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Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXIV, No. 16-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, May 30, 1974 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Israel, Syria reach


Heights accord

JERUSALEM (N - In a dramatic
diplomatic triumph for Secretary
of - State Henry Kissinger, Israel
and Syria agreed yesterday to sep-
arate their hostile armies on the
Golan Heights front. The accord
raised hopes for a more durable
peace in the Middle East.
But even as the agreement was
announced, Israeli planes bombed
and strafed "terrorist targets" orr
the western slopes of Mt. Hermon,
and Syrian and Israeli tanks and
artillery blazed away at each other
on the Golan front for the 79th
straight day, communiques said.
The pact, negotiated by Kissinger in
32 days of intense diplomatic effort, will
be signed in Geneva tomorrow. It fol-
lowed by five months a similar accord
he worked out between Israel and Egypt
on the Suez front.
President Nixon said "a major road-
block to any permanent settlement has
now been removed," adding that pros-
pects for a Middle East peace now are
"better than they have been at any time
over the past 25 years."
A senior official in Jerusalem said the
Geneva Middle East peace conference,
which met briefly in December, would
reconvene in July. The parley had ad-
journed while Kissinger arranged the
Israeli - Egyptian agreement on the Suez
much more difficult to achieve, and a
senior U. S. official said the negotiations
that led up to it were the toughest the
secretary ever faced. He said every is-
sue was contested with unparalleled te-
The Israeli government expressed "its
hope this agreement will be another step
toward pacifying the Middle East and
diverting the national energy of all the
nations in the area to the benefit of their
peoples, and their economic, social and
political advancement.

In Syria the agreement was greeted
by a terse summation of President Nix-
on's speech on the end of hostilities, with
officials apparently awaiting the formal
signing tomorrow.
THE AGREEMENT came after Kis-
singer gained a major Israeli concession
on Palestinian guerrilla attacks, and two
days after it appeared he had fallen
short of completing the pact despite
marathon talks with Syrian President
Hafez Assad.
The break-though came with Israel's
agreement not to press for a written
Syrian commitment to restrict its bor-
der against Palestinian infiltrators,
whose incursions have left scores of
Israelis dead.
Israeli sources said the government
would accept a letter from the United
States saying that any Israeli retaliation
for terrorist attacks would be "under-
stood" in Washington.
Council ponders
possibility of
budget cutback
During a special session last night,
City Coun:it received and discussed a
report outlining extensive budget cuts
that will be necessory if a property tax
increase going before the voters next
month is defeated.
The report, compiled by City Adminis-
trvtor Sylvester Murray, states that un-
less a 1.7 mill tax hike appearing on the
June 10 school board election ballot is
passed, the loss in municipal revenues
will "be devastating."
Asumming the millage-a one time
levy-is defeated, the city will be forced
to cut about $1 million from its $18 mil-
lion budget for fiscal year 1975. The
budget includes anticipated funds the
additional property tax would generate.
COUNCIL. DISAGREED little with cut-
backs recommended by Murray which
* no salary increases for city em-
ployes and the demotion of some to
lower payroll classifications 'saving
*laying off 30 full-time employes
(saving $360,000);
" reducing the number of city ve-
hicles available to perform city services
(saving $100,000); and
0 cutting the activities of the Com-
munity Outreach p r o g r a m s (saving
$95,000). -
These reductions will all "severely
affect nomat city operations," according
to Murray, and in the case of lay-offs
and salary cuts may lead to lawsuits
and strikes on the part of unionized
municipal workers.
THE COUNCIL members -last night
discussed a possible "campaign" to in-
form voters about the "facts" relating
to the millage and the consequences of
its defeat.
See COUNCIL, Page 10

Protestant leaders called an end to the 15-day-old strike which paralyzed the
city. The strike forced the British government to suspend home rule when the
moderate Catholic Protestant coalition government collapsed.

British govt. suspends
North Ireland assembly

BELFAST ") - The British govern-
ment suspended the Northern Ireland
assembly yesterday after Protestant ex-
tremists lifted' the 15-day-old strike that
had paralyzed Northern Ireland's econ-
omy and brought down the provincial
The British move was announced after
a meeting between Prime Minister Har-
old Wilson and key ministers and was
made apparently to gain time to work
out a solution for the troubled province's
The Irish government, a coalition of
moderate Protestant and Roman Catho-
lic politicians under Chief Executive
Brian Faulkner, resigned Tuesday as
the s t r i k e brought economic life in
Northern Ireland to a standstill.

BY SUSPENDING the assembly, the
British in effect resumed direct rule of
Northern Ireland under Merlyn Rees,
the British Cabinet minister responsible
for the province. The move will give
Rees time as a caretaker to try and
work out another attempt at power
sharing between the province's warring
Protestant majority and Catholic mi-
One probable outcome of any conces-
sions for the Protestants would be a:
renewed upsurge in violence by the Ro-
man Catholic-based I r i s h Republican
Army (IRA). The IRA wants to drive
the British out of the province and re-
unite the north with the predominantly
Irish republic in the south.
Rees announced he would meet sepa-

rately today with political leaders from
Northern Ireland, including the Rev.
Ian Paisley, Harry West and William
Craig, who represent hardline Protestant
REES REFUSED to see them earlier
because of their backing for the strikers.
Despite their tough talk, the strikers,
too, had backed down. As recently as
Tuesday night they had vowed to con-
tittue the shutdown until new elections
were called.
But thousands of Protestants thought
the fall of the moderate government was
enough for now. Workers defected in
droves, threatening to return to their
jobs no matter what the Ulster Workers'
Council decided.

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