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Musharraf begins European visit in Brussels - International Herald Tribune

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, responding to what he called the West's "obsession" with democracy, pleaded Monday to be allowed time to achieve higher standards of human rights and civil liberties.

Addressing another international concern, Musharraf, told an audience in Brussels that despite the turmoil in his country, Pakistan's nuclear weapons were secure under his rule and would not fall into the hands of the terrorists and extremists that plague the country.

"While we believe in democracy and human rights and civil liberties please allow us time to reach what you have reached. And you have taken centuries to reach it," Musharraf said during an appearance before journalists and analysts at the start of an eight-day European tour.

The Pakistani president, who met with senior European Union and NATO officials, also pledged that Feb. 18 elections will be "fair, transparent and peaceful."

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said after meeting the former military leader that the conduct of those elections would determine the EU's relations and engagement with the country.

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:24:24 PM EST
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And while he's at it he can shop around for a new home...

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 04:08:27 AM EST
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