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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION Q SOMALIA-ETHIOPIA TENSIONS AND
EU EXPANSION - TOKYO


LEAD STORIES: All Thursday morning papers led with the
resignation of Regulatory Reform Minister Sato over
irregular accounting practices undertaken by his
political organization throughout the 1990s.

1. "Situation in Somalia Smacks of Proxy War" The liberal
Asahi's New York correspondent wrote (12/28): "On the
worsening situation in Somalia, there appear to be
differing views within the UN Security Council over the
council's role in dealing with a 'failed state,' with
Arab and Islamic countries calling for a pullout of
'foreign troops,' while Western powers are opposed in
view of the war on terrorism. Countering the Ethiopian
troops backing the provisional Somali government, Chechen
and Pakistani guerrillas are supporting the rebel Union
of Islamic Courts (UIC). As the UIC is said to have
accepted troops from Eritrea, the situation in Somalia
smacks of a larger proxy war."

2. "EU Expansion over for the Time Being" The top-
circulation, moderate-conservative Yomiuri's Brussels
correspondent stated (12/28): "With the upcoming entry of
Bulgaria and Romania on January 1, the EU will have 27
members and a combined population of about 500 million
people, extending all the way to the Black Sea. EU
expansion, which has been an engine for European unity
and stability, is likely to come to a halt for the time
being, as discussions on Turkey's membership have
stalled.... With Bulgaria and Romania becoming the
poorest members of the organization, there is no doubt
that economic disparities within the EU will further
widen. There is also concern that the larger roster of
members could make managing the organization more
difficult, as the EU has adopted the principle of
unanimous consensus in making key decisions."

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