Showing posts from February 1, 2009

Ban Ki-moon rush to Iraq to meet PM al-Maliki

2009-02-07 05:52:29 - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon cut short India visit rushed to Baghdad on Friday, to meet Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki a day after the premier's allies swept to victory in provincial elections with secular touch.His mission to India sub-continent with problems of Sri Lanka,India-Pakistan,Myanmar overshadowed of his sudden rush to meet Iraq PM leaving ASEAN countries problem ostracized.

The election commission announced Thursday that Al Maliki's party swept to victory in provincial elections given Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki stronger position ahead of parliamentary elections this year. It shall give Washington's confidence that it can begin withdrawing more of its 140,000 troops from Iraq.
The election commission announced that the coalition loyal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's won
38 per cent of the votes in Baghdad in Saturday's election, followed by allies of anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and a Sunni party with 9 per cent each…

Insurgency free NE border:Myanmar

2009-02-07 05:09:50 - Myanmar which shares border with the north-eastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland,visiting Vice President of India Hamid raised security issue due to increased insurgency during a meeting with Gen Maung Aye, the number two in ruling military regime on Thursday.Aye said Myanmar not to allow its soil to be used by NE insurgents.

On the second day of his four-day visit to Myanmar, Ansari held "extremely comprehensive" talks with the head of military junta Gen Than Shwe at Nay Pyi Taw on Friday after which the two countries took "concrete decisions" to enhance cooperation in security, hydrocarbon and power sectors and agreed to widen its ambit to agriculture and railways.

At the delegation-level talks
between the two sides, which followed a brief one-to-one meeting between Ansari and Gen Aye on Thursday, the Myanmarese side acknowledged India's security concerns but conveyed that the north-east insurgents would not be …