BRIEFS

BRIEFS

TAIWAN STILL REJECTING

OVERTURES FROM CHINATAIPEI - Taiwan on Tuesday poured cold water on rival China's calls for political negotiations, saying Beijing's ''one China'' principle was unacceptable.

''Chinese communists' 'one China' notion is different from what we perceive as the reality of 'one China divided,' '' a spokesman for Taiwan's policy-making Mainland Affairs Council was quoted in local newspapers as saying.

''It is unacceptable to us,'' spokesman Sheu Ke-sheng said.

The rebuttal came a day after China's top negotiator with the nationalist island softened Beijing's conditions for talks, saying Taiwan did not have to recognize Beijing as China's central government before entering into political negotiations.

STRIKE CRIPPLES GREEK

PUBLIC SERVICE SECTOR

ATHENS - Greece's public services shut down Tuesday in a one-day strike that halted buses and trains, canceled or delayed flights, and forced electric, telephone and postal services to work on skeleton staff.

The strike, the second in a week, was called by the General Confederation of Greek Workers, the country's largest union, to protest against government plans to restructure state-owned enterprises and cut their mounting deficits.

''The Greek people have paid billions so that these enterprises stay alive. It is time to see whether these amounts are necessary, what is needed and what is not so as to cut costs,'' Prime Minister Costas Simitis said.

IMF, KENYA SET FOR

NEW TALKS ON REFORMS

WASHINGTON - Experts from the International Monetary Fund will travel to Kenya for talks set for Feb. 9, centering on economic reforms and ''governance issues,'' an international monetary source said.

''They will be discussing the whole situation in Kenya, what the Kenyan government is doing in terms of reforms and in terms of governance issues and the financial requirements in terms of an IMF-supported program,'' the source said.

The IMF halted its lending program to Kenya last year, complaining about poor governance - the word the fund uses when it refers to official corruption.