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【整理】VOA 2014-04-28 乌克兰扣留欧洲观察员

2014-05-21    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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From Washington, this is VOA News. European monitors captured in Ukraine say they are well. South Korea’s Prime Minister offers to resign over the ferry disaster. I’m Ray Kouguell, reporting from Washington.

A group of European monitors detained by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine appeared in public Sunday offering assurances they are not being mistreated. With armed rebels watching as negotiators were trying to secure their release, the leader of the monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, German Colonel Axel Schneider, said they are in good health. “Our presence here in Slovyansk is for sure a political instrument for the decision-makers here in the region, and the possibility to use it for negotiation.” The OSCE said a team of negotiators to eastern Ukraine to meet with the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk about freeing the military monitors. And one Swedish observer was released.

The United States says new western economic sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine will target Moscow’s defense industry and companies with close links to President Vladimir Putin. Speaking on US news show Sunday, deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said that starting this week, the latest sanctions would exert what he called additional pressure on the corporate officials closest to Mr.Putin and the companies they control. Earlier sanctions targeted at some banking activities and other corporate officials close to Mr. Putin.

President Obama held talks with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Sunday on the third leg of a four-nation tour of Asia. Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his gratitude for American help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines’ flight 370. Mr. Obama pledged to continue providing all the assistances possible in the search for the plane now missing for 7 weeks. The 2 leaders said they also agreed to cooperate on a trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and the Nuclear Proliferation Security Initiative, both of which Malaysia has opposed in the past. President Obama arrives Monday in the Philippines for officials of the two countries to sign a new 10-year security pact that will allow for a large US security presence. Mr. Obama’s two-day trip to Manila is a final stop in his Asia tour which also included Japan and South Korea.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s office says she will accept her Prime Minister’s resignation, but not until the Sewol ferry disaster is brought under control. Prime Minister Chung Hong-won resigned following a public uproar over his government’s response to the April 16th’s ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. A somber-looking Mr. Chung announced his resignation in a brief televised address after bowing to a group of South Korean reporters. He said keeping my post is too great a burden under the administration.

Saudi authorities have confirmed 10 more deaths from the mysterious MERS virus, putting the death toll since the disease first discovered at 102. A death was reported Sunday after two on Saturday. The nation’s Health Ministry says MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, was first found in Saudi Arabia two years ago.

The International Watchdog in charge of getting chemical weapons out of Syria is calling on the government to hand over its remaining materials. Sigrid Kaag, a special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told a news conference in Damascus on Sunday that more than 92% of Syria’s chemicals have been removed from the country or destroyed so far. “I strongly encourage the authorities to complete the job as soon as possible in the proximity of Syria’s own internal deadline of 27th of April, so the 30th of June deadline can be met.” Washington and its western allies blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for unleashing the nerve agent.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rejecting comments made by Palestinian leader of President Mahmoud Abbas in which he called the Holocaust the most heinous crime of modern history. Mr. Abbas’s statement was published Sunday by the Palestinian official news agency. Mr. Netanyahu said that the leader was simply making statements designed to placate global public opinion. I’m Ray Kouguell, VOA News, these and other stories on our website at voanews.com.


美国之音新闻,华盛顿报道。在乌克兰被扣留的欧洲观察员称他们一切安好。韩国总理因沉船事件请辞。我是雷·寇格尔,华盛顿报道。

一队在乌克兰东部地区被亲俄叛乱分子扣留的欧洲观察员周日公开露面,向众人证明他们没有受到虐待。当时,谈判人员努力争取安全释放被扣人员,而叛乱分子全副武装,严密监视。这些观察员来自欧洲安全与合作组织,他们的领导人德国上校阿列克斯·施耐德称他们身体健康。"我们在斯拉维扬斯克露面是为了确保该地区的决策者会采用政治手段解决问题,并有可能通过政治途径进行协商。"安全与合作组织表示,一组谈判人员将前往乌克兰东部地区,就释放军事观察员问題,与自称是斯拉维扬斯克市市长的人进行谈判。一名瑞典观察员已经获释。

美国表示,新一轮的西方经济制裁目标将会指向俄罗斯的国防工业以及与总统弗拉基米尔•普京有紧密关系的公司,以此反对俄罗斯介入乌克兰事物。国家安全顾问代理托尼•布林肯在美国周日的新闻节目上发言,表示从本周开始,最新的制裁行动将会启动,他称这是给普京亲近的企业官员与他们控制的公司施加的额外压力。不过早先的制裁目标只针对一些银行业务以及与普京紧密关联的其他企业官员。

总统奥巴马星期天与马来西亚总理举行会谈,这是其亚洲四国之行的第三站。总理纳吉布.拉扎克对美国在寻找马航失联飞机370提供的帮助致以感谢。奥巴马承诺将继续对寻找该飞机提供尽可能多的帮助,该飞机已失联7周。两国领导人表示他们同意就“跨太平洋合作贸易协定”(TPPTP)和核扩散安全倡议进行合作。在过去马来西亚对这两项合作均表示反对。周一总统奥巴马将抵达菲律宾,两国相关官员将签署一项10年期新安全协议,该协议将容许美国安全人员在菲大量驻扎。奥巴马访问马尼拉的两天之旅是其亚洲之行的最后一站,此次亚洲之行还包括日本和韩国。

韩国总统朴槿惠办公室表示,总统将批准总理的辞呈,但要等到“万岁号”渡船事件得到控制为止。4.16沉船事件造成300多民众死亡或失踪,引起公众对政府的反应状况极度不满,随后总理郑烘原辞职。在一次简短的电视演讲中,神情严肃的郑先生向韩国记者鞠躬之后,宣布辞职。他表示自己担任现在的职务已成为本届政府的巨大的负担。

沙特当局确认又有10人死于神秘的中东呼吸道综合症病毒, 自该疾病首次发现以来,死亡人数已达到102人。在周六有两例死亡之后,周日又报道一例死亡。该国卫生部表示中东呼吸综合症两年前首次发现于沙特阿拉伯。

负责移除叙利亚化学武器的国际监察团要求叙政府交出剩下的化学武器材料。联合国与禁止化学武器组织联合特派团的特别协调员西格里德•卡格于周日在大马士革召开的新闻发布会上表示,叙利亚境内已有92%的化学武器被移除或销毁。“我强烈鼓励当局在其内定的截止日期4月27日前能够尽快完成清除工作,以便赶上6月30日的最后期限”。美国及其西方盟国指责叙利亚总统阿萨德的军队使用神经毒素。

巴勒斯坦总统马哈茂德·阿巴斯声称犹太人大屠杀是现代历史上最令人发指的罪行,对此,以色列总理本杰明·内塔尼亚胡拒绝发表评论。周日,阿巴斯的声明由巴勒斯坦官方通讯社发表。内塔尼亚胡称巴方领导人发表声明仅仅是为了安抚全球的公众舆论。



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