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Page Ten

THE MiCHiGAN DAILY

Friday, August 12, 1977

Cuba lets Americans go Congress hopeful of

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hAVANA, Cuba W? - Cuban
President Fidel Castro and
Sen. Frank Church announced
yesterday that Cuba will per-
mit approximately lit Ameri-
can citizens to leave Cuba and
go to the United States with
their families.
Tue agreement was announc-
ed at a joint airport news con-
ference following two days of
intensive talks between the Cu-
ban leader and Church, an Ida-
ho Democrat.
-P R E S I D E N T Castro
indicated to me he thought this
was a humanitarian question
to which he was very sensitive
and he was prepared to see to
it isal this problem is reme-
die,," Church said.
"lie said there was no rea-
son to detain them and he will
see to it that arrangements be
made to let them leave and
take their wives and children
with them."
The individuals involved are

Americans having C u b a n
wikcs and children. As Ameri-
cat- citizens, they have been
free to leave but the Castro
government has until now re-
tused to let the families go
along .
WHILE THE pact on the U.S.
citiens was a diplomatic coup
for Church, it fell far short of
his hopes that Castro would
agree to release some or all of
the 18 Americans imprisoned
or detained in Cuban jails.
That group includes seven
hel as political prisoners on
charges of espionage and
"crunter - revolutionary" activ-
ities from as far back as 1959.
The two men were known to
hai e discussed the prisoner is-
sue at length since Wednesday
night, when they went together
on an offshore spear fishing
trip following a cross - country
aut'j tour and visit to the Bay
of Pigs, the site of an abortive
1961 invasion by U. S.-backed

anti-Castro forces.
BUT CASTRO evidently refus-
ed Church's request, which
was made on behalf of the State
Department, for actions to free
the prisoners or reduce their
sentences.
HE SAID he would report on
his conversations with Castro
to President Carter upon re-
turning to Washington, but
woiuld not discuss the prisoner
question or any of the other is-
sues at the news conference.
Church said Castro was so
amenable on the question of
the 80 U. S. citizens and their
families, however, that he offer-
ed to send them home aboard
Church's Air Force jet if the
Americans could provide a list
of who they were.,
Sinee that was sot possible,
Church said, the arrangement
for their departure from Cuba
wi~h their families should be
maue within a matter of a few
weeks.

passing Panama pact

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22 tending to oppose it and the
rest undecided, administration
sources said.
"I think it looks pretty good,"
one official said. "In fact, I'm
almost sure we can do it."
However, thc sources concede
these are rough estimates and
rallying the votes will be a hard
fight.
McCLURE, predicting the new
treaty will be defeated in Con-
gress, said tle President's de-
cision to -announce the agree-
meet when members of Con-
gress were out of town on a
summer recess is "an admission
that the treaty is in serious
trouble."
He said that he and Helms
planned a lawsuit to bar the ad-
ministration from carrying out
any parts of the new agreement
without congressional approval.

There are economic provi,i(5s5
in the agreement that may not
require Senate ratification, a
McClure aide said.
HELMS SAID Carter "is mak-
ing a grave error -. . lie h;s
not yet shown us the fine print,
but the very concepts that he
has announced are fundamental
ly wrong and the vast majority
of the American people instine
tively disagree with them.'
Sen. S t r o m Thurmond (R--
S.C.), another outspoken advo-
cate of keeping the canal in
U.S. hands, vowed "to exert
every effort possible to prevent
the surrender of the Panama
Canal Zone." He predicted "sub-
stantial opposition" to the new
agreement.
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