether it would be a short- or long-range missile. North Korea has
launched a series of short-range missiles since carrying out a nuclear test on May 25 and is
reportedly preparing to launch a long-range missile. Pyongyang's actions have triggered
international condemnation and threats of new sanctions against the reclusive state. On Tuesday,
the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the United States, Britain, France,
China and Russia - met with Japanese and South Korean officials to negotiate a new resolution in
response to Pyongyang's recent nuclear test. Officials say they made progress in their talks
Tuesday, and expect a new resolution "relatively soon." Measures under discussion reportedly
include new restrictions on North Korea's trade and financial dealings with the outside world, as
well as an expanded arms embargo and tighter inspections of its ship-based cargo. U.S. officials
have indicated that Washington may also impose unilateral financial sanctions against North
Korea. (Cont)
Source: VOA
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-10-voa8.cfm




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Russia Holds Out On Latest U.N. Resolution Draft
Russia has rejected the latest version of a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to punish North
Korea's recent nuclear test, taking issue with wording on Pyongyang's missile program, Yonhap
News reported citing an informed diplomatic source in Seoul Wednesday. South Korean media
reported earlier in the day that the five permanent members of the council agreed with South
Korea and Japan, who are participating in the negotiations as related parties, to a new resolution
calling for tough financial sanctions and an expanded arms embargo on North Korea, along with
inspections of air and sea vessels suspected of shipping weapons. But Russia, a time-honored
ally of the North, refused to endorse the revised draft, which demands that North Korea "not
conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology," according to the source, who asked not to
be named apparently due to the sensitivity of the issue.
Source: The Korea Herald
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/10/200906100113.asp

Russia Has Info On NKorea Missile Launch Plan
The Russian military has information about a planned ballistic missile launch by North Korea, a
senior military source was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. "We have certain
information on the type and characteristics of the rocket. However there is no precise information
on the timing of its launch," the source in Russia's General Staff told Interfax. He added that
Russia would be monitoring the launch. It was unclear whether he was referring to a short- or
long-range missile. North Korea has launched a series of short-range missiles since carrying out
a nuclear test on May 25. US and South Korean officials have said there are signs that the
reclusive Communist state may also be preparing to test-fire a long-range missile. Tensions have
been running high since Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket in April, tested a nuclear bomb
in May, then launched a series of short-range missiles and renounced the truce that ended the
Korean War in 1953. Russia has a short border with North Korea and is part of the six-party
negotiations aimed at convincing the country's isolated Communist regime to give up its nuclear
programme.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435024/1/.html

N Korea Draft Resolution Agreed
Key Security Council members have agreed on the wording of a draft UN resolution to expand
sanctions against North Korea, diplomats say. The move is a response to Pyongyang's recent
nuclear and missile testing. The agreement was reached by the five permanent council members,
along with Japan and South Korea. The US's UN envoy said the draft was "very strong". The full
15-nation council will discuss the draft later in the day with a vote expected on Friday. The 35-
point draft resolution proposes significantly tougher sanctions than those already in place. It
involves provisions for the inspection of North Korean ships that may be carrying equipment
related to weapons of mass destruction. It also proposes a tighter ban on North Korean arms
exports and the introduction of a range of steps to increase vigilance over financial dealings
Pyongyang has in other countries. The draft also reasserts a UN ban on North Korean nuclear
and ballistic missile tests. Adoption of the resolution is virtually assured once the seven countries
have endorsed it, diplomats told AFP news agency. In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a
long-range and several short-range missiles, and tested a nuclear device in defiance of the UN
Security Council. On Tuesday, North Korea said it would use nuclear weapons in a "merciless
offensive" if provoked. The US has said it has ruled out military action against the North in favour
of international diplomatic efforts. (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8093494.stm

North Korean Nuke Test Remains Unconfirmed
According to reports, there has still been no evidence to suggest that the second North Korean
“nuclear test” was indeed a test at all. When asked by a journalist on Tuesday about the lack of a
"smoking gun" after investigative testing by Japan, the U.S. and South Korean authorities, State

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Department spokesman Ian Kelly was unable to comment. The test, which took place on May
25th, was first described by the Russian Defense Ministry as being of a magnitude roughly
equivalent to the blast at Hiroshima, some 20Kt, However, that figure was ratcheted downwards
by various agencies and experts, with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation deciding
that it was of a magnitude in single figures, the Centre for Science and Peace Research at the
University of Hamburg saying "from 3 to 8Kt," and IRIS Global Seismographic Network head
Jeffrey Park suggesting "4Kt or smaller." To obtain incontrovertible evidence of a test in lieu of
being inside North Korea at the time, traces of certain gases in the atmosphere surrounding or
waters emerging from the test site would have to be found, notably xenon and/or krypton, which
are both generated by nuclear testing or reprocessing. (Cont)
Source: The Daily NK; Chris Green
http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=5032

'NK Raising Tension For Power Succession'
Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee has ordered his commanding officers to defeat any North Korean
provocation ``on the spot'' ― without first seeking permission from their superiors. Lee strongly
criticized North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for stepping up provocative acts, including a nuclear
test, to help facilitate his hereditary power succession. ``Under our military's clear principles, field
officers should firmly deal with North Korean provocations and end situations immediately on the
spot by mobilizing all necessary, combined forces capabilities,'' the minister said in a rare
message to his armed forces in the Korea Defense Daily, Tuesday. Lee made the remarks amid
heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang's second nuclear test on May
25 and its test-firing of short-range missiles. North Korea watchers say the Stalinist state may
take more action next week when the leaders of South Korea and the United States meet for a
summit in Washington. South Korean troops have already been placed on high alert over
possible incidents near the land and sea borders. The Navy has recently deployed a 440-ton up-
to-date patrol boat armed with guided missiles to the western waters, where a 3,200-ton KDX-I
light destroyer, 1,900-ton frigate, patrol boats are readying to counter North Korean acts. The Air
Force's F-15K fleet is also gearing up to conduct missions to strike North Korea's artillery units
near the Military Demarcation Line and key facilities should the North attempt to invade the
South. (Cont)
Source: The Korea Times; Jung Sung-ki
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/06/116_46580.html

Jong-Un’s Succession Story Differs From Father’s
North Korea would undergo its third generation of hereditary power succession if leader Kim
Jong-il hands over the reins of the regime to his third son, Jong-un, as many observers expect.
On the surface, such a transfer of power resembles the one that occurred when Kim Jong-il
became the country’s leader with the backing of his father, Kim Il Sung. But there are some key
differences, North Korean experts say. For one, Kim Jong-il fought for the throne against his half-
brother Pyong-il, his uncle Kim Yong-ju and other descendants of partisan fighters, eventually
edging out his competitors and winning the support of his father’s comrades. He also gained
valuable experience and a chance to prove his mettle by serving in key government positions,
including posts as manager, director and secretary at the Workers’ Party. In essence, Kim Jong-il
was named the successor to his father not only because of blood lines, but also because he had
proven himself, said Hyon Song-il, a former North Korean diplomat who has been with the
Institute for National Security Strategy since his defection to the South. The ascension of Kim
Jong-un, however, is another story. Kim Jong-un hasn’t had to battle any serious competitors.
Although he has two older brothers - Jong-nam and Jong-chol - they have not competed for the
throne. Both come with baggage: Jong-nam has long been a subject of internal criticism and
Jong-un has health problems. (Cont)
Source: Joong Ang Ilbo; Jeong Yong-soo
http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2905998




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Prepare For Collapse Of N. Korea: Analyst
Washington must be prepared to play a direct role in dealing with a possible collapse of the North
Korean dictatorship, a senior analyst at a U.S. think tank said in a recent report. "The United
States must coordinate carefully - in advance - with South Korea, China and other players to
develop a basic concept of operations which should include three major missions," wrote Michael
O'Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, which provides the theoretical grounds for the
foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration. The report indicated that discussions on how
to prepare for Pyongyang's collapse have already begun in Washington. The three missions are:
locating and securing nuclear materials; restoring order and possibly combating remnants of the
DPRK military; and providing basic goods and services for the North Korean people, according to
O'Hanlon. "Combined ROK-U.S. forces would need to be able to end a state of anarchy that is
likely to exist if the state collapses," he wrote. "They would need to defeat any splinter elements
(or even substantial elements) of the DPRK armed forces that were posing local resistance or
attacking South Korean territory with long-range strike assets." They would also have to arrest
top-level North Korean leadership unless an amnesty had been negotiated, O'Hanlon said. "The
North Korean people, including large numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, will
require food, medical care and shelter," he wrote. (Cont)
Source: The Korea Herald; Kim So-hyun
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/11/200906110041.asp

Unification Minister To Skip Inter-Korean Summit Anniversary Event
South Korea's unification minister will not participate in an annual event commemorating the first
inter-Korean summit, a ministry spokesperson said Wednesday, citing government talks with the
North planned for the same day. "We notified the organizers that it would be difficult for the
minister to participate in the event," spokesperson Lee Jong-joo said at a daily press briefing.
Source: Yonhap News; Tony Chang
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/10/0200000000AEN20090610008700315.HTML

U.S. Journalists 'To Be Sent To Special Camp In N.Korea'
Two American journalists who were sentenced in North Korea to 12 years of hard labor will
probably be sent to the Pyongsong Special Camp near the capital. North Korean sources say
ordinary convicts are sent to labor camps, unlike political prisoners who are sent to concentration
camps. There inmates are forced to do backbreaking labor such as felling trees, moving rocks
from riverbeds, and working in mine pits. Observers speculate that if Euna Lee and Laura Ling
are sent there, the international outcry will be so severe that it would be more trouble for North
Korea than it is worth, even if it is using the two as a bargaining chip in dealings with the U.S.
Instead, they will probably be sent to a special camp originally built to accommodate ranking
members of the Workers Party and other figures thought to merit special treatment. Special
camps are better furnished than general camps, and inmates reportedly do relatively light work.
There are apparently two special camps, one in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province and one in
Wonsan, Kangwon Province. A source speculated that Pyongsong is the likelier option because it
is easier for visitors to meet them not far from Pyongyang, while it is also more difficult for
outsiders to get a glimpse of the North Korean reality from there.
Source: Chosun Ilbo
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/06/10/2009061000915.html

Slim Hopes From Inter-Korean Talks For Detained S.Korean
Preparation for inter-Korean talks on the issue of the Kaesong Industrial Complex on Thursday
are going ahead, but there is little hope that they will resolve either that question or achieve the
release of a South Korean employee being held incommunicado there on vague sedition charges.
South Korea sent four officials across the border on Tuesday to prepare for the talks, and the
North informed the South of five officials on its delegation. But no officials from the National
Defense Commission, the most powerful political body in North Korea, were on the list,
Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said, making it unlikely that the North Koreans
will be authorized to discuss the matter. If there is a problem with the safety of the man, identified

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as Yoo, who has been detained for 72 days as of Tuesday, it will only intensify growing anxieties
of South Korean firms in the industrial complex. Ryu Dong-ryeol, a researcher at the Police
Science Institute, said, "Based on recent statements by North Korea, the communist country sees
the Kaesong Industrial Complex as a symbol of reconciliation and cooperation between the two
Koreas, but it seems it has a different position about Yoo."
Source: Chosun Ilbo
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/06/10/2009061000931.html

Journalists May Get 'Good' Gulag
WASHINGTON - The term "hard labor" when applied by a North Korean court to the 12-year
sentences meted out to journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee is hardly the same as the "hard
labor" given to hundreds of thousands of prisoners scattered through a vast gulag system from
which there is generally no escape and no reprieve, according to a range of experts. The kind of
existence that awaits Ling and Lee as they begin their detention is not at all clear, but no one
believes they will really have to suffer through dawn-to-dusk days slaving in fields and mines,
beaten by guards and sometimes tortured, as routinely happens to prisoners in North Korea. For
example, if they did survive all that and were eventually released, consider the tremendous story
they would be able to tell about life inside North Korea's infamous gulag system. "When they get
out, the North Koreans don't want these journalists describing those harsh conditions," said Tim
Peters, missionary and crusader on behalf of defectors from North Korea. The North Koreans,
said Peters, "will handle them rather skillfully and try to weave their experience into this whole
propaganda machine". Kim Sang-hun, a long-time human-rights activist in South Korea, believes
the "hard labor" in this case refers to terms in a labor reform institute - quite a different institution
from the sprawling prisons spread out over remote regions of the country. (Cont)
Source: Asia Times, Donald Kirk
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KF11Dg01.html

N. Korea Sends Condolences On Death Of S. Korean Activist
North Korea on Wednesday expressed condolences over the recent suicide of a South Korean
reunification activist and blamed the conservative Seoul government for his death. Kang Hui-nam,
a Christian pastor and honorary chairman of the South's headquarters of the non-governmental
National Alliance for the Country's Reunification (Pomminryon), took his own life at his home on
Saturday. He was 89. Kang was jailed several times for his activities related to North Korea,
including his failed attempt to cross the inter-Korean border to attend the funeral of North Korean
founder Kim Il-sung in the summer of 1994. He left a suicide note that denounced the Lee Myung-
bak government's North Korea policy and called for resistance.
Source: Yonhap News
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/10/0200000000AEN20090610002200315.HTML

South Korea Gives US Info On North's Bank Accounts
South Korea has given the United States information on foreign bank accounts that North Korea
holds, a Seoul newspaper said Wednesday, as UN Security Council members debated sanctions
on Pyongyang. Chosun Ilbo said Seoul had provided details of 10-20 bank accounts that South
Korean companies or civic groups use to remit money to the North for business or aid projects
there. Government officials could not immediately comment on the report. The paper, quoting an
unidentified government official, said the accounts are suspected of being used for transactions
related to counterfeiting, drug dealing and money laundering. Most are in Chinese banks but
some are in Switzerland or elsewhere, it said. Seoul's move suggests the US has started
preparing for financial sanctions on the North, the paper said, adding that Washington apparently
also asked other countries that have dealings with the North to cooperate. The five permanent
Security Council members plus Japan and South Korea held more talks Tuesday on broadening
sanctions in response to the North's May 25 nuclear test, but said they need more time to seal a
deal. "We're making progress but we are not done yet," US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice
told reporters. "I'm hopeful that this will be concluded soon." (Cont)
Source: AFP

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http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435005/1/.html

U.S. Envoy Says No Intention To Invade DPRK
NEW YORK -- A U.S. special envoy said Tuesday that Washington has no intention to invade the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and emphasized the necessity of dialogue.
Stephen Bosworth, the special envoy on the DPRK, said at the Annual Dinner of the New York-
based Korea Society that "we have no intention to invade North Korea or change its regime
through force, and this has been made clear to the DPRK repeatedly. " Meanwhile, Bosworth
urged the DPRK to return to the negotiation table despite its earlier declaration of withdrawal from
the six-party talks. He regarded negotiations and dialogue "the best means" to achieve the goal of
complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "We and the other participants
in the talks are committed to work through the six-party process to implement the principles of the
September 2005 Joint Statement,” he noted. He said that future negotiations should establish the
irreversible steps that the DPRK "must take to go beyond the impermanent disablement actions
previously taken." "North Korea will not find international acceptance unless it abandons its
pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery," he added. Bosworth was
appointed as U.S. special envoy on the DPRK by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during
her visit to Seoul in February. He used to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
Source: Xinhua
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/10/content_11520833.htm

Gates: Interceptor Missiles Can Protect US
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has expressed confidence that his country can shoot down
any North Korean missile aimed at the US. Gates made the remark at the Senate Appropriations
Committee on Tuesday. He said 30 ground-based interceptor missiles already in silos or under
construction in the states of Alaska and California are fully adequate to protect the US from any
long-range missile launched by a rogue country like North Korea. Gates expressed concern that
North Korea is developing long-range missiles at a faster pace than expected. He added that if
the North Korean missile threat increases and 30 interceptors are not enough, he wants to
increase the deployment.
Source: NHK World
http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_08.html

Bosworth: N Korea Unlikely To Change Hardline
The US special envoy on North Korea says it is unlikely that North Korea will change its
provocative stand towards the rest of the world during the next several months. Speaking in New
York on Tuesday, the special envoy Stephen Bosworth was referring to North Korea's recent
launch of a long-range ballistic missile, and its nuclear test. He said President Barack Obama had
conveyed his intention to have direct dialogue with the North, but instead, North Korea took
actions that clearly defy the hopes of the international community. Bosworth said the United
States remains ready to hold a direct dialogue with the North as part of the six-party talks on
North Korea's nuclear program. He said it is up to North Korea to decide whether it will rejoin the
international community or remain isolated in a dark cave.
Source: NHK World
http://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_23.html

Could North Korea Provoke A New Korean War?
To fear a new Korean War is historically inaccurate, because, in fact, the last one never ended:
the world's most dangerous border, across which some 2 million North Korean, U.S. and South
Korean troops face each other along the 38th parallel of the Korean Peninsula is, in fact, simply
an armistice line. On July 27, 1953, the U.S. and North Korea signed a truce pausing, but not
ending, a war that claimed more than 2 million lives, including those of 36,940 U.S. troops. And
the North's recent nuclear and missile saber-rattling has many growing nervous about the
potential for a resumption of hostilities. North Korea, in fact, announced on May 27 that it was
withdrawing from the armistice. It declared it could no longer guarantee the safety of ships sailing

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through the Yellow Sea off its western coast, and would no longer respect the legal status of
several islands off South Korea's coast. It also vowed to attack South Korea if North Korean
vessels suspected of smuggling nuclear and missile components are stopped and searched by a
U.S.-led U.N. naval armada — a proposal currently under discussion. (See pictures of North
Koreans at the polls.) U.S. officials are concerned that political instability inside the Pyongyang
regime may raise the danger of confrontation. "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il has been weakened by
a stroke suffered late last year, his 26-year old heir apparent is not yet ready to take the reins and
the North Korean military is eager to maintain its preeminence in the coming political succession.
(Cont)
Source: Time, Mark Thompson, Washington
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1903717,00.html?imw=Y

China: Pyongyang Just Wants Attention
BEIJING - Dismissive of warnings that the Korean Peninsula stands on the brink of war, China
contends North Korea's recent provocative actions are yet another illustration of brinkmanship
aimed at attracting the United States' attention. Beijing decried the North's nuclear tests in late
May, but remains uncommitted to tougher sanctions against the impoverished Stalinist nation.
Diplomats from the five permanent members of the Security Council - China, Britain, France,
Russia and the US - plus Japan and South Korea, have been conducting intensive bargaining
sessions for almost a week attempting to agree on new measures to punish the defiant North.
They have signed off on widening the arms embargo imposed on Pyongyang after its first nuclear
detonation in 2006, and new financial restrictions - but remain at loggerheads over the issue of
inspecting cargo ships on the high seas. China has warned that interdicting ships at sea on
suspicion of carrying banned materials could provoke the North into a military response and at
the very least discourage it from returning to talks on abandoning its nuclear program. North
Korean state-run media warned Monday that Pyongyang "will consider any sanction a declaration
of war and will take due corresponding self-defense measures". (Cont)
Source: Inter Press Service, Antoaneta Bezlova
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KF11Dg02.html

Chinese Ambassador Calls For Early Conclusion Of Seoul-Beijing FTA
China's ambassador to South Korea called on the two Asian economic powers Wednesday to
push for an early conclusion of a free trade deal to further enhance their economic cooperation.
Seoul and Beijing have been conducting a feasibility study on a bilateral free trade agreement
(FTA) since March 2007 through a joint panel comprising government officials, business leaders
and academics. "China and South Korea should aggressively and properly push for a free trade
accord, based on the findings of an ongoing feasibility study," Cheng Yonghua said during a
business forum held here.
Source: Yonhap News; Nam Kwang-sik
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/10/0200000000AEN20090610002800320.HTML

Governing Party Advises President To Reshuffle Cabinet
President Lee Myung-bak faces growing calls from the governing camp to reshuffle the Cabinet
and the presidential secretariat in a bid to placate souring public sentiment following the death of
former President Roh Moo-hyun. Cheong Wa Dae has said it has no immediate plan to replace
ministers, but an increasing number of Grand National Party (GNP) lawmakers are calling on Lee
to take action before it is too late. One of the major concerns for the lawmakers is the falling
popularity of President Lee and the governing party in the wake of Roh's suicide on May 23.
``Roh's death provides us with a crucial message that we should work for national harmony and
better serve the people,'' GNP floor leader Ahn Sang-soo said during a forum in Seoul, Tuesday.
``It is true the ruling camp is in trouble now, and the Lee administration may know this. A large-
scale reshuffle is necessary to move forward.'' Ahn insisted the new Cabinet include new faces
from a broader spectrum of conservatives to tide over the difficulties. Cheong Wa Dae didn't
respond to his demand, but GNP sources said heated debates were already underway inside the
presidential office over whether to replace ministers and secretaries and if so, when. A report

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Wednesday said Lee has decided to conduct a Cabinet shakeup and may announce the new
lineup later this month or early next month after his visits to the United States and Japan. (Cont)
Source: The Korea Times; Na Jeong-ju
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/06/116_46576.html

Defection Fallout Ripples Through Yankang Province
The apparent defection of Seo Kyung Shik, the First Secretary of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth
League in Yankang Province who disappeared after detecting moves to arrest him, led to a state
of emergency being declared and a ripple of unexpected consequences. As reported exclusively
by Daily NK on June 1st, Seo is suspected of embezzling state assets and funds. His
embezzlement of national assets was discovered during provincial inspections by the Anti-
Socialist Group and Central Youth League in February. Investigations revealed that not only did
Seo steal funds and materials intended for the construction of the “Military-First Youth Power
Plant” in Baekam, Yangkang Province, but he also seized “loyalty funds"--money earned by the
youth of the province as a part of their foreign currency earning activities which is supposed to be
handed over to the Party as a show of “loyalty.” Seo, presumably fearing the onrushing discovery
and punishment of his corrupt activities, fled to China across the Yalu River on the 19th of last
month with some of the acquaintances with whom he had colluded in the embezzlement.
Subsequently, a wave of inspections hit the foreign currency earning organizations at the military,
party and political circles in Yankang Province, and the dismissal, demotion and forced
resignation of many officials, many of whom had yet to confess any wrongdoing, has occurred.
(Cont)
Source: The Daily NK; Lee Sung Jin
http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=5030

Inflation A Distant Threat For Korea
Inflation is a threat for the post-crisis economy of most countries that resorted to expansionary
fiscal and monetary measures to boost their economies. For Korea, where major price indices are
pointing south, the threat looks more distant, experts here said yesterday. "The probability of
Korea facing a rapid rise in prices is low at the moment," said Jang Jae-chul, an economist at
Seoul-based Samsung Economic Research Institute. Economists are issuing warnings that
excessive liquidity - released to fight the financial crisis and economic downturn - may put
pressure on prices in the future. If the liquidity is not taken back in a timely and effective manner,
it may lead to additional inflationary pressure when the economy enters a recovery phase, they
assert. Earlier this week, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-
Kahn said that governments around the world may have done enough already for their
economies, providing fiscal stimulus, and the next challenge will be dealing with the huge
increase in fiscal deficits and public debts. "The risk of rapid inflation at the end of the recession
is a real risk," he warned at conference in Montreal, Quebec. His remarks echoed the view of
World Bank President Robert Zoellick, who said last month that the global economy "appears to
have a sufficient amount of stimulus." However, talk of rapid inflation sounds less relevant in
Korea, where data are pointing to an easing in inflationary pressure. (Cont)
Source: The Kore Herald; Lee Sun-young
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/11/200906110043.asp

S. Korean Trade Minister Calls For Balanced Interest In FTA With New Zealand
South Korea's top trade official said Wednesday that a "balance of interest" is important in
pushing for a free trade deal between his country and New Zealand. South Korea and New
Zealand are holding their first round of free trade negotiations in Seoul that runs through Friday
aiming at concluding a free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of the year.
Source: Yonhap; Park Sang-soo
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/10/0200000000AEN20090610003100320.HTML




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Intellectuals Engage In War Of Ideologies
A democratic revolt or populist agitation? During the past week, more than 4,000 professors from
Seoul to Jeju have issued statements criticizing the Lee Myung-bak administration for oppressing
democracy and civil liberties. Religious leaders, lawyers, writers, activists and students have
joined the campaign, calling for an end to what they call "authoritarian" rule. "Under the current
administration, the freedom of expression and assembly, judicial independence, basic human
rights and justice are in serious retreat," said a statement issued Tuesday by 216 faculty
members from 11 universities in Daejeon and South Chungcheong Province. They also criticized
Lee's economic policies for worsening income disparity and aggravating the welfare of the poor
and vulnerable. They also take aim at his policy of "ignoring and pressuring" North Korea, saying
he is partly responsible for the recent tension on the peninsula. Several rightist groups issued
statements on Tuesday claiming the "leftist" intellectuals are damaging national unity and stability
at a time the nation faces dangerous economic, security and political crises. Lee broke his silence
yesterday, issuing harsh criticism of his opponents. "Our hard-won democracy is being distorted
by those who break laws and exert violence to press their argument," the president said
yesterday in his address marking the 22nd anniversary of the June 10, 1987 pro-democracy
uprising. His speech was read by the pubic administration and security minister at a ceremony.
(Cont)
Source: The Korea herald; Hwang Jang-jin
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/11/200906110042.asp

Ralliers Call For 'Recovery Of Democracy'
Tens of thousands of citizens joined a massive rally yesterday at Seoul Plaza in central Seoul,
marking the 22nd anniversary of the June 10 pro-democracy movement despite the disapproval
of the police and Seoul City. The rally, which began at 7:30 p.m., lasted for nearly three hours
with various events, including the one mourning the death of former President Roh Moo-hyun.
Participants of the rally, holding candles and anti-government posters and signs, called for
"recovery of democracy." Many charged that democracy has been retrogressing since the
inauguration of the Lee administration in February last year. Roh jumped to his death from a cliff
in a mountain behind his residence in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, on May 23 amid a
sweeping prosecutorial inquiry into his alleged corruption. The death of Roh, a former human
rights lawyer and democracy fighter, has prompted a growing anti-government sentiment. The
rally proceeded peacefully overall. Some 12,000 police officers were deployed around Seoul
Plaza, a popular place of assembly where the 1987 movement took place. The police and the
Seoul Metropolitan Government had rejected the proposals for the rally, saying another civic
group had earlier filed a request to use the plaza for a separate civil campaign. But participants
defied the disapproval to push ahead with the rally. While refraining from dispersing the rally, the
police vowed to crack down on any violent protests. (Cont)
Source: The Korea Herald
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/11/200906110044.asp

Roh Bribery Scandal Must Be Revealed In Full
The Central Investigation Department in the Supreme Public Prosecutors' Office questioned
South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Tae-ho on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they will wrap
up their investigation of the bribery scandal surrounding former President Roh Moo-hyun and his
rich supporter Park Yeon-cha, after questioning two or three more politicians and government
officials and eventually leading to the prosecution of politicians, judges and prosecutors allegedly
involved in illicit dealings. The scandal turned Korean society upside down since the investigation
began eight months ago. Park allegedly bribed officials in both the former and incumbent
administrations, from presidential aides, central government officials, ruling and opposition party
lawmakers to former National Assembly chairmen, judges and even key prosecutors. The former
president and his family were no exceptions. It is rare both here and abroad for a single
businessman to bribe so many key officials in the presidential office, central government,
parliament and judiciary. It is an embarrassing incident that shows the level of ethics and integrity
upheld by the Korean government. For the investigation itself, the important question is how

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prosecutors wrap up a probe that revealed such pervasive corruption so that these things do not
happen again, enabling Korea to become an advanced country as it celebrates its 60th
anniversary. There is a lot of dissent over the monopoly prosecutors have over indictments, as
the public increasingly views their discretion as arbitrary. (Cont)
Source: Chosun Ilbo
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/06/10/2009061000964.html

S. Korea To Independently Build Next Space Rocket: Official
South Korea plans to build its next-generation space rocket without foreign assistance, a
government official in charge of the country's technology policy said Wednesday. In a press
briefing, Lee Sang-mok, deputy minister at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology,
said that the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 (KSLV-2) being developed for launch in 2018, will be
built solely by local engineers using indigenous technology. "Seoul has decided to go solo on the
next rocket based on knowhow acquired in the building of the KSLV-1 with Russia," he said.
Source: Yonhap News; Lee Joon-seung
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/10/0200000000AEN20090610001500320.HTML

South Korea Completes Space Centre For Rocket Launch
South Korea has completed a space centre which will be used to send a satellite into orbit from
its own territory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday. Education, Science and
Technology Minister Ahn Byong-Man said the government would hold a ceremony on Thursday
to celebrate the opening of the Naro Space Centre in Goheung, 475 kilometres (300 miles) south
of Seoul. The centre, which cost 312 billion won (250 million dollars), will on July 30 launch the
KSLV-1 rocket, which will put a satellite into orbit. South Korea has already launched 10 satellites
using overseas launch sites. The rocket, which cost 502.5 billion won, will be the first space
vehicle launched from South Korean soil. Its Russian-built first-stage thruster will arrive next
week, Ahn said. Russia also helped design the launch pad. South Korean engineers built the
rocket's second stage and the satellite. "The Naro centre will be the hub for our space
development," Ahn told reporters. Seoul's rival North Korea in April fired a long-range rocket for
what it called a peaceful satellite launch. Other nations said no satellite was detected and the
exercise was a disguised test of a long-range missile. The United Nations Security Council
condemned the launch and tightened sanctions, prompting Pyongyang to quit a nuclear
disarmament deal and to stage its second atomic test.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435086/1/.html

