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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 29, 1984-- Page 5
Mideast envoy to step
down, U.S. officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan's special Mideast envoy,
Donald Rumsfeld, is expected to resign
n after one more trip to the region, partly
\.. out of frustration that American policy
in Lebanon hasn't worked, informed
U.S. officials said yesterday.
G.:;The post is likely to go to Laurence
" *Silberman, the former ambassador to
Yugoslavia who will accompany Rum-
sfeld on his next trip to the region, said
a senior official, who insisted on
anonymity. Silberman is currently an
*ijjqipw aunpaid consultant to the State Depar-
tment on Middle East issues.
THE DATES of Rumsfeld's next trip
to the Middle East were still undecided,
but he is expected to make the trip soon.
3 The senior official said, however, that
. Rumsfeld probably will not visit
. *Lebanon, reflecting the ad-
...ministration's judgment that matters
there are now out of U.S. hands.
Rumsfeld, who was in Washington for
consultations with other administration
officials, was not available for com-
AP Photo Larry Speakes, the White House
A Shiite Moslem mitiaman fires toward East Beirut yesterday as the fighting continues along Beirut's "Green line," spokesman,said he was not aware of
seperating the east and west parts of the city. "THE PRESIDENT is grateful for
Lebanese-Syrian leaders to hold Summt

Rumsfeld's service and he looks for-
ward to continuing working with him,"
said Speakes, adding that Reagan had
"strong, firm, solid, unwavering" sup-
port for the Mideast envoy.
Like his predecessors, Rumsfeld has
been discouraged by American failure
to resolve the crisis in Lebanon in ways
favorable to the United States and will
probably return to private business,
said the senior official. The official
noted that Rumsfeld has always con-
sidered the job temporary. The job of
Middle East envoy was an unpaid
"I think Rumsfeld will visit the
region one more time and then get out,"
the official said. "He has suffered the
fate of all Lebanese-Middle East
negotiators" - becoming frustrated at
the lack of success in achieving policy
goals. Administration officials admit
privately that U.S. policy to bring peace
to Lebanon has failed and that hopes for
a diplomatic solution now rest with
Saudi Arabia.
ANOTHER State Department of-
ficial, who also expected Rumsfeld to
resign, said Rumsfeld's frustrations
went even deeper. He said Rumsfeld
"felt he had no policy to work with."

... expected to step down

* Rumsfeld, 52, is Reagan's third high-
ranking Mideast envoy after Robert
McFarlane and Philip Habib.
McFarlane is now Reagan's national
security adviser.
Rumsfeld, who was secretary of
defense . in the Ford administration,
said when he was appointed by Reagan
last Nov. 3 that he expected to serve
"as Mideast envoy for "a rather exten-
ded period of time."

From AP and UPI
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Druze shells shattered win-
dows yesterday in President Amin Gemayel's palace
as the Lebanese leader anxious to stop the fighting,
reportedly sought a summit meeting with Syrian
President Hafez Assad.
Druze militiamen lobbed several shells into the
grounds of Gemayel's palace in the eastern suburb of
'Baabda, shattering window panes. but causing no
casualties among the occupants who included
'Gemayel, witnesses said.
3 THE SYRIAN-backed rebels also unleashed ar-
tillery fire on the mountain town of Souk al Gharb, the
",radio run by the right-wing Phalange party said. The
town, guarding the approach to Gemayel's palace, is
-the army's last stronghold outside Beirut.
A Syrian presidential spokesman quoted by Beirut
Hartsurprises Mo
(Continued from Page 1)
In reports from 276 of the state's 298 Mondale
precincts, the Democratic totals were: runner's sty
" Hart, 32,628 votes, or 40 percent. Democrat
" Mondale, 22,253, or 28 percent. Reagan insi
" Glenn, 9,813, 12 percent. sonal camj
,Jackson, 4,556,6 percent. leaving th
.McGovern, 4,495,6 percent. organizatio
, Hollings, 2,975, 4 percent. best in the s
" Cranston, 1,871, 3 percent. Meanwhi
* Askew, 884, 1 percent. Times natio
In the competition for delegates, fortably ahe
Hart led for 11 and Mondale for 7. Mon- wide basis.
dale kept the lead, including delegates AS FOR
already chosen from outside New, were sugge
Hampshire. would be the
It was another in a long line of New Cranston w
Hampshire primary surprises, and the if he fared
only clues to this one was a string of scheduled to
pre-election surveys that showed Mon- "We're to
dale losing ground and Hart gaining. tonight," he
Hart, a second-term Colorado Mondale,
senator, had campaigned in near ob- runner for r
scurity for more than a year, but he to build on
gained valuable momentum eight days triumph in
ago with a surprising, if distant second- hoped to to
place finish behind Mondale in the Iowa there into p
caucuses. dale's princ
THE SELF-STYLED candidate of the New Har
"new generation" of leaders, he por- cast in the t
trayed Mondale as the champion of the stroke of
old order and himself as the only man inkling of t
capable of stopping the front-runner. received thr

