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Saturday, 20 April 2002
Secretary General Kofi Annan offered to help the Venezuelan
government promote reconciliation, human rights and democracy, and briefed
the Security Council on his plan for a multinational force to be sent into
the West Bank to try and mediate between the parties. Annan also nominated
Namibian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh for the
post of Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs. While urging
Eritrea and Ethiopia to cooperate more closely on the recent international
boundary ruling, the Security Council held discussions on the improving
situation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea; the future of sanctions on
Angola; and the status of Iraqi reparations to Kuwait. In other news,
Reuters reported that a UN expert panel would recommend the extension of
some international sanctions against Liberia.
IMF & WORLD BANK ROUND-UP: In the wake of the International Conference on
Financing for Development in Monterrey Mexico, World Bank President James
Wolfensohn proposed a seven-point action plan to the Banks Development
Committee, including drastically raising aid to the most highly indebted
poor nations. Wolfensohn’s proposal will be discussed at this weekends
annual Bank-IMF meetings. In more news, Turkey received a $1 billion IMF
tranche as part of an earlier agreement and was given a $1.35 billion
stabilization loan by the World Bank. The World Bank also granted $100
million in assistance for the interim government in Afghanistan, and
announced loans of $77 million for road rehabilitation in Bolivia, $93.9
million for sustainable forestry in China, $50 million for higher
education improvements in Egypt, and $38.2 million for safe blood
transfusions in Vietnam. The IMF approved a $25 million disbursement for
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