'Techno Peace Corps' To Help Developing Countries
The government announced yesterday that it will recruit 30 local researchers this year to assist
11 developing countries in enhancing their science and technology fields. The Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology said that it will recruit the researchers into the "Techno
Peace Corps." The ministry will send them to 19 institutions in the developing countries. The
countries are Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Ecuador, Indonesia,
Cambodia, Thailand and Tunisia. The project will also help support industry-academy cooperation
among universities and research institutes in the developing countries and Korean companies
operating abroad, the ministry said. An applicant aspiring to join the Techno Peace Corps is
required to have at least a bachelor's degree in science and engineering, and be able to speak
English or a language of the country that he or she will be dispatched to. The Techno Peace
Corps members will be dispatched for a period of one year and they will be offered air fare, living
expenses, insurance payments and financial assistance for their activities, the ministry said. An
applicant will receive a monthly average remuneration of 2 million won ($1,595) to 2.3 million won
before taxes for their activities and expanses living abroad. The members will work mostly as
professors or researchers in foreign universities or research institutes from October this year.
(Cont)
Source: The Korea Herald; Song Sang-ho
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/11/200906110046.asp

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Truckers To Strike Today
More than 15,000 cargo truck drivers said they will stage a strike today to protest the canceling of
contracts of 78 of their colleagues. Other unionized transportation workers also plan to follow suit,
which would lead to nationwide transportation paralysis and financial damage. The Korea Cargo
Transport Workers' Union said it has failed to narrow differences with Korea Express, which
cancelled the contracts due to a failure to agree on working conditions and transport rates. ``If the
government and employers refuse to settle the ongoing dispute through peaceful negotiations, we
have no choice but to go on strike,'' the union said. ``Our resistances will be carried out in the
form of stopping transporting cargo, keeping people from moving in and out of ports, and
interrupting expressways.'' They called on Korea Express to reinstate the contracts and resume
negotiations with the truck drivers. The union officially has nearly 15,000 members across the
country. This time, however, more than 150,000 unregistered truckers are likely to join the
collective action. The Ministry of Land, Transportation, and Maritime Affairs has called on
participating drivers to either return to their workplace or face punishment. ``Criminal charges will
be filed against those interrupting transportation. No leniency will be shown,'' it said. ``If
necessary, police will protect the normal work of non-unionized truck drivers.'' Policemen will be
dispatched to major ports and ramps leading to expressways to prevent the truckers from
blocking key transportation routes. (Cont)
Source: The Korea times; Park Si-soo
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/06/117_46585.html

WHO Forum Adopts 'Busan Pledge'
Countries should adopt a more systematic approach and strengthen coordination to prevent
environment-related diseases, especially among children, delegates at an international
conference in Busan were told Wednesday. Wrapping up the World Health Organization (WHO)
International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment, more than 500 health
experts, scientists and civic group members from across the world called for joint action to
develop countermeasures against factors such as asbestos, hazardous waste and climate
change. They shared information on global trends in environment-related diseases, research
methods and translating data into feasible policy. Through the Busan Pledge, participants heard
about pregnant women and emphasis on health from the pre-natal stage. Park Mee-ja, an official
from the Ministry of Environment, said the conference helped draw greater public attention to the
relationship between the environment and health. ``It was the largest event held in Korea on the
subject. Citizens became aware that the environment can be more than just an abstract issue and
something related directly to our lives,'' she said. ``Also, it drew attention to some of the most
sensitive issues humans are facing at the moment, such as asbestos and nanoparticles. Simply
raising issues is a huge step forward,'' she added. Jenny Pronczuk of WHO said the meeting
forged a network of health experts around the world who share common interests. Research
results from 250 new studies were reported. (Cont)
Source: The Korea Times; Bae Ji-sook
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/06/117_46619.html

RUSSIA

Medvedev Threatens To Ax Governors
President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that he would fire governors who failed to cope with
unemployment and wage arrears. His comments sent a clear signal that Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin would no longer rush to starving residents in one-industry towns, throw pens at business
leaders and shovel out government money to pay wage arrears like he did in Pikalyovo last week.
"I want you to present this position clearly and unambiguously to the governors: Either they deal
with the problems, or I will have to remove them from their offices irrespective of their merits,"
Medvedev told his envoys to Russia's seven federal districts during a video conference from his
Gorki residence outside Moscow. He told the envoys to gather the governors of their respective
districts and tell them that they were responsible for dealing with unemployment and timely
payments of salaries. "If someone has difficulties and the process gets out of control, I will regard

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it as a demonstration of his incapacity to solve problems," Medvedev said, apparently referring to
the public protests and blockade of a federal highway by Pikalyovo residents June 2. The three
factories in the Leningrad regional town had been paralyzed for several months because of the
financial crisis. Putin flew there last Thursday and forced the owners, including billionaire Oleg
Deripaska, to pay wage arrears and reopen the factories. (Cont)
Source: The Moscow Times, Nabi Abdullaev
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/600/42/378473.htm

New Arms Treaty Must Exclude Weapons In Space - Russian General
BALABANOVO (Russia) - A new strategic arms reduction pact with the United States must
prohibit any kinds of offensive weapons in space, Russia's Strategic Missile Forces commander
said on Wednesday. "Our country is interested in including limitations not only on the number of
nuclear warheads, but also on the number of their delivery vehicles in the new arms reduction
treaty. We also stand for maintaining the ban on the deployment of strategic weapons, offensive
and defensive, outside national borders, the prohibition of any kinds of offensive weapons in
space, and a more efficient use of inspection and data exchange mechanisms established in line
with the START 1 treaty," Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said. Russia and the United States are
currently negotiating a replacement to the Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (START 1) treaty,
which expires in December. The treaty obliges Russia and the United States to reduce nuclear
warheads to 6,000 and their delivery vehicles to 1,600 each. In 2002, a follow-up agreement on
strategic offensive arms reduction was concluded in Moscow. The agreement, known as the
Moscow Treaty, envisioned cuts to 1,700-2,200 warheads by December 2012. According to a
report published by the U.S. State Department in April, as of January 1 Russia had 3,909 nuclear
warheads and 814 delivery vehicles, including ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles
(ICBM), submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers. The same report
said the United States had 5,576 warheads and 1,198 delivery vehicles. (Cont)
Source: RIA Novosti
http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20090610/155220015.html

Russia Against Unilateral Steps In Cutting Armaments - Lavrov
MOSCOW - It is impossible for Russia or the United States to take unilateral steps in the area of
nuclear disarmament, as it should also be in missile defense, the Russian foreign minister said
Wednesday. "Unilateral steps are not expected from either the Russian Federation or the United
States. And I hope that such a rejection of unilateralism will also be expanded to cover the sphere
of strategic defensive systems, by which I mean missile defense," Sergei Lavrov told journalists
after talks with his German counterpart. Russia opposes U.S. plans to deploy interceptor missiles
in Poland and a tracking radar in the Czech Republic as a threat to its security. Washington says
the shield elements are needed to counter possible strikes from rogue states such as Iran.
Russian and U.S. negotiators have held two rounds of full-format talks on a replacement for the
Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 1), which expires on December 5, and agreed to report
the first results of the work on a new treaty at a Russian-U.S. summit in Moscow. START 1,
signed in 1991, commits Russia and the United States to each reduce nuclear warheads to 6,000
and their delivery vehicles to 1,600. In 2002, a follow-up agreement on strategic offensive arms
reduction was concluded in Moscow. The agreement, known as the Moscow Treaty, envisioned
cuts to 1,700-2,200 warheads by December 2012.
Source: RIA Novosti
http://en.rian.ru/world/20090610/155221391.html

Russia Could Scrap Nuclear Arms Alongside Other Nations - Putin
MOSCOW -- Russia could abandon nuclear weapons if other nuclear powers - official and
unofficial - scrap them, the Russian prime minister said on Wednesday. Asked by German
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier if he believed Russia could be secure without nuclear
weapons, Vladimir Putin said: "You bet." "Why do we need nuclear weapons?" he said. "Did we
invent them or did we ever use them? If those who made the atomic bomb and used it are ready
to abandon it, and if, as I hope, other powers that possess them [weapons] officially or unofficially

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are ready to do the same, we will heartily welcome and promote this process." He added that
Germany could make a valuable contribution to the process. The official "nuclear club"
comprises Russia, the United States, China, Britain and France, but Pakistan and India also
possess nuclear weapons and North Korea conducted its second nuclear test on May 25. In
addition, Israel is widely suspected to have a nuclear arsenal.
Source: RIA Novosti
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090610/155221140.html

Russia To Continue Multi-Vector Foreign Policy -- Lavrov
MOSCOW -- Russia’s foreign policy will remain multi-vector and seek to develop relations with all
countries, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his German counterpart Frank-
Walter Steinmeier in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia “sees no further development of its foreign
policy in any one direction only that would ignore others or decrease attention to them”, Lavrov
said. “This multi-vector nature is stated in Russia’s foreign policy concept. It has remained a key
principle of our work in the international arena for 10 years … and the Russian leadership has not
stepped aside from these principles,” he said. “Russia does not assume any positions that shift
the vector any way. We live in a country whose geographic positions requires it to interact with
the East, the West, the South, and the North,” Lavrov said.
Source: Itar-Tass
http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=14038388

Russian Destroyer To Take Part In Drills With NATO Warships
MOSCOW -- The Severomorsk destroyer from Russia's Northern Fleet will participate in
FRUKUS 2009 international naval exercises in the northern Atlantic on June 22-26, the fleet's
press service said Wednesday. The annual exercises traditionally involve France, Russia, the
United Kingdom and the United States. "The Severomorsk destroyer left the fleet's main base
today and headed to the French coast to take part in the FRUKUS 2009 international naval
exercises on June 22-26," the pres service said. Severomorsk is an Udaloy-class missile
destroyer armed with anti-ship missiles, 30-mm and 100-mm guns, and two Ka-27 Helix
helicopters. The French Tourville frigate, the U.S. Klakring missile frigate and the British York
destroyer will also take part in the drills aimed to practice interoperability in anti-piracy operations
in coastal waters. Previously called RUKUS, the exercises were launched in 1988 as a vehicle
for dialogue between the Soviet Union, Britain, and the United States. The exercise name was
changed to FRUKUS in 2003, when France formally joined the group. Following the drills, the
Russian warship will pay friendly visits to the French port of Cherbourg and the Irish capital,
Dublin.
Source: RIA Novosti
http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20090610/155220415.html

Russian Missile Commander Opposes Conventional Warheads On ICBMS
BALABANOVO (Moscow Region) - Arming intercontinental ballistics missiles with conventional
warheads would undermine global security, the commander of the Russian Strategic Missile
Forces said on Wednesday. U.S. media reports have suggested the Pentagon is considering the
possibility of arming ballistic missiles with conventional precision-guided warheads. "Arming
strategic missiles with non-nuclear precision-guided warheads could seriously erode not only the
international nuclear arms control regime but international security as a whole," Col. Gen. Nikolai
Solovtsov said. He said the existing missile attack warning systems were unable to distinguish
between a nuclear and conventionally armed ballistic missile, adding that a state receiving real-
time data about a missile launch would proceed from the "worst-case scenario." With insufficient
time for analysis of response options, that "could place mankind on the verge of a nuclear
catastrophe," the general said. He also said that any new strategic arms deal with the United
States had to take into account the minimum requirements of Russia's strategic nuclear forces.
Solovtsov said Russia "must not go below the level of 1,500 nuclear warheads, but that is up to
the country's political leadership to decide." (Cont)
Source: RIA Novosti

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http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090610/155220240.html

Russia's Lada Sub Trials To Be Completed In 2009
BALABANOVO - The Defense Ministry plans to complete sea trials of a new diesel Lada-class
submarine this year, a military official said on Wednesday. "The Navy will complete trials of the
Lada-class submarine equipped with new sonar systems in 2009," said Maj. Gen. Alexander
Shevchenko, in charge of the Armed Forces' armaments maintenance and support. A deputy
head of the Navy General Staff said in March that the first Lada-class would enter service with the
Russian Navy in 2010. The Project 677 diesel submarine, developed by the Rubin design
bureau, features an advanced anti-sonar coating for its hull, an extended cruise range, and
advanced anti-ship and anti-submarine weaponry, including Club-S cruise missile systems. The
construction of the sub began in 1997 at St. Petersburg's Admiralty Shipyards. Two other
submarines of the same class - the Kronshtadt and the Sevastopol - are being built by the
company. The Lada-class vessels will gradually replace the Kilo class submarines, which are
sometimes called "Black Holes" for their ability to avoid detection, and are considered to be
among the quietest diesel-electric submarines in the world. The Russian Navy is planning to
have a total of eight Lada-class submarines in the future.
Source: RIA Novosti
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090610/155219756.html

N Korea 'Close To Missile Launch'
Russian officials have said North Korea is close to test-launching another ballistic missile,
Russian media say. Itar-Tass news agency quoted a military official saying he had information on
the type of rocket but no launch date. In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a long-range and
several short-range missiles, and tested a nuclear device. The Russian warning comes as
diplomats at the UN said the Security Council was close to agreement on new sanctions against
North Korea over the tests. Fears of a new missile launch by North Korea have been stoked by
warnings earlier this week to shipping to stay away from the waters off its east coast for the next
three weeks. Launch imminent? Itar-Tass quoted a source in the Russian foreign ministry as
saying: "Judging by everything, a launch will take place. There are signs that preparations for this
are underway." US and South Korean officials have also said there are signs that the North may
be preparing to test-fire a long-range missile. The US has said it has ruled out military action
against the North in favour of international diplomatic efforts. US President Barack Obama's
special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, told the Korea Society in New York that the US
was not seeking to topple the North Korean government. "North Korea's recent actions to develop
a nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capacity require that we expand our consideration
of new responses," Mr Bosworth said. (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8092614.stm

Report: Russia Knows of North Korean Launch Plans
Russia is reported to have information on North Korean plans to launch a ballistic missile, but
does not know the precise timing of the launch. A Russian military source told the Interfax News
Agency Wednesday that it has certain information regarding the type and characteristics of the
missile, but not when it might be launched. The source added that Russia would be monitoring
the launch, but did not say whether it would be a short- or long-range missile. North Korea has
launched a series of short-range missiles since carrying out a nuclear test on May 25 and is
reportedly preparing to launch a long-range missile. Pyongyang's actions have triggered
international condemnation and threats of new sanctions against the reclusive state. On Tuesday,
the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the United States, Britain, France,
China and Russia - met with Japanese and South Korean officials to negotiate a new resolution in
response to Pyongyang's recent nuclear test. Officials say they made progress in their talks
Tuesday, and expect a new resolution "relatively soon." Measures under discussion reportedly
include new restrictions on North Korea's trade and financial dealings with the outside world, as
well as an expanded arms embargo and tighter inspections of its ship-based cargo. U.S. officials

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have indicated that Washington may also impose unilateral financial sanctions against North
Korea. (Cont)
Source: VOA
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-10-voa8.cfm

Russia Has Info On NKorea Missile Launch Plan
The Russian military has information about a planned ballistic missile launch by North Korea, a
senior military source was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. "We have certain
information on the type and characteristics of the rocket. However there is no precise information
on the timing of its launch," the source in Russia's General Staff told Interfax. He added that
Russia would be monitoring the launch. It was unclear whether he was referring to a short- or
long-range missile. North Korea has launched a series of short-range missiles since carrying out
a nuclear test on May 25. US and South Korean officials have said there are signs that the
reclusive Communist state may also be preparing to test-fire a long-range missile. Tensions have
been running high since Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket in April, tested a nuclear bomb
in May, then launched a series of short-range missiles and renounced the truce that ended the
Korean War in 1953. Russia has a short border with North Korea and is part of the six-party
negotiations aimed at convincing the country's isolated Communist regime to give up its nuclear
programme.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435024/1/.html

Russia Holds Out On Latest U.N. Resolution Draft
Russia has rejected the latest version of a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to punish North
Korea's recent nuclear test, taking issue with wording on Pyongyang's missile program, Yonhap
News reported citing an informed diplomatic source in Seoul Wednesday. South Korean media
reported earlier in the day that the five permanent members of the council agreed with South
Korea and Japan, who are participating in the negotiations as related parties, to a new resolution
calling for tough financial sanctions and an expanded arms embargo on North Korea, along with
inspections of air and sea vessels suspected of shipping weapons. But Russia, a time-honored
ally of the North, refused to endorse the revised draft, which demands that North Korea "not
conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology," according to the source, who asked not to
be named apparently due to the sensitivity of the issue.
Source: The Korea Herald
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/06/10/200906100113.asp

SOUTH ASIA

BANGLADESH

Tipai Emits An Air Of Eerie Feelings
Ignoring its promise, India in the last four years has refrained from sharing technical information
with Bangladesh about building the Tipaimukh Dam in the bordering Manipur state, triggering
public uncertainty and outcry over its possible negative impact on the neighbouring country. While
India has not started construction of Tipaimukh dam on the Barak river near Manipur-Mizoram
border, it had floated international tender in 2005 and opened the bid in 2006 during the era of
former BNP-Jamaat alliance rule. In 2005, India promised to share with Bangladesh the project
design, which is pending till date. Besides, the country also did not share any study report on the
dam's impact on downstream regions. Experts told The Daily Star the construction of Tipaimukh
dam would impose a great environmental threat to Bangladesh as four major rivers in the
Meghna basin -- the Meghna, Kalini, Surma and Kushiyara -- lie downstream the Barak, locally
known as 'Ahu'. Amid such concerns, the prime minister has recently said an all-party
parliamentary committee will visit India to know about the issue. The schedule of this visit has not
yet been set. Indian response to Bangladesh's worries has so far been remained confined within
officially informing the government that they have not started any construction yet. "They also

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informed us that they would not construct the Phulertal barrage under the project," said Mir
Sazzad Hossain, member of the Joint River Commission. (cont)
Source: The Daily Star
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=92093

U.S. Director For Asia-Pacific Center For Security Studies Visits Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN) - Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ed Smith, director of the Asia-Pacific
Center for Security Studies (APCSS), is visiting Dhaka to meet with government, military and
political leaders to discuss security issues. "APCSS addresses regional and global security
issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations
to its comprehensive program of courses and conferences, both in Hawaii and throughout the
Asia-Pacific region," a U.S. embassy press statement said in the capital, Dhaka, on Wednesday.
The center focuses on defining and addressing regional security issues and capacities. It also
helps develop professional and personal ties among national security establishments throughout
the region, the statement added. Smith will meet with senior Bangladesh government and
defense officials as well as think tank representatives. He will also be the guest speaker at a
roundtable co-hosted by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and the U.S. embassy on civil-
military cooperation, according to the statement.
Source: AHN
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7015451992

BHUTAN

Bhutan Signs ‘Historic’ IT Agreement
BANGALORE: In times of a grim economic scenario, it is not ‘love and fresh air,’ which all that
Bhutan has to offer, the top brass of the Bhutanese Government who had come on a business
mission told reporters here. Taking its first step into the ‘vast world’ of IT/ITES, the Royal
Government of Bhutan signed a ‘historic’ agreement with Genpact at the NASSCOM BPO summit
2009 held on Tuesday. “This is expected to benefit te country which has had a long journey with
India,” Bhutan Minister for Information and Communications, Lyonpo Nandalal Rai said after
signing the agreement. The deal which was conceived during NASSCOM’s November retreat in
Bhutan was termed as the first of its kind by the minister. While he did not disclose the size of the
deal, he said that it was of great importance in terms of furthering the partnership between the
two nations. Nandalal said that this would put Bhutan on the IT/ITES radar and help them
upgrade the country’s ICT infrastructure.
Source: India Express / Express News Service
http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Bhutan+signs+%E2%80%98historic%E2%
80%99+IT+agreement&artid=q1ghqRoBCpA=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=Qz/kH
Vp9tEs=&SEO=NASSCOM,+agreement,+Bhutan,+IT&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRC
AUTQ

INDIA

IAF Aircraft's Wreckage With 13 Bodies Located
GUWAHATI/NEW DELHI: The bodies of all 13 defence personnel on board the AN-32 transport
aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that had crashed in Arunachal Pradesh Tuesday were
located Wednesday in the wreckage of the plane, officials said. "The 13 bodies and the wreckage
has been located on Wednesday afternoon from Tato, 70 km east of Mechuka From where the ill-
fated plane had taken off," a senior IAF official told IANS, requesting anonymity. The official said
the bodies, found close to hill in an accessible area, were taken to Mechuka and would be flown
to the Shillong headquarters of the Eastern Air Command Thursday. The cause of the crash will
be confirmed only after the data in the black-box of the aircraft was analysed, the official said.
This is first crash of the AN-32 cargo aircraft in about a decade. Three helicopters - two Cheetahs
and an MI-17 - had been deployed for the search and rescue operations Tuesday and
Wednesday but these were hampered by inclement weather. The cargo plane with 13 defence

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personnel on board went missing Tuesday afternoon after it took off from Mechuka in the
mountainous northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China's Tibet region. The
aircraft had disappeared from the radar screens soon after it took off. The search mounted for the
aircraft Tuesday had to be called off later due to fading light and was resumed only Wednesday
morning. The plane was returning from a routine air maintenance mission and went missing,
apparently due to bad weather. (cont)
Source: PTI
http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=IAF+aircrafts+wreckage+with+13+bodies+l
ocated&artid=Y58Pm/1kVZM=&SectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&MainSectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&SEO
=arunachal,+pradesh,+siang,+an-32&SectionName=pWehHe7IsSU=

India Military Air Crash Kills 13
The Indian Air Force says no one survived when one of its transport planes carrying 13 people
crashed near the border with China. Rescuers found a number of bodies among the wreckage in
the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, officials said. It is not clear what caused the plane
to crash shortly after take-off from Mechukha, a base near the border. The AN-32 aircraft had
been returning from a routine supply mission to troops serving at the frontier. Helicopters and
ground search teams had been scouring the mountainous border region since Tuesday
afternoon, when contact with the plane was lost shortly after it took off from Mechukha. The
search was called off on Tuesday because of bad weather, but resumed on Wednesday. The
wreckage was found scattered across a hill in Arunachal Pradesh. Eastern Air Command
spokesman Wing Commander Ranjib Sahu told the BBC: "It's now confirmed that the aircraft
crashed and there are no survivors. Our ground searching teams have located the wreckage in a
remote village - Heyoditu in Arunachal Pradesh." Those on board included the pilot, six crew and
six passengers, including army personnel. Another air force spokesman said it was too early to
say whether technical problems caused the crash.
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8092811.stm

In BJP Blame Game, Leaders Now Criticise Key Strategists
New Delhi, June 10 : The beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sank deeper into a crisis
Wednesday with its veteran leaders criticising key election strategists for publicly blaming others
for the party's poll debacle. Reliable sources told IANS that senior leader Jaswant Singh, who has
written a letter to BJP president Rajnath Singh about the blame game, asserted again at a
meeting of the party's core group that it would be difficult to run the organisation if the poll
managers themselves were now washing dirty linen through articles in the media. However,
Rajnath Singh told reporters that the meeting was "not to discuss election results but the future
course of the party". Asked if Jaswant Singh was angry during the meeting, Rajnath Singh termed
it "baseless" speculation and wound up his car's window pane. Jaswant Singh was referring to an
article in the Tehelka news magazine by Sudheendra Kulkarni, a key aide of BJP's prime
ministerial candidate L.K. Advani, which has created a flutter. Among other things, Kulkarni urged
the party and its ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to introspect. Kulkarni,
a key poll strategist for the party, has blamed the BJP leadership and the RSS for the debacle in
the elections and said they made Advani "look weak, helpless and not fully in command".
Jaswant Singh also pointed at the writings of party general secretary Arun Jaitley, who was the
BJP's chief poll manager. (cont)
Source: IANS
http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-53666.html

Suspected Maoists kill 11 Policemen In India
Suspected Maoist guerrillas in India killed at least 11 policemen on Wednesday by blowing up a
security vehicle in the eastern state of Jharkhand, officials said. "Eleven policemen have been
killed in the blast," Vishnu Dayal Ram, the director-general of Jharkhand police, told AFP. Six
other policemen were injured in the landmine attack in Chaibasa, 200 kilometres (125 miles) from
the state capital Ranchi. A Maoist insurgency, which grew out of a peasant uprising in 1967, has

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hit more than half of India's 29 states. The guerrillas say they are fighting for the rights of
neglected tribespeople and landless farmers.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435040/1/.html

PM Kevin Rudd Calls For Calm After Assaults On Indian Students
Kevin Rudd has played down attacks on Indian students in Australian cities, describing violence
as part of urban life and stressing Australia is one of the safest nations in the world. The Prime
Minister has also appealed to the Indian community to resist the temptation of reprisals, after a
series of attacks on students in Sydney and Melbourne. As Malcolm Turnbull said Australians
would be disturbed by the recent attacks, which have sparked protests by the Indian community,
Mr Rudd condemned violence against anyone. However, he said statistics showed that Australia
was among the safest places in the world to study. "The truth is, in our cities right across the
country there are acts of violence every day," Mr Rudd told Melbourne radio station 3AW
yesterday. "That's just a regrettable fact of urban life. I think everybody needs just to draw some
breath and I think we need to see a greater atmosphere of general calm." Mr Rudd said
Australians in India were often attacked, just as people were attacked in cities all over the world.
"In the last decade I was advised we had, I think, up to 20 Australians who have either been
murdered or had various forms of assault committed against them," he said. "Now, that is not the
result of Australians being targeted in India. That's just a fact of violence in cities all around the
world." Mr Rudd said he believed police did a great job in difficult circumstances. (Cont.)
Source: The Australian: Matthew Franklin
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618515-2702,00.html

Australian PM Urges Calm Among Indian Students
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned Indian students not to take the law into their
own hands after a second night of rowdy protests against alleged racial violence. Rudd backed a
new crackdown on race attacks in Victoria state, the centre of recent tensions, but said the
students needed to "draw some breath" and calm down. "I fully support hardline measures in
response to any act of violence towards any student anywhere -- Indian or otherwise," Rudd told
commercial radio. "And furthermore we also need to render as completely unacceptable people
taking the law into their own hands. "Everyone needs just to draw some breath on this and we
need to see a greater atmosphere of general calm." About 70 students gathered in Sydney's west
for the second consecutive evening on Tuesday. Two people were arrested at the rally, which
followed a bigger protest on Monday during which Indian students attacked a carload of
Lebanese men apparently in retaliation for an earlier assault. Meanwhile, Victoria premier John
Brumby announced a race-crime blitz focusing on Melbourne's train stations, where Indian
students have increasingly been the target of robberies and assaults. Uniformed police, dog-
handlers and mounted officers will patrol the stations, backed up by the force's air wing, after a
wave of attacks that prompted angry protests in the city and strained Canberra's diplomatic ties
with New Delhi. (Cont)
Source:AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435037/1/.html

Countries Appeal For End To Racist Attacks
The leaders of Australia and India have appealed for calm amid rising violence, threats of
retaliation and reports of vigilante patrols after assaults on Indian students. The appeals by Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd and counterpart Manmohan Singh followed belated confirmation by Victorian
police that some of the attacks were "clearly racist", and the development of a 10-point safety
action plan by the nation's universities. Spurred by protests and complaints of more assaults in
Australia, tensions have been creating their own momentum. China has joined India in complaints
of violence against its nationals, and education officials are becoming increasingly concerned at
the potential damage the developing crisis could cause Australia's A$15.5 billion industry in
foreign students. Tourism, already hit by the global economic crisis, could also be affected. March
quarter figures released yesterday showed that visitors from China and India significantly

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increased spending and the length of their stays in the first three months of the year.
AdvertisementPerceptions of Australia have been especially hammered in India, where an
endless flow of stories about violence against students has sparked protests, the burning of Rudd
in effigy, calls for boycotts and a tsunami of phone calls from worried parents. Singh told his
Parliament: "I have been appalled by the senseless violence and crime, some of it racially
motivated, against our students in Australia. (Cont)
Source: The New Zealand Herald; Greg Ansley
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10577744

Blaming Entire Australia For Attacks Wrong: Dalai Lama
INDORE: Describing the attacks on Indian students in Australia as 'disappointing', Tibetan
spiritual leader Dalai Lama today said it would be wrong to blame the entire nation for the acts of
a few people. "The attacks on Indian students is disappointing but only a handful of people were
behind it," the Nobel Laureate told reporters here. "It would be wrong to generalise the entire
country or society as racist on the basis of a few incidents. In my view, this is wrong," he said.
The behaviour of the native Australians is fast turning positive towards people of other cultures
who have settled there, the spiritual leader said. Dalai Lama, who was here to deliver a lecture on
'Compassion and Non-Violence' and interact with students of the Indian Institute of Management,
noted that "racism was fast disappearing from the globe". "Be it Malaysia in Asia or England in
Europe, the walls of division are fast crumbling", he said. "Differences between the Whites and
Blacks have become a thing of the past in the United States of America", the Noble Laureate said
pointing out that Afro-American Barrack Obama was now the president of the US.
Source: PTI
http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Blaming+entire+Australia+for+attacks+wro
ng:+Dalai+Lama&artid=W9Z9U5S8YHw=&SectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&MainSectionID=b7ziAYMe
njw=&SEO=Tibetan+spiritual+leader+Dalai+Lama&SectionName=pWehHe7IsSU

