Transcript in the news of
February 26, 2007
Serbia clear out the direct responsibility for the
genocide in Bosnia. Claims in Iraq, meetings in Washington. And battle in
Afghanistan as hundreds more soldiers prepare to deploy.
>> Firing in on those Taliban positions so there with withdrawal safely.
>> I'm Kathy Kay.
>> And I'm Alistair Yates. Also in the programme for you, the fight against
terrorism on the day America's vice president and Britain's foreign minister
visit the region. We have special reports from
>> Could you double check the envelope. It's checked and he won the
>> Not directly responsible for the genocide in Bosnian
War. This was the first time a state was
charged with genocide and could have further implications for future genocide
>> Survivors of the genocide at Srebrenica were more than disappointed with
the historic decision. In its application to the courts in 1993 about combos nah
said it must not turn it's eyes away from Srebrenica. They ruled Belgrade was
not responsible for the state policy of genocide during the Bosnian war.
>> More that the respondant exercised control.
>> Belgrade argued it had nothing to do with Bosnia's internal conflict. But
the judge has established that genocide took place at Srebrenica needs r and
blamed Servia for failing to
stop it. The ruling said Serbia had violated its international obligations and
refused to turn over ratko mladic and Slobodan Milosevic. They are both believed
to be hiding in Serbia. In a reaction from the country that brought the claim, a
Bosnian Muslim member of Bosnian's presidency said he was happy that Serbia was
found guilty of violating the genocide convention.
>> We are still digging the graves and finding a lot of
dead people there. That is true. I think we all know who is the
guilty party. That is Serbia. Unfortunately this is what happens. Serbia was
found guilty on three counts of failure to prevent genocide from being the most
important one of them.
>> For Belgrade's legal team, court decision was a victory. This is the first
time a state has been judged over genocide. That Serbia has been cleared of a
state policy of genocide has big implications of other cases on
whether states or individuals can be held responsibility for the most serious
war crimes. But breaching the genocide convention and not handing over the top
fugitives is something Serbia will have to defend in
its push to join the European Union.
>> American troops in Iraq say they seized a significant amount of weapons
they say came from Iran. Last week we were posted on America's planning of
military action against Iran. Paul
Woods reports on the evidence that America is boosting up its presence in
>> The latest fall of roadside bomb is seized in Iraq. More and more they're
hearing from the U.S. Military that Iran is behind these sophisticated and
>> The physical construction of the mortar or rocket stuff
labels identify country of origin.
>> Alongside such claims, a buildup of American
forces is taking place. Air refueling planes have been seen.
>> I can't help think they're demonstrating their military
capability. They say there are no plans but plans can change overnight
and we heard that targeting is ready and that is true.
>> Is this just sabre rattling? The increase of tankers does not mean war is
imminent but Kuwait is getting patriot missiles, supposedly to defend against
Iranian attack and an amphibious vehicle has been sent to the
>> I don't believe that a decision has been made, but all of these elements
are being put in place. The United States is not itching to go to war with Iran
but that does not mean they'll tolerate the nuclear power.
>> At the same time a decision has been made a number of months ago in
Washington that the United States is not going to put up with a nuclear armed
Iran. At the end of the day if it has to come to blow, then it will come to
>> You can only rattle the sabre so many times before you have to use it. As
this buildup continues, the risk is that it could turn into a real war. Now we
go to Alistair in London and the lucky escape in Iraq.
>> There was a lucky escape for a vice president. He emerged
only slightly injured
after a bombing inside a government ministry inside Baghdad as he was visiting.
The explosion killed at least five people. One of the Palestinian leaders is in
Russia to talk about middle east negotiations. We are getting some more
information to us at the moment. A British immigration
court has rejected the application to not extradite him to his home country. The
French candidate has been taking questions from the public on a TV programme
trying to get his campaign back on track. The latest polls show that the
popularity was boosted by her TV appearance last week but still puts Nicholas Sarcosi
ahead. He is U.S. Vice President Dick
Cheney and the British foreign secretary have been in Pakistan. Cheney asked
president pervez musharraf to do more to stop Taliban militants entering
Pakistan from Afghanistan from Pakistani territory. Mark Houston has been to
Islam Islamabad to report.
>> Hundreds of millions, Britain hopes. Almost every recent terror plot in
terrorism has links to Pakistan. Radical clergies defy any compliance. Girls
from the Islamic school has occupied a state library while their brothers are
fighting. At this time they're trying to reform Islamic schools any outside
attempts to interfere have been resolutely resisted. Thee have been forced into
humiliating wide turns. Now a government minister has been filmed on his knees
helping rebuild you it rebuild it.
>> How come we in the west are sure you are going to get tough but then we
see the girls sit in the library and you are helping.
>> Any confrontation will lead to some killing or... that it will have some
>> Reluctance to use force does not mean that Pakistan is not serious about
routing out extremism. But some of the Islamic schools
they say are being used to train terrorists, something the Pakistani government
>> The Pakistani authorities have switched tactics in trying to reform.
Instead of threatening them, the government is wooing them and after five years
of failure, the signs are they are making some head way. It comes from Britain.
There will be a madrassa inspection board and have certified teachers making
sure that militancy and sectarianism is cut from the curriculum.
>> We will try to do our best. Pakistan is a front line. And it is suffering.
>> Pakistan is hoping British style burocracy if I and significant aid will
squeeze out extremism. The challenge is to do it without driving a wedge between
Islamic and state authorities. .
