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Senate votes to end
From theAssociated Press
The Senate voted yesterday to
remove all economic sanctions against
Uganda in recognition of the removal of
dictator Idi Amin.
The move, when enacted into law,
will lifta prohibition against U.S. aid to
the government of Uganda and, more
importantly, lift an embargo against
trade in coffee, Uganda's most impor-
Meanwhile, in Masindi, Uganda,
Tanzanian and Ugandan troops readied
an all-out drive yesterday to crush
resistance by forces loyal to Amin in
northern Uganda, where the deposed
dictator was reported over the weekend
rallying his soldiers.
Tanzanian military sources in
Masindi, the northernmost point of the
Tanzanian advance, said the push to
capture the northern district capitals of
Gulu, Lira, and Arua was imminent and
would involved major tank attacks in at
least one phase.
GULU AND LIRA, in north-central
Uganda, are populated by tribesmen
antagonistic to Amin, so little resistan-
ce is expected.
But the joint force of Tanzanians and
fighters of the new anti-Amin Ugandan
government is girding for heavy op-
position in the drive on Arua, Amin's
birthplace, across the western branch
of the Nile River near the Zaire border.
Arua area residents are staunchly loyal
Reports over the weekend from
Italian missionaries in the area said
Amin, who reportedly fled to Libya af-
ter his defeat in southern Uganda last
month, was spotted Friday in Arua ad-
dressing some 500 loyal troops.
UGANDAN MILITARY scouts have
told Tanzanian officers to expect a hail.
of spears and arrows from the loyal
population in the West Nile area, sour-
ces said. Residents fleeing from the
area claim about 10,000 soldiers loyal
Amin are in the district and gearing up
for a heavy fight.
"We are not worried about Amin's
soldiers in the area," a Tanzanian of-
ficer involved in the operation said.
"When soldiers resist we kill them, but
civilians are another matter."
The first indication of civilian
resistance to the Tanzanian-Ugandan
sweep came during the weekend. Three
soldiers died after eating bananas of-
ficials said were poisoned by West Nile
tribesmen who live in the area.
TO ENTER THE northwestern Arua
district, Tanzanian and Uganadan
troops must cross the Nile at Pakwach
via a single bridge a few miles north of
Masindi, 106 miles northwest of
Kampala, the capital, is about 125 miles
southeast of Arua. It was captured over
the weekend by troops facing only light
resistance from a pro-Amin artillery
battalion. Amin's soldiers were quickly
routed, leaving behind field guns, small
arms, and equipment at the city's
deserted army barracks.
Most of the civilian population fled
before the arrival of the Tanzanians,
but several bodies littered the streets
and in one part of towna tribesman was
found nailed to a tree with a metal spike
driven through his head.
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John Welborn, co-sponsor of the bill
(R-Kalamazoo), said, "It boils down to
one thing - if you've got twenty votes,
all the resolutions in the world don 't
"Any legislator who hasn't made up
his mind hasn't got his ears open," said
Welborn. "You're either for or against,
there's no middle-ground."
"It's an issue where it is very difficult
to be in the middle," said Patricia
Leuzzy of the Michigan Women's
Commission. "People are extremely
committed on both sides." The
Women's Commission is officially op-
posed to the Senate bill, and while "not
official lobbyists," according to Leuz-
zy, they are "communicating to
legislators what their views are."
Other groups involved in legislative
persuasion in Lansing are the
Women's Equity Action League, the
Religious Coalition on Abortion Rights,
the National Abortion Rights Action
League, the American Civil Liberties
Union, the Democratic Women's
Caucus, the Michigan Education
Association, the American Association
of University Women, the League of
Women Voters, and the National
Organization of Women (NOW(.
"At this point, it doesn't look like it's
going to happen (the bill being
discharged from committee)," NOW
Lobbyist Sue Wagner said yesterday in
Lansing. "I think that personally they
(the senators) have been very accep-
ting of traditionally controversial
issues," continued Wagner. "We want
the bill kept in committee - we feel it's
discriminatory toward poor women."
"We're for the bill," said Robert
Rice, co-chairperson of Ann Arbor
Right-to-Life. "The only case you can
make against it is discrimination
against the poor - that assumes abor-
tion is a positive good." Rice said his
group considers abortion to be a
"positive evil" and objected to using
public funds for "immoral purposes."
"It is an urgent question of public
funding on a controversial item," said
Rice. "It's a matter of public interest,
and should be voted on by the entire
Pierce, before participants in a
"Politics of Abortion" conference at
Washtenaw Community College Satur-
day, said the discharging of a bill from
committee is "almost never done after
only five or six weeks," and "that's not
the way the committee system's sup-
"I don't want this done at a public
hearing," said Pierce. "I've got a lot of
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