Indians Rally In Sydney For Police Protection
Indian students gathered in western Sydney's Harris Park for the third consecutive night to
protest against what they claim has become a familiar pattern of harassment and assault by
gangs of Lebanese Australians -- and failure by the local police to act. The assault on a young
Indian student on Monday night in Wigram Street, which sparked a retribution attack against a
group of young Lebanese men, was just the most recent in a series of attacks dating back four or
five years, they claimed. Rahul Pandya, a 23-year-old accounting graduate who arrived in
Australia in July 2005, believes police have failed to protect Indian students or follow up on their
complaints. A month after arriving, Mr Pandya witnessed a friend being beaten by two Lebanese
teenagers after dropping him off at Parramatta train station late one night. He says police took an
hour to attend and when they did they discouraged him from filing a complaint - because of the
difficulty of obtaining CCTV footage and the prospect that Indian students might get in strife
themselves. "They're useless, the cops - useless," Mr Pandya said. "It's not one incident, it's
happening every day and Indians will take matters into their own hands if the cops don't do
anything about it. " Mr Pandya believes it was people of Middle Eastern or Pacific Islander origin
who were the primary culprits, not Anglo-Australians. (Cont.)
Source: The Australian: Drew Warne-Smith and Greg Callaghan
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618511-5013404,00.html

Girl 'Identifies Mumbai Gunman'
A 10-year-old girl has been giving evidence in the trial of the man alleged to be the sole surviving
gunman from last November's Mumbai attacks. The witness, Devika, identified Mohammed Ajmal
Amir Qasab as the man who fired on the night of 26 November at the city's railway station. At
least 57 people were killed in that incident and many others were injured. Mr Qasab has pleaded
not guilty to waging war against India, murder and possessing explosives. More than 170 people
died in various attacks across Mumbai on 26 November, including nine gunmen. Devika Rotawan
is the youngest witness to give evidence in the trial and answered questions in court clearly and
calmly. She used crutches as a result of injuries sustained during the attack and walked with

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difficulty. Dressed in an orange frock and with a short crop of hair, she looked at her father often
when questioning began. Judge ML Tahiliyani talked to her and determined that she was able to
take the oath and answer prosecution questions. "We were at the train station because we were
going to [the city of] Pune... When we heard the noise my father said we should leave... But one
of the bullets hit my right leg and I do not remember what happened after that," Devika said.
(Cont)
Source: BBC; Prachi Pinglay
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8093749.stm

India A Major Foreign Policy Priority: U.S.
NEW DELHI: United States Under Secretary of State William Burns said here on Wednesday that
India is a major foreign policy priority for his country and New Delhi will be a crucial global partner
of Washington in the 21st century. Mr. Burns held talks with External Affairs Minister S.M.
Krishna, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon on a wide
range of bilateral issues, including the unsettled neighbourhood, defence end-user agreement
and India’s quest for reprocessing rights. He described his discussions as “excellent.” The U.S.
official, who is slated to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and National Security Advisor M.
K. Narayanan, said the interactions would enable both sides to “chart together [an] ambitious
bilateral agenda for the next phase in the strategic partnership.” While the U.S. is understood to
have mentioned the desirability of a dialogue with Pakistan, India underscored Dr. Singh’s
assertion in Parliament on Tuesday – dialogue is unavoidable but Islamabad must show the
courage and resolve to act against terrorists masterminding attacks against civilians and other
soft targets in India. Mr. Burns’ visit is the first by a senior official of the Barack Obama
administration after the new UPA government took charge. The interaction is expected to prepare
the ground for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit next month. On a four-day visit, Mr. Burns,
accompanied by Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake, will also travel to Mumbai and interact
with business leaders. (cont)
Source: The Hindu
http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/11/stories/2009061150090100.htm

Burns to Push For Resumption Of Pakistan-India Dialogue In New Delhi-US
WASHINGTON, June 10 (APP): As a senior US diplomat headed to New Delhi, the Obama
administration Tuesday fully favored resumption of Pakistan-India dialogue for improvement in
their bilateral relations and establishment of peace in the region. Clearly, we would support more
dialogue between India and Pakistan. We would support more dialogue between the two
countries. I am sure that Undersecretary Burns will talk about this issue among the many issues
he has on his agenda,” spokesman Ian Kelly said at the daily briefing. He was asked whether
Washington was pushing for resumption of dialogue between the two South Asian nuclear
powers that saw their relations strained over Mumbai bombing in November last year. Kelly spoke
on the eve of US Undersecretary of State William Burns talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi.
Burns, accompanied by new US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert
Blake, who also served as a senior diplomat in New Delhi. Blake will travel to Nepal after visiting
the Indian capital. Islamabad has been urging India to return to the negotiating table for
composite dialogue that had reduced tension between the two countries in the last few years. The
composite dialogue is aimed at resolution of outstanding disputes between the two countries
including the key Kashmir question.
Source: APP
http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78408&Itemid=1

US Asks India To Resume Talks With Pakistan
NEW DELHI: A senior US official on Wednesday pressed India to resume talks with Pakistan but
was told that Islamabad should do more first to prosecute the Mumbai terror suspects that New
Delhi says are sheltered across the border. According to local reports, Indian Foreign Secretary
Shiv Shankar Menon and US Under Secretary of State William Burns met here, and the Indian
side is believed to have pointed out that Pakistan had not done enough to curb terror directed

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against India or bringing to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks. Mr Burns is the first high-
ranking US official to visit New Delhi after the resumption of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's
second consecutive term last month. The official also met Foreign Minister S M Krishna and
Home Minister P Chidambaram. There are unconfirmed reports that Dr Singh could meet
President Asif Ali Zardari on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit
meeting in Russia this month. It is not clear if India has made up its mind on the presence of Dr
Singh at the meeting. In any case there are signals that resumption of talks would be slow and
cautious. ‘The most important point is that terror which has been unleashed from the soil of
Pakistan directed against India has to be stopped,’ Mr Krishna told reporters later. (cont)
Source: Dawn
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-us-envoy-in-
delhi-urges-indo-pak-talks-ha-01

Pak Isn't Curbing Terror, India Tells US
Amid the US nudge for resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, India on Wednesday made it clear
that the talks can take place only after cross-border terror is stopped and is understood to have
conveyed its dismay over inaction by Islamabad in this regard. During the talks between Foreign
Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and Under Secretary of State William Burns in New Delhi, the
Indian side is believed to have noted that Pakistan has not done enough in curbing terror directed
against this country and bringing to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks. Burns, the first
high-ranking US official to visit India during UPA government's second tenure, also met External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Home Minister P Chidambaram. "The most important point is
that terror which has been unleashed from the soil of Pakistan directed against India has to be
stopped," Krishna told reporters later. "(All) instrumentalities of terrorism which are aimed at India,
which is emanating from the Pakistani soil, will have to be dismantled and perhaps then a
favourable climate, atmosphere would have been created for the dialogue to be resumed
between Pakistan and India," he said. Ahead of Burns's visit, the State Department had said the
US wanted the Indo-Pak dialogue to resume and that the Under Secretary would raise the issue
during his discussions. "We would support more dialogue between the two countries (India and
Pakistan).. I am sure that Under Secretary Burns will talk about this issue among the many issues
that he has on his agenda," spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters in Washington. (cont)
Source: NDTV
http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/pak_isnt_curbing_terror_india_tells_us.php

Pakistan Wants Friendly Ties With Its Neighbors: Gilani
QUETTA: June 10 (APP) Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said both
Pakistan and India cannot afford war adding that Pakistan will offer the Indian leadership an olive
branch to resume composite dialogue. Addressing the students and faculty members of
Command and Staff College here he added that both the countries were facing common
problems and it was in the interest of the whole region that both nuclear powers start dialogue
which stopped after Mumbai Attacks last year. He added that Pakistan was fighting war against
terrorism for its own survival. The government started military operation in parts of Malakand
Division as last option after the militants challenged the writ of the government and wanted to
disintegrate the country despite imposition of Nizam-e-Adl. He asserted that the government
would not tolerate anybody who would cast evil eyes on the sovereignty of Pakistan and establish
parallel government in the country. The PM hoped that the government would win war against
terror with support of its people adding that a 3 R strategy i.e. Relief, Rehabilitation and
Reconstruction had been adopted to overcome the challenges following launching of operation in
Malakand Division. He said that initially, the government had allocated Rs. one billion for relief
and rehabilitation of IDPs which would be spent through Special Service Group. The PM called
upon the world community to realise the suffering of Pakistan and help it out overcome its
financial and other problems. (cont)
Source: APP
http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78438&Itemid=1



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Pakistan Welcomes Indian PM's Peace Gesture
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan welcomed on Wednesday comments by India's prime minister
that New Delhi would meet its neighbour "more than half way" if it cracked down on militants.
India put a pause on the slow-moving peace talks after tension sharply rose between the two
nuclear-armed neighbours following November attacks on Mumbai which New Delhi blamed on
Pakistan-based militants. Buoyed by a resounding victory in last month's elections, Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday urged Pakistan to bring Islamist militants, including
perpetrators of Mumbai attacks, to justice and said New Delhi was willing to meet Pakistan "more
than half way" if it showed resolve for peace. Pakistan said the two old rivals, which have fought
three wars since their independence in 1947, should resume dialogue for the sake of regional
stability. "We welcome any step that leads to resumption of resulted-oriented peace process
between our two countries," foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said. "We agree with India
that in order to have peace between our two countries and for a viable stability for our region, it is
absolutely important that our two countries talk to each other and resolve our bilateral issues
peacefully." India last week said it wanted to normalise relations with Pakistan but reacted angrily
to the release of the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group it blamed for the Mumabi attacks
by Pakistan's Supreme Court. Pakistani officials say they will request the court to review its
decision. (cont)
Source: Reuters
http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-40220220090610

Analysis - India And Pakistan May Talk, But On Different Terms
LONDON (Reuters) - India and Pakistan may be edging towards reopening talks, but are unlikely
to pick up where they left off in a peace process which Washington hopes will ease tensions
across the region as far as Afghanistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday India
was ready to meet Pakistan "more than half way", raising expectations of a resumption in talks
broken off after last November's attack on Mumbai by Pakistani-based militants. The first chance
to break the ice would come if, as is likely, Singh attends a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
summit in Russia next week and meets President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines. Both leaders,
who have not met since Mumbai, could use this as "an opportunity to remove any
misunderstandings and to pave the way for the resumption of the composite dialogue," said Wajid
Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan's High Commissioner to London. Washington is pushing for an easing
of tensions between India and Pakistan so that Islamabad can focus on fighting Taliban militants
on its western border with Afghanistan. "We would support more dialogue between the two
countries," U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said on Tuesday as Under Secretary of
State William Burns began a visit to India. But expecting a breakthrough that might give
Washington real breathing space in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a long shot. (Cont)
Source: Reuters, Myra MacDonald
http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-40223920090610?sp=true

India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka
NEW DELHI - India is not happy with the important military role it says China and Pakistan played
in the Sri Lanka's government decisive offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE). Top government officials in New Delhi have told Asia Times Online that India believes
Colombo stockpiled arms and even sought help from military commanders from China and
Pakistan before the offensive that decimated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and
eventually killed Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran in May. Chinese and Pakistani arms and
direction were the "clinching" factor in the military's victory, top official sources have told ATol.
"With China's increasing role and presence in Nepal and Pakistan, and Pakistan's in Bangladesh,
New Delhi is looking at recalibrating its passive diplomatic approach towards Sri Lanka," said one
senior official, who wished to remain anonymous. "While its main tussle for influence in the South
Asia region is with China, India's immediate concern is Pakistan due to the country's role in the
past of launching clandestine terror activities, as has happened in Bangladesh," the official
added. Sources say that India has been concerned about Pakistan's reported supply to the Sri


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Lankan government of al-Khalids (Pakistan's main battle tank), training for fighter pilots, and
advanced rocket launchers. (Cont)
Source: Asia Times, Siddharth Srivastava
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KF11Df01.html

Political Solution, A Sri Lankan Affair- Shiv Shanker Menon
(Colombo Lankapuvath June 10) A political solution for the National Question is a Sri Lankan
affair and it is not the task of India, Norway or the United Nations to push Sri Lanka towards a
political solution, Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shanker Menon told a group of Sri Lankan editors
visiting India at the invitation of Indian Government. It is only Sri Lanka that would decide whether
to provide a solution on the lines of 13th Amendment or go beyond it emphasized Mr Menon.
Liberating the Tamil people from the clutches of terrorism is highly commendable and we should
work together to build a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka he said. Menon also said that India
has already provided Indian Rs. 5 billion for relief and rehabilitation in the North.
Source: Lankapuvath
http://www.lankapuvath.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1830:political-
solution-a-sri-lankan-affair-shiv-shanker-menon&catid=47:politics&Itemid=71

Indian PM Urged To Secure Suu Kyi’s Release
New Delhi (Mizzima) - More than one-hundred Indian Members of Parliament (MP) on
Wednesday called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to press Burma's military regime to
release Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and restore democracy to the country. One-
hundred eighteen Indian MPs joined the petition initiated by the Indian Parliamentarians Forum
for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB), urging Manmohan Singh to secure the release of Aung San
Suu Kyi and support the reinstatement of democratic governance in Burma. “We strongly call on
the Indian government to intervene in the current situation to urge upon the Burmese generals
through all possible diplomatic and other demarches to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and
impress upon the regime in respecting democratic principles,” said Abani Roy, Member of India’s
Upper House of Parliament, in a press conference held at the Indian Women Press Corp. on
Wednesday. Abani Roy added, “As the largest democracy and good neighbor, we have a moral
obligation to rescue her [Aung San Suu Kyi] and the country from the devastation.” The call of the
Indian MPs comes as India's government has remained silent for the past month regarding Aung
San Suu Kyi’s ongoing trial, while other members of the international community including the
United Nations, United States, European Union and Association of Southeast Asia Nations have
expressed their concerns and called for the immediate release of Suu Kyi and political reform in
the troubled Southeast Asian nation. (cont)
Source: Mizzima News
http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2278-indian-pm-urged-to-secure-suu-kyis-release.html

More India Troops In Disputed Territory
India is attempting to extend its control over a disputed border area also claimed by China,
experts said Tuesday, in response to reports that New Delhi was deploying "thousands more
troops" in parts of "Arunachal Pradesh". Reuters quoted a "governor of the remote state" as
saying India will deploy "two army divisions comprising 25,000 to 30,000 soldiers each". "It (the
deployment) was part of the planned augmentation of our capabilities to defend the country ...
The increase in force strength is to meet the future national security challenge," J.J. Singh told
Reuters. The report also said New Delhi would bring more firepower into the disputed zone -
adding 155 mm guns, helicopters and unmanned aircraft. Ye Hailin, an expert in India studies
with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said New Delhi is strengthening its control
because it "knows clearly that China will not resort to military action to solve the problem". "India
is adopting this means to make its control over the area an accepted fact," Ye said. India and
China fought a brief war over the 3,500 km Himalayan border area in 1962. Although the
neighbors signed a treaty and agreed to maintain "peace and tranquility" along the disputed
frontier and also agreed to find a political solution, talks have made little progress. "It (additional
deployment) is not helpful to resolve the border dispute, and could easily cause regional tension,"

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said Sun Shihai, who is also with the CASS. "The chance of a border conflict is not big, if India
does not instigate it," he added, noting China wants peaceful solutions through dialogue.
Source: China Daily, Zhang Haizhou
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-06/10/content_8265793.htm

NEPAL

MJF Meeting Venue Turns Into Battleground; Three Lawmakers Among Those Hurt
The internal dispute in the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) turned nasty as cadres of the rival
factions engaged in violent clashes when the central committee meeting called by the party
establishment was underway at a hotel in Birgunj Wednesday afternoon. Supporters of party
chairman Upendra Yadav violently encountered the cadres of Bijay Gachchhadar faction when
the latter chanted slogan against Yadav for expelling seven central leaders including
Gachchhadar from the party. Seven persons including three lawmakers of Gachchhadar faction,
Durga Devi Sha, Kalawati Paswan and Karima Begum, who were leading the protesting group,
were injured in the clash. Yadav supporters had armed themselves with sticks beforehand in
anticipation of possible disturbance by the rival faction. Reports quoting MJF leaders said 26 out
of the 35 central committee members are participating in the central committee meeting. MJF has
been virtually split with the Gachchhadar faction submitting the signatures of majority central
committee members and lawmakers at the Election Commission on Tuesday, claiming it
represents the party officially. Trouble started in this fourth largest party in the CA after the party
establishment expelled Gachchhadar and six other central leaders after Gachchhadar joined the
UML-led cabinet as deputy prime minister. (cont)
Source: Nepalnews.com
http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2009/jun/jun10/news10.php

Nepali Gov't To Endorse President's Move On Army Chief
KATHMANDU, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Nepali government is set to endorse the president's move of
May 3 and reinstate Rookmangud Katawal as Chief of Army Staff, scrapping the Unified
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-led government's appointment of Lt. Gen. Kul Bahadur
Khadka as acting chief. According to Wednesday's eKantipur.com report, Thursday's cabinet
meeting is expected to endorse the presidential decision asking Katawal to continue in office and
revoke Khadka's appointment, said Defence Minister Bidhya Bhandari. The cabinet on Friday
extended the tenure of the eight brigadier generals pensioned off by the previous government.
According to a source, President Ram Baran Yadav had expressed concern over delay in
revocation of the decision to sack Katawal. According to a source, Katawal also briefed the
minister on Tuesday about the recommendation of Principal Staff Officers (PSO) and the Legal
Department on departmental action against Khadka for violating the chain of command of the
institution. The PSOs had submitted a written request to Katawal last Thursday demanding
action against Khadka and the Legal Department had submitted its report on Monday
recommending a probe into his activities through a court of inquiry. "We have concluded that
additional investigation should be conducted in this case," said B.A. Kumar Sharma, the Chief of
Nepal Army's legal department. (cont)
Source: Xinhua
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/10/content_11519327.htm

PM Consults Lawyers On Revoking Katawal's Sacking
KATHMANDU, June 11: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and his cabinet colleagues
consulted a group of prominent lawyers Wednesday evening over how the government can
reverse a cabinet decision taken on May 3 to sack army chief Rookmangud Katawal and appoint
Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khaka as Katawal´s successor. One of the lawyers consulted said that they
were unanimous in their suggestion on the need to reverse the May-3 decision but had different
opinions on the process involved. Advocate Shambhu Thapa had suggested the government ask
Katawal to file a petition seeking reversal of his dismissal. But other lawyers rejected Thapa´s
suggestion, saying that doing so would mean legitimizing the earlier government´s decision, said

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another lawyer who attended the meeting. Other lawyers also were not clear about the process
for reversing the May-3 decision, which is at the center of the current political stalemate in the
country. The decision led the Maoist-led government to step down on May 4, leading to a sharp
polarization between the Maoists and other political parties. The prime ministers had asked the
lawyers for their opinions on four issues related to Katawal´s dismissal, appointment of Lt Gen
Khadka as acting army chief, the President´s move blocking Katawal´s sacking and the subjudice
state of the controversy over Katawal´s removal. Other ministers, excluding Deputy Prime
Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, were present during the
prime minister´s meeting with the lawyers. (cont)
Source: Republica
http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=6161

PM Nepal Extends Olive Branch To Maoists As Latter Reciprocates With Pre-Condition
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has reiterated his government's commitment to fulfil its
responsibilities including drafting the new constitution of the country in time and taking the peace
process to its logical conclusion. He also said that for this it needs to take the Maoists into
confidence. In a meeting with representatives from Press Chautari Nepal at his office, Singha
Durbar, Wednesday, PM Nepal said that the task of army integration and taking the peace
process to its logical conclusion remains the main challenges facing the government at the
moment. He inferred that the process of drafting the new constitution will gain pace after the issue
of army integration is amicably resolved. "The government is holding serious discussions on how
to properly conclude the army integration and management process," he informed, adding that
the government will take a final decision on the matter after reaching an agreement on it with the
Maoists. Meanwhile, Unified CPN (Maoist) today said it would withdraw all protest programmes
including disruption in the House if the UML agrees to address the issues raised by the party. The
central secretariat meeting of the party held this morning decided to end all protest programmes if
UML comes up with the draft proposal addressing Maoist concerns which, among others,
includes rectifying the 'unconstitutional move' of President Yadav and upholding civilian
supremacy. (cont)
Source: Nepalnews.com
http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/2009/jun/jun10/news06.php

PM: Army Integration Top Govt Priority
KATHMANDU, June 10 - Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Wednesday said integrating
Maoist Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) is the top most priority of the new government. Talking to
the personnel of Press Chautari Nepal at his office in Singhadurbar, Nepal opined that he is
committed to form a new government by taking peace process to a logical end, drafting new
constitution and holding election. Praising the role of Nepali media in the democratic protest,
Prime Minister Nepal urged the media personnel to assist in government's policies and
programmes and in developing new budget. On the occasion, Press Chautari handed over a
memorandum demanding end to attack on media persons, booking the guilty, scrapping flawed
blames to the journalists, among others. They also demanded to impose effectively the Working
Journalists’ Act to double Public Awareness Advertising and taking action against those who
slays journalist and compensating their families.
Source: Kantipur Online
http://www.kantipuronline.com/kolnews.php?&nid=198567

Strike Cripples Normal Life In Nepal's Terai Region
Kathmandu (PTI): Normal life was on Wednesday disrupted in the Terai region of eastern Nepal
which observed complete shut down called by Maoist activists demanding autonomy for Kirat
state. Markets as well as academic and commercial institutions remained closed while vehicles
off the road, disrupting normal lives in six districts of the region. Districts including Udaypur,
Khotang, Bhojpur, Solukhumbu and Okhandhunga witnessed complete closure of vehicular
movement causing inconvenience to the commuters. The agitators also vandalised two
motorcycles at Gaighat in the morning, police said. The district headquarters Khaandbaari and

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other areas like Chainpur and Mintaar were badly hit by the shut down, reports said. Kirat
Rastriya Mukti Morcha (KRMM), a wing of the Unified CPN-Maoist, had yesterday called for a
general strike pressing for their demand of separate statehood.
Source: The Hindu
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200906101422.htm

PAKISTAN

Army Operation Launched Against Militants In Bannu
BANNU: Security forces pounded suspected militant hideouts in Janikhel area with artillery and
clamped a curfew on Bannu region after the expiry of a deadline given by the administration to
local tribes to hand over militants active in the area. Officials say at least 70 militants have been
killed during the last two days. Security personnel backed by artillery and other heavy equipment
have moved to the Janikhel area. Militants’ positions were shelled from the cantonment area in
the afternoon. However, no casualty was reported. Helicopters dropped pamphlets urging people
to vacate the area, sources said. Troops have arrested at least 24 suspects from various areas of
the restive region. Announcements were made through mosques’ loudspeakers, asking people to
close their businesses and remain indoors. The sudden announcement of curfew left people
stranded on roads and at bus-stands. Security personnel closed all entry points and patrolled
various roads in the town. With reports about an imminent military operation doing the round, a
large number of people who had left their homes to move to safe places were stranded after the
curfew was imposed. The curfew was relaxed for three hours in the afternoon. Troops had
entered the region on Monday after failure of talks between Janikhel and Bakkakhel elders and
the administration. (cont)
Source: Dawn
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/09-
army-operation-launched-against-militants-in-bannu-szh--06

Pakistan Deals 'Aiding Taliban'
Pakistan's several peace deals with the Taliban have led to an upsurge in violence in
Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said. Mr Gates told the US senators that
steps taken over the next 18 months to defeat the militants will decide if the war in Afghanistan is
being won. The US is sending 21,000 additional troops to the country, to join an existing force of
38,000. It says the policy of "appeasement" has allowed militants to regroup. Pakistan has now
launched an offensive against Taliban militants along its western border. "To a considerable
degree, the beginning of greater Taliban activity in Afghanistan began as Pakistan started these
peace agreements with various insurgent and extremist groups on their western border, which
then freed the Taliban to come across the border as they felt no pressure from the Pakistani
army," Mr Gates said before a congressional committee on Tuesday. The US defence secretary
said the problem became worse because of the violence caused by the Taliban coming across
the border from Pakistan. "I think it is self-evident that we were under-resourced to deal with it,"
he said. "We did not have the military capabilities or the civilian capabilities, in terms of counter-
insurgency, to be able to deal with it." Mr Gates said Pakistan's military offensive against Taliban
in the Swat valley was "an extremely important development". (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8092513.stm

'Many Militants Dead' In Pakistan
At least 70 militants have been killed since an artillery offensive was launched on Tuesday in
north-western Pakistan, the army says. It says that the insurgents were killed in the semi-tribal
areas around North Waziristan. At least one civilian has also died in nearby Bannu. There is no
way of independently checking the army figures because reporters are not allowed in the area.
Tribal fighters in Upper Dir say they too are defeating the Taliban. The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan
in Islamabad says that the army operation at the moment is focused on the bombardment of
areas belonging to the Janikhel tribe by artillery and helicopters. At the same time the army says

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that troops have been deployed in the area, but there are no reports yet of a ground offensive.
The military says its offensive is "collective punishment" against the Janikhal tribe for aiding the
Taliban. Security officials accuse the tribe of refusing to hand over Taliban members involved in
the kidnapping of students and teachers from a local college last week. The last of those
kidnapped was freed on Thursday. Meanwhile tribesman in the Upper Dir area say they are
continuing to push the Taliban out of the region. They say they have made significant gains
against the militants, and have secured four villages previously held by them. The tribesmen
blame the Taliban for a bomb attack on a mosque that killed 35 people on Friday. (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8092750.stm

Army Repels Taliban In NW Pakistan After Hotel Blast
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan began a new operation against Taliban fighters in the
northwest on Wednesday as Washington's envoy praised what he saw as a new resolve from
Islamabad in combating extremism. The latest offensive came one day after an attack on a luxury
hotel in Peshawar killed at least nine people, including two foreign U.N. workers. Taliban militants
have stepped up attacks in cities since the army launched a campaign in April to clear Taliban
fighters from a stronghold in Swat and other parts of northwest Pakistan. Richard Holbrooke, the
U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said he saw a dramatic shift in the
Pakistani government's attitude because of public outrage over the Taliban's actions, including
the attack on the hotel. "What I saw in Pakistan on this trip was a slow emergence of a
consensus behind the government's actions," Holbrooke said in Washington, reporting back on
his trip last week. Asked whether he thought Pakistan's government was strong enough to defeat
the Taliban, he replied: "I think they are." More than 1,300 militants and 105 soldiers have been
killed in Swat, and the army's resolve has heartened U.S. officials, who have been worried that
nuclear-armed Pakistan could slide into chaos unless the Taliban's advance weren't stopped.
Holbrooke sidestepped questions on whether the Pakistani government had a broad
counterinsurgency strategy, beyond its military offensive, to retain popular support. (cont)
Source: Reuters
http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-40199720090610

Light Security Contributes To Pakistan Hotel Bombing
Investigators are sifting through the rubble of the Pearl Continental Hotel in northwest Pakistan,
searching for clues to Tuesday night's devastating truck bombing that killed at least 15 people
and injured 70 others. Closed-circuit footage aired on Pakistani television stations shows how
easy it was for the attackers to hit the five-star star hotel in Peshawar. Just moments before the
explosion, security cameras caught a white car driving up to a security gate, 150- to 200-meters
ahead of the entrance to the hotel. Gunfire erupted from the car and, seconds later, a huge truck
barrels right through the checkpoint and explodes in the parking lot of the hotel. The blast was
deadly and destructive; dozens of cars were demolished; a section of the hotel was reduced to
rubble; and a huge crater was left in the parking lot. Scores of people were injured and the death
toll is expected to rise, as bodies are discovered in the rubble. Police spent the night picking
through the destroyed building, the city's only luxury hotel catering to foreigners and wealthy
Pakistanis. Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province, has suffered a spate of attacks on
soft targets, especially since early May, when the army officially began its offensive to drive
Taliban militants out of nearby Swat Valley. Security analysts Hassan Askari says it is clear that
hotel management did not take security threats in the city seriously enough. (Cont)
Source: VOA; Catherine Maddux
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-10-voa9.cfm

Search For Pakistan Blast Victims
Rescuers are searching for victims of a suicide bomb attack on a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city
of Peshawar which killed at least 18 people. Rescue teams are picking through the rubble of the
Pearl Continental Hotel recovering bodies and looking for more people trapped in the debris. The
UN says two of its employees - one from Serbia and the other from the Philippines - are among

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the dead. No-one has admitted the attack, but Pakistani officials blame the Taliban. They say a
series of bombings in the country are a response to an army offensive against militants in the
north-west, centred on the Swat region. The latest attack came as the Pakistani army carried out
an offensive in the Bannu district bordering semi-autonomous North Waziristan. Artillery and
helicopter gunships have pounded positions held by the Janikhel tribe, which is accused of aiding
the Taliban. The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad says the Peshawar attack bore
similarities to one on the Lahore police headquarters last month. The PC is a well-known
landmark in Peshawar. Often used by foreigners but also by Pakistani officials and businessmen,
it is known for good Western as well as local food and 5-star service. All factors which may have
contributed to its becoming a target. When I visited recently, there was a whole series of security
checks. First of vehicles, as they drove in, past heavy concrete barriers. (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8092556.stm