'Radio said Gemayel and Assad would meet within 48
hours for their first summit since Gemayel came to
power in September 1982. Other reports said the
meeting could take place today.
Government sources in Lebanon had said the
summit might begin this weekend. "If all goes well,
the summit meeting will be held over the weekend,
but not before," one source said.
BUT OPPOSITION leader ex-President Suleiman
Franjieh told reporters after meeting a Syrian envoy
from Assad that no summit would take place before
Gemayel "chose the Arab, not the American line,"
and abrogated 'the U.S.-negotiated May 17 Israeli-
Lebanese agreement.
Gemayel has decided to abrogate the May 17 ac-
cord but is, seeking a face-saving way to do it, the in-
dependent An Nahar newspaper and the rightist

Christian paper Al Amal said.
Syria and its Lebanese allies demand abrogation of
the U.S. sponsored agreement, which the Syrians
view as de facto Lebanese recognition of Israel.
THE LEBANESE-Israeli agreement calls for
Israel and Syria to withdraw their forces from
Lebanon simultaneously. The agreement has never
gone into effect because Syria has refused to pull its"
troops out of Lebanon.
The diplomatic efforts by Lebanese and Syrian
leaders were accompanied by more battles between
Christian and Moslem militiamen in Beirut and in
hilltops overlooking the capital. Scores of artillery
shells and rockets struck residential neighborhoods
of the city.
Beirut radio stations reported gun battles in neigh-
borhoods along the "green line."

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ic rivals and attacking
tead. He tapered off his per-
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le, a CBS News-New York
onal poll put Mondale com-
ead of the field on a nation-
some of the others, there
stions that the first primary
e last.
n aides said in advance that
vould consider withdrawing
poorly, and the senator was
o fly to California today.
alking about a lot of things
the acknowledged front-
more than a year, had hoped
last week's overwhelming
the Iowa caucuses. Hart
urn his second-place finish
roof positive that he is Mon-
ipal rival.
mpshire's first votes were
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he night's returns. Hollings
ree votes to two for Mondale

...suffers surprise setback

and one for Hart. Hollings also
received five write-in votes on the
Republican side, while Reagan had the
other 15.
The rest of the state voted in stormy
New England weather that brought
sleet and snow, but not the blizzard that
some campaigns had feared would
depress voter turnout.

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important part of -Hart's second-place
Iowa finish and his New Hampshire vic-
"IT'S THE personal contact which
was very helpful in Iowa," said LSA
Sophomore Mark Graham, one of 21
University students who worked for
Hart in Iowa before last week's
caucuses there.
Graham said the students' and
others' door-to-door canvassing and
speeches during the caucuses en-
couraged a number of Iowans to sup-
port Hart. He said their greatest impact

was during the actual caucuses when
students could speak to undecided
voters and win their support.
Mark Blumenthal, an LSA senior who
is organizing Hart's Michigan cam-
paign, said similar efforts led to. last
night's victory.
"WE WERE very well organized in
New Hampshire," he said, adding that
Hart supporters have a lot of work to do
in Michigan.
"We're up against an army,"
Blumenthal said, citing the numerous
endorsements Mondale has received

from state politicans and labor leaders.
"It is still very much uphill for us.
Nothing is going to fall into our laps in
Hart campaigners have been
enlisting help this week in the fishbowl,
and Graham said he expects many
more students to join the campaign af-
ter the victory in New Hampshire.

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