International brief ~ US circulates Darfur draft resolution at UN D. Wes Rist at 8:19 AM ET
Ambassador to the UN John Danforth says there was a favorable response to a draft resolution on atrocities in Darfur region of the Sudan that the US presented Thursday to the Security Council. The draft was circulated the same day that both President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell called the actions in Darfur "genocide". JURIST's Paper Chase has more on Darfur. Read Ambassador Danforth's remarks here.... The US State Department has announced its opposition to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's proposal to hold a national referendum to dispose of term limits. The US has urged Belarus to ensure that international democratic standards are upheld and warned that questionable election processes would affect US-Belarus relations. View the DoS statement here.... Russian and German leaders Vladimir Putin and Gerhard Schroeder have issued a joint statement condemning the terrorist attacks recently perpetrated against Russia and have vowed an increased response against international terrorism. The statement emphasizes the continued use of the UN as global coordinator against terrorist activities and reiterates Russian and German intent to abide by international human rights law and international humanitarian law while combatting terrorism. Read the Russian press release here (in English), and read the German press release here (in English).... Following a ruling from its Supreme Court, the Costa Rican government has requested the US State Department to remove it from the list of supporters for the Iraqi coalition. The Court ruled the government's support of the invasion and occupation of Iraq was unconstitutional and ordered the government to remove its support. The New York Times has more.... Paraguayan Courts have requested the extradition of former military dictator Alfredo Stroessner (find out more about Stroessner here). Stroessner is currently in Brazil, which recently returned another former military leader that had been residing there. BBC has more.
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