16 Dead In Pakistan Hotel Blast, Taliban Blamed
Pakistani police have pulled bodies from the charred rubble of a luxury hotel in northwest
Peshawar after a suicide car bomb killed 16 people in the city troubled by Taliban violence. A top
provincial official said the massive blast at the Pearl Continental Hotel late Tuesday was likely the
latest in a string of revenge attacks by Islamist militants over a six-week offensive against them in
the northwest. Police hunting for the dead moved from room to room in the five-star hotel on
Wednesday, large parts of which were reduced to rubble when at least two attackers shot
security guards and then slammed an explosives-laden car into the building. Five more bodies
were pulled from the dust and rubble early Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 16, Peshawar
police chief Sefwat Ghayur said, with more victims feared trapped under the debris. "The blast is
a reaction to the army offensive in Swat and Malakand. The possibility of this type of terrorist
attack cannot be ruled out in future," North West Frontier Province information minister Mian
Iftikhar Hussain said. Police official Abdul Ghafoor Afridi told AFP that 57 people were injured,
including some foreigners who have been taken from Peshawar, the provincial capital, to
Islamabad for treatment. "The number of casualties could rise as we fear that some people are
still trapped under the debris," Afridi said. (Cont)
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435006/1/.html

Pak Navy Alert For Country Defence: Noman Bashir
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Noman Bashir said the Pakistan Navy is fully alert for
protection of marine borders of the country. He said the marine area of Pakistan is playing vital
role in the growth of national economy. No country alone can grapple with the menace facing the
marine atmosphere, he added.
Source: The Nation
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Karachi/10-Jun-
2009/Pak-Navy-alert-for-country-defence-Noman-Bashir

Benazir Bhutto Probe Stalled Over Lack Of Funds
RAWALPINDI: The United Nations commission appointed to investigate the assassination of
former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has asked the Pakistan government to expedite the release
of funds promised by donor countries so that the probe into high profile case could be started,
Dawn has learnt. The commission has described the initial estimate of $4 million for the probe as
inadequate and insufficient and has demanded a substantial increase. The source said Mr Mark
Quarterman, the chief of staff of the Benazir Bhutto Commission, had informed Pakistani
representative about the UN officials’ meeting with the representatives of donor countries
regarding generation of funds for the Commission. Germany, Japan, Turkey, United Arab
Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had been identified by the government of Pakistan as
the donor countries. The source said the UN officials had held a meeting with the representatives
of the donor countries as they all were invited to ensure the provision of funds but no one from
Kuwait and United Arab Emirates participated in the meeting while Saudi Arabia apologized for

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the participation. The source said, Pakistani representative informed the foreign office in
Islamabad that no one among those, who attended the meeting had made any promise regarding
the provision of funds. (cont)
Source: Dawn
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/11-benazir-
bhutto-probe-stalled-over-lack-of-funds--il--06

Govt To Transfer 2.6M Acres To Landless Farmers In Five Years
The government has decided to transfer 2.6 million acres of state land to landless farmers, which
will provide land to 58 per cent tenants of the country, reveals the Tenth Five-Year Plan (2010-
15). Under the plan, the government will take measures for enhancing provincial autonomy,
abolishing the concurrent list, devolving more services to the local level and deepening local
government reforms. Devolution plan 2001 will also be reviewed to ensure effective
decentralisation of administrative and financial power of local governments. “Judicial reforms that
ensure inexpensive and quick justice as well as e-governance and information technology will be
given a big push to increase transparency, fair play and make the system faster and user
friendly,” it added. According to the approach paper of the 5-year plan, which was approved by
the National Economic Council (NEC), the copy of the paper is available with this scribe, civil
service reforms inclusive of police would be undertaken to foster professional competence, merit-
based induction and market-based salaries. Emphasis will be placed on promoting culture of
professionalism, staff rationalisation, enhancing competence, productivity and accountability.
“Needed action will be taken to revitalise and further strengthen key state institutions including the
Federal Board of Revenue, Federal Bureau of Statistics, Securities and Exchange Commission of
Pakistan, Competition Commission, Office of the Auditor General, Pakistan Railways and the
State Bank in the next five years,” it stated. (Cont)
Source: The News; Mehtab Haider
http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=182206

Pakistan To Enhance Defence Ties With Czech Republic
ISLAMABAD, Jun 10 (APP): Ambassador of Czech Republic, Pavol Sepelak, on Wednesday
called on Minister for Defence, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, in Rawalpindi. The Minister expressed
deep regrets over the death of former Ambassador Ivo Zadarek who died in Marriott hotel blast in
Islamabad in September last year. The Ambassador was told that government of Pakistan is
planning to invite the Deputy Prime Minister of Czech Republic to visit Pakistan shortly. During his
visit, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Military Cooperation between the two countries
would be signed. The Federal Minister apprised the Ambassador that Pakistan has a well
established defence industry compatible to the defence industry of any advance country, and the
formal opening of the office of Defence Attache of Czech Republic in Islamabad would be helpful
in enhancing military and defence cooperation between Armed Forces and defence industry of
the two countries. They also discussed the ongoing operation in Swat and Tribal Areas. The
Minister showed full commitment to eradicating the menace of terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations. He also highlighted the problems of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and
government’s resolve to overcome their problems.
Source: APP
http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78423&Itemid=1

US Delivers Four Mi-17 Cargo Helicopters To The Army
ISLAMABAD: In response to a request from the government of Pakistan, the United States
delivered four MI-17 cargo helicopters to the Pakistani Army Wednesday, DawnNews reported.
The additional helicopters are meant to enhance Pakistan’s capabilities in current operations
against militant extremists, and its efforts to care for hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis who
have been displaced from their homes by the fighting. The US is in the process of identifying
additional MI-17s that may be made available to Pakistan in the future. On May 28, US
Ambassador Patterson to Pakistan announced a $26.6 million award to the UN’s World Food
Program funding urgent humanitarian relief efforts. May 19, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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committed $110 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to assist IDPs. This includes
approximately $28 million in agricultural commodities including 50,000 metric tons of wheat
valued at $16.8 million and 6,800 metric tons of vegetable oil valued at $11.2 million. The US has
also provided $4.9 million to purchase tents, blankets, cooking sets, jerry cans, soap, and
bedding. Americans also provided logistical equipment including generators and transformers to
power water pumps, laptop computers, and rental cars to assist in emergency support operations.
Since 2002, the United States has provided nearly $3.4 billion to Pakistan to improve economic
growth, education, health, and governance and to assist with earthquake reconstruction.
Source: Dawn
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/14-us-delivers-
four-mi-17-cargo-helicopters-to-the-army-zj-05

Burns to Push For Resumption Of Pakistan-India Dialogue In New Delhi-US
WASHINGTON, June 10 (APP): As a senior US diplomat headed to New Delhi, the Obama
administration Tuesday fully favored resumption of Pakistan-India dialogue for improvement in
their bilateral relations and establishment of peace in the region. Clearly, we would support more
dialogue between India and Pakistan. We would support more dialogue between the two
countries. I am sure that Undersecretary Burns will talk about this issue among the many issues
he has on his agenda,” spokesman Ian Kelly said at the daily briefing. He was asked whether
Washington was pushing for resumption of dialogue between the two South Asian nuclear
powers that saw their relations strained over Mumbai bombing in November last year. Kelly spoke
on the eve of US Undersecretary of State William Burns talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi.
Burns, accompanied by new US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert
Blake, who also served as a senior diplomat in New Delhi. Blake will travel to Nepal after visiting
the Indian capital. Islamabad has been urging India to return to the negotiating table for
composite dialogue that had reduced tension between the two countries in the last few years. The
composite dialogue is aimed at resolution of outstanding disputes between the two countries
including the key Kashmir question.
Source: APP
http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78408&Itemid=1

US Asks India To Resume Talks With Pakistan
NEW DELHI: A senior US official on Wednesday pressed India to resume talks with Pakistan but
was told that Islamabad should do more first to prosecute the Mumbai terror suspects that New
Delhi says are sheltered across the border. According to local reports, Indian Foreign Secretary
Shiv Shankar Menon and US Under Secretary of State William Burns met here, and the Indian
side is believed to have pointed out that Pakistan had not done enough to curb terror directed
against India or bringing to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks. Mr Burns is the first high-
ranking US official to visit New Delhi after the resumption of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's
second consecutive term last month. The official also met Foreign Minister S M Krishna and
Home Minister P Chidambaram. There are unconfirmed reports that Dr Singh could meet
President Asif Ali Zardari on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit
meeting in Russia this month. It is not clear if India has made up its mind on the presence of Dr
Singh at the meeting. In any case there are signals that resumption of talks would be slow and
cautious. ‘The most important point is that terror which has been unleashed from the soil of
Pakistan directed against India has to be stopped,’ Mr Krishna told reporters later. (cont)
Source: Dawn
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-us-envoy-in-
delhi-urges-indo-pak-talks-ha-01

Pak Isn't Curbing Terror, India Tells US
Amid the US nudge for resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, India on Wednesday made it clear
that the talks can take place only after cross-border terror is stopped and is understood to have
conveyed its dismay over inaction by Islamabad in this regard. During the talks between Foreign
Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and Under Secretary of State William Burns in New Delhi, the

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Indian side is believed to have noted that Pakistan has not done enough in curbing terror directed
against this country and bringing to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks. Burns, the first
high-ranking US official to visit India during UPA government's second tenure, also met External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Home Minister P Chidambaram. "The most important point is
that terror which has been unleashed from the soil of Pakistan directed against India has to be
stopped," Krishna told reporters later. "(All) instrumentalities of terrorism which are aimed at India,
which is emanating from the Pakistani soil, will have to be dismantled and perhaps then a
favourable climate, atmosphere would have been created for the dialogue to be resumed
between Pakistan and India," he said. Ahead of Burns's visit, the State Department had said the
US wanted the Indo-Pak dialogue to resume and that the Under Secretary would raise the issue
during his discussions. "We would support more dialogue between the two countries (India and
Pakistan).. I am sure that Under Secretary Burns will talk about this issue among the many issues
that he has on his agenda," spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters in Washington. (cont)
Source: NDTV
http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/pak_isnt_curbing_terror_india_tells_us.php

Pakistan Wants Friendly Ties With Its Neighbors: Gilani
QUETTA: June 10 (APP) Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said both
Pakistan and India cannot afford war adding that Pakistan will offer the Indian leadership an olive
branch to resume composite dialogue. Addressing the students and faculty members of
Command and Staff College here he added that both the countries were facing common
problems and it was in the interest of the whole region that both nuclear powers start dialogue
which stopped after Mumbai Attacks last year. He added that Pakistan was fighting war against
terrorism for its own survival. The government started military operation in parts of Malakand
Division as last option after the militants challenged the writ of the government and wanted to
disintegrate the country despite imposition of Nizam-e-Adl. He asserted that the government
would not tolerate anybody who would cast evil eyes on the sovereignty of Pakistan and establish
parallel government in the country. The PM hoped that the government would win war against
terror with support of its people adding that a 3 R strategy i.e. Relief, Rehabilitation and
Reconstruction had been adopted to overcome the challenges following launching of operation in
Malakand Division. He said that initially, the government had allocated Rs. one billion for relief
and rehabilitation of IDPs which would be spent through Special Service Group. The PM called
upon the world community to realise the suffering of Pakistan and help it out overcome its
financial and other problems. (cont)
Source: APP
http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78438&Itemid=1

Pakistan Welcomes Indian PM's Peace Gesture
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan welcomed on Wednesday comments by India's prime minister
that New Delhi would meet its neighbour "more than half way" if it cracked down on militants.
India put a pause on the slow-moving peace talks after tension sharply rose between the two
nuclear-armed neighbours following November attacks on Mumbai which New Delhi blamed on
Pakistan-based militants. Buoyed by a resounding victory in last month's elections, Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday urged Pakistan to bring Islamist militants, including
perpetrators of Mumbai attacks, to justice and said New Delhi was willing to meet Pakistan "more
than half way" if it showed resolve for peace. Pakistan said the two old rivals, which have fought
three wars since their independence in 1947, should resume dialogue for the sake of regional
stability. "We welcome any step that leads to resumption of resulted-oriented peace process
between our two countries," foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said. "We agree with India
that in order to have peace between our two countries and for a viable stability for our region, it is
absolutely important that our two countries talk to each other and resolve our bilateral issues
peacefully." India last week said it wanted to normalise relations with Pakistan but reacted angrily
to the release of the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group it blamed for the Mumabi attacks
by Pakistan's Supreme Court. Pakistani officials say they will request the court to review its
decision. (cont)

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Source: Reuters
http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-40220220090610

Analysis - India And Pakistan May Talk, But On Different Terms
LONDON (Reuters) - India and Pakistan may be edging towards reopening talks, but are unlikely
to pick up where they left off in a peace process which Washington hopes will ease tensions
across the region as far as Afghanistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday India
was ready to meet Pakistan "more than half way", raising expectations of a resumption in talks
broken off after last November's attack on Mumbai by Pakistani-based militants. The first chance
to break the ice would come if, as is likely, Singh attends a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
summit in Russia next week and meets President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines. Both leaders,
who have not met since Mumbai, could use this as "an opportunity to remove any
misunderstandings and to pave the way for the resumption of the composite dialogue," said Wajid
Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan's High Commissioner to London. Washington is pushing for an easing
of tensions between India and Pakistan so that Islamabad can focus on fighting Taliban militants
on its western border with Afghanistan. "We would support more dialogue between the two
countries," U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said on Tuesday as Under Secretary of
State William Burns began a visit to India. But expecting a breakthrough that might give
Washington real breathing space in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a long shot. (Cont)
Source: Reuters, Myra MacDonald
http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-40223920090610?sp=true

India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka
NEW DELHI - India is not happy with the important military role it says China and Pakistan played
in the Sri Lanka's government decisive offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE). Top government officials in New Delhi have told Asia Times Online that India believes
Colombo stockpiled arms and even sought help from military commanders from China and
Pakistan before the offensive that decimated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and
eventually killed Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran in May. Chinese and Pakistani arms and
direction were the "clinching" factor in the military's victory, top official sources have told ATol.
"With China's increasing role and presence in Nepal and Pakistan, and Pakistan's in Bangladesh,
New Delhi is looking at recalibrating its passive diplomatic approach towards Sri Lanka," said one
senior official, who wished to remain anonymous. "While its main tussle for influence in the South
Asia region is with China, India's immediate concern is Pakistan due to the country's role in the
past of launching clandestine terror activities, as has happened in Bangladesh," the official
added. Sources say that India has been concerned about Pakistan's reported supply to the Sri
Lankan government of al-Khalids (Pakistan's main battle tank), training for fighter pilots, and
advanced rocket launchers. (Cont)
Source: Asia Times, Siddharth Srivastava
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KF11Df01.html

China, Pakistan To Enhance Anti-Terrorism Cooperation
BEIJING - China and Pakistan on Tuesday pledged to enhance cooperation on law enforcement
and anti-terrorism. "We hope to work with Pakistan to fight the crimes concerning the citizens of
the two countries to ensure safety of the Chinese people in Pakistan," said Zhou Yongkang,
member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China
(CPC) Central Committee. During a meeting with Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Zhou
said China respected and supported Pakistan's measures to safeguard stability, boost the
economy, and fight religious extremism and terrorism. He said China would join hands with
Pakistan to push forward bilateral ties and cooperation to safeguard regional peace. Zhou added
the Chinese government would encourage its enterprises to do business in Pakistan while better
running on-going projects there. Malik said Pakistan valued friendship and a strategic and
cooperative partnership with China, and would promote security cooperation to ensure safety of
the Chinese peoples and organizations in Pakistan. Chinese State Councilor and Minister of


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Public Security Meng Jianzhu attended the meeting. The delegation from Pakistan arrived in
Beijing Monday and leaves Friday.
Source: Xinhua
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-06/10/content_8269905.htm

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka Detains Canadian MP
A Canadian MP was detained on arrival at Sri Lanka's international airport and could be deported
for allegedly having supported the Tamil Tiger rebels, officials in the island state have said. Bob
Rae, a Liberal member of parliament and outspoken critic of the Sri Lankan military's offensive
against the rebels, was stopped at Bandaranaike International airport and barred from passing
through immigration, a foreign ministry official said. "There are allegations that he was supportive
of Tamil Tigers," said an official, who asked not to be named. "We have not deported him yet," he
added. Canada gave asylum to more than 300,000 ethnic Tamils who left Sri Lanka in the 1980s,
and members of the diaspora have held angry anti-Sri Lankan rallies there in recent months. Last
month, Canada accused Sri Lankan police of failing to guard its embassy in Colombo when it was
targeted by stone-throwing protestors and demanded a full inquiry. Dozens of protestors shouting
anti-Canadian slogans pelted the mission building with stones and spray-painted the entrance to
the diplomatic compound. The protestors accused Canada of being overly sympathetic to the
Tamil Tiger rebels, who were wiped out by government troops in a final battle last month.
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435038/1/.html

War Over, Lanka Allows Displaced Tamils To Vote In Provincial Polls
COLOMBO: In what could be seen by New Delhi as a confidence building measure, the Sri
Lankan government has cleared the way for allowing internally displaced persons in relief camps
to vote in the provincial elections. ‘‘The government had recently brought an ordinance in
Parliament to facilitate the displaced civilians to exercise their franchise,’’ Douglas Devananda,
Sri Lankan minister for social services, said. Jaffna Muslims, who currently live at the Putalam
relief camps after being forced out of the peninsula by the LTTE in 1990, will be the main
beneficiaries of the government’s move. Elections to the Jaffna Municipal Council and Vavuniya
Urban Council are scheduled for August. The civilians displaced due to the 30-year-old civil war
will be able to vote in the local elections as earlier they were eligible to vote only in the
Presidential and Parliament elections. India has been pushing for political rights of the ethnic
Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. Two special envoys deputed by the Indian government, NSA M K
Narayananan and foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, had conveyed these views during their
visit to Colombo last month. In the post-war scenario, India has pushed for the urgent need to
resettle the IDPs in their villages and towns of habitation and to provide them necessary basic
and civic infrastructure as well means of livelihood to resume their normal lives at the earliest
possible. (cont)
Source: TNN
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/South-Asia/War-over-Lanka-allows-displaced-Tamils-to-vote-in-
provincial-polls/articleshow/4635579.cms

Four pro-LTTE MPs Refused Leave By Sri Lankan Parliament
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan parliament today refused to grant leave to four pro-LTTE Tamil MPs from
the house, accusing them of acting against the national interest and constitution by spreading
false propaganda against the country abroad. The ruling United People Friend Alliance MPs
expressed reservations against a proposal submitted by the four Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
MPs requesting three months leave from the Parliament. It may be recalled that in 2007, M K
Eelaventhan a TNA MP was deprived of his house membership as he was absent without leave
from for more than three months. The leader was at that time away in North America for some
months. Chief whip of the government Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament this
morning that it was against the constitution to grant leave for these Parliamentarians as they had

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violated the constitution by spreading false propaganda abroad against the country. The Minister
pointed out that they had engaged in activities harmful to the motherland. National Freedom Front
(NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said it was illegal to grant leave for such MPs who were acting
against the nation's interest. Speaker W J M Lokubandara finally decided to consider the leave
application only after an scrutiny. The refusal of leave has put a question mark on their
continuance as members of the house.
Source: PTI
http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Four+pro-
LTTE+MPs+refused+leave+by+Sri+Lankan+parliament&artid=/xvj9sJ4qtQ=&SectionID=oHSKVf
NWYm0=&MainSectionID=oHSKVfNWYm0=&SEO=lanka,+mp,+leave,+ltte,+tamils&SectionNam
e=VfE7I/Vl8os

Guilty Plea In Tamil Tiger Trial
Four men accused of supporting Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have pleaded guilty to terrorism
charges in the US. The defendants included Karunakaran Kandasamy, who has been identified
by federal prosecutors as the Tamil Tigers' top US representative. Prosecutors say he is the
mastermind of an undercover campaign that raised and laundered millions of dollars through a
charity front organisation. The rebels were defeated last month by the Sri Lankan army. Mr
Kandasamy, 51, "has accepted full responsibility for his actions in this matter" defending lawyer
Charles A Ross said outside court in New York. The former cab driver faces 20 years in prison
when he is sentenced on 11 November. Mr Kandasamy said that he will be seeking a "merciful
sentence" for his client because of the complexities of the war there and because of Mr
Kandasamy's poor health. The rebels were fighting for a separate state for minority Tamils in the
north and east of the country. Others who pleaded guilty on Tuesday included a defendant
accused of helping buy explosives, missiles, anti-aircraft guns and other weapons for the Tamil
Tigers. Another was charged with trying to bribe US officials to remove the group from the
terrorism list. Earlier this year, four other defendants pleaded guilty to similar charges on the eve
of their trial in Brooklyn.
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8093274.stm

Political Solution, A Sri Lankan Affair- Shiv Shanker Menon
(Colombo Lankapuvath June 10) A political solution for the National Question is a Sri Lankan
affair and it is not the task of India, Norway or the United Nations to push Sri Lanka towards a
political solution, Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shanker Menon told a group of Sri Lankan editors
visiting India at the invitation of Indian Government. It is only Sri Lanka that would decide whether
to provide a solution on the lines of 13th Amendment or go beyond it emphasized Mr Menon.
Liberating the Tamil people from the clutches of terrorism is highly commendable and we should
work together to build a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka he said. Menon also said that India
has already provided Indian Rs. 5 billion for relief and rehabilitation in the North.
Source: Lankapuvath
http://www.lankapuvath.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1830:political-
solution-a-sri-lankan-affair-shiv-shanker-menon&catid=47:politics&Itemid=71

India Blasts Rivals' Role In Sri Lanka
NEW DELHI - India is not happy with the important military role it says China and Pakistan played
in the Sri Lanka's government decisive offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE). Top government officials in New Delhi have told Asia Times Online that India believes
Colombo stockpiled arms and even sought help from military commanders from China and
Pakistan before the offensive that decimated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and
eventually killed Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran in May. Chinese and Pakistani arms and
direction were the "clinching" factor in the military's victory, top official sources have told ATol.
"With China's increasing role and presence in Nepal and Pakistan, and Pakistan's in Bangladesh,
New Delhi is looking at recalibrating its passive diplomatic approach towards Sri Lanka," said one
senior official, who wished to remain anonymous. "While its main tussle for influence in the South

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Asia region is with China, India's immediate concern is Pakistan due to the country's role in the
past of launching clandestine terror activities, as has happened in Bangladesh," the official
added. Sources say that India has been concerned about Pakistan's reported supply to the Sri
Lankan government of al-Khalids (Pakistan's main battle tank), training for fighter pilots, and
advanced rocket launchers. (Cont)
Source: Asia Times, Siddharth Srivastava
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KF11Df01.html

Akashi Applauses Welfare Facilities Of IDPs
(Colombo Lankapuvath June 10) Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi expressed his
satisfaction on the facilities provided to the IDPs at the welfare centres. He said that there is
much progress in the development of providing facilities to the IDPs in the welfare villages,
Akashi made these comments followed his visit to the welfare villages at Settikulam, Vavuniya
yesterday (09). The condition of the IDPs has improved since his last visit and he also expressed
his appreciation of the efforts made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the senior officials who
had paid attention to details of the needs of the IDPs. He stated that Japan and other nations
would help in the effort to resettle the IDPs in their original places of residence till the last IDP
was settled, they would continue to help Sri Lanka in its efforts at bringing back normalcy to the
people of the north. The Government’s effort was to complete resettlement of the displaced
civilians of the north within 180 days as emphasized by Senior Advisor to the President and
Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa. Envoy Akashi had expressed willingness of the Japanese
Government to assist in the de-mining process so that civilians would feel safe to return to their
native places. Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Rishard Bathiudeen.
Competent Authority Maj Gen G. A. Chandrasiri and other senior officials accompanied Akashi on
his visit to the north. (cont)
Source: Lankapuvath
http://www.lankapuvath.lk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1827&Itemid=51

SOUTHEAST ASIA

BURMA

Myanmar Court Allows Extra Suu Kyi Witness
A court in military-ruled Myanmar ruled Tuesday that Aung San Suu Kyi can have an extra
defence witness at her trial, but upheld a ban on testimony from two senior political figures, her
party said. The Nobel-winning pro-democracy icon faces up to five years in jail on charges of
breaching the conditions of her house arrest after a bizarre incident in which US national John
Yettaw swam to her lakeside home in May. Judges at her internationally condemned trial, which
is being held behind closed doors in the notorious Insein prison, last month disqualified three of
her four witnesses and her lawyers had appealed to a higher court. "The court accepted one
more of Aung San Suu Kyi's witness, lawyer Khin Moe Moe," said Nyan Win, the spokesman for
her National League for Democracy (NLD), outside the divisional court in central Yangon. "We
will go to a higher court for the other two witnesses. As soon as we get a copy of today's
judgment we will submit our new appeal," added Nyan Win, who is also a member of her legal
team. Security was heavy outside the court for the 10-minute hearing, with about 20 police trucks
surrounding the building and officials preventing the public from gathering nearby.
The two witnesses who remain banned are Win Tin, a dissident journalist who was Myanmar's
longest serving prisoner until his release in September, and Tin Oo, the detained deputy leader of
the NLD. (Cont)
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/434921/1/.html

Myanmar's Suu Kyi Meets Lawyers In Prison
Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi met with her defence lawyers in jail
Wednesday, an official said, as her legal team vowed to push ahead with an appeal to allow more

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witnesses at her trial. An appeal court in the nation on Tuesday allowed her to call a second
witness at her closed prison trial -- a legal expert has already given evidence -- but upheld a ban
on testimony by two key members of her party. Her lawyers went to visit her at the Insein Prison
in Yangon on Wednesday, a Myanmar official said on condition of anonymity, without giving
further details about the meeting. The Nobel Peace Prize winner faces up to five years in jail on
charges of breaching the conditions of her house arrest after a bizarre incident in which an
American man, John Yettaw, swam to her lakeside home in May. Nyan Win, a spokesman for
Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) and a member of her legal team, said
before the visit that they would now try to get the remaining two witnesses at the trial. They are
Win Tin, a dissident journalist who was Myanmar's longest serving prisoner until his release in
September, and Tin Oo, the detained deputy leader of the NLD. "We will submit application to the
high court tomorrow," Nyan Win said. (Cont)
Source: AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435068/1/.html

Indian PM Urged To Secure Suu Kyi’s Release
New Delhi (Mizzima) - More than one-hundred Indian Members of Parliament (MP) on
Wednesday called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to press Burma's military regime to
release Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and restore democracy to the country. One-
hundred eighteen Indian MPs joined the petition initiated by the Indian Parliamentarians Forum
for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB), urging Manmohan Singh to secure the release of Aung San
Suu Kyi and support the reinstatement of democratic governance in Burma. “We strongly call on
the Indian government to intervene in the current situation to urge upon the Burmese generals
through all possible diplomatic and other demarches to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and
impress upon the regime in respecting democratic principles,” said Abani Roy, Member of India’s
Upper House of Parliament, in a press conference held at the Indian Women Press Corp. on
Wednesday. Abani Roy added, “As the largest democracy and good neighbor, we have a moral
obligation to rescue her [Aung San Suu Kyi] and the country from the devastation.” The call of the
Indian MPs comes as India's government has remained silent for the past month regarding Aung
San Suu Kyi’s ongoing trial, while other members of the international community including the
United Nations, United States, European Union and Association of Southeast Asia Nations have
expressed their concerns and called for the immediate release of Suu Kyi and political reform in
the troubled Southeast Asian nation. (cont)
Source: Mizzima News
http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2278-indian-pm-urged-to-secure-suu-kyis-release.html

Japanese Parliamentarians Critical Of Burma Policy
New Delhi (Mizzima) - The ongoing trial against opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has
attracted the attention of Japanese Parliamentarians, raising questions regarding Japan’s stance
on Burma. At least 70 Japanese Parliamentarians on Wednesday urged the government to push
for a six-party type of talks – a-la-North Korea – concerning Burma, inclusive of regional countries
and China. The Parliamentarians say Japan must kick-start the process in order to ensure
genuine change comes to the militarily-ruled Southeast Asian nation. Dr. Min Nyo, a
representative of the National Council of the Union of Burma, an exile opposition umbrella group,
said Japanese Diet (Parliament) members have of late responded to events unfolding in Burma
and would much regret if the junta sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to yet another spell of detention.
“There were a lot of questions from the Parliamentarians both from the ruling and opposition
parties on the events in Burma and in relation to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial,” said Dr. Min Nyo,
referring to an emergency meeting of the Japanese Diet members concerning the freedom of
Aung San Suu Kyi conducted on Wednesday. (cont)
Source: Mizzima News
http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2282-japanese-parliamentarians-critical-of-burma-
policy.html




