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Russia opposes foreign military intervention in Libya

File picture : Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

RUSSIA, March 12, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) —- Foreign military intervention in Libya is inadmissible in any form, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, RIA Novosti reported on Saturday.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said France and Britain are ready to launch “targeted air strikes” on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces if they use chemical weapons or warplanes against civilians.

“Foreign military intervention should be ruled out,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry’s statement welcomes the recent African union resolution, which supports Libya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and condemns any foreign military intervention.

The statement comes ahead of an emergency meeting by foreign ministers of Arab League member states, who will gather in Cairo to discuss whether to support introduction of a no-fly zone above Libya.

Calls for the zone closure have stepped up in recent days after Libyan armed forces launched further air strikes on the rebel frontline in the east of the country.

According to some media reports NATO’s military staff have started drawing up contingency plans for sending air and naval forces into combat if called upon.

Thousands of people have been killed in Libya since the first protesters began demanding the end of Gaddafi’s 42-year rule in mid-February.  (*)

 
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Iranian President Ahmadinejad slams world warmongers

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

March 12, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has spoken strongly against the warmongering nations of the world, calling them devoid of care for humanity, as reported by Iranian Television PRESS TV on Saturday.

“Rulers, who have launched the wars, their hearts are devoid of affection for mankind,” President Ahmadinejad said on Saturday, IRIB reported.

“The emptier their hearts are of affection, the more [there are] crime and war,” the Iranian chief executive said.

“Warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan is an example, which has affected the economy and security of the whole world and everyone has suffered damage from it,” the president said, referring to the United States-led offensives on the violence-scarred countries.

Violence resulting from the military presence has killed over one million Iraqis ever since the Washington-led invasion of the country in 2003, says the California-based investigative organization Project Censored.

The 2001-present armed interference in Afghanistan has also claimed the lives of thousands of Afghan civilians. (*)

 
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South Korean President arrives in UAE after emergency landing in Incheon

March 12, SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak (R) and first lady Kim Yoon-ok pose for photographers before boarding a presidential jet bound for the United Arab Emirates, where he plans to hold a summit with his UAE counterpart and work on energy diplomacy during his four-day stay. (Yonhap)

 

 

ABU DHABI, March 12 (KATAKAMI.COM) — South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrived Saturday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a four-day visit that would focus on economic talks and expanding cooperation with the oil-rich country, officials said.

As reported by YONHAP News Agency on Saturday, President Lee is scheduled to hold summit talks on Sunday with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on strengthening cooperation in various sectors, including the economy, energy, construction, environment and health care, according to Cheong Wa Dae.  (*)

 
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Tsunami hits northern Papua, destroys houses

 

 

 

March 12, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Tsunami waves hit the northern coastal areas of Papua on Friday evening, destroying a number of buildings and a bridge, but no fatalities were reported.

The tsunami waves hit Tobati village in Youtefa Bay, Papua, at around 9.30 p.m,  The Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

“A number of homes and a bridge in Tobati village are badly damaged, some have even been completely destroyed by the tsunami waves last night,” Tobati church congregation secretary Marcelino Hababuk said Saturday morning.

“The settlement and the bridge in Tobati suffered the most damage from the tsunami attack,” he added, as quoted by kompas.com.
Marcelino said the villagers fled to the local church situated on top of a hill upon hearing news that a tsunami was coming toward Jayapura, the capital of Papua.

“We saw waves rise up and then down three times, starting from around 8.30 p.m., and they hit and damaged houses and the village bridge.”

The neighboring village of Enggros suffered even more damage from the tsunami, which swept all buildings in the village away, Marcelino added.

Papua was among three Indonesian regions that received tsunami warnings on Friday afternoon, along with North Maluku and North Sulawesi, after a 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan triggered a massive tsunami that is believed to have killed more than1,000 people in northeastern Japan.  (*)

 
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South Korean President leaves for Abu Dhabi

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (pictured) has left for the United Arab Emirates, the presidential Blue House said, as part of Seoul's diplomatic drive to expand economic ties with the Middle East.

