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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 10, 1986
Ex-aides refuse to testify

of President Reagan's recently
departed national security aides -
both still active-duty military
officers - refused to publicly
answer questions yesterday from a
House committee trying to explore
the Iranian-Contra arms-and-money
The dramatic invocations of
Fifth Amendment rights by Vice
Adm. John Poindexter and Marine
Lt. Col. Oliver North brought an
increasing aura of mystery to the
burgeoning foreign policy scandal.

The twin refusals to testify came
as the Reagan administration
appeared, still, to be at odds with
itself over exactly what happened
and how officials should respond to
congressional demands for answers.
Retired Maj. Gen. Richard Secord,
another principal figure in the
controversy, took the Fifth
Amendment before the Senate
Intelligence Committee.
IN CITING their con -
stitutional right against self-
incrimination, Poindexter, Reagan's
former national security adviser, and

North, fired as a key National
Security Council aide, declined in
separate, nationally broadcast,
appearances before the House
Foreign Affairs Committee to
discuss any aspect of U.S. arms
sales to Iran or the transfer of
profits to Nicraguan Contra rebels.
"I must decline to answer that
question at this time because of my
constitutional rights under the Fifth
Amendment," Poindexter, who
resigned Nov. 25, told the
"On the advice of the counsel, I

respectfully and regretfully decline
to answer the quesiton based on my
constitutional rights," responded
North, who worked for Poindexter
at the NSC.
AT THE White House,
President Reagan, in an exchange
with news reporters during a
picture-taking session, said he has
caught glimpses of the nationally
televised House hearings, but also
said, "If I were taking questions, I
would remind you that I am the one
that told you all that we know.
about what happened."

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Gov't, rebels to cease fire
MANILA - The government and rebels resolved a dispute over
weapons yesterday, removing the last obstacle to a truce in the
Communist insurgency that has plagued the archipelago since 1969.
Spokesmen for President Corazon Aquino and the rebel National
Democratic Front said the 60-day cease-fire would begin at noon today
(11 p.m. EST) as scheduled.
Both sides said the agreement provides that armed guerrillas will;
not enter "population centers" and soldiers will not confiscate rebel
weapons during security patrols.
The last-minute negotiations over the cease-fire stemmed from a
military threat to seize illegal weapons, including those in "security,
operations" during the truce.
Agreement came several hours after the military said rebels killed
five people, including a woman and child, in an attack on the southern
island of Mindanao.
Ford tests gas alternative
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co., seeing less-polluting methanol as
the fuel most likely to replace gasoline, is conducting the first long-
term durability tests for cars which can use either or both, the-
company said yesterday.
"Ford Motor Co. has been working on alcohol fuels for a couple of4j
decades. The great difficulty everyone has bumped into in this arena is
the fact that alcohol fuels are not readily available to the public. Our
solution is the flexible-fueled vehicle," Ford spokesman William,
Peacock said.
Canadian government agencies in various locations two months,
ago began driving a 20-car fleet of modified 1986 and 1987 Ford LTD
Crown Victoria six-passenger sedans, called flexible-fuel vehicles,
Peacock said. -
The cars are being tested in Canada because methanol-powered a
vehicles in the past have had problems starting in cold weather. The,;
alcohol-based fuel ignites less easily than gasoline.
Ford believes it has solved that problem by using a 15 percent
gasoline, 85 percent methanol mixture.
Israeli troops injure students:
BIR ZEIT, Occupied West Bank - Israeli troops shot and
seriously wounded a Palestinian youth yesterday and clubbed other..
protesters as hundreds of Arab students marched to protest six days of
violence in the occupied territories.
Four Palestinians have been killed and 26 wounded since Thursday
in clashes with Israeli soldiers.
In New York, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution
Monday condemning the violence, and yesterday Egypt criticized the
"violent repressive measures." Egypt is the only Arab country which
has signed a peace treaty with Israel.
The Israeli Parliament debated three motions of no confidence in
the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir for its handling of,
unrest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which Israel captured in the
1967 Middle East war. The motions came from both the political,
right and left.
Study urges contraceptive use
WASHINGTON - Teen-age sex, which results in a million
pregnancies a year, must be countered with aggressive sex education
programs and "diligent contraceptive use" to reduce births and "
abortions among the nation's youth, said a study released today.
An expert panel assembled by the National Research Council,
following a two-year study of teen-age pregnancy, said "the highest
priority" must be given to pregnancy prevention - including
widespread distribution of birth control devices to youths.
There is little evidence that existing efforts to discourage teen-agers
from engaging in sex are effective and no convincing data that the
availability of contraceptive services encourages early, sex, the panel
"The panel believes that the major strategy for reducing early
unintended pregnancy must be the encouragement of diligent
contraceptive use by all sexually active teen-agers," concluded the 337-
page report from the research council.
Soviet dissident dies in prison
MOSCOW - A Moscow friend said the wife of Soviet dissident
Anatoly Marchenko received a telegram yesterday saying her husband
had died in prison.
Larisa Bogoraz, the dissident's wife, immediately left for Chistopol
Prison with the couple's 13-year-old son, Pavel, her friend told The.
Associated Press by telephone. The friend spoke on condition of
Marchenko was a prominent dissident and a member fo the

disbanded Helsinki Watch Group that attempted to monitor Soviet
compliance with the 1975 accord on human rights.
Ms. Bogoraz's friend said the telegram did not say when Marchenko
died or give the cause of his death.
Marchenko had spent more than 20 years in prison for dissident
activities and was in the middle of a 10-year sentence on charges of
anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda.
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