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Suu Kyi Trial Clouds Myanmar Cyclone Aid Effort
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Myanmar's trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hurt
international efforts to help the army-ruled country's recovery from the devastation of Cyclone
Nargis, donors said on Wednesday. The donors, which include the U.S., Britain, European
Commission and Japan, have told the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) they are
concerned about the trial, and to expect delays in the delivery of aid. "(The trial) has not helped
the enthusiasm of their constituencies to engage more actively and more fully," ASEAN
secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan told reporters after a meeting with donors in Bangkok. Suu Kyi,
63, faces three to five years in prison if found guilty of breaching terms of her house arrest by
allowing an American intruder to stay for two days after he swam to her home on May 4. Cyclone
Nargis battered the former Burma in May 2008, leaving 140,000 dead and 2.4 million destitute,
with the Irrawaddy Delta worst affected. Aid groups and diplomats in Myanmar were optimistic
that humanitarian operations would increase, but donors said Suu Kyi's trial could derail
fundraising efforts. "Some activists were already sceptical about providing humanitarian aid to
Burma ... and the U.N. was having difficulty raising sufficient funds," said Harn Yawnghwe,
executive director of the Brussels-based Euro-Burma Office. "Now, it will, politically speaking, be
even more difficult. Anyone proposing more humanitarian aid will face strong political opposition
in their home countries," he told Reuters. (cont)
Source: Reuters
http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-40225020090610

SM Goh Briefed On Developments To Promote Tourism In Shan State In Myanmar
Day three of Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's visit to Myanmar saw him travelling to the Northern
Shan State of Taunggyi. There, Mr Goh met Bridgadier General Yar Tyee, Chariman of the Shan
State peace and development council and was briefed on developments in the state and efforts to
promote tourism. The Shan State has the largest land area in Myanmar with a population of two
million. Myanmar is more than the sum of its internal politics. That's what the Singapore
delegation accompanying Mr Goh Chok Tong witnessed in Taunggyi. The name Taunggyi means
mountain, and it fittingly describes the rolling hill which marks the tail end of the Himalayas. It’s
here that Mr Goh was treated to a cultural programme showcasing the diversity of Myanmar's
various ethnic groups. There are up to 100 different races in Myanmar and together they make up
18 ethnic groups. The Shan state economic development hinges on the daily cross-border trade
between Thailand and China. But the state has already attracted some foreign investors like wine
company -Myanmar's Vineyard Estate, owned by shareholders from Germany, Japan and
Luxembourg. "Every business is a challenge but there are a lot of possiblities. People are
interested to work with foreign companies. They want to learn and get knowledge," said the
company director for technical operations, Hans-Eduard Leiendecker. (Cont)
Source: Channel News Asia; Imelda Saad
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/435110/1/.html

Burmese Migrants In Thailand And Malaysia Demand Equal Rights
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burmese migrants working in Thailand and Malaysia have released a
joint statement on the impact of the global economic crisis on Burmese migrant workers, urging
relevant governments to address their concerns. Burmese migrants, support groups, trade union
leaders, human rights activists and lawyers from Thailand and Malaysia noted in a statement
released on Tuesday following a conference in Bangkok that the Thai and Malaysian
governments’ response to the situation of migrant workers affected by the economic crisis has not
been comprehensive, failing to provide adequate protection for workers. “Migrant workers are not
even included in these [economic assistance] programs and are thus expected to deal with the
impact of the economic crisis by themselves,” according to the release. “Employers must not use
the economic crisis as an excuse to dismiss workers or close down factories without adequate
notice to the workers,” added the group. They also noted that employers currently fail to
adequately compensate migrant workers, calling for the establishment of a mechanism to ensure
just compensation in addition to appealing for equal access to programs aimed at lessening
hardship stemming from the economic crisis. Specifically, the group seeks the abolition of

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Malaysia’s ‘Foreign Workers First Out’ principle – a policy necessitating migrant workers lose
their jobs before local workers in times of crisis regardless of time on the job. (cont)
Source: Mizzima News
http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2281-burmese-migrants-in-thailand-and-malaysia-
demand-equal-rights.html

Thai Army Reinforces Burma Border
Thailand has sent heavily-armed troops to reinforce positions along the Burma border after an
influx of ethnic Karen refugees fleeing an army offensive. More than 4,000 people have fled
Burma for Thailand in the largest influx of refugees in the area for a decade. Karen rebels have
been fighting for an independent state for 60 years, in the world's longest-running civil war. Over
the last three years the Burmese military has driven the rebels back to a few small bases along
the border. The long war along Burma's forested eastern border has caused immense human
suffering, with an estimated 500,000 ethnic Karen forced from their homes. Most of those who
fled into Thailand over the past week had already been displaced, and were living at a camp
inside Burma when it was repeatedly shelled by Burmese army mortars. Fighters from the Karen
National Union (KNU) say they are holding their ground - but they are heavily outnumbered by the
joint forces of the Burmese army and a Karen splinter group which is allied to the government.
The KNU has steadily retreated over the decades, from its position of greatest strength right after
Burma's independence in 1948 when it came close to capturing Rangoon, to its situation today,
with just a few bases along the border. Its strength has been sapped recently by a string of
defections, and by the assassination of its most charismatic leader in Thailand last year. (Cont)
Source: BBC; Jonathan Head
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8093180.stm

CAMBODIA

RCAF Off To Indonesia
The daughter of Khieu Vansich, 37, peers from between the legs of two RCAF soldiers at Phnom
Penh International Airport on Tuesday. Her father is one of 18 RCAF soldiers leaving to
participate in a military exercise known as the Global Peace Operations Initiative, which will be
held over three weeks in Garuda Shield, Indonesia. Thirty-four more RCAF soldiers will leave on
Saturday.
Source: Phnom Penh Post
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2009061026376/National-news/RCAF-off-to-
Indonesia.html

Cambodia Dispatches 52 Peacekeeping Soldiers To Sudan
PHNOM PENH, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia Wednesday sent 52 soldiers to clear mines in
Sudan for UN peacekeeping mission to replace the old ones. This group is the fourth batch of
troops that Cambodia has sent for humanitarian affairs under the UN mission to Sudan, said Sem
Sovanny, director of National Center of Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and UXO Clearance. He said
that the 52 soldiers will take turns for 135 soldiers who will come back from Sudan on Friday.
"Beside helping mines and UXOs clearance for UN peacekeeping operation in Darfur region, you
all have to help other humanitarian affairs in Sudan like purified clean water, digging wells and
housing for local people," Pol Saroeurn, General Commander in Chief said in farewell ceremony
at Pochentong Airbase. "You all have to display good image of Cambodia in this operation," he
said. "We all thanked for the Cambodian government that has the strong commitment for this
contribution for the peace and stability of the world," said Teruo Jinnai, acting president for UN
agencies and representative of UNESCO to Cambodia. Cambodian soldiers who were sent to
Sudan, as well as other ones who are prepared to be sent to Chad and Central Africa in the near
future, have been trained with the UN standard by trainers from other countries, mainly the United
States. Cambodia is one of the countries suffered from the unexploded ordnance (UXO) and
mines, and last year about 265 people were killed and wounded by the UXO and mines. (cont)
Source: Xinhua

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/10/content_11519368.htm

French Spy Agency Inspired Duch’s Prison
Tuol Sleng, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison that tortured thousands of Cambodians into fatal
confessions, was inspired by a French counter-espionage service, its chief administratior, Duch,
said Monday. The structure was French, but the philosophy was Marxist, he said, adding that he
had brought the idea to his superior, Son Sen, the minister of the interior and chief of the Khmer
Rouge’s security apparatus. “I said to my boss Son Sen that in France there was an intelligence
agency called Service de Documentation Exterieur et de Contre Espionage [an external
documentation and counter-intelligence agency], and then he advised me to set up S-21 in the
way the counter-intelligence agency was run,” Duch said. The voices of Vietnamese soldiers
were recorded for radio broadcast and their photographs taken to prove to the Angkar that not a
single enemy spy could escape the prison alive, Duch said. Duch is facing charges of war crimes,
crimes against humanity, torture and murder for his role as head of Tuol Sleng and other prison
and execution facilities. Prosecutors say at least 12,380 men, women and children were killed at
S-21 from 1975 to 1979. The Vietnamese are believed to have outnumbered other foreign
prisoners, after armed conflict officially broke out between the communist parties of Vietnam and
at the end of 1977.
Source: VOA; Pich Samnang
http://www.voanews.com/khmer/2009-06-09-voa2.cfm

Government Critics Abused By Courts: Group
The Cambodia Watchdog Council on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to drop a suit
against an opposition lawmaker, claiming the courts are being used to stymie critics of the
government. A rash of defamation suits and criminal cases against incitement have appeared in
recent weeks in the courts, including the suit of Hun Sen against Sam Rainsy Party
parliamentarian Mu Sochua, who herself is suing the premier for defamation, for allegedly lewd
remarks in the 2008 election campaign. The head of a non-governmental agency and the editor
of an opposition newspaper are also facing lawsuits and criminal offenses in Phnom Penh
Municipal Court after offending senior officials, said Rong Chhun, a member of the Watchdog
Council. “Our national leaders do not accept constructive criticism from critics, to consider and to
resolve, but the government uses the court system to cover their wrongdoing and has no courage
to accept the facts,” he said in a statement. The use of the courts to “pressure and silence critics”
was “threatening freedom of expression,” he said. Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan
denied the charges, saying the government was working to “strengthen the rule of law and protect
people’s rights and freedoms.”
Source: VOA; Chun Sakada
http://www.voanews.com/khmer/2009-06-09-voa4.cfm

Head Of Tribunal Victim Unit Under Fire
Defense lawyers and monitors at the Khmer Rouge tribunal are unhappy with the Australian head
of the Victims Unit, which is responsible for outreach and help for civil parties at the UN-backed
court. “The head of this unit should be Cambodian, and the Cambodian government should
replace her,” said Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, an
independent research group. Helen Jarvis, who had headed public affairs operations at the court
and recently moved to the Victims Unit, is also facing charges of political bias. Tribunal officials
say they will hold a press conference on the matter Wednesday. In a press conference last week,
Micheal Pestman, lawyer for “Brother No. 2” Nuon Chea, said that a lack of impartiality by Jarvis,
who is a former adviser to the government, affected the fairness of the tribunal. “It will be a
danger for the proceedings,” said Ang Udom, a defense lawyer for former foreign minister Ieng
Sary. “We must think that Mrs. Jarvis is connected with policy in Cambodia and in her country.
Will she be able to maintain independence?” Jarvis declined to comment, saying the matter “will
be handled by the court.” Jarvis was moved to replace Keat Bophal, who resigned from the
Victims Unit earlier this year. Jarvis was also a member of the government task force to establish
the tribunal. (Cont)

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Source: VOA; Kong Sothanarith
http://www.voanews.com/khmer/2009-06-09-voa3.cfm

Cambodia, Vietnam Set Year 2012 To End Border Demarcation
PHNOM PENH, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia and Vietnam have agreed that the border
demarcation between the two nations will be finalized by 2012, a senior government official said
Wednesday. The set timeframe for the border demarcation was reassured by border experts
during the two-day meeting, which took place in Cambodia's northern province of Siem Reap.
Cambodia's chief of border negotiator Var Kimhong said he had held talks with Ho Xuan Son,
Vietnam's deputy foreign minister and chief of border commission, during which he said fruitful
discussions on bilateral cooperation, especially, the border issues were made in substantive and
mutual manners. In a separate meeting on Monday between Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Ngo Anh Dung, newly appointed Vietnamese
Ambassador to Cambodia, Hor Namhong had encouraged Vietnam to expedite its hydropower
development in Cambodia's rivers in the eastern part that would provide electricity for local use
and for sale to Vietnam, according to Koy Kuong, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry. (cont)
Source: Xinhua
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/10/content_11521109.htm

Nation Joins Forces With Cambodia In Drug War
Viet Nam and Cambodia will continue to increase co-operation, the exchange of information and
experience, as well as providing support in combating illegal drugs, said Deputy Prime Minister
Truong Vinh Trong. Speaking with visiting Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Ke Kim Yan in Ha
Noi yesterday, Trong told his counterpart that Viet Nam had aggressively combated drug crimes
in the past few years. He said due attention had also been given to providing vocational training
and jobs to rehabilitated drug users. Ke Kim Yan, who is also the head of the National Authority
for Combating Drugs, is visiting Viet Nam to exchange anti-narcotic experiences and to share
information on monitoring drug user rehabilitation. The leader said Cambodia wanted Viet Nam to
help it train a special force that would be in charge of combating drug use and building
rehabilitation centres. He said the two countries should also strengthen co-operation in preventing
drug-related crimes at border provinces. The Cambodian delegation of the National Authority for
Combating Drugs shared experiences about combating drug trafficking and monitoring the drug
trade with the Police General Department on the same day.
Source: Vietnam News Agency
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/showarticle.php?num=01POL100609

INDONESIA

Candidates Vow To Campaign Peacefully
Three presidential candidates and their running mates vowed Wednesday evening to maintain
peace during the open campaign period, which kicked off Thursday. But, the joint declaration
failed to live up to its billing as a prelude of a "peaceful campaign" as slurring remarks, booing by
supporters and shows of force marked the event. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman
Abdul Hafiz Anshary said in his opening remarks the declaration was needed to ensure that all
parties involved in the July 8 presidential election and their activities would turn the election into a
unifying, rather than disintegrating factor on the nation. "Some say the open campaign will be
vulnerable to frictions and acts of anarchy acts between supporters of each candidate. So before
we begin, it is better that we witness the candidates vowing not to let such things happen," Abdul
said. Presidential candidate No. 1 Megawati Soekarnoputri, however, began her speech with
criticism against the KPU for delaying the event several times from its original schedule on June
2. "I am hoping that all government officials from central to local level maintain neutrality and
avoid intervention with the presidential election," she said. Candidate No.2, incumbent President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was booed as he was asked to step up to the stage to deliver
speech. Yudhoyono, chief patron of the Democratic Party, called Indonesians to exercise their


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right to vote. He appealed to his rivals to compete in a "civilized, healthy and ethical" manner.
(Cont.)
Source: The Jakarta Post: Erwida Maulia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/06/10/candidates-vow-campaign-peacefully.html

Indonesia Tightens Security In Papua Prior To Election
Indonesia’s government is sending more paramilitary police to Papua region ahead of the July 8
presidential election, deploying three platoons of the elite Mobile Brigade, or Brimob.The Minister
for Political, Legal and Security, Affairs Widodo, announced the deployment of the two platoons
from Jakarta and one from South Sulawesi as he arrived in Papua province on Monday. The
Jakarta Post reports that Mr. Widodo is in the province with other government officials, the heads
of Indonesia’s Military and National police, and officials from the various security agencies to
gauge Papua’s readiness to hold the election. In April, extra Brimob platoons were sent to Papua
to address a wave of violence across Papua around Indonesian elections. Security in Papua has
deteriorated since the legislative polls, with a 13 reported deaths in attacks across Papua in April
alone.At the weekend at least three people were killed when anti-terror police stormed an isolated
airstrip in Papua’s Kasepo sub-district which was occupied for about two weeks by a group of
Papuan gunmen.
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2009/June/06-10-09.htm

Indonesia Ready To Sink Illegal Fishing Boats
Indonesia is ready to sink foreign boats fishing illegally in the country`s waters, Marine Resources
and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numbery said here on Tuesday. He said firm action was needed to
deter foreign boats from continuing to poach in Indonesian waters. "We are glad the House`s
Commission IV supports us in this," he said at a meeting with the House commission. He said his
office and the parliament were currently revising the law on marine resources with regard to
dealing with crimes in the seas. The revision would be aimed at regulating firm actions including
sinking ships found illegally fishing in the country`s waters. Commission IV member Elviana said
the firm actions needed to be implemented immediately to deter foreign parties intending to steal
fish from Indonesian waters. She said the system of auctioning seized boats was not effective as
shown by the fact that illegal boats such as from Thailand still continued operating in a great
number. She said the system had been manipulated. "It is believed auctions have been arranged
to ensure that the boats can be sold to their owners who are also the suspects," she said. So,
Elviana said, sinking the boats would be the right way to generate a deterrent effect. She said
many boats had entered into the country`s waters to fish tuna that abound in Indonesian seas.
"Tuna fish sells well so that many foreign fishermen are venturing into the country`s waters. This
must not be allowed to continue," she said.
Source: Antara News
http://www.antara.co.id/en/view/?i=1244593462&c=NAT&s=

Prabowo Backs SBY Over Ambalat
Vice presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said here on Wednesday he supported President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in protecting the country`s sovereignty over the Ambalat block. "In
dealing with the country`s sovereignty and threats from abroad we must unite under the
leadership of the sitting president. That is the most correct attitude," he said. Prabowo, who is the
running mate of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri who will compete against SBY (Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono) in the presidential race later on July 8, said no one should criticize the
captain while the ship was being hit by waves. "That is my stance. We must support the
legitimate government. We must unite and there will be no compromise in the case," the former
chief of the Army`s Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) said. He said he believed anyone
leading the government would also not compromise when sovereignty was threatened.
"Therefore, I say let us strengthen our economy. Save our resources," the retired three-star
general said. He believed sovereignty violations by a foreign country were caused by leakages in
resources that had made the country to have no money to buy fighter planes and warships.

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"Because money supply is limited the number of ships and planes is also limited. Equipment
maintainance is also limited and as a result we are considered weak by other countries," he said.
(Cont.)
Source: Antara News
http://www.antara.co.id/en/view/?i=1244638628&c=NAT&s=

Choirie: Malaysia Won`T Wage War Against Indonesia
Malaysian Defense Minister Seri Ahamd Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia would not wage any war
against Indonesia over the disputed Ambalat Block in Sulawesi Sea, an Indonesian legislator
said. "We will not go to war against Indonesia. After all, the uniforms of the Malaysian Army is
produced by Sritex of Indonesia. How could we be at wars?" the Malaysian defense minister was
quoted by Effendi Choirie, a member of House Commission I for foreign affairs, as saying in
Putrajaya on Sunday. Effendi Choirie said that the Malaysian defense minister made the
statement spontaneously when he and two other Indonesian legislators from the House
Commission I met him on Saturday night. Choirie, who talked to ANTARA through the phone from
Kuala Lumpur, said that he and Ali Mochtar Ngabalin (a Commission I member) and Ade Daud
Nasution (a former member of the House Commission) met the defense minister to deliver two
important messages to the Malaysian government. He said that he and friends delivered a protest
against the provocations of the Malaysian patrol boats in Indonesia`s water territories in Ambalat
Block. Choirie said he also specifically asked the Malaysian defense minister to use his influence
as a defense minister to help speed up the settlement process of the conflict in Ambalat. As the
third most important person in Malaysia who has just resumed the post for three months, we
asked him to help foster friendship, so that all problems could be solved as soon as possible,"
Choirie said. (Cont.).
Source: Antara News
http://www.antara.co.id/en/view/?i=1244379286&c=NAT&s=

Malaysian Navy Chief Offers Apology
Malaysian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Abdul Aziz Jafar has offered an apology to Indonesia over
the Ambalat issue, an Indonesian legislator reported from Kuala Lumpur. "The Malaysian Navy
chief of staff has offered an apology and promised to keep his soldiers away from Ambalat waters
in an effort to avoid physical conflict with Indonesian soldiers," House of Representatives`
Commission I deputy chairman Yusron Ihza Mahendra said by phone from Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, on Wednesday. Mahendra is currently leading a House Commission delegation for a
marathon meeting with Malaysian government officials to discuss encroachments on Indonesian
maritime territory in the Ambalat block by Malaysian Navy personnel. "In our meeting earlier, we
were received by Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry officials, and on the occasion we urged the
country to speed up the solution to Ambalat issue. It was on the occasion that the Malaysian
Navy chief of staff offered his apology," Mahendra said. He added that the Malaysian Foreign
Affairs Ministry side had promised to hasten the solution of the Ambalat issue through diplomatic
channels. "The promise was made by Malaysian Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Philay after the
delegation from the House of Representatives` Commission I urged him to do so," Mahendra
said. During his official visit to Malaysia, Mahendra was accompanied by Hepi Bone Zulkarnaen
of Golkar Party faction, Andreas Pareira of Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDI-P) faction,
Shidqi Wahab of Democratic Party faction, and Joko Susilo of National Mandate Party faction.
(Cont.)
Source: Antara News
http://www.antara.co.id/en/view/?i=1244625931&c=NAT&s=

RCAF Off To Indonesia
The daughter of Khieu Vansich, 37, peers from between the legs of two RCAF soldiers at Phnom
Penh International Airport on Tuesday. Her father is one of 18 RCAF soldiers leaving to
participate in a military exercise known as the Global Peace Operations Initiative, which will be
held over three weeks in Garuda Shield, Indonesia. Thirty-four more RCAF soldiers will leave on
Saturday.

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Source: Phnom Penh Post
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2009061026376/National-news/RCAF-off-to-
Indonesia.html

RI Foreign Minister Talks About Climate And Partnership In Washington
Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda touched on concrete action to promote Indonesia-United
States partnership in Washington on Monday local time. "Hassan Wirajuda will talk about bilateral
issues, democracy and climate change", a foreign ministry official Jopkie Kurniawan said in
Jakarta, Monday. According to him, the address will touch on US-RI cooperation commitments for
partnership in increasing their knowledge about matters relating to climate change. The meeting,
he added, would be a follow up of the meeting between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton last February.
Source: Antara News
http://www.antara.co.id/en/view/?i=1244593755&c=NAT&s=

LAOS

Thailand, Laos, Vietnam Open New Customs Checkpoint
The transport ministers of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam on Thursday will jointly chair the opening
of a new transportation route which will facilitate goods transportation and reduce costs between
the three countries, all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the
southeastern part of China. Called the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) project, designed
to stimulate trade flows and attract foreign direct investment in the region, the new customs
checkpoint linking Thailand’s northeastern province of Mukdahan and the Laotian province of
Savannakhet will be officially opened on Thursday. Uthit Thammawathin, director-general of the
Thai Customs Department, on Wednesday co-signed a memorandum of understanding with the
Board of Trade of Thailand which would authorise the agency to act as guarantor and help
facilitate goods transport as well as travellers passing through the new checkpoint. Mr. Uthit said
the agreement would assist goods transportation to Vietnam as well as reducing time spent on
customs procedures and transportation costs, and boost economic development within the
Mekong River basin. Also, China plans to open its Pingxiang border checkpoint which links with
the northern part of Vietnam as a goodwill gesture to Thailand and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva’ who will officially visit Beijing on June 24. The new checkpoint will assist Thai cargo
transport to China as it, when opened, will take only two days to reach that country.
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10295

MALAYSIA

Choirie: Malaysia Won`T Wage War Against Indonesia
Malaysian Defense Minister Seri Ahamd Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia would not wage any war
against Indonesia over the disputed Ambalat Block in Sulawesi Sea, an Indonesian legislator
said. "We will not go to war against Indonesia. After all, the uniforms of the Malaysian Army is
produced by Sritex of Indonesia. How could we be at wars?" the Malaysian defense minister was
quoted by Effendi Choirie, a member of House Commission I for foreign affairs, as saying in
Putrajaya on Sunday. Effendi Choirie said that the Malaysian defense minister made the
statement spontaneously when he and two other Indonesian legislators from the House
Commission I met him on Saturday night. Choirie, who talked to ANTARA through the phone from
Kuala Lumpur, said that he and Ali Mochtar Ngabalin (a Commission I member) and Ade Daud
Nasution (a former member of the House Commission) met the defense minister to deliver two
important messages to the Malaysian government. He said that he and friends delivered a protest
against the provocations of the Malaysian patrol boats in Indonesia`s water territories in Ambalat
Block. Choirie said he also specifically asked the Malaysian defense minister to use his influence
as a defense minister to help speed up the settlement process of the conflict in Ambalat. As the
third most important person in Malaysia who has just resumed the post for three months, we

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asked him to help foster friendship, so that all problems could be solved as soon as possible,"
Choirie said. (Cont.).
Source: Antara News
http://www.antara.co.id/en/view/?i=1244379286&c=NAT&s=

Malaysian Navy Chief Offers Apology
Malaysian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Abdul Aziz Jafar has offered an apology to Indonesia over
the Ambalat issue, an Indonesian legislator reported from Kuala Lumpur. "The Malaysian Navy
chief of staff has offered an apology and promised to keep his soldiers away from Ambalat waters
in an effort to avoid physical conflict with Indonesian soldiers," House of Representatives`
Commission I deputy chairman Yusron Ihza Mahendra said by phone from Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, on Wednesday. Mahendra is currently leading a House Commission delegation for a
marathon meeting with Malaysian government officials to discuss encroachments on Indonesian
maritime territory in the Ambalat block by Malaysian Navy personnel. "In our meeting earlier, we
were received by Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry officials, and on the occasion we urged the
country to speed up the solution to Ambalat issue. It was on the occasion that the Malaysian
Navy chief of staff offered his apology," Mahendra said. He added that the Malaysian Foreign
Affairs Ministry side had promised to hasten the solution of the Ambalat issue through diplomatic
channels. "The promise was made by Malaysian Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Philay after the
delegation from the House of Representatives` Commission I urged him to do so," Mahendra
said. During his official visit to Malaysia, Mahendra was accompanied by Hepi Bone Zulkarnaen
of Golkar Party faction, Andreas Pareira of Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDI-P) faction,
Shidqi Wahab of Democratic Party faction, and Joko Susilo of National Mandate Party faction.
(Cont.)
Source: Antara News
http://www.antara.co.id/en/view/?i=1244625931&c=NAT&s=

Karpal Urges PAS To Reassess Its Position In Pact
DAP National Chairman Karpal Singh has asked PAS to reassess its position in the Opposition
Pact following its intention to initiate unity talks with Umno. Indicating the party has limits to its
patience, Karpal Singh said, PAS should not push its agenda which adversely affected the pact.
"PAS embarking upon unity talks with Umno is a serious disservice to the sincerity expected of
PAS as a component of the Opposition Pact," he said in a statement, here Wednesday. Karpal
Singh said PAS should realise that it was not the dominant party in the pact as it had only 24
seats in Parliament compared to the 28 held by the DAP and 31 by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
He said, PAS should not outreach itself by making statements, particularly through its president
Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to initiate unity talks with Umno. Karpal Singh also refuted Hadi's
statement that the DAP had agreed to unity talks with Umno as the latter had publicly stated.
"Hadi has chosen to mislead not only PAS members and leaders, but also the rakyat. Publicly
committing deception on the people does not gain Hadi any brownie points," he said. On the
open attack by PAS on Sisters-In-Islam (SIS), Karpal said, the action did not endear it to those
who supported it in the March general election, neither did PAS' insistence that female journalists
covering its 55th Muktamar recently to be 'properly' dressed. (Cont.)
Source: Malaysian National News Agency
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newspolitic.php?id=417215

Malaysia Increases Surveillance As Human Trafficking Increases
In Malaysia, authorities have increased border surveillance amid reports that people-smuggling is
on the increase as more Afghans arrive seeking illegal passage to third countries like Australia.
Afghans hoping to escape years of conflict in their home country are legally arriving in increasing
numbers in Malaysia where most are automatically granted a three-month tourist visa. Once here,
the dealings begin between local agents and Afghans prepared to spend up to $15,000 for a boat
ride to Australia. The vessels are rickety, the trip dangerous, and customs officials at the other
end are always unwelcoming towards illegal immigrants. A Jakarta-based regional security
analyst with Concord Consulting, Keith Loveard, says countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia

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have made a significant effort in dealing with the issue. But he says the problem needs to be
tackled at the root causes in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. "Until such time as you
get some meaningful economic progress in those countries, you are not going to have much
appeal for the middle people who have normal middle-class aspirations for themselves and
children to stay and do something about it," said Loveard. "They do not see a way out of there, so
they are willing to take enormous chances to find an alternative." Of the hundreds that have
attempted the sea crossing to Australia this year, some have drowned and many more have been
turned back or deported to their country of origin, after losing their life savings. (Cont)
Source: VOA; Luke Hunt
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-10-voa23.cfm

Burmese Migrants In Thailand And Malaysia Demand Equal Rights
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burmese migrants working in Thailand and Malaysia have released a
joint statement on the impact of the global economic crisis on Burmese migrant workers, urging
relevant governments to address their concerns. Burmese migrants, support groups, trade union
leaders, human rights activists and lawyers from Thailand and Malaysia noted in a statement
released on Tuesday following a conference in Bangkok that the Thai and Malaysian
governments’ response to the situation of migrant workers affected by the economic crisis has not
been comprehensive, failing to provide adequate protection for workers. “Migrant workers are not
even included in these [economic assistance] programs and are thus expected to deal with the
impact of the economic crisis by themselves,” according to the release. “Employers must not use
the economic crisis as an excuse to dismiss workers or close down factories without adequate
notice to the workers,” added the group. They also noted that employers currently fail to
adequately compensate migrant workers, calling for the establishment of a mechanism to ensure
just compensation in addition to appealing for equal access to programs aimed at lessening
hardship stemming from the economic crisis. Specifically, the group seeks the abolition of
Malaysia’s ‘Foreign Workers First Out’ principle – a policy necessitating migrant workers lose
their jobs before local workers in times of crisis regardless of time on the job. (cont)
Source: Mizzima News
http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2281-burmese-migrants-in-thailand-and-malaysia-
demand-equal-rights.html

