International Events in June 1997
Taliban troops repulse offensive in northern Samangan province,
inflicting heavy losses on opposition forces.
French Socialist leader, Mr. Lionel Jospin, wins legislative
Sixtyfive persons, mainly civilians, killed in Nigerian naval
bombardment of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown and in ensuing
Liberal Party in Canada, led by Mr. Jean Chretien, voted for
another term but with reduced majority in House of Commons.
U.N. Security Council extends plan to allow Iraq to sell $2
billion worth of oil for second six-month period to pay for food,
medicines and other essentials for civilians.
Several hundred Sri Lankan Tamil rebels and soldiers killed in
guerilla-style counter-attack by LTTE on army field headquarters
Forces opposed to Taliban capture Pul-E-Khumri, northern
stronghold from fleeing soldiers.
The Irish President, Ms. Mary Robinson, named U.N. High
Commissioner for Human Rights.
U.S. Federal jury sentences Gulf war veteran Timothy McVeigh, 29,
to death for planning and executing April 1995 Oklahoma city
bombing in which 168 persons died.
Rebels free 70 Colombian soldiers and marines after Government
agreed to cede temporary control of a swath of territory to
British Government calls off further contact with Sinn Fein,
IRA's political arm, following killing of two police officers in
Notorious Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot surrenders, according to
Khmer Rouge radio.
The Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Necmettin Erbakkan, resigns in
power-sharing deal with pro-Western coalition allies.
Rebel radio broadcast says Pol Pot has been captured by guerilla
Conservative party in Britain elects Mr. William Hague (36),
leader replacing Mr. John Major.
U.S., France and Russia reach agreement to toughen sanctions
Hong Kong's provisional Legislature approves Bill that retains
residency rights for people, including foreigners, who have lived
in the territory for seven years.
Cambodia's Second Prime Minister, Mr. Hun Sen, retracts statement
that Pol Pot, said to have been captured by breakaway guerilla
faction, is dead.
China and Britain reach agreement on entry of advance troops of
the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Hong Kong before actual
handover of Hong Kong on July 1.
Over 200 feared dead in LTTE counter-offensive against Sri Lankan
army near Puliyankulam.
Unmanned cargo vessel smashes into Russia's Mir space station
during practice docking, knocking out power supply and puncturing
part of space station.
Mr. Clinton announces that U.S. will provide developing countries
with $1 billion in assistance for eco-schemes.
Government and Opposition leaders of Tajikistan sign peace treaty
in Moscow, ending five years of bloody civil war.
Forty LTTE Sea Tigers killed in Sri Lankan navy attack off
Hong Kong reverts to China after 99 years under British rule. It
will henceforth be called Hong Kong Special Administrative
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