July 10, 1999 |
The U.S. persuaded Libya's supporters on the Security Council to accept that Tripoli still has to meet U.N. demands related to the Pan Am bombing trial before sanctions can be permanently lifted. Namibia had pushed for a lifting of the measures, now suspended, based on the April 5 hand-over of two suspects in the 1988 bombing and pledges by Libya to cooperate in their trial and pay compensation to the victims' families, if the men are convicted. But the U.S.
August 5, 1999 |
The last remaining obstacle to Senate confirmation of Richard C. Holbrooke as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations fell as Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) dropped his "hold" on Holbrooke's nomination. With other senators quietly abandoning efforts to hold Holbrooke hostage for unrelated concessions by the administration, Holbrooke's long-stalled confirmation appears inevitable. But it spelled trouble for three of President Clinton's other ambassadorial choices: A.
November 29, 1997 |
The Security Council agreed Friday to establish a 300-member international police mission in Haiti to carry on its years-long campaign for democracy in the Caribbean country. The unanimous decision came two days before the last of 1,300 U.N. peacekeepers were to leave Haiti and end a military presence that began in March 1995, when the peacekeepers took over from a U.S. force. Before the vote, U.S.
February 5, 1999 |
Richard Butler, the controversial head of the U.N. weapons inspection program in Iraq, said Thursday that he will leave his post when his contract ends in five months. "My contract finishes at the end of June . . . and I don't think that I'll be seeking an extension," he told reporters. Butler's decision is sure to bring joy to Baghdad, which sought to label him as a spy. Two Security Council members--China and Russia--have sharply condemned his blunt style of leadership.
February 27, 1999 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council on Friday that he is "still reasonably optimistic" that Libya will hand over two suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. "We are now at a critical and delicate state, and I hope we will not have much to go," Annan said as council members, most notably the United States and Britain, expressed frustration at the pace of progress in a plan to turn over the two men for trial in the Netherlands.
July 8, 1999 |
Britain said Wednesday that it was reopening diplomatic relations with Libya after 15 years because Tripoli had agreed to cooperate in investigations into the fatal shooting in 1984 of a British policewoman outside the Libyan Embassy here. Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Libya also agreed to pay compensation for the killing, which led Britain to suspend ties between the two countries.