Malaysian Ministers Urged To Strengthen Cooperation With S'pore
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib has informed his cabinet ministers to strengthen cooperation with
Singapore in all areas. This was conveyed to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Lee by three
ministers when they met him in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Lee, who is in Malaysia for a week-long visit,
met Home Affairs Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and
Minister for Rural and Regional Development Shafie Apdal. All three, who were recently elected
vice presidents of Malaysia's UMNO party, said they had a good discussion with Mr Lee on the
current global challenges and how Singapore-Malaysia ties can be enhanced. They saw in Mr
Lee, someone who had a wealth of experience as a senior statesman. The ministers also said
what's important now is to work towards a win-win situation in bilateral ties. Mr Shafie, who is also
VP of UMNO said: "We need to build stronger, better relationships, not only in the interests of
Malaysia and Singapore but also the region too. I think that is quite crucial. "What is important is
that we need to cascade down not only among the leaders but also people on the ground,
particularly in states like Johor where the people need to better understand how we can move
forward. It is a win-win kind of relationship and it is only this kind of relationship that will benefit
both countries, and benefit Johor as well."
Source: Channel News Asia; S. Ramesh
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/435142/1/.html

Set Aside Matters Detrimental To Malaysia-Singapore Relations
Malaysia and Singapore should set aside matters which could be detrimental to bilateral ties to
ensure economic and political relations between both countries remain stable. Home Minister
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that based on the latest developments in the

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economic and political landscapes in both countries, there was a need to re-look at bilateral
relations. "This is important because an understanding which is based on sincerity and honesty is
the basis to ensure relations between both countries remain intact," he told reporters after an
hour-long meeting with Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew here Wednesday. Also present
at the meeting were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Rural and
Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal. "Hopefully, through this meeting, we
can get some insights into Lee's views and experience in building a stable country," he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the meeting with Lee would boost ties between leaders of both
countries. "We hope our friends in Singapore will give a similar response when we go there," he
added. Lee, who arrived in the country on Monday, is on an eight-day visit in Malaysia.
Source: Bernama
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=417239

PHILIPPINES

‘Shameless Abuse Of Power’
MANILA, Philippines—It was the strongest message former President Corazon Aquino has so far
issued, and it was roundly applauded in the largest rally against moves to revise the Constitution
in three years. Here we are again in the midst of the shameful abuses of the powerful that seek to
destroy our sacred laws, she said in Filipino (“Subalit narito muli tayo, sa gitna ng walang-hiyang
pang-aabuso ng mga makapangyarihang nagnanais na sirain ang mga pinakayakap sa ating
mga batas.”) “Over the years, I have learned to endure pain and sadness,” said the cancer-
stricken People Power icon in a statement read by her grandson Kiko Dee at the rally attended by
thousands in Makati City Wednesday. “But perhaps, there is nothing that causes me greater pain
than to see our people betrayed again and again by those they have elected to lead and serve
them. To those of us who fought long and hard to restore our democracy, the pain deepens at the
thought that all our gains have so quickly been eroded.” Estimates of the crowd that gathered in
the intersection of Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue ranged from 5,200 by police to 13,000 by
organizers of the multisectoral rally against an attempt by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s
allies to convene a constituent assembly (Con-ass) and amend the Constitution. The Philippine
Daily Inquirer put the crowd at 10,000. Speaking in Filipino, Aquino said that when the dictator
Ferdinand Marcos was driven from power in 1986, “didn’t we vow that we will never again allow to
throw away our freedom?” (cont)
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090611-209835/Shameless-abuse-of-
power

Back Off, Senators Tell Palace, House
MANILA, Philippines – Amid the din of an anti-government rally at the country’s premier
commercial district in Makati City yesterday, senators told Malacañang and its House allies to
back off from moves to rewrite the Constitution or risk endangering the country’s political and
economic stability. The senators were among the thousands who gathered at the Ayala Avenue-
Paseo de Roxas corner in Makati City to denounce the passage by the House of Representatives
of Resolution 1109 that allows the convening of a constituent assembly without the participation
of the Senate, in preparation for Charter change. Many are convinced Charter change (Cha-cha)
is meant to extend the terms of President Arroyo and her political allies. Organizers said the
number of people who attended the rally peaked at 15,000. “To avert further political and social
conflict, it’s now up to Mrs. Arroyo to disown and condemn HR 1109 herself, and order her allies
in Congress to back down and back off,” Sen. Pia Cayetano said. The senators who joined the
rally, aside from Cayetano, were Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manuel Roxas II, Benigno
Aquino III, Jinggoy Estrada and Rodolfo Biazon. Senators Francis Pangilinan and Francis
Escudero issued separate statements, saying the protests were loud and clear enough to be
heard by the Palace and the House. “Malacañang’s spokespersons have taken turns in defending
the President, insisting that Mrs. Arroyo had no knowledge or blessing of the plot to force con-ass



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in the House. And yet she has not done anything to rein in her allies in Congress from pursuing
their political adventurism,” Cayetano said. (Cont)
Source: Phil Star
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=476549&publicationSubCategoryId=63

Malacañang Tightens Security Due To Rallies
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential guards and police turned Malacañang complex in Manila into
a virtual garrison early Wednesday, barricading roads with container vans and concertina wire
ahead of protest rallies against the Arroyo administration. Radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported
that heavily armed troops started beefing up security around the Palace at dawn, while anti-riot
police kept watch over nearby Mendiola Bridge for possible lightning rallies by militant groups. In
a foretaste of a bigger rally Wednesday against administration lawmakers’ move to change the
Philippine Constitution, militant youths on Tuesday sneaked past police and presidential guards
to hold a demonstration at Mendiola Bridge — a no-rally zone during weekdays. Manila police
earlier said they will keep watch over key facilities on Wednesday including the United States
Embassy, the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice. Task Force Manila Shield was
activated Wednesday, with police all over Metro Manila on heightened alert. Philippine National
Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina said 15,000 police personnel will be
on standby to maintain peace and order. Espina also said checkpoints have been set up at the
North and South Luzon Expressways to "inspect" jeeps carrying participants from the provinces.
Meanwhile, the military in Metro Manila went on red alert effective 7 a.m. to assist the police in
maintaining peace and order during the rally. (cont)
Source: GMA News
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/164545/Malaca&ntildeang-tightens-security-due-to-rallies

Rainbow Protest Coalition Converges In Makati
Political groups of nearly every color finally found common cause yesterday: opposition to the
constituent assembly route to charter change. Ideological foes who rarely find themselves in the
same room together shared a common stage on Ayala Avenue in Makati. Bayan and Akbayan,
EDSA Dos veterans and pro-Erap forces -- all converged in the same historic spot to denounce
what is widely perceived to be political maneuvering in Congress to extend the administration's
hold on power. Live television top shots of the rally in the evening showed a dense crowd that
stretched in various directions from the Ninoy Aquino statue on the corner of Paseo de Roxas
and Ayala Avenue. Estimates ranged from 6000 (PNP) to 12,000 (Bayan Secretary-General
Renato Reyes). Among the prominent personalities who marched to Ayala were several senators
who would be left out of the constituent assembly approved by the House of Representatives last
week. Several senators also happen to be nearly certain candidates for high office in the 2010
elections, which would be canceled if term limits were abolished by the constituent assembly
formed by the House. Two of the most popular critics of President Arroyo, former presidents Cory
Aquino and Joseph Estrada, were both absent, sending messages instead to be read by family
members. Aquino has been ailing and Estrada was enroute to the Middle East for a public
engagement with OFWs. (Cont.)
Source: GMANews.TV: S. Dedace, J. Sisante and A. Legaspi
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/164583/Rainbow-protest-coalition-converges-in-Makati

Cha-Cha Sets Perfect Storm, Political Volatility To Worsen Growth
Amid the global financial crisis, renewed efforts of the House of Representatives to amend the
1987 Constitution through Charter change, or “Cha-cha,” are the missing key to an economic
“perfect storm” scenario, think-tank GlobalSource said. “We brace ourselves for the possibility of
the continued push for Charter change resuscitating our ‘perfect storm’ scenario—i.e. stress in
the economy coupled by volatile political conditions. In this case, we may see the economy
slipping precipitously into negative growth levels,” GlobalSource added in a research note. A
“perfect storm,” also the title of a Hollywood movie released in 2000, is created when three
storms combined into one, according to Wikipedia and film critic Billy Bob. One such storm
stronger than any in recorded history hit the coast off Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1991. As

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Hurricane Grace made its way through the Atlantic, another storm was already brewing in the
northern part of that ocean. From Canada, meanwhile, a so-called noreaster was piping in wind
and cold air. Upon collision, the three storms began to feed off of each other, creating one of the
strongest storms ever recorded and an almost apocalyptic situation in the Atlantic where boats
encountered waves of 100 feet (30 meters)—the equivalent of a 10-story building. As the
economy appears to be falling off a cliff this year, GlobalSource said, any real move to change
the country’s main law is unlikely to progress without the support of the Catholic Church and
prominent business groups. (Cont.)
Source: Manila Times: Chino S. Leyco
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/june/11/yehey/top_stories/20090611top1.html

Filipinos Rally Against Moves To Amend Constitution
Thousands of Filipinos gathered at the heart of Manila's financial district Makat to protest against
fresh moves by the allies of President Gloria Arroyo to amend the constitution. Just last week,
President Arroyo's allies in congress adopted a resolution that will allow for congress to convene
as a constituent assembly to amend the constitution, without the participation of the opposition-
led Senate. Though President Arroyo's allies have already assured the public that they are only
concerned with changing certain economic provisions of the 1987 constitution, no one seems to
be buying this argument. Senator Benigno Aquino III argued: "Why change the constitution, and
why change the fundamental law that would be disruptive, at the very least in the short run."
Senator Manuel Roxas II agreed: "We are all here to convey, to show, and express our disgust at
how disrespectful they are of the people. The people do not want this; this is not the priority of our
country. This is not the solution to our problem. "The move to change the constitution is designed
to lengthen or prolong the term of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which ends in June 2010. So we, the
people, want the opportunity to choose our own leaders. We don't want the parliamentary system.
We want (to vote) for the leader of our country." (Cont)
Source: Channel News Asia; Christine Ong
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/435121/1/.html

Governor files charges vs. Bombing suspects
The two implicated Temogen Tulawie, a defeated congressional candidate in 2007 polls. Gov.
Sakur Tan of Sulu on Tuesday filed charges against three people accused as behind the May 13
bombing that nearly killed him and wounded 10 people in the town of Patikul. Police have
captured two suspected terrorists Juhan Alimuddin and Sulayman Muin who were implicated in
the failed assassination of Tan. The two men told police that Temogen Tulawie, a known activist
and a defeated congressional candidate in the 2007 elections, allegedly ordered the attack.
Tulawie could not be reached for comment on the allegations of the two men against him. “In the
aforementioned extra-judicial confessions, said two arrested persons have voluntarily confessed
their actual participation in the assassination attempt on my person upon order of Temogen
Tulawie a.k.a. ‘Cocoy Tulawie.’ “They have narrated every detail of the assassination plot and the
actual participation of said Cocoy Tulawie who planned and provided them with the improvised
explosive device which they attached to the motorcycle, and which exploded,” Tan said in his
complaint-affidavit. Police said Alimuddin and Muin were tagged as among those who bombed
Tan’s convoy. Tan survived the assassination attempt, but a town mayor, Hatta Berto of
Pandami, and nine others were injured in the road bombing. Tan just came from his office and on
his way home when a motorcycle bomb exploded near his vehicle. Many civil groups in Sulu
condemned the attack. (Cont.)
Source: The Manila Times: Al Jacinto
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/june/11/yehey/prov/20090611pro1.html

Execution of Pinoy Traffickers in China ‘Unlikely’
Filipinos who are facing the death penalty in China for drug offenses are “unlikely” to be
executed, China’s ambassador to the Philippines said. Liu Jianchao noted that the 12 Filipinos
who each were slapped with a death sentence are subject to a two-year reprieve from the
Chinese government, which grants a two-year suspension of sentence for those convicted of drug

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trafficking. If the convict behaves properly during the period, the sentence will be reduced to life
imprisonment. “If they behave well inside prison during the whole time of the reprieve, there is a
little chance that they will be executed,” Liu told reporters in a roundtable on Monday. “In fact, I
have never heard of Filipinos getting executed [in China],” he stressed. The Foreign Affairs
department is monitoring 59 death-penalty cases involving Filipino migrant workers. Of this
number, 39 are on death row because of drug-related offenses. Liu said that China will not go
slow on drug traffickers or mules, including Filipinos. China, according to him, is the worst victim
of drug trafficking. “Being involved in drugs is very humiliating. It is a serious crime and a violation
of the law, no matter how ignorant the traffickers may be,” he pointed out. While the ambassador
noted that drug cases involving the Filipinos have put the Philippines in a bad light in the eyes of
the Chinese, businessmen on the mainland are still promoting the country as an investment
destination. (Cont.)
Source: The Manila Times: Llanesca T. Panti
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/june/11/yehey/top_stories/20090611top7.html

China Ready To Finance Infrastructure
China remains ready to help finance Philippine infrastructure projects with a $1.8-billion fund
despite the cancellation of one major telecommunications deal two years ago due to a bribery
scandal, the Chinese ambassador said yesterday. The Chinese development fund could be used
by the Philippines to finance mutually agreed infrastructure projects to bolster its economy amid
economic hard times, Ambassador Liu Jianchao told reporters. “This is one of the assistance that
China is willing to provide” to help the Philippines “weather the financial crisis,” Liu said. Any loan
from the fund must be repaid within 15 years with an annual interest of 3 percent, but no
repayments have to be made in the first five years. The fund would have been used to finance a
$330-million Philippine government deal with China’s ZTE Corp. to set up a nationwide
broadband network, but President Arroyo canceled the deal in 2007 after allegations that she, her
husband and a former elections chief benefited from huge kickbacks. Mrs. Arroyo, her husband
and the former elections chief have strongly denied any wrongdoing. Mrs. Arroyo’s spokesmen
said then that opposition politicians raised the allegations to undermine her rule. ZTE has denied
bribing anyone in the deal. “I’m sure China and the Philippines will have projects in the future
after this incident,” Liu said. (Cont)
Source: AP
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news8_june9_2009

Filipino And American Businessmen To Retrace Bataan Death March
From News Release A group of Filipino and American businessman and other individuals will be
retracing the Bataan Death March route in an effort to raise funds for the Defenders of Bataan
Organization and to pay a small tribute to the 60,500 Filipino and American Brothers in Arms
forced to join the Death March. Much is done in commemoration of the Second World War but the
individuals who will retrace these steps feel that only a retracing of the actual March route can
they show their deep and profound respect for those who suffered so greatly and sacrificed so
much in their defense of freedom, democracy and the liberty of the Philippines and its people.
The group consists of Retired Major General Carlito Gamit; former Congressman 2nd District,
Oriental Mindoro, Manuel G. Andaya ; Attorney Mauel A. Morente Jr. (father is a BDM Survivor)
Icasino G. Cuello Jr, Filipino Businessman, Gerald P. Yingling, American Businessman, Christian
Gerber, German-American Businessman. The March will begin early morning on May 16th, at
Mariveles, Bataan, and will continue on to Camp O Donnel in Tarlac. The group estimates that
the walk will take five days. Donations can be made to The Defenders of Bataan or you can send
your donation in care of Budget Car and Truck Rental Philippines, RCBC Savings Bank, JP Rizal
Branch, Makati. For further information please contact: Major General (Ret) Lito Gamit: +63-920-
658-3315; +63-921-684-3413 OR Gerald Yingling: +63-918-882-2782
Source: Pacific News Center
http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7876:filipino-
and-american-businessmen-to-retrace-bataan-death-march&catid=66:philippines&Itemid=142



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IMF Sees Philippine Economic Contraction In 2009
The Philippine economy is expected to contract this year because of weak remittance inflows and
export earnings despite the increase in government spending and lower interest rates, the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday. The IMF told a press briefing at the
conclusion of its Staff Visit Mission that the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) is
expected to decline by 1 percent this year from 3.8-percent growth last year as remittances from
overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the main drivers of consumption growth, would decline by 4
percent. GDP is a proxy for the country’s economic performance, which represents the amount of
goods and services produced locally. “Private consumption and external demand are expected to
recover modestly in the remaining quarters, but would remain weak,” said Il Houng Lee, the IMF
adviser for Asia and Pacific Department. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects
remittances to post a flat growth this year from $16.4 billion last year, supporting the projection of
its governor, Amando Tetangco Jr., that there would be no economic recession in 2009.
“Remittances are expected to contract by 4 percent this year, although it cannot be ruled out that
OFWs could rise to the occasion once again, particularly if the global economy recovered faster
than anticipated aided by strong implementation,” Lee said. “The [1-percent] contraction [of GDP]
includes potential overshooting of savings and contribution from fiscal measures,” he added.
(Cont.)
Source: The Manila Times: Maricel E. Burgonio
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/june/11/yehey/top_stories/20090611top2.html

Rogue MILF Blamed For Attack On Telecom Tower, Power Facility In SK
Police authorities today tagged rogue members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as
behind the attacks on a cellsite tower of Globe Telecom and a transmission facility of a local
power firm in the coastal town of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat late Sunday night. Senior Insp. Ricky
Zafra, Lebak police chief, said the attacks were reportedly staged by at least 30 "lawless MILF"
members who were also blamed for the spate of harassments on civilian communities in the area
in the past months. He said no casualties were reported in the attacks at around 10:30 p.m. last
Sunday but that it “seriously damaged” the transmitter receiver of Globe Telecom’s cellsite tower
and the transformer of the Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative’s tower in Sitio Ligi, Barangay
Bolebak in Lebak. He said a security guard assigned at the Globe cellsite identified as Arnel
Francisco and companion Marcelino Demetrio survived the incident without injuries. “These are
acts clearly aimed at destabilizing the present government and the authorities. We consider this
inhumane act very offensive. We are contemplating much on this incident with our goal to bring
back the peace and order in the municipality,” he said. Zafra said elements from the Lebak
municipal police station and the 1st Company of the police Regional Mobile Group (RMG)-12 led
by Insp. Jose Marie Simangan recovered from the scene several spent shells of rifle grenades
and of a rocket-propelled grenade. (Cont.)
Source: MindaNews: Allen V. Estabillo
http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6501&Itemid=50

Sayyaf Leader In Kidnap Of Aid Workers Nabbed
An alleged leader of the Abu Sayyaf group involved in the kidnapping of two humanitarian
workers last year was arrested at a government checkpoint in Albarkah town in Basilan,
authorities said Tuesday. Kamsa Limaya was wanted for the kidnapping of Merlie Mendoza and
Esperancita Hupida in Basilan in September 2008, said Felizardo Serapio Jr., chief of the
Western Mindanao integrated police operations. Younger brother: “This Kamsa is identified as
one of the kidnappers of (Mendoza and Hupida),” Serapio said, who added that the suspect was
the younger brother of Suhud Limaya, a leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). He
said the police did not immediately make public Limaya’s arrest on June 4 because the suspect
was still being interrogated. “We just wanted to make sure of the (veracity of the) information we
can get before confirming the reports,” he said. Mendoza, who works for Mercy Malaysia, and
Hupida, program director of the Nagdilaab Foundation, were on their way home with four
companions after visiting a project in Tipo-Tipo town when they were abducted by the Abu
Sayyaf. Welcome development: Their four companions escaped or were freed shortly after the

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kidnapping. Hupida was released on Oct. 30 after her relatives paid the kidnappers, while
Mendoza was freed a few weeks after. Fr. Angel Calvo, president of the Nagdilaab Foundation,
said Limaya’s arrest was a welcome development. “This is a positive thing that the police and
justice system have been working on although very slowly. (Cont.)
Source: Inquirer Mindanao: Julie S. Alipala
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20090610-209660/Sayyaf-leader-in-
kidnap-of-aid-workers-nabbed

Soldier Killed, 2 Others Hurt In Maguindanao Blast
An Army private was killed while two others were seriously injured when the vehicle carrying them
was hit by an improvised explosive device along the road to Talayan, Maguindanao, at 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, military reports said. Lt. Col. Jonathan Ponce, civil military operations chief and
spokesperson of the 6th Infantry Division, identified the fatality as Private Bong Santos, of the
66th Infantry Battalion. Santos succumbed while being treated at the Camp Siongco Hospital in
Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. Wounded were Privates Mark Anthony Lazaro and Darwin
Antonio, also of the 66th IB. Ponce said the victims were returning to their headquarters in a
nearby town after delivering supplies to soldiers going after the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in
Barangay Tamar in Talayan when a bomb hit their vehicle, a Kennedy 450. The bomb used in the
attack was fashioned from a mortar and a B-40 anti-tank rocket rigged with a battery-operated
blasting mechanism, the reports said. The attack came a day after soldiers hoisted the Philippine
flag in two MILF satellite bases along the border of Talayan and Guindulungan, both in
Maguindanao. Camps Afgan and Bader, both considered strongholds of the MILF in
Maguindanao, fell into the hands of the 66th IB after two days of aerial, ground and artillery
offensives.
Source: MindaNews: Malu Cadelina-Manar
http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6500&Itemid=50

Women Groups In Philippines Fight To Expedite Passage Of Anti-Cyber Crime Bill
Steamy sex videos of a well-known cosmetic surgeon and his celebrity clients recently became
the talk of the town in the Philippines. More than that, it has also highlighted the need for
legislation to deal with such cyber crimes. A party that turned into a nightmare is how 18-year-old
Jenny described what happened to her on Valentine's Day last year.
The rape victim said: "They forced me to drink alcohol during the party. I only took two shots and
then I became groggy. They brought me to a room where I fell asleep. When I woke up, I was not
wearing any clothes anymore. And all I can remember are men laughing around me." Jenny kept
her ordeal to herself until a friend told her that she had seen a video clip of the incident on the
Internet. She said: "I was shocked. I felt both shame and anger. I really felt humiliated and
disgusted with myself." Jenny filed rape charges against the five teenagers who took advantage
of her. But she was not able to do anything to stop the video from being circulated on the Internet
and being distributed to film pirates. As more and more women fall prey to this new form of
violence against women, women groups are now urging lawmakers to expedite the passage of an
anti-cyber crime bill that will penalise the perpetrators of such acts. (Cont)
Source: Channel News Asia; Christine Ong
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/434894/1/.html

SINGAPORE

Economists Expect Singapore Economy To Shrink 6.5% This Year
Economists polled by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) now expect the domestic
economy to shrink 6.5 per cent this year. This is worse than the 4.9 per cent contraction predicted
in the previous survey in March. But the headline number is still at the more optimistic end of the
government's forecast of a 6 to 9 per cent contraction. The 19 economists and analysts who took
part in the latest quarterly survey also expect a jobless rate of 4.2 per cent by the end of the year,
according to the survey released on Wednesday. This is slightly better than the 4.4 per cent
unemployment rate forecast in March. Job cycles usually lag 2 to 3 quarters behind the economic

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cycle but economists are optimistic that the job situation will improve by year end. Economists
said the worst may well be over for the Singapore economy, after the economy shrank 10.1 per
cent on year in the first quarter. And the low base effect may well see the numbers improving
from here on. "By the end of this year, we could see year-on-year gains in GDP. I think there is a
chance that when we get the final 2009 data, it will be better than minus 6," said Robert Prior-
Wandesforde, senior Asian economist at HSBC. The survey said the construction industry is set
to grow about 16 per cent this year, compared with last year. (Cont.)
Source: Channel NewsAsia: Asha Popatlal
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/435017/1/.html

Malaysian Ministers Urged To Strengthen Cooperation With S'pore
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib has informed his cabinet ministers to strengthen cooperation with
Singapore in all areas. This was conveyed to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Lee by three
ministers when they met him in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Lee, who is in Malaysia for a week-long visit,
met Home Affairs Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and
Minister for Rural and Regional Development Shafie Apdal. All three, who were recently elected
vice presidents of Malaysia's UMNO party, said they had a good discussion with Mr Lee on the
current global challenges and how Singapore-Malaysia ties can be enhanced. They saw in Mr
Lee, someone who had a wealth of experience as a senior statesman. The ministers also said
what's important now is to work towards a win-win situation in bilateral ties. Mr Shafie, who is also
VP of UMNO said: "We need to build stronger, better relationships, not only in the interests of
Malaysia and Singapore but also the region too. I think that is quite crucial. "What is important is
that we need to cascade down not only among the leaders but also people on the ground,
particularly in states like Johor where the people need to better understand how we can move
forward. It is a win-win kind of relationship and it is only this kind of relationship that will benefit
both countries, and benefit Johor as well."
Source: Channel News Asia; S. Ramesh
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/435142/1/.html

Set Aside Matters Detrimental To Malaysia-Singapore Relations
Malaysia and Singapore should set aside matters which could be detrimental to bilateral ties to
ensure economic and political relations between both countries remain stable. Home Minister
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that based on the latest developments in the
economic and political landscapes in both countries, there was a need to re-look at bilateral
relations. "This is important because an understanding which is based on sincerity and honesty is
the basis to ensure relations between both countries remain intact," he told reporters after an
hour-long meeting with Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew here Wednesday. Also present
at the meeting were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Rural and
Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal. "Hopefully, through this meeting, we
can get some insights into Lee's views and experience in building a stable country," he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the meeting with Lee would boost ties between leaders of both
countries. "We hope our friends in Singapore will give a similar response when we go there," he
added. Lee, who arrived in the country on Monday, is on an eight-day visit in Malaysia.
Source: Bernama
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=417239

SM Goh Briefed On Developments To Promote Tourism In Shan State In Myanmar
Day three of Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's visit to Myanmar saw him travelling to the Northern
Shan State of Taunggyi. There, Mr Goh met Bridgadier General Yar Tyee, Chariman of the Shan
State peace and development council and was briefed on developments in the state and efforts to
promote tourism. The Shan State has the largest land area in Myanmar with a population of two
million. Myanmar is more than the sum of its internal politics. That's what the Singapore
delegation accompanying Mr Goh Chok Tong witnessed in Taunggyi. The name Taunggyi means
mountain, and it fittingly describes the rolling hill which marks the tail end of the Himalayas. It’s
here that Mr Goh was treated to a cultural programme showcasing the diversity of Myanmar's

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various ethnic groups. There are up to 100 different races in Myanmar and together they make up
18 ethnic groups. The Shan state economic development hinges on the daily cross-border trade
between Thailand and China. But the state has already attracted some foreign investors like wine
company -Myanmar's Vineyard Estate, owned by shareholders from Germany, Japan and
Luxembourg. "Every business is a challenge but there are a lot of possiblities. People are
interested to work with foreign companies. They want to learn and get knowledge," said the
company director for technical operations, Hans-Eduard Leiendecker. (Cont)
Source: Channel News Asia; Imelda Saad
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/435110/1/.html

President Nathan Discusses Bilateral Ties, World Issues With Turkish Counterpart
Singapore President SR Nathan has met his Turkish counterpart President Abdullah Gul in the
capital Ankara. The leaders are hoping that a joint business agreement to be signed soon, which
will mean better trade relations between Turkey and Singapore. President Nathan was given a full
state welcome at the Cankaya Palace, with the Turkish President by his side. While the military
band played the Singapore anthem, a 21-gun salute echoed in the background. Mr Nathan also
greeted the soldiers with a "hello" in the Turkish language. After the ceremonial welcome, the
leaders met behind closed doors and discussed various issues, including the current global
economic downturn, religious extremism and terrorism. Mr Nathan said while the world is
experiencing difficult economic times, there are still opportunities. Both countries are exploring
ways to increase bilateral trade and investments. "We touched a great deal on the economic
aspect of our relations, and we were briefed by the president and his team and the various
measures that Turkey has taken to make Turkey an important trade destination and opportunities
and a place for investments," said President Nathan. President Abdullah Gul said Singapore is an
important component in Southeast Asia, and this will be critical as Turkey looks to formalising a
Free Trade Agreement with the 10-member ASEAN grouping. Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan is also expected to call on President Nathan. (Cont)
Source: Channel News Asia; Dominique Loh
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/435116/1/.html

THAILAND

Abhisit Sees Growth From Q4
The Thai economy will contract until the third quarter of this year but is on track for 1-to-2 per cent
growth in 2010, partly thanks to continued stimulus spending, said Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva. ‘‘We still aim that the economy, on a yearon- year basis, returns to positive territory in
the fourth quarter, but it cannot leverage the contraction for the whole year,’’ Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva told investors and analysts attending the two-day Euromoney Conference
yesterday. He told investors and analysts attending the two-day Euromoney Conference
yesterday that Thailand would likely post positive growth from the fourth quarter. Policymakers
project a contraction of 3-5% for 2009. First-quarter figures showed a 7.1% year-on-year decline
for the economy. But fiscal spending would help facilitate a recovery, said Mr Abhisit. The
government has already disbursed 80% of a 116-billion-baht supplementary spending bill passed
by the cabinet in March to help jumpstart the economy. "We expect a continued economic
contraction in the third quarter but with a lower number than the first quarter of the year. We still
aim that the economy, on a year-on-year basis, returns to positive territory in the fourth quarter,
but it cannot leverage the contraction for the whole year," he said. Mr Abhisit said the government
planned to finance US$45 billion in infrastructure investment over the next three years through
domestic borrowing and partnerships with the private sector. (Cont.)
Source: The Bangkok Post: Parisa Yuthamanop
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/18191/abhisit-sees-growth-from-q4

