Israel push to change laws of war

21/10/09; (3 Items)

 Israel’s prime minister has instructed his government to draw up plans for a “world wide campaign” to lobby for changes in the international laws of war. Te order from Binyamin Netanyahu follows a special cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss Israel’s response to the UN’s Goldstone report, which condemned Israel’s actions during the 22-day war on Gaza earlier this year. The meeting also called for the formation of a special committee to deal with the international legal consequences of the report and the prospect Israeli officials could face war crimes trials abroad. The Israeli government contends international law needs to be amended in order to fight global terrorism.

See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/10/2009102122137152596.html; http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1122551.html; http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1122342.html; http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=20899

Japan pressed over US base deal
21/10/09
The US defence secretary has called on Japan to honour existing agreements on military bases in country.Speaking in Tokyo after talks with his Japanese counterpart, Robert Gates said it was “time to move on” and implement a deal on a realignment of US forces based in Japan. “This may not be the perfect alternative for anyone, but it is the best alternative for Everyone,” he said. Three years ago US defence officials agreed a broad plan with the then Japanese government to reorganise US forces based in the country…. Hatomaya has said he wants to revise the US-Japan alliance, making for a more equal partnership with Washington and making Japan less dependent on the US.
See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/200910214535706453.html

Much work remains to rid Kingdom of landmines – Prince Mired
21/10/09
Despite recent progress, much work remains to be done to rid the Kingdom of landmines, HRH Prince Mired, chairman of the National Committee for De-mining and Rehabilitation (NCDR), said on Tuesday. In remarks to the NCDR’s semi-annual mine-action donors working group meeting yesterday, Prince Mired stressed that sustained international funding and support is required for Jordan to clear its landmines and other explosive remnants of war, according to a statement released by the NCDR. During the meeting, Prince Mired, NCDR Director Mohammad Breikat and senior NCDR staff met with diplomats from a number of donor countries to review the committee’s recent progress in mine-action efforts as well as the challenges facing it. Breikat reviewed the NCDR’s operational developments, highlighting its ongoing Mine Risk Education Programme, which he said has benefited 200,000 individuals in 60 mine-impacted communities since its inception in 2007.
See: http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=20912