>> Stay with bbc world. Still to come in the programme, gunmen in Saudi
Arabia killed at least three French nationalists. It's a setbook for the Saudi
government that seems to have terrorists under control. A look at the business
news from New York. .
>> $45 billion from the company on the markets. The numbers are just ahead.
Not exciting. That's how energy companies are traditionally seen. But a group
report for $45 billion. This is a merger of its kind
Starbucks is losing it's charms charm. But they are going to continue to
plans to double the number of shops. Oscar night may be over. Last year's most
successful movie in terms of U.S. revenues was
"Pirates of the Caribbean."
It was $423 million. It only got one Oscar for visual effects. Something that
can't be said of every Hollywood studio.
...Produced but only generated $60 million in
revenues. A special award. Back to the markets now. Pushing up the numbers and
couldn't quite hold on and the dow and NASDAQ finished down. The European
markets had a fairly good session on the whole.
>> This is bbc world. A quick reminder of our headlines here. Serbia is
cleared of direct responsibility for the genocide in Bosnia but the highest U.N.
court said it should have done more to stop the genocide. And the Americans
said they have seized a cache of weapons. Three French citizens opened fire on a
group ever tourists near the popular historical site. Also
they were travelling to the holy city of Mecca. The French president
Jacques Chirac condemned this but there were no claims of responsibility.
>> He is in Saudi Arabia where the government instituted its last crackdown
on insurgents. It seems they've conducted a successful heart and mind campaign.
>> I think if you compare the number of terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia
>> Is it your understanding that this is a terrorist attack or that this is
an attack against Westerners in a different sort?
>> It pretty clear it is a terrorist attack.
>> By an organized group?
>> There are reasons to believe it is the al kada branch in Saudi Arabia.
They have been very active and posted on the web a number of weeks ago. So it
feems relatively sophisticated. I don't think it is just a random act of
violence. I think there is no question that there is
likely to be movement across the border. There is no question that that is part
of it but it is unrealistic to think that any government can wipe out terrorism
completely. So there certainly has been a degrading of al Qaeda's capability in
the last couple of years but we are likely to see incidents
like this however tragic in the future.
>> Thank you very much for joining us. Stay with us bbc world. Still to come
in this programme. Six-time Scorsese at the Oscars. .
>> The worst floods to hit Bolivia for a quarter of a century have killed at
least 35 people. The flooding has hit most scenarios of the south American
country. The Bolivian government is putting the blame firmly on climate change.
>> This isn't a river. It's an avenue. The main thorough flair over run
authorize thoroughfare overrun with flood water, forcing
people to life their homes carrying whatever possessions they can. Hundreds of
people have already abandoned their properties while others have taken refuge in
hospitals and schools. The city surrounded by a roadway which acts as a dyke to
protect it from rising parties. Officials are afraid it may spill over
considering to evacuate the entire city of 90,000
people. Some just don't want to leave for fear they'll be robbed. Others wonder
if a tent or standing out in the rain is any better than the home they're
familiar with. In the capital of, Trinidad is only one of the nations that has
been left untouched. Bolivia is the latest nation to
register the worst weather in derk aids. And they say it is global warming plays
havoc with sea levels and temperatures. In the United Nations has called for
international help for
Several countries have responded including the U.S., Italy, Argentina and Peru.
>> Here in Britain, several hundred British troops are to be sent to
Afghanistan. That will bring the total deployment to 7,500 which is bigger than
the U.K. force in Iraq. Most will be in the southern
province of Hellmand.
>> An unlikely landscape for war. But like the Russians before them, British
forces have to fight hand-to-hand just to capture this hill with a view. On a
stretch of water far up the river, it's more than just territory. The
electricity it generates has the power to win over people and take a lot of
convincing. Not surprising as the fighting is destroying their homes and killing
>> Every day British troops are clashing with an almost a guerrilla war in
towns and villages house to house. .
>> The British troops try to withdraw and came under heavy fire. But in here
in the position, firing to the Taliban position trying to get them to withdraw
>> It was dividing the security to development work. And this is their big
hope in Helmand. Jobs were part of the project and a
new road. It will improve people's lives. But until the area is safe,
the development just won't come. So the marines have to keep pushing out
and forcing the Taliban back. It's a big test. Afghanistan's problems are many,
and it will take a long time to resolve.
>> Plenty of big names at the Oscar doing plenty of big awards. The best
actour went to forest Whitaker but martin core say see's film "the
Lion" took the biggest share.
>> Ladies and gentlemen, I give you "the
>> Thank you.
>> It was her night, her party and it will all come together when she meets
the real queen at Buckingham Palace.
>> What went through your mind.
>> He stood up to kiss me and I said no, it's not... and it was.
>> The Oscar is of course about fashion as film. Seen by millions around the
>> And the Oscar goes to Martin Scorsese.
>> It wouldn't have been the Oscars without Martin
Scorsese going home disappointed.
>> After thirty years of waiting, he was finally named
the director of best
>> Thank you. Could you double check the envelope?
>> It was a night in which the academy, it was also a night when some
familiar faces finally got the recognition many people they richly deserve. .
>> And before we go, a look at our main story again. Bosnian Bosnian Muslim
leaders say they're disappointed for the ruling in the Hague the Muslim member
of the country's presidency called the ruling
incomplete. They had been found guilty of failing to prevent the
and have to accept responsibility for that. This is bbc world news in
Washington. I'm Kathy Kay.
>> And from London, I'm Alistair Yates. Thank you very <