APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, October 5, 2006

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APSNet for 20061005

Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

Twice weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.

Thursday 5 October 2006

  1. Burma Wants Help Over Terrorists
  2. Howard’s Dire Warning for Pyongyang
  3. British Troops in Secret Truce with the Taliban
  4. World: Arms Sales Record as Firms Duck Controls with ‘Flat-Pack’ Weapons
  5. Indonesia: Arms Procurement Still Chaotic: Analysts, Politicians
  6. BHP Declares Local Uranium Industry Not Viable
  1. Burma Wants Help Over Terrorists, Greg Sheridan, Australian, 2006-10-05

    Australia faces a dilemma over an approach from the ruling military junta in Burma to increase counter-terrorism assistance. Canberra has provided a lot of counter-terrorist training to Burma already, in an ASEAN context. We don’t want Burmese state to persecute its citizens but we do want it to stop its territory, or its citizens, being used for terrorist purposes. It would be extremely foolish just to ignore Burma.


  2. Howard’s Dire Warning for Pyongyang, Sarah Smiles, Age, 2006-10-05

    Prime Minister John Howard has branded North Korea an international outlaw over its threatened nuclear test. “There has to be a maximum international response, in a diplomatic way,” he said. The Foreign Affairs Department summoned North Korea’s ambassador yesterday to express “grave concerns” over Pyongyang’s stated plan.


  3. British Troops in Secret Truce with the Taliban, Michael Smith, Times, 2006-10-01

    British troops battling the Taliban are to withdraw from one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan after agreeing a secret deal with the local people. It has now been agreed the troops will quietly pull out of Musa Qala in return for the Taliban doing the same. The compound is one of four district government offices in the Helmand province that are being guarded by British troops.

  4. Arms Sales Record as Firms Duck Controls with ‘Flat-Pack’ Weapons, Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian, 2006-10-03

    Worldwide spending on weapons is expected to reach record levels this year at a time when the arms industry is increasingly able to avoid export controls, human rights and aid agencies say. By the end of the year, military spending is estimated to reach $1,058bn (£561bn), about 15 times the amount spent on international aid, say Amnesty, Oxfam, and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).

  5. Arms Procurement Still Chaotic: Analysts, Politicians, Ridwan Max Sijabat, Jakarta Post, 2006-10-03

    Last week’s arrest of four Indonesians in the U.S. reveals the chaos in arms procurement, involving both partners of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and its current and retired officers. Four Indonesians and their two foreign counterparts have been charged with conspiring to illegally ship arms worth US$900,000 to Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger guerrillas as well as customers in Indonesia.


  6. BHP Declares Local Uranium Industry Not Viable, Katharine Murphy, Age, 2006-10-05

    A flirtation by senior Government ministers with the idea of Australia enriching uranium has been dealt a blow by BHP Billiton’s declaration that the industry is unviable.

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