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June 03, 1988 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-03

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New York (JTA) — President
Reagan continued to press
the Soviet Union on its
human rights record in a
meeting with Soviet activists,
including 17-year refusenik
Yuli Kosharovsky.
"On human rights, on the
fundamental dignity of the
human person, there can be
no relenting. For now we
must work for more, always
more," said Reagan in
remarks Monday broadcast
live in the United States on
network television.
The hour-long meeting took
place at Spaso House, the
Moscow residence of U.S. Am-
bassador Jack Matlock.
The president's remarks
were the second in one day to
address the human rights
issue. Earlier, while visiting
Moscow's Danilov Monastery,
he called for increased
religious liberty in the Soviet
Union and the reopening of
thousands of churches and
banned congregations.
Reagan seemed to be pay-
ing little heed to a rebuke by
Soviet leader Mikhail Gor-
bachev. Gorbachev welcomed
Reagan to their fourth sum-
mit conference by arguing
that the U.S. president had ig-
nored the changes that have
been implemented under the
new Soviet leadership.
But Soviet complaints
about American leaders ar-
riving in Moscow to lecture
the Kremlin on human rights
may have persuaded the
White House to cancel
another scheduled Reagan
meeting with Soviet
The president reportedly
had been planning to make a
surprise visit to the Moscow
home of Yuri and Tanya Zie-
man, who first applied to
emigrate in 1977. When word
got out about the scheduled
visit, crew_s of painters, street
cleaners and maintenance
workers arrived at the Zie-
man residence to spruce up
the surroundings. Reporters
also gathered at the site.
But the president never
showed up. U.S. officials
would not comment on the
reasons for the cancellation.
New York Newsday, however,
quoted an unnamed admin-
istration official as saying
that Soviet authorities
threatened that if the
meeting took place, the
Ziemans would never be
In his meeting with dis-
sidents and human rights ac-
tivists, Reagan told the ac-
tivists that he believed "this

is a hopeful time for your na-
tion," citing the release of
more than 300 political and
religious prisoners from
Soviet labor camps since Gor-
bachev assumed leadership.
Nevertheless, the president
declared that "the basic stan-
dard the Soviet Union agreed
to almost 13 years ago in the
Helsinki Accords, or a genera-
tion ago in the Universal
Declaration on Human
Rights, still need to be met."
Kosharovsky, who first ap-
plied to emigrate in 1971,
joined two dissidents, a
former political prisoner and
a Russian Orthodox priest
freed last year after six years
in jail, in the meeting with
Reagan and his top advisers.
"Despite democratization,
our lot has not improved,"
Kosharovsky told Reagan.
"The government continues
to deny our right to teach and
learn our culture."
North American Soviet
Jewry activists arrived in
Moscow for meetings with the
press, refusenik families and
Soviet officials, according to
Jerry Goodman, executive
director of the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry.
Goodman said leaders were
scheduled to arrive in Moscow
during the week. Some would
be travelling directly from the
United States, he said, and
some from Helsinki, where
before the summit they con-
vened to advocate the inclu-
sion of human rights issues
on the summit agenda.
According to one report
reaching New York, Rabbi Avi
Weiss of New York, national
chairman of the Student
Struggle for Soviet Jewry,
held a small demonstration in
Red Square calling attention
to the concerns of Soviet Jews.
Weiss reportedly was in
Moscow on a one-day excur-
sion from Leningrad, where
he flew after the Helsinki -

Court Considers
Cross Removal

Washington (JTA) —
Federal District Court Judge
Thomas Hogan heard argu-
ments in a case to determine
whether or not a 65-foot il-
luminated cross from a U.S.
Marine Corps base in Hawaii
should be ordered removed.
Judge Hogan is not ex-
pected to make a decision for
several months, according to
a spokesperson for the Jewish
War Veterans of the USA

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