APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, July 30, 2007

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Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

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

Monday 30 July 2007

  1. Afghanistan: Aussie Soldiers Fire on Civilians
  2. Iraq PM Relations with Petraeus Poor
  3. Success or Failure? Iraq’s Insurgency and Civil Violence and US Strategy
  4. AFP: Cost Lingers after PNG Mission Collapse
  5. Plans to Re-arm Solomon Islands Police Abandoned
  6. UN Boycotts Timor Panel
  7. ASEAN Agrees on Concrete Plans to Rid Region of Nukes

  1. Aussie Soldiers Fire on Civilians, Tom Hyland, Age, 2007-07-28

    Australian troops in Afghanistan have fired on civilians twice in recent days, wounding two children. The shootings underline the complex and risky environment facing troops in Afghanistan, where it is hard to distinguish between civilians and Taliban guerillas. The shootings also risk undermining local support for the international presence. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly complained about the excessive use of firepower by foreign forces.

  2. Iraq PM Relations with Petraeus Poor, Steven R. Hurst, Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Robert Burns, AAP, ArmyTimes, 2007-07-27

    A key aide says Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s relations with U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus are so poor the Iraqi leader may ask Washington to withdraw the well-regarded U.S. military leader from duty.

  3. Success or Failure? Iraq’s Insurgency and Civil Violence and US Strategy: Developments through June 2007, Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, 2007-07-09

    A detailed analysis of the surge and recent developments of the ongoing insurgency and civil conflict in Iraq. Since the deployment of the troop ‘surge’ in February, the insurgency has appeared to counter the various shifts in Coalition and Iraqi security measures. The outcomes of these new military developments [are] unpredictable, as the Iraqi government remains stalled on major political, social and economic issues.

  4. Cost Lingers after PNG Mission Collapse, AAP SMH, 2007-07-30

    The Australian Federal Police is spending more than $120,000 a month to lease two mostly empty Port Moresby apartment blocks following the collapse of a planned police mission two years ago. The total cost to taxpayers so far is $6 million. The accommodation was leased in 2005 ahead of the planned deployment of 230 police to assist PNG authorities improve law and order.

  5. Plans to Re-arm Solomon Islands Police Abandoned, RNZI, 2007-07-27

    Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Mohammed Jahir Khan has abandoned his plan to rearm the police. Mr Khan says he will now be looking into the possibility of a regional police providing armed security for the Prime Minister and Governor General. He says earlier plans for Papua New Guinea to provide armed security for VIPs will be shelved. Mr Khan says he is looking to next year to rearm the local police.

  6. UN Boycotts Timor Panel, Reuters, SMH, 2007-07-28

    The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has told UN officials not to give evidence to a panel investigating the 1999 killings in East Timor because it could recommend amnesties for serious crimes. “Unless the terms of reference are revised to comply with international standards, officials of the UN will … not testify at its proceedings or take any other steps that would support the work of the CTF” he said.

  7. ASEAN Agrees on Concrete Plans to Rid Region of Nukes, Abdul Khalik, Jakarta Post, 2007-07-29

    Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed on concrete ways to rid the region completely of nuclear weapons within five years. They agreed to implement the Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, signed in 1995 by the grouping and operative in 1997, during an official meeting of ASEAN ministers.

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