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In New York Western and Russian officials are expected to start work on drafting a UN resolution for a settlement

Posted on 01 August 2010

In New York, Western and Russian officials are expected to start work on drafting a UN resolution for a settlement.Two of the Yugoslav leader’s main political opponents came out against any peace agreement that would leave him in power, boosting Western determination to keep the pressure on Mr Milosevic. If the Serbian president remained, “the tragedy and the violence will continue”, the Montenegro President, Milo Djukanovic, and Zoran Djindjic, leader of Serbia’s opposition Democrat Party, said in a joint statement. “If anything good can be extracted from the evil now among us, it is the chance for a total reversal and a new beginning for Yugoslavia.”But those sentiments meant nothing on the streets of Peking. Several British diplomats planned to spend the night in their own embassy, where many windows were broken, and the Union flag had been knocked against a tree.Across the street, frightened Albanian diplomats and their families cowered inside their own compound.

A bonfire was burning on the pavement outside, after Chinese youths had jumped over a wall and thrown stones through windows.In the south-western city of Chengdu, the residence of the US consul- general was badly damaged by fire on Saturday night. Anti-US protests also swept through Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian and other cities yesterday.. LABOUR MADE clear last night its intention to form a coalition Scottish cabinet with the Liberal Democrats, and will try to find a compromise over student tuition fees – the first test of its devolved system. But Liberal Democrat negotiators insisted their demand for tuition fees to be scrapped in Scotland was non-negotiable.

The spectacle of Donald Dewar, Labour’s First Minister, having to engage in “horsetrading” to create a working majority in the new Scottish Parliament outraged some of the new Labour MSPs. In the most explicit offer of places in his cabinet, Mr Dewar told Labour supporters he would try to reach agreement with the Liberal Democrats. “The best option is genuine coalition, strengthened by the doctrine of collective responsibility and backed by a working majority on the floor of the parliament, which will give us the power to deliver,” he said. “We will go into any discussions on agreement with the Liberals on the basis of the manifesto on which we were elected.”
He is expected to offer seats to two Liberal Democrats in his cabinet – Jim Wallace (the party leader in Scotland) as minister for agriculture, and Nichol Stephen – but he wants no drawn-out negotiations He added: “We’re nine short of a majority. It is important that we have stable government.”Lord Steel of Aikwood, the Liberal Democrat MSP who put himself forward as a candidate to become speaker of the new parliament, pronounced tuition fees “dead” in Scotland.But Tony Blair’s cabinet ministers were appalled at the prospect of running two different fee systems for students, north and south of the border “It will cause havoc,” said a cabinet source. Scrapping tuition fees would cost Scottish taxpayers about pounds 50m, but would also undermine English universities’ ability to raise pounds 300m in fees by 2001.”We exempted poorer students from paying the fee.

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