March 12, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM)— South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has left for the United Arab Emirates, the presidential Blue House said, as part of Seoul’s diplomatic drive to expand economic ties with the Middle East.

As reported by France 24 on Saturday, President Lee and President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan will have a summit on Sunday to discuss economic cooperation, especially in energy, construction, environment and health care sectors.

“The Middle East region is important in our development. The United Arab Emirates is significant as a bridgehead,” a senior official at the Blue House was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.

After arriving Abu Dhabi, Lee will head to the eastern town of Al Ain, where he will meet with some 130 South Korean troops, Yonhap said.

Seoul sent the special forces unit there in January for a two-year mission to help train the Middle East country’s commando units and conduct joint drills.

The troops’ dispatch came after South Korea won a 20.4-billion-dollar contract from Abu Dhabi in 2009 to construct nuclear reactors in the country.

Lee will also attend the ground-breaking ceremony for a nuclear power plant in Braka, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) west of Abu Dhabi, which will be developed with South Korean technology, Yonhap said.

During the four-day visit, Lee, accompanied by his wife Kim Yoon-Ok, will travel to Dubai on Monday to meet South Korean residents and receive the Zayed International Prize for the Environment.

The trip will be Lee’s second visit to Abu Dhabi since taking office in 2008. His previous trip was made in December 2009 when Seoul clinched the nuclear power plant deal.  (*)

 
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Russian President sent his condolences to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev

March 12, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated that Russia is ready to help Japan to overcome the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and a killing tsunami.

President Dmitry Medvedev’s message reads, in part:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the natural disaster that struck Japan, the powerful earthquake and tsunami that have claimed lives and caused widespread destruction.

Please pass on my sincere condolences to the victims’ families, and my words of support to all who were affected.

Russia is ready to provide any necessary assistance to Japan in the disaster relief effort.”

On March 11 northeast Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake followed by a tsunami up to 10 metres high. The disaster has killed 18 people and caused major damage, particularly along the coastal areas hit by the tsunami.   (*)

Source : KREMLIN.RU
 
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Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain stands ‘ready to assist’ Japan

British Prime Minister David Cameron

March 12, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM)  —  Prime Minister David Cameron has sent sincere sympathies to the people of Japan on behalf of everyone in Britain.

Speaking in Brussels on Friday ( 3/10/2011)  Mr. David Cameron said:

“We do not yet know what the full effects of this disaster will be but on behalf of everyone in Britain, I want to send our sympathies and condolences to the people of Japan and to their Government. These are incredibly distressing times and we stand with you.”

He said that, like many others around the world, he had “been shocked at the devastating scale of this earthquake and the tsunami it has triggered.”

Reiterating his offer of support to Japan, the Prime Minister said:

“We have made clear to the Japanese Government that if they need any additional or specialist help then we stand ready to assist.

“And of course the British Embassy in Tokyo, and our network of Embassies around the Pacific region will offer all the support that is needed to any affected British nationals.”

He added that the Government would be keeping its response and support for Japan and the region under close review over the coming days.

The Prime Minister has been in close contact with the Foreign Secretary William Hague who, earlier today, chaired a meeting of the Government’s Emergency Committee, COBR, to review Britain’s contribution to the international response.

Sending his thoughts to the people of Japan, William Hague said that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office is in contact with the Japanese government and are offering all assistance they can as Japan responds to this terrible disaster.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is also working urgently to provide consular assistance to British Nationals in Japan.

Following tsunami warnings across the region British Embassies and Consulates are preparing to provide assistance. Rapid Deployment Teams are ready to travel immediately to the areas of most need.

UK nationals in Japan should contact the British Embassy in Tokyo on +(81) 3 5211 1100 or the Consulate-General in Osaka on +(81) 6 6120 5600.  (*)
Source : Number 10
 
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