Massacre Sparks Action; Cabinet To Hold Talks On Taking New Tack
The government will take a new approach to southern violence following Monday night's attack
on a mosque in Narathiwat's Cho Airong district which left 10 villagers dead and 12 others

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injured. Villagers prepare to bury seven of the massacre victims near the mosque where they
were killed. The atrocity has prompted Angkhana Neelaphaijit , a member of a senate committee
set up to find a solution to southern problems, to call for no interference in the investigation to find
the gunmen. Cabinet ministers in charge of security and the southern problem will discuss
revisions to the policy on the restive region to handle the insurgent violence in talks tomorrow,
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said. "The [recent] acts of violence are different from the previous
ones," Mr Abhisit said. "We may have to change our approach. The mosque shooting is not
normal. It does not follow the pattern of violence of the insurgents we have seen before."
However, Mr Abhisit stressed that economic development would remain instrumental in putting an
end to violence in the strife-torn region. "Development is a long-term solution," he said.
"Development projects have to carry on without disruption. This is their [the insurgents'] very aim
to block development." Witnesses said about 10 unidentified attackers came in four groups, with
three of them opening fire in the mosque and the other standing outside. They fired from the front
door, the side window and the back window. The attack lasted about two minutes. (Cont.)
Source: The Bangkok Post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/18163/massacre-sparks-action

Security At Mosques, Temples In Deep South To Be Tightened
Two days after a massacre at a mosque in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat, security
measures provided at mosques and Buddhist temples in the troubled deep South will be
tightened as militants plan to carry out harsher violence in the troubled region, a senior Thai
government official said on Wednesday. Panithan Wattanayakorn, deputy secretary-general to
the prime minister, said there are signs that violence in the deep South will worsen, with
insurgents tending to place larger gas tank bombs in community areas. It is expected there would
be increased arson attacks, teacher and student shootings and attacks on public health stations
in the near future. Civilians would be targeted. The militants will focus on attacking people who
cannot defend themselves, he said. Mr. Panithan’s remarks were made after unidentified
assailants on Monday night attacked a mosque in Narathiwat which left 10 innocent people killed
and 12 wounded. Autopsies of the massacre will be released either this Friday or Saturday by the
Central Institute of Forensic Science, said Mr. Panithan. He said the government has prioritised
on solving the unrest in the three southern provinces -- Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat – at three
levels. Areas where severe violence frequently takes place come under martial law, provincial
seats under the executive degree in emergency situations and safe areas under the internal
security act enforcement. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday cabinet ministers
responsible for development projects in the troubled region would meet on Thursday. (Cont.)
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10297

Army Chief, Chief Of Staff Visit Deep South
Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda and Army Chief-of-Staff Gen Prayuth Chan-
ocha left for a visit to deep South Tuesday morning. The two left the Army airport at 9 am.
Anupong said he would meet the southern army chief, Lt Gen Pichet Wisaijorn, to consult him on
the latest situation following the massacre of Muslim people at a mosque in Narathiwat Monday
night. Anupong said the Army would continue the peaceful measure to try to win the heart and
mind of local people in the efforts to restore peace to the region.
Source: The Nation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/30104688/Army-chief-chief-of-staff-visit-deep-
South

Govt Plans B16bn Development In Far South
The sub-committee in charge of economic development planning for the far South has put
forward a 16 billion baht proposal to bring prosperity to the region, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep
Thaugsuban said after chairing the meeting on Wednesday. The money, included in the 2010
budget, would come from two sources -- the annual budget of six billion baht for the region's
development and another 10 billion baht from the budget that will be set aside for boosting

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economy, he said. Mr Suthep said agencies involved in the planning had been ordered to prepare
their working plans for development projects. Senior officlals at the meeting included army chief
Anupong Paojinda and Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam. The government hopes the
situation in the far South will improve if development is brought to the region through big projects.
Prior to the meeting, Mr Suthep ordered stepped up security measures at locations in the far
South where local people have cooperated with authorities' efforts to end the unrest. People in
areas around the mosque which was attacked in Cho Airong, Narathiwat, on Monday night had
been cooperating, he said. Again, he condemned those responsible for the attack on the mosque,
which left 10 people dead and 12 others wounded, describing the massacre as inhumane.
Government spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn said the southern insurgents were now
targetting people who could not protect themselves. "There could be more arson, more shooting
at teachers and students, or even attacks on medical units," he told reporters. (Cont.)
Source: The Bangkok Post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/145723/insurgents-plan-to-use-gas-trucks-in-staging-
unrest-govt

Army Chief: Political Means, Development Key To Ending Insurgency
Thailand’s army chief reiterated on Wednesday that political tactics along with development
projects will be implemented in the restive South rather than a military offensive to dissolve the
unrest in the region. Gen. Anupong Paochinda also said militants who stormed and killed 10
worshippers at a mosque in the southern border province of Narathiwat Monday evening were not
a new faction. The army chief told journalists that the major reason for dispatching many soldiers
to station at three southern border provinces -- Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat -- is to provide safety
for some two million civilians so that they could live a normal life and not join the insurgency. He
said the more frequent recent attacks were intended to display the capability of the anti-
government movement to strike, despite the majority of local residents in the region now
understanding the government’s policy and that officials work to benefit the people better than
before. Asked whether he knew the identity of armed militants who attacked worshippers at a
mosque in Narathiwat late Monday, Gen. Anupong said they were the “same group who caused
disorder two or three years ago” but that now they had changed to a different kind of attack. He
insisted that the attackers are not members of a new faction but the government still cannot
charge them due to the “lack of evidence.” Gen. Anupong said the government also wants to
negotiate with them so that they can change their way of thinking but “this will take time.” (Cont.)
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10298

Arrest Warrants Issued, Bounty Offered For Narathiwat Insurgents
Arrest warrants have been issued for three presumed insurgents involved in a series of violent
attacks during the past week, including the killing of two teachers in the restive southern province
of Narathiwat, police said on Wednesday. Pol. Col. Nitinai Langyanai, superintendent of
Narathiwat’s Ra-ngae Police station, said that the three suspected insurgents are identified as
Muhammadsuni Ta, Masa-e Hayeedeeyodeeya and Amran Ming, all of whom live in the area.
Col. Nitinai said police investigation reported that Muhammadsuni had shot teacher Warunee
Nawaka to death, while the other two suspects killed teacher Atcharaporn Thepsorn in the eighth-
month of her pregnancy. Warunee and Atcharaporn were among six teachers who were travelling
home in a pick-up truck last Tuesday when they were assaulted by gunmen disguised as soldiers.
A Bt30,000 bounty will be rewarded to those who can give information leading to the arrest of
each suspect, Col. Nitinai said. The Ra-gnae police chief added that the three suspects were also
involved in a tea shop shooting incident the Ra-ngae district, also on Tuesday last week, as well
as the shooting of defence volunteers on patrol in Yi-ngo district last Sunday. The three suspects,
Col. Niyinai said, were among the group of heavily-armed insurgents who burst into a mosque in
Cho-airong district through its back entrance on Monday night and opened fire on about 50
worshippers, killing 11 and wounding a dozen. (Cont.)
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10296


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Ex-Premier Thaksin May Have Entered UAE Under Alias
Ousted former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra may have entered the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) under another name earlier this year, a senior Thai government official said on
Monday. Panich Vikitsreth, an assistant to the Thai foreign affairs minister, said the UAE
government had reaffirmed to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that it would not allow anyone
to use the country as a springboard to attack another country. Mr. Panich said that the UAE
foreign minister informed him that Mr. Thaksin had left the country on April 20. However, some
reports that the former prime minister, ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006, was seen
in UAE, so it is possible that Mr. Thaksin had re-entered the country under an assumed name,
Mr. Panich said, noting that the UAE is investigating the reported sightings. Reiterating that the
foreign ministry closely watches the movements of Mr. Thaksin on a regular basis, Mr. Panich
said the UAE government had sent a draft extradition treaty to the Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry
last month and that Thai officials are reviewing details of the draft, which might take some time.
An extradition treaty with Hong Kong where Mr. Thaksin was a frequent visitor is expected to be
completed soon, he said. His remarks were made after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on
Sunday that Mr. Thaksin now travels internationally using aliases, making it more difficult to
locate and return him to Thailand to serve his jail sentence. (Cont.)
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10263

Germany Bans Thai Ex-Leader Thaksin
BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand's globe-trotting, fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra is no
longer welcome in Germany and will be arrested if he returns there, a Thai foreign ministry official
said Wednesday. The Foreign Ministry was notified about the ban in an official letter from the
German Embassy last week, said Chavanont Intarakomalyasut, a ministry spokesman. "I have
been told by the embassy that if Thaksin enters Germany again he will be detained," Chavanont
told The Associated Press. The ban strikes another country off the map for Thaksin, who
continues to roam the globe with a variety of passports and elude Thai authorities who say they
are trying to extradite him. Britain revoked Thaksin's visa in November 2008, a month after a Thai
court convicted him of corruption and sentenced the tycoon to two years in prison. That ban
blocked Thaksin from returning to his posh London town house where he had been living in self-
imposed exile. Thaksin's international wanderings followed his ouster in a 2006 coup after six
years as prime minister. The 59-year-old former telecommunications tycoon has been on the run
on-and-off since the coup, surfacing most recently in Dubai, Nicaragua and Liberia in pursuit of
investment opportunities. He has also been spotted playing golf in Bali, shopping at upscale malls
in Hong Kong and on trips to China and Australia. (Cont)
Source: AP
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/ap/20090610/tap-as-thailand-thaksin-germany-2nd-ld-w-
7934085.html

Thai Army Reinforces Burma Border
Thailand has sent heavily-armed troops to reinforce positions along the Burma border after an
influx of ethnic Karen refugees fleeing an army offensive. More than 4,000 people have fled
Burma for Thailand in the largest influx of refugees in the area for a decade. Karen rebels have
been fighting for an independent state for 60 years, in the world's longest-running civil war. Over
the last three years the Burmese military has driven the rebels back to a few small bases along
the border. The long war along Burma's forested eastern border has caused immense human
suffering, with an estimated 500,000 ethnic Karen forced from their homes. Most of those who
fled into Thailand over the past week had already been displaced, and were living at a camp
inside Burma when it was repeatedly shelled by Burmese army mortars. Fighters from the Karen
National Union (KNU) say they are holding their ground - but they are heavily outnumbered by the
joint forces of the Burmese army and a Karen splinter group which is allied to the government.
The KNU has steadily retreated over the decades, from its position of greatest strength right after
Burma's independence in 1948 when it came close to capturing Rangoon, to its situation today,


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with just a few bases along the border. Its strength has been sapped recently by a string of
defections, and by the assassination of its most charismatic leader in Thailand last year. (Cont)
Source: BBC; Jonathan Head
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8093180.stm

Burmese Migrants In Thailand And Malaysia Demand Equal Rights
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burmese migrants working in Thailand and Malaysia have released a
joint statement on the impact of the global economic crisis on Burmese migrant workers, urging
relevant governments to address their concerns. Burmese migrants, support groups, trade union
leaders, human rights activists and lawyers from Thailand and Malaysia noted in a statement
released on Tuesday following a conference in Bangkok that the Thai and Malaysian
governments’ response to the situation of migrant workers affected by the economic crisis has not
been comprehensive, failing to provide adequate protection for workers. “Migrant workers are not
even included in these [economic assistance] programs and are thus expected to deal with the
impact of the economic crisis by themselves,” according to the release. “Employers must not use
the economic crisis as an excuse to dismiss workers or close down factories without adequate
notice to the workers,” added the group. They also noted that employers currently fail to
adequately compensate migrant workers, calling for the establishment of a mechanism to ensure
just compensation in addition to appealing for equal access to programs aimed at lessening
hardship stemming from the economic crisis. Specifically, the group seeks the abolition of
Malaysia’s ‘Foreign Workers First Out’ principle – a policy necessitating migrant workers lose
their jobs before local workers in times of crisis regardless of time on the job. (cont)
Source: Mizzima News
http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2281-burmese-migrants-in-thailand-and-malaysia-
demand-equal-rights.html

China Pledges To Enhance Strategic Co-Op With Thailand
BEIJING -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday pledged to enhance strategic
cooperation with Thailand. "We will work with Thailand to achieve win-win results and joint
development," Yang said in talks with his Thai counterpart Kasit Piromya. Yang said the two
nations enjoy good relationship, with high degree of mutual political trust, sound cooperation in
various fields, and close coordination in international and regional affairs. The growth of China-
Thailand relations have brought tangible interests for the two nations and the two peoples, and
also helped regional peace, stability and prosperity, he said. Echoing Yang, Kasit said the two
nations enjoyed profound traditional friendship, and maintained healthy and stable development
of bilateral ties. Thailand would, as always, continue promoting friendship with China, and
enhancing cooperation between the two sides in various sectors, Kasit noted. Kasit was here on
an official visit from June 10 to 11 at the invitation of Yang.
Source: Xinhua
http://english.sina.com/china/2009/0610/247467.html

Thailand, Laos, Vietnam Open New Customs Checkpoint
The transport ministers of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam on Thursday will jointly chair the opening
of a new transportation route which will facilitate goods transportation and reduce costs between
the three countries, all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the
southeastern part of China. Called the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) project, designed
to stimulate trade flows and attract foreign direct investment in the region, the new customs
checkpoint linking Thailand’s northeastern province of Mukdahan and the Laotian province of
Savannakhet will be officially opened on Thursday. Uthit Thammawathin, director-general of the
Thai Customs Department, on Wednesday co-signed a memorandum of understanding with the
Board of Trade of Thailand which would authorise the agency to act as guarantor and help
facilitate goods transport as well as travellers passing through the new checkpoint. Mr. Uthit said
the agreement would assist goods transportation to Vietnam as well as reducing time spent on
customs procedures and transportation costs, and boost economic development within the
Mekong River basin. Also, China plans to open its Pingxiang border checkpoint which links with

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the northern part of Vietnam as a goodwill gesture to Thailand and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva’ who will officially visit Beijing on June 24. The new checkpoint will assist Thai cargo
transport to China as it, when opened, will take only two days to reach that country.
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10295

VIETNAM

US Ambassador Rejects Bill On Vietnam’s Human Rights
The US has no interest in putting Vietnam back onto the list of Countries of Particular Concern
(CPC) regarding religion, Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted the US Ambassador to Vietnam as
saying. Ambassador Michael Michalak made the remark at a recent meeting with the Vietnamese
community in California to discuss human rights in Vietnam. While rejecting the US Commission
on International Religious Freedom’s proposal to return Vietnam to the list of CPC over religion,
Michalak said that the US Department of State stated that there was not enough evidence to put
Vietnam back on the list. He briefed the participants of the real situation of human rights in
Vietnam as well as the results of economic co-operation between the two countries. According to
the diplomat, more than 12,000 Vietnamese students have come to study in the US during the
first half of his term of office. (VNA)
Source: Nhan Dan
http://www.nhandan.com.vn/english/news/100609/domestic_us.htm

Vietnamese Diplomat Calls Us-Vietnam Dialogue A Success
The Head of the Vietnamese delegation to the second US-Vietnam Political, Security and
Defence Dialogue described the event as successful and effective with frank discussions on the
issues of mutual concern. After the dialogue ended, Standing Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh
Minh said the largest success of the dialogue was that a mutual understanding was gained.
“Through the dialogue, the two countries have gained deeper understanding of many issues,
which opens up possibilities for the establishment of bilateral co-operation in specific areas in the
future,” the diplomat said. He stressed that this dialogue targeted to concretise the statements
made by the two countries’ leaders during their visits to each other in the past four years to
further boost bilateral ties. “It is more important that the dialogue will help improve both sides’
understanding, thus contributing better to strengthening their relations in all fields,” said the
Vietnamese diplomat. He affirmed that Vietnamese and US officials would continue to hold the
dialogue on an annual basis and discuss the timing for the next year event later.
Source: Nhan Dan
http://www.nhandan.com.vn/english/news/100609/domestic_va.htm

Cambodia, Vietnam Set Year 2012 To End Border Demarcation
PHNOM PENH, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia and Vietnam have agreed that the border
demarcation between the two nations will be finalized by 2012, a senior government official said
Wednesday. The set timeframe for the border demarcation was reassured by border experts
during the two-day meeting, which took place in Cambodia's northern province of Siem Reap.
Cambodia's chief of border negotiator Var Kimhong said he had held talks with Ho Xuan Son,
Vietnam's deputy foreign minister and chief of border commission, during which he said fruitful
discussions on bilateral cooperation, especially, the border issues were made in substantive and
mutual manners. In a separate meeting on Monday between Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Ngo Anh Dung, newly appointed Vietnamese
Ambassador to Cambodia, Hor Namhong had encouraged Vietnam to expedite its hydropower
development in Cambodia's rivers in the eastern part that would provide electricity for local use
and for sale to Vietnam, according to Koy Kuong, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry. (cont)
Source: Xinhua
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/10/content_11521109.htm




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Nation Joins Forces With Cambodia In Drug War
Viet Nam and Cambodia will continue to increase co-operation, the exchange of information and
experience, as well as providing support in combating illegal drugs, said Deputy Prime Minister
Truong Vinh Trong. Speaking with visiting Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Ke Kim Yan in Ha
Noi yesterday, Trong told his counterpart that Viet Nam had aggressively combated drug crimes
in the past few years. He said due attention had also been given to providing vocational training
and jobs to rehabilitated drug users. Ke Kim Yan, who is also the head of the National Authority
for Combating Drugs, is visiting Viet Nam to exchange anti-narcotic experiences and to share
information on monitoring drug user rehabilitation. The leader said Cambodia wanted Viet Nam to
help it train a special force that would be in charge of combating drug use and building
rehabilitation centres. He said the two countries should also strengthen co-operation in preventing
drug-related crimes at border provinces. The Cambodian delegation of the National Authority for
Combating Drugs shared experiences about combating drug trafficking and monitoring the drug
trade with the Police General Department on the same day.
Source: Vietnam News Agency
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/showarticle.php?num=01POL100609

Thailand, Laos, Vietnam Open New Customs Checkpoint
The transport ministers of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam on Thursday will jointly chair the opening
of a new transportation route which will facilitate goods transportation and reduce costs between
the three countries, all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the
southeastern part of China. Called the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) project, designed
to stimulate trade flows and attract foreign direct investment in the region, the new customs
checkpoint linking Thailand’s northeastern province of Mukdahan and the Laotian province of
Savannakhet will be officially opened on Thursday. Uthit Thammawathin, director-general of the
Thai Customs Department, on Wednesday co-signed a memorandum of understanding with the
Board of Trade of Thailand which would authorise the agency to act as guarantor and help
facilitate goods transport as well as travellers passing through the new checkpoint. Mr. Uthit said
the agreement would assist goods transportation to Vietnam as well as reducing time spent on
customs procedures and transportation costs, and boost economic development within the
Mekong River basin. Also, China plans to open its Pingxiang border checkpoint which links with
the northern part of Vietnam as a goodwill gesture to Thailand and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva’ who will officially visit Beijing on June 24. The new checkpoint will assist Thai cargo
transport to China as it, when opened, will take only two days to reach that country.
Source: TNA
http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=10295

Donors Upbeat About Nation’s Recovery
The mid-year informal Consultative Group (CG) meeting for Viet Nam closed on Monday with
donors expressing satisfaction with the Government’s handling of the economic turbulence and
pledging continued support for the country to emerge from the crisis in a stronger position.
Delegates noted that Viet Nam faced various challenges wrought by the global economic crisis
although there were signs that the situation was bottoming out. "The IMF notes that Viet Nam is
weathering the current global crisis relatively well," said Ben Bingham, the fund’s senior resident
representative. However, some adjustments in policies were needed to preserve macroeconomic
stability. In addition to tightening monetary policy to rein in credit growth and provide greater
support to the Vietnamese dong, the IMF stressed the need for the Government to agree with the
National Assembly on a revised fiscal plan for 2009 "that addresses concerns that financing
requirements are contained to levels consistent with maintaining macroeconomic stability".
Delegates also encouraged the Government to use the forthcoming laws on the State Bank,
Credit Institutions, and the State Budget Law to advance reforms that will modernise monetary
and fiscal management in Viet Nam as well as upgrade bank supervision. "With some positive
signs both globally and in Viet Nam, we note that there is optimism that the worst period is over,
said the ADB Country Director in Viet Nam, Ayumi Konishi. (Cont)
Source: Vietnam News Agency

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http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/showarticle.php?num=03ECO100609

President Triet Salutes Role Of Banking Industry
President Nguyen Minh Triet wished the banking industry would continue its tradition of helping
the country overcome difficulties on the path towards sustainable development.
Triet made this statement while presenting the award "Hero of the People’s Armed Forces" to the
Special Finance Unit (N2683) and Special Fund (B29) at a ceremony held by the State Bank of
Viet Nam in Ha Noi yesterday. He emphasised that this honour was for the whole banking
industry, but the two agencies in particular. "During the American War, the banking industry made
great silent contributions to the country’s victory, which the Party and people highly appreciated,"
said the President. In wartime, B29 collected foreign currency reserves to assist the battlefields in
a timely way and for any circumstances and circulated these reserves to minimise the losses
caused by the depreciation of foreign currencies, as well as to take advantage of high interest
rates to increase the State’s reserves. N2683 received the reserves from B29 to change into
other foreign currencies to meet the demand of secret forces, as well as to store them to serve
the long-term war. These two agencies co-operated effectively during a 10-year period. Governor
of the State Bank Nguyen Van Giau expressed his gratitude to the efforts of all staff in B29 and
N2683 and called for the continuous effort of the banking industry. (Cont)
Source: Vietnam News Agency
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/showarticle.php?num=03SOC100609

Rise In Jobless Rate Expected
Unemployment would continue to increase until the end of this year as a result of a significant
decline in export revenue and foreign direct investment, said Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids
and Social Affairs Pham Minh Huan. Huan said the global crisis had affected Viet Nam’s
economy in many ways, including the employment situation. More than 1,260 enterprises faced
difficulties, leaving nearly 65,000 people out of work in the first quarter of the year. Most affected
were workers in handicraft villages, processing of seafood and agricultural products, electronics,
real estate, small and medium enterprises and exporters, especially in the garment sectors, he
said. However, some cities and provinces were in need of workers, including Ba Ria-Vung Tau,
Binh Duong and Can Tho in the south. HCM City was an example as it had nearly 21,900
workers unemployed in the first five months of this year yet businesses in the city had jobs for
about 61,500 workers. HCM City Employment Introduction Centre director Trinh Thi Quynh Chi
said the main reason for the shortage of workers was low salary. A survey of 100 workers in Tan
Binh Industrial Park showed most were on a monthly salary of VND1-2 million; 45 per cent said it
was not enough for living; 46 per cent said it was enough and the remaining 9 per cent had
savings. (Cont)
Source: Vietnam News Agency
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/showarticle.php?num=02LAB100609

Lawmakers Debate Education Plan
Investment in education needs to be equal to investment in development, said lawmakers
yesterday, as National Assembly deputies debated a Ministry of Education and Training plan for
restructuring financing for education during 2009-14. The plan was aimed at improving
educational quality and equality over the next decade, and deputies agreed that the plan would
address many shortcomings in the education sector created by school fees which have remained
unchanged over the past ten years. The plan would also call for joining State budget allocations
for education with set criteria to guarantee quality and ensuring both the State and learners share
in the costs of vocational and university education. Deputies agreed that proposed increases in
school fees were a sensitive issue and one that would have a great impact on people’s lives. But
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said the plan did not only focus on fee hikes but was
also directed towards raising efficiency in education; increasing enrollments, and maintaining the
stability of the educational system. Deputies from Tra Vinh and Cao Bang suggested that plan
include further preferential policies to benefit ethnic minority students to lessen the gap in
education between different ethnic groups. The plan should supplement a policy to support

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children in families in difficult circumstances but not yet on the list of localities receiving benefits
under the Programme 135, the nation’s poverty alleviation programme. (Cont)
Source: Vietnam News Agency
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/showarticle.php?num=01EDU100609

National Congress Of Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities To Open In May 2010
A national congress of Vietnamese ethnic minorities will be held in mid-May 2010 on the occasion
of the 120th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh, according to a newly-approved
decision by the Prime Minister. Accordingly, the congress aims to review and evaluate the
patriotic emulation movements through the revolutionary periods, especially in the process of
renewal, integration and development. This will be an important socio-economic event in
Vietnamese ethnic minorities’ community life and affirm the Party and State’s consistent policy on
ethnic and great national unity matters. The event will honour the ethnic minorities’ great
contributions to the national defence and construction. In preparation for the national congress,
districts and provinces nationwide are to hold their congresses. A steering committee for the
national congress will be set up with a Deputy Prime Minister acting as its head.
Source: Nhan Dan
http://www.nhandan.com.vn/english/life/100609/life_na.htm

OCEANIA

ADB Launches New Publication About Pacific Trade Data And Economies
The Asian Development Bank has launched a new quarterly publication about trade data and
research on Pacific economies. Economist Milovan Lucich from the ADB’s Sydney office says up
until now it has been difficult to get accurate information given the lack of country specific
research and often outdated economic data. But he says the Pacific Economic Monitor
publication provides real time information on member countries in the region and pulls together
trade and economic figures. Mr Lucich says the ADB wanted a snapshot of how the region is
faring and provide policy specific advice to Pacific countries during a recession. “What we’ve tried
to do in this publication is bring together a lot of data from a lot of different country sources.
Australian trade data, New Zealand trade data, and used that to build up a bit of an economic
snapshot of what’s going on in the Pacific. This is enabling us to do close to real time monitoring
of economic developments in the Pacific. Some economic modelling of some of the recurrent
developments in the Pacific and [see] how that’s going to unfold in the coming year.”
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47067

AUSTRALIA

Camping Trips Not Terror Training, Says Accused
Terror suspect Abdul Rakib Hasan and his co-accused, or his "boys", as he refers to them, went
on several camping trips in 2004 and 2005. They would hunt kangaroos and cook them over the
campfire, in between long bushwalks and prayer sessions. But, according to Mr Hasan,
paramilitary training was never on the menu during the getaways. Mr Hasan, Mohamed Ali
Elomar, Mohammed Omar Jamal, Khaled Cheikho and his nephew Moustafa Cheikho have been
charged with conspiring to commit an act, or acts in preparation for a terrorist act. The crown
alleges the men were plotting "violent jihad" against non-Muslims during their bush trips.
Yesterday, in his second day in the witness box in the NSW Supreme Court, Mr Hasan, 39,
chuckled when his lawyer Dina Yehia asked him, "Besides hunting, cooking and praying, was
there any paramilitary training on these camps?" "There was no such thing," he replied. The court
also heard Mr Hasan's fingerprints were found on measuring cups seized by police in a raid on a
friend's house in 2005. Mr Hasan said his prints were on the cups because he had helped his
friend move everything out of the kitchen before it was retiled, and denied they had been used for
bomb-making purposes. "Did you use the measuring cups to experiment with the making of any
explosives?" Ms Yehia asked. "No, never," he replied. (Cont.)

