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Issue : November 2005

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  • Islamists warn new Jordanian PM against crackdownSubscription

    News25 November, 2005

    Moderate Islamist groups in Jordan's parliament warned the new prime minister on 25 November that potentially repressive policies would fuel extremism.'There is a need for security vigilance, but not a tougher security grip that will only fuel extremism,' said Azzam Huneidi, the head of the Islamic Action Party (IAF), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. 'I am not belittling what happened [the Amman bombings], but I think there is now a climate of fear of repression ...

  • Damascus allows five officials to travel for inquirySubscription

    News25 November, 2005

    Damascus said on 25 November that it would permit members of the UN team investigating the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri to question five of its senior officials. 'The Syrian leadership has agreed to the compromise proposal on holding the interviews of the five Syrian persons at the UN headquarters in Vienna,' Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said.Syria agreed to drop its demands for a legal framework of co-operation after it was ...

  • Doubt casts shadow over Darfur peace talksSubscription

    News25 November, 2005

    Continuing rebel divisions and increasing violence in Darfur meant optimism was running low ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Abuja on 28 November, said a Reuters report on 25 November.'For the first time I'm pessimistic about Sudan,' said Canadian special envoy Mobina Jaffer. The negotiations between the Khartoum government and rebel groups have progressed very slowly; six rounds of negotiations have seen the sides agree only on a declaration of principles. ...

  • Mehlis considering giving up on Syrian co-operationSubscription

    News25 November, 2005

    Detlev Mehlis, the head of the UN inquiry into the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, was said on 25 November to be close to giving up on Syrian co-operation. 'It seems we are at a deadlock,' a Beirut source told Reuters, after Damascus had insisted on a legal deal before permitting the questioning of six Syrian officials. 'Mehlis appears ready to declare Syria non-co-operative, which would open a new chapter in this issue and place Damascus on a collision course ...

  • EU critical of Israel East Jerusalem policySubscription

    News25 November, 2005

    A UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office document has sharply criticised Israel's policies in East Jerusalem, according to a report in UK daily The Guardian on 25 November. The unpublished report said Israel was jeopardising the prospect of a peace agreement by using settlement construction and the so-called separation fence to create a 'de facto annexation of Palestinian land', The Guardian reported. 'Israeli activities in Jerusalem are in violation both of its roadmap obligations and ...

  • Time to tackle extremists, says kingSubscription

    News25 November, 2005

    King Abdullah, in a letter to the newly appointed prime minister, on 24 November called for a war on Muslim extremists. The Jordanian king called for a 'relentless war on all the Takfiri schools, which embrace extremism, backwardness, isolation and darkness and are fed on the ignorance and naivety of simple people'. The strategy would 'not only deal with the security dimension, but also the ideological, cultural and political spheres to confront those who chose the path of destruction ...

  • EU team begin Rafah preparationsSubscription

    News24 November, 2005

    The EU team that will monitor the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt has started preparations for the opening. Pietro Pistolese, an Italian paramilitary police general who will head the EU team at Rafah, said on 24 November the opening of the border crossing was important and said he expected it 'to develop the country'.As the full team is not yet in Gaza, the border crossing will initially open for only four hours a day. 'But we will increase quickly the ...

  • EU team begin Rafah preparationsSubscription

    News24 November, 2005

    The European Union team that will monitor the Rafah border-crossing between Gaza and Egypt has started preparations for the opening.Pietro Pistolese, an Italian paramilitary police general who will head the EU team at Rafah, said on 24 November the opening of the border-crossing opening was important and said he expected it 'to develop the country'.As the full team is not yet in Gaza, the border crossing will initially open for only four hours a day. ...

  • Refinery investments soar beyond $50,000 millionSubscription

    News24 November, 2005

    Exclusive research carried out by MEED has revealed that more than $50,000 million will be invested in the region 's downstream oil industry over the next five years .According to research published in MEED 's latest Oil & Gas Special Report, due out on 25 November, refiners in the region have embarked on a major investment programme aimed at upgrading and expanding existing facilities, and building numerous grassroots plants. The investment is being ...

  • UN and Beirut disagree over HezbollahSubscription

    News24 November, 2005

    The UN has blamed Beirut's failure to disarm Hezbollah for the recent violence on the Israeli-Lebanese border. The UN Security Council on 23 November voiced 'deep concern' over the violence it blamed Hezbollah for initiating. The council called on Beirut to fulfil its obligations under UN Security Council resolution 1559, which, as well as demanding the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, required Beirut to disarm Hezbollah.Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said it ...

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