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Source: The Australian: James Madden
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618362-5013404,00.html

PM Kevin Rudd Calls For Calm After Assaults On Indian Students
Kevin Rudd has played down attacks on Indian students in Australian cities, describing violence
as part of urban life and stressing Australia is one of the safest nations in the world. The Prime
Minister has also appealed to the Indian community to resist the temptation of reprisals, after a
series of attacks on students in Sydney and Melbourne. As Malcolm Turnbull said Australians
would be disturbed by the recent attacks, which have sparked protests by the Indian community,
Mr Rudd condemned violence against anyone. However, he said statistics showed that Australia
was among the safest places in the world to study. "The truth is, in our cities right across the
country there are acts of violence every day," Mr Rudd told Melbourne radio station 3AW
yesterday. "That's just a regrettable fact of urban life. I think everybody needs just to draw some
breath and I think we need to see a greater atmosphere of general calm." Mr Rudd said
Australians in India were often attacked, just as people were attacked in cities all over the world.
"In the last decade I was advised we had, I think, up to 20 Australians who have either been
murdered or had various forms of assault committed against them," he said. "Now, that is not the
result of Australians being targeted in India. That's just a fact of violence in cities all around the
world." Mr Rudd said he believed police did a great job in difficult circumstances. (Cont.)
Source: The Australian: Matthew Franklin
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618515-2702,00.html

Australian PM Urges Calm Among Indian Students
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned Indian students not to take the law into their
own hands after a second night of rowdy protests against alleged racial violence. Rudd backed a
new crackdown on race attacks in Victoria state, the centre of recent tensions, but said the
students needed to "draw some breath" and calm down. "I fully support hardline measures in
response to any act of violence towards any student anywhere -- Indian or otherwise," Rudd told
commercial radio. "And furthermore we also need to render as completely unacceptable people
taking the law into their own hands. "Everyone needs just to draw some breath on this and we
need to see a greater atmosphere of general calm." About 70 students gathered in Sydney's west
for the second consecutive evening on Tuesday. Two people were arrested at the rally, which
followed a bigger protest on Monday during which Indian students attacked a carload of
Lebanese men apparently in retaliation for an earlier assault. Meanwhile, Victoria premier John
Brumby announced a race-crime blitz focusing on Melbourne's train stations, where Indian
students have increasingly been the target of robberies and assaults. Uniformed police, dog-
handlers and mounted officers will patrol the stations, backed up by the force's air wing, after a
wave of attacks that prompted angry protests in the city and strained Canberra's diplomatic ties
with New Delhi. (Cont)
Source:AFP
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/435037/1/.html

Countries Appeal For End To Racist Attacks
The leaders of Australia and India have appealed for calm amid rising violence, threats of
retaliation and reports of vigilante patrols after assaults on Indian students. The appeals by Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd and counterpart Manmohan Singh followed belated confirmation by Victorian
police that some of the attacks were "clearly racist", and the development of a 10-point safety
action plan by the nation's universities. Spurred by protests and complaints of more assaults in
Australia, tensions have been creating their own momentum. China has joined India in complaints
of violence against its nationals, and education officials are becoming increasingly concerned at
the potential damage the developing crisis could cause Australia's A$15.5 billion industry in
foreign students. Tourism, already hit by the global economic crisis, could also be affected. March
quarter figures released yesterday showed that visitors from China and India significantly
increased spending and the length of their stays in the first three months of the year.
AdvertisementPerceptions of Australia have been especially hammered in India, where an

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endless flow of stories about violence against students has sparked protests, the burning of Rudd
in effigy, calls for boycotts and a tsunami of phone calls from worried parents. Singh told his
Parliament: "I have been appalled by the senseless violence and crime, some of it racially
motivated, against our students in Australia. (Cont)
Source: The New Zealand Herald; Greg Ansley
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10577744

Blaming Entire Australia For Attacks Wrong: Dalai Lama
INDORE: Describing the attacks on Indian students in Australia as 'disappointing', Tibetan
spiritual leader Dalai Lama today said it would be wrong to blame the entire nation for the acts of
a few people. "The attacks on Indian students is disappointing but only a handful of people were
behind it," the Nobel Laureate told reporters here. "It would be wrong to generalise the entire
country or society as racist on the basis of a few incidents. In my view, this is wrong," he said.
The behaviour of the native Australians is fast turning positive towards people of other cultures
who have settled there, the spiritual leader said. Dalai Lama, who was here to deliver a lecture on
'Compassion and Non-Violence' and interact with students of the Indian Institute of Management,
noted that "racism was fast disappearing from the globe". "Be it Malaysia in Asia or England in
Europe, the walls of division are fast crumbling", he said. "Differences between the Whites and
Blacks have become a thing of the past in the United States of America", the Noble Laureate said
pointing out that Afro-American Barrack Obama was now the president of the US.
Source: PTI
http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Blaming+entire+Australia+for+attacks+wro
ng:+Dalai+Lama&artid=W9Z9U5S8YHw=&SectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&MainSectionID=b7ziAYMe
njw=&SEO=Tibetan+spiritual+leader+Dalai+Lama&SectionName=pWehHe7IsSU

Indians Rally In Sydney For Police Protection
Indian students gathered in western Sydney's Harris Park for the third consecutive night to
protest against what they claim has become a familiar pattern of harassment and assault by
gangs of Lebanese Australians -- and failure by the local police to act. The assault on a young
Indian student on Monday night in Wigram Street, which sparked a retribution attack against a
group of young Lebanese men, was just the most recent in a series of attacks dating back four or
five years, they claimed. Rahul Pandya, a 23-year-old accounting graduate who arrived in
Australia in July 2005, believes police have failed to protect Indian students or follow up on their
complaints. A month after arriving, Mr Pandya witnessed a friend being beaten by two Lebanese
teenagers after dropping him off at Parramatta train station late one night. He says police took an
hour to attend and when they did they discouraged him from filing a complaint - because of the
difficulty of obtaining CCTV footage and the prospect that Indian students might get in strife
themselves. "They're useless, the cops - useless," Mr Pandya said. "It's not one incident, it's
happening every day and Indians will take matters into their own hands if the cops don't do
anything about it. " Mr Pandya believes it was people of Middle Eastern or Pacific Islander origin
who were the primary culprits, not Anglo-Australians. (Cont.)
Source: The Australian: Drew Warne-Smith and Greg Callaghan
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618511-5013404,00.html

'Tackle Racism Or Attacks Will Go On': Researcher
A crackdown on law and order won't stop attacks against international students unless the
authorities admit racism is at work and implement measures to tackle it, a multicultural researcher
has warned. Victoria University's Hurriyet Babacan, who is leading a fast-tracked research project
into violence against Indian students, said there was evidence of a "new" racism in Australia
against groups seen as not fitting in. Professor Babacan warned yesterday that history showed
racist hostility among the economically disadvantaged increased at times of economic recession.
She said efforts to tackle racism in the past had been hampered by a reluctance to admit it
existed, not least because it could hurt the nation's $15.5 billion-a-year international student
market. "We don't like to talk about it. It is a confronting and difficult topic and it implicates us all in
the indigenous history," Professor Babacan said. She said the Indian community had long

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complained that the attacks were racially motivated but there was an initial reluctance on the part
of the police to acknowledge that. "If (the attacks) are racially motivated and we are only putting
in place law enforcement-type strategies then you are still going to have other incidents erupt at
particular points," she said. Victoria's police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland and Premier
John Brumby said yesterday racism was clearly a factor in some of the attacks. Research last
year for Victoria's Health Department revealed strong support for ethnic diversity and tolerance,
but also evidence of what Professor Babacan called "new racism". (Cont.)
Source: The Australian: Andrew Trounson
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618512-5013404,00.html

Confidence Soars After Sidestepping Recession
Australians are increasingly convinced the economy is out of danger, with consumer confidence
staging its biggest jump in more than two decades. A substantial majority now expect their
finances to improve over the next year, while the number of people pessimistic about the
economy over the next year is falling sharply. Investors are also pricing in economic recovery,
with the S&P/ASX 200 jumping 2.3 per cent yesterday, closing at 4024.4 points, its highest point
since November. The Westpac-Melbourne Institute consumer confidence index rose by 12.7
percentage points in June to 100.1 points, showing that the population is now evenly divided
between optimists and pessimists about the outlook. Westpac chief economist Bill Evans said
consumers had been buoyed by the growth in March-quarter GDP, which implied Australia was
not in recession. "The dominant factor behind this extraordinary rise was the release of the March
quarter national accounts last Wednesday," Mr Evans said. The rise in consumer confidence,
which was the biggest in 22 years, mirrors a similar increase in the confidence of business, as
measured by the National Australia Bank's monthly survey released on Tuesday. However, with
jobs figures out today widely expected to show a jump in unemployment, Wayne Swan said the
rise in confidence did not mean that the worst of the downturn was over. "We can't be
complacent; there is a rocky road ahead," the Treasurer said. (Cont.)
Source: The Australian: David Uren
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618517-5013404,00.html

Beijing Speaks Out Over Failed Steel Deal
China and Europe are unhappy at the decision of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton to merge some of
their operations. The Chinese government has criticised Australia for the collapse of a major
Chinese investment in mineral resources company Rio Tinto. Late last week, Rio Tinto rejected a
huge investment by China's Chinalco after arranging another deal with rival miner BHP Billiton.
China's government spokesman, Qin Gang, has expressed Beijing's displeasure at this result.
"The decision made by Rio Tinto, I believe, has not only very much disappointed the related
Chinese company, but has caused strong reactions from the iron and steel industry and also the
general public in China," he said. According to the Chinese Iron and Steel Association, the
merger of Rio Tinto and BHP's operations has the strong colour of monopoly. Meanwhile, news
agencies report that European steelmakers have called for an investigation into the joint iron ore
project between Rio Tinto and BHP. The new deal in Western Australia means assets will be
shared equally between the two companies, and involves BHP handing over $7 billion for Rio
equity. The agreement is expected to save the firms at least $12 billion. The European steel
industry federation, Eurofer, argues a merger of iron ore assets of this type in a world market
already dominated by three suppliers would not be in the interests of the steel industry, European
consumers or the European economy.
Source: Radio Australia News: Stephen McDonell
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18537

Highly Vulnerable To Oil Shortages
One of the world's leading energy experts has warned that Australia will be one of the first
countries hit hard by oil shortages as oil production peaks within the next three years. Kjell
Aleklett, a physicist from Uppsala University in Sweden, says Australia's relatively
underdeveloped public transport system leaves the country more vulnerable to a downturn in

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energy production."Australia is very sensitive to such developments," Professor Aleklett told the
Herald. "Much of your industry and transit is dependent on oil, and supplies will
decline."Professor Aleklett addressed the NSW electric car task force and the Federal
Government's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics yesterday. He had
earlier warned a Senate committee that the International Energy Agency had wildly overestimated
oil production, lulling nations such as Australia into a false sense of security. Rather than oil
production rising by 20 per cent to 101.5 million barrels a day in 2030, he says production is likely
to fall 11 per cent, to just 76 million barrels a day. Last week the chairman of Australian
Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, Eric Streitberg, predicted peak oil - the
maximum rate of global oil extraction before decline - was just three years away, and forecast
prices of up to $200 a barrel. Professor Aleklett said the global financial crisis had reduced
opportunities for new oil exploration, meaning that the world was missing out on an extra two to
three million barrels. (Cont.)
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald: Andrew West
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/highly-vulnerable-to-oil-shortages-20090610-c3p0.html

Pressure Off To Accept Gitmo Inmates
The heat is off Australia to resettle Chinese Muslims held in Guantanamo Bay after the tiny
Pacific state of Palau agreed to accept up to 17 Uighurs. The New York Times reported yesterday
that Palau President Johnson Toribiong had agreed to accommodate the US request to
temporarily resettle the Uighurs. The development came as the Obama administration's point
man on Guantanamo resettlement has been in Canberra trying to convince the Rudd government
to agree to a third request to accept some of the 17 Uighurs. Daniel Fried arrived last Friday after
the May 31 announcement by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith that Australia may accept some of
the detainees, who have been in legal limbo since a US federal court ordered last year that they
be freed from the detention centre in Cuba. Mr Fried flew out that evening. The New York Times
said Mr Fried had also been to Palau. The Rudd government refused two requests by the Bush
administration to resettle the Uighurs. Critics say the government is fearful of infuriating China,
which regards the men arrested in Afghanistan as terrorists. After initially turning down the third
request, Mr Smith had an apparent change of heart and said Canberra would be prepared to
accept "about 10" detainees. "The Australian government is considering each individual case
against relevant national security and immigration criteria," Mr Smith told The Australian
yesterday. (Cont.)
Source: The Australian: Mark Dodd
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25618347-5013404,00.html

Ministers Wrap Up Talks Between PNG And Australia
The annual Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum has ended in the north eastern
Australian city of Brisbane. The one-day meeting was co-chaired by Australia's Foreign Minister
Stephen Smith and his PNG counterpart Sam Abal. They led discussions on bilateral issues
including the Partnership for Development, the Kokoda Track and climate change. The ministers
also discussed ways of increasing trade and investment between the two countries amid the
global financial crisis.
Source: Radio Australia News
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18547

COMMONWELTH OF NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

8 WWII Heroes To Arrive For Battle Of Saipan Rites
Some eight American war veterans are scheduled to return to Saipan for the first time since the
Battle of Saipan and Tinian in 1944. Four will arrive today and four others on Saturday. The WWII
veterans will be honored during the commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the Battle of
Saipan on Sunday at the American Memorial Park. The returning war heroes are now in their
eighties, so their families will be coming to assist them, said Ruth Coleman, executive director of
the Military and Veterans Affairs Office. The commemoration ceremony will start at 4pm on

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Sunday at the AMP Court of Honor, following activities for the veterans. Local families will host
each arriving veteran with a lunch or a tour around the islands beginning at 10am Sunday
morning. Members of the commemoration committee chaired by Chuck Sayon organized this
“adopt a veteran” program. A seminar will also be held from 1pm to 3:30pm at the AMP Visitors'
Center where professors will discuss some of the veterans' accounts of the war. In conjunction
with the returning U.S. war veterans, five local WWII marine scouts will also be given medallions.
Three of them, Manuel Villagomez, Nicolas Muna, and Santiago Babauta, will be present to
receive the awards. (Cont.)
Source: Saipan Tribune: Nazario Rodriguez Jr.
http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=91051

NMI To Mark Battle Of Saipan Anniversary On Sunday
Two groups of veterans and their families will be on island to join the commemoration of the 65th
anniversary of the Battle of Saipan at American Memorial Park on Sunday. CNMI
Military/Veterans Affairs Office Executive Director Ruth Coleman said that the first group will
arrive today, while the second group will be here on Saturday. Coleman said each group will have
from two to four veterans but they will be coming with family members, friends and relatives. On
Sunday morning, Coleman said an “adopt-a-veteran” program will be conducted in which local
families will invite the veterans to their homes and host lunch for them. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the
same day, Coleman said the veterans will join a seminar with educators and professionals at
American Memorial Park’s Visitors Center. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Coleman said a ceremony will
be held at the Court of Honor where Rear Adm. William D. French, commander of the U.S. Naval
Forces Marianas, will be the keynote speaker. Coleman said incoming local Veterans of Foreign
Wars commander Larry Guerrero will present medals to the returning veterans during the
ceremony. The veterans will be treated to a sunset dinner cruise after the ceremony. Coleman
said three of the five veterans residing on Saipan will be joining the ceremony. They are Manual
Villagomez, Nicolas Muna and Santiago Babauta. While on island, Coleman said the veterans
and their families will tour Saipan and Tinian. The veterans will also join a “campfire chat,” she
added.
Source: Marianas Variety: Raquel Bagno
http://www.mvarietynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17677:nmi-to-
mark-battle-of-saipan-anniversary-on-sunday&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=2

CNMI Fails To Establish Free Trade Zones For Years
The Nine years had passed since the passage of the Free Trade Zone Act of 2000, but the CNMI
has yet to designate public lands to encourage, among other things, industrial and commercial
activities to diversify the local economy. The Free Trade Zone Act, signed by then Gov. Pedro P.
Tenorio on Sept. 22, 2000, seeks to stimulate the local economy through the creation of free
trade zones, the creation of tax incentives, and the establishment of a public corporation to
administer free trade zones. It says the types of business, industrial and commercial activities that
are in the best long-term interests of the CNMI are those that require significant capital
investment, are low labor intensive, have negligible impact on the environment, and are
compatible with tourism. On June 4, Rep. Victor B. Hocog (Ind-Rota) pre-filed a house resolution
designating a total of 70 hectares of public lands on the three major islands as free trade zones.
House Resolution 16-91 designates 30 hectares of public land on Tinian, 30 hectares of public
land on Rota, and 10 hectares of public land on Saipan as free trade zones to be administered by
the mayors of the respective islands. The resolution also seeks to transfer fee simple interest of
such public lands to each municipality. "Examples of such desirable business activities would be
production of computer hardware and software, licensing and distribution of intellectual property,
computer programming services, database storage and retrieval, and financial and trade related
services," H.R. 16-91 says. (Cont.)
Source: Saipan Tribune: Haidee V. Eugenio
http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2009/June/06-10-06.htm




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FIJI

Fiji Gets Another Month Of Emergency Law
Fiji's interim government has extended public emergency regulations for another 30 days from
Wednesday. It is the second extension since the decree was implemented following the
scrapping of the country's constitution last April. The government and military spokesman,
Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni, told the FijiLive news service the decision was taken for the
benefit of the country's security situation. Under the measures, the military regime has the right to
detain Fijians without charge. Public meetings are only allowed with formal police approval, and
the media is prohibited from reporting on political issues.
Source: Radio Australia News
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18536

Fiji’s NFP Leader Fears Emergency Rules Will Remain Indefinitely
A political and union leader in Fiji says it appears the interim government intends to extend the
public emergency regulations indefinitely. The government has announced that the regulations,
which were introduced on April the 10th, are to be extended for another month. It says they are
needed because of the security situation in the country. But Pramod Rae, the general secretary of
the National Federation Party and of the Bank and Finance Sector Employees Union, says it suits
the regime to keep the regulations in place for a long time. “They gain a lot of comfort from it.
They are able to operate without scrutiny and operate in an environment where they keep the
people afraid. And that appears, well it usually does for dictators, that’s how they operate
dictatorships. So they have created an artificial environment where they obviously feel secure and
will continue that.” Pramod Rae says there is no real threat to security to justify the regulations.
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47076

Fiji Media Council Says Journalists Frustrated By Emergency Extension
The chair of Fiji’s Media Council says journalists are frustrated by the public emergency
regulations which have been extended for another month. The regulations, which were imposed
on April the 10th, have resulted in tight censorship of the media and the detention of journalists
whose stories cast the regime in a negative light. The Media Council chair, Daryl Tarte, says
journalists would like to do be able to report what is really going on in Fiji. But he says they are
afraid they might print or broadcast something that is not acceptable. “The restrictions are so tight
that they cannot print their personal views or the views or the views of the public who have
concerns because it is simply too difficult for them to get those views published. They would face
the prospect of being taken in for questioning by the regime if they did.” Daryl Tarte says he
believes all media organisations are complying with the emergency regulations.
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47074

Fiji Regime Critic Says Emergency Regulations Signal Lack Of Confidence
A political and union leader in Fiji says the extension of the public emergency regulations in Fiji
shows the interim regime is not confident it has control of the country. Yesterday, the government
said it was extending the regulations until July the 10th because of the security situation. But the
general secretary of the National Federation Party, Pramod Rae, says there is no real security
threat to justify the regulations and instead, the regime is using them as an instrument of
oppression. “The regime here is still afraid of its control and that it perceives some kinds of
threats to its control and so it continues to retain these restrictions. What it tells the world is that
the regime is not confident of its control and second, it is not in a position to argue its case with
critics." Pramod Rae, who is also the general secretary of the Bank and Finance Sector
Employees Union
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47066


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Prominent Lawyer Warns Fiji On Path To Failed State
A former Fiji Law Society president, Graham Leung, says the people of Fiji must change the path
they are on or they risk finding themselves in a sad, failed country. Mr Leung was to speak at this
week’s Accountants Congress but he withdrew after the police threatened the organisers to
cancel the meetings’ license should he and two others, Richard Naidu and Dr Brij Lal, appear. He
says people should stop burying their heads in the sand and take action. “The blood instruments
of coercion have never really worked anywhere in terms of a cursory review of the history books.
If we don’t correct the current path that we are on, we shouldn’t be surprised if we ended similar
to a country such as Zimbabwe.” Graham Leung says a nation that lives under the tyranny of
dictatorship loses its vitality and zest of life.
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47058

GUAM

B-52s Arrive From Louisiana
As part of the military's efforts to maintain stability and security in the Western Pacific about 300
airmen and three B-52 Stratofortress bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana are on
Guam for a rotational bomber deployment. According to 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron
Commander Lt. Colonel David Ballew, this is the third or fourth time the group has been here.
This rotational deployment reportedly also allows units to become more familiar with operating in
the Pacific Theater. It also allows the squadron to perform training missions to prepare for real-
world missions, a part of which will include employment of simulated weapons.
Source: KUAM.com: Clynt Ridgell
http://www.kuam.com/bm/news/b-2s-arrive-from-louisiana.shtml?14486

Feds Award $2m To Port Authority
The Office of Economic Adjustment has awarded the Port Authority of Guam $2 Million in federal
funding to strengthen the sea port’s modernization efforts. According to a media release the
agency will now issue a "Notice to Proceed" to Parsons Brinckerhoff International, which is the
agency’s Owner’s Agent/Engineer, to move forward with the studies and permitting associated
with this grant. "I want to thank Governor Felix P. Camacho, along with the Office of Economic
Adjustment, for their commitment to the modernization of the Port Authority of Guam," said Port
General Manager Glenn A. Leon Guerrero. "Thanks to their dedication, we are one step closer to
transforming Guam’s commercial sea port into a world-class facility." The $2 million will be used
to fund a series of fact-finding investigations and studies in order to explore and evaluate viable
Port development solutions, which are integrated and compatible with the current physical site,
environmental, financial and operations constraints. Once the information is gathered, it will be
used as the basis for Port officials and planners to make informed decisions in regards to design,
procurement and construction of the terminal facilities, systems and components.
Source: KUAM.com: Sabrina Salas Matanane
http://www.kuam.com/bm/news/feds-award-2m-to-port-authority.shtml?14499

NEW ZEALAND

S. Korean Trade Minister Calls For Balanced Interest In FTA With New Zealand
South Korea's top trade official said Wednesday that a "balance of interest" is important in
pushing for a free trade deal between his country and New Zealand. South Korea and New
Zealand are holding their first round of free trade negotiations in Seoul that runs through Friday
aiming at concluding a free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of the year.
Source: Yonhap; Park Sang-soo
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2009/06/10/0200000000AEN20090610003100320.HTML




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PALAU

Palau Asked To Take Guantanamo 17
Palau has offered to temporarily resettle 17 prisoners currently being held at the Guantanamo
Bay detention centre in Cuba. The country's president - Johnson Toribiong - says his decision to
accept the prisoners is a "humanitarian gesture". The 17 prisoners are ethnic Uighurs from the
mostly Muslim autonomous region in western China and have been held at Guantanamo Bay
since 2001. They were cleared of engaging in weapons training at a Taliban military training
camp in Afghanistan five years ago but were kept in detention while attempts to resettle them
were made. President Johnson Toribiong has told the Island Times newspaper that he has
agreed to allow the group to be resettled in Palau following an official request from the US
secretary of state Hilary Clinton. However, he has denied that the decision has anything to do
with Palau seeking an extension of the financial provisions of the Compact of Free Association
with the US. Negotiations regarding the terms of the resettlement are continuing. Palau is one of
the world's smallest nations, with 21,000 people living on the chain of islands, approximately 800
kilometres east of the Philipines. An estimated three-quarters of the population is Christian. Palau
established an Embassy of China (Taiwan) in 1999, rather than with mainland China.
Source: Radio Australia News: Kate McPherson
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18539

Palau To Take Guantanamo Uighurs
The Pacific nation of Palau says it has agreed to a US request to temporarily resettle up to 17
Chinese Muslims. The 17 men are ethnic Uighurs, now being held at the Guantanamo Bay
detention centre on Cuba, and the US has asked for help to re-settle them. Their fate was
problematic due to fears for their safety if they were repatriated to China. Palau, a former US trust
territory, grants diplomatic recognition to Taiwan, not China. Palau President Johnson Toribiong
said his government had "agreed to accommodate the United States of America's request to
temporarily resettle in Palau up to 17 ethnic Uighur detainees ... subject to periodic review." In a
statement, he said his tiny country is "honoured and proud" to resettle the detainees, who have
been found not to be "enemy combatants." He said the agreement was a "humanitarian gesture",
which had nothing to do with the upcoming review of the Compact of Free Association under
which the US gives large sums to Palau. US officials asked Mr Toribiong on 4 June to accept
some or all of the 17 Uighur detainees due to strong US congressional opposition to releasing
them on US soil. Guantanamo Bay officials have been attempting to fulfil US President Barack
Obama's order to close the detention facility by early next year. (Cont)
Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8092502.stm

Palau’s Guantanamo Plan Worries Residents
The plan to transfer 17 Chinese Muslims detained at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba
to Palau is creating concerns among some residents and Palauans living in the Northern
Marianas. Palau President Johnson Toribiong announced this week that his country is willing to
temporarily host the detainees as a “humanitarian gesture intended to help them be freed from
any further unnecessary incarceration and to restart their lives anew in a normal fashion.” The
U.S. doesn’t consider these detainees enemy combatants, but there are fears they may be
prosecuted in China if they’re repatriated. Joaquin Omar, director of the Emergency Management
Office, said Palau’s decision is a “mistake.” “They should keep them in Guantanamo Bay. These
people are not covered by the rules of engagement because they are [suspected] terrorists. I beg
to differ with the president’s stand.” Omar noted Palau’s close proximity to the CNMI, Guam and
Japan. “This is also not good for the commonwealth which is just one and a half hours away from
Palau. This is not good for Guam too which hosts a U.S. military base,” he added. Omar and
other residents said the presence of suspected terrorists in any island-nation will have a negative
impact on the tourism industry. “The image of the islands will be changed,” Omar said. Isidoro
Cabrera, agreed. “I am sure this will have a negative impact on the tourists’ impression,” he said.
But Cabrera believes there is a trade-off involved. “It might help Palau,” he said. (Cont.)

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Source: Variety News: Gemma Q. Casas
http://www.mvarietynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17676:palaus-
guantanamo-plan-worries-residents&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=2

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Ministers Wrap Up Talks Between PNG And Australia
The annual Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum has ended in the north eastern
Australian city of Brisbane. The one-day meeting was co-chaired by Australia's Foreign Minister
Stephen Smith and his PNG counterpart Sam Abal. They led discussions on bilateral issues
including the Partnership for Development, the Kokoda Track and climate change. The ministers
also discussed ways of increasing trade and investment between the two countries amid the
global financial crisis.
Source: Radio Australia News
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18547

Five PNG Police Briefly Held In Highlands Hostage Situation
Reports from Papua New Guinea say heavily armed criminals took five policemen and a security
guard hostage and seized their weapons and vehicle. The Post Courier newspaper says the
incident happened in Mendi in the Southern Highlands on Sunday. It says the drama began when
a criminal pretending to be a betelnut trader came to the police station and reported to four
officers on duty that criminals held him up at Magani market. When the officers arrived at the
market, six armed men held them up. Police say the gunmen planned to break into the Post
Office but changed their mind, leaving the officers tied up in the bush and escaping on the road
towards Western Highlands province.
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47070

Incarcerated Criminal Behind PNG Kidnapping
A well known bank robbery suspect, who is in custody at the Bomana Jail is believed to be the
mastermind behind the kidnapping of three people in Port Moresby last week. Police believe the
suspect had converted his cell block at the jail into a control centre where he was controlling the
kidnap and K5 million extortion drama involving the chief executive officer Leon Buskens, whose
daughter was one of the hostages held captive for five days by the criminal gang. The suspect
was said to have communicated with his accomplices outside prison by mobile phone, prompting
senior police officers in Port Moresby to urge the Correctional Services Commissioner to take a
tough stand on the use of mobile phones in jails. Local Police with the assistance of Australian
Federal Police who were requested to assist in the operation had cracked down the kidnapper’s
communication lines and were monitoring all the calls by the kidnappers when they realised that
the person giving the orders and directions was operating from the Bomana Prison camp. They
moved in to the Bomana prison cells and confiscated the phone from the prisoner in his cells.
(Cont.)
Source: Papua New Guinea Post-Courier
http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2009/June/06-10-04.htm

SAMOA

Four Men In Samoa Charged With Missing Funds From Police Ministry
The trial has been set to start in Samoa early next year of four officials accused of corruption.
They are former accounts officers in the Ministry of Police and Prisons and the Ministry of
Finance who face charges of theft as a servant, forgery, fraud, falsifying accounts and official
corruption. The four appeared in the Supreme Court for a preliminary hearing when they all
entered not guilty pleas. The police filed charges against them in 2005 following an investigation
into the disappearance of more than 150,000 US dollars from the Ministry of Police and Prison’s


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accounts division. The defendants, Taylor Miti, Mata’u Milosia, Muliipu Fa’aloua and Iva Peseta,
are remanded on bail to await their trial on January the 18th.
Source: Radio New Zealand International
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47065

Ousted Samoa MPs Call For Speaker’s Resignation
Members of the Tautua Samoa political party want the Speaker to resign if their injunction now
before the Supreme Court is successful. Chairman Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi says the PM must
also resign if they are successful. But if the Speakers decision that calls for nine by elections
stands, Lealailepule says they will be happy to go back for the voters decision. The Speaker,
Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua is overseas and has yet to inform the Head of Sate of his
decision in writing. Tautua filed their injunction last Friday. The Speaker had sought explanations
from the nine MPS since last February on their status and affiliation with the Tautua Samoa Party.
Tautua has been saying the party is an informal one to prepare for the next general elections but
the MPs remain as Independents in parliament. The Speaker said the MPs have breached the
Electoral Act as well as the standing orders of Parliament by changing their allegiances mid-term
by forming the Tautua Samoa Party. MPs such as former Minister Palusalue Faapo resigned from
the ruling party in opposition against the road switch and should have remained an Independent
and joining a new political party within the current term calls for a by election.
Source: Talamua: Lance Polu
http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2009/June/06-10-05.htm

VANUATU

Vanuatu PM Acts To Shore Up Support
Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Edward Natapei, has appointed a new Minister of Lands in an attempt
to secure a parliamentary majority ahead of a vote of no confidence against him next week. Radio
Australia has confirmed that the member of parliament for Tanna, Hairy Lauko, has left the
opposition bloc and been sworn in as the new Lands Minister. His departure, and that of Labour
Party MP for Efate, Joshua Kalsakau, mean that both the government and opposition appear to
be evenly split, with 26 members each. Earlier this week, the parliamentary speaker, George
Wells, crossed the floor with two others after accusing the president's National Union Party of
misusing $US400,000 of copra subsidies. The motion of no confidence against Mr Natapei tabled
by the opposition on Monday is due to be debated next Tuesday.
Source: Radio Australia News
http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18541




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