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Soviet officials
MOSCOW (AP) - Soviet
television brought glasnost to the
seat of Soviet power yesterday when
it broadcast live a session of the
Supreme Soviet with officials urging Eduard Shervardnadze and Defense
ratification of the treaty banning in- Minister Dmitri Yazov all backed at
termediate-range nuclear missiles. the document in their speeches to the
In an unprecedented move, state Foreign Relations Commission of
TV ran two hours of the session held the Supreme Soviet.
in the Presidium of the Supreme So- Yazov promised the public that nc
viet, the nominal parliament. country would ever gain military su-
Speaking under the gold hammer- periority over the Soviet Union.
and-sickle seal of the Soviet state, "We prepared profoundly and
top officials called for the treaty's comprehensively," he said of the
ratification, but questioned the trust- treaty. "Each word and each figure ir
worthiness of the United States. it were most thoroughly studied and
KREMLIN number-two man checked."
Yegor Ligachev, Foreign Minister The commission must make a

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 10, 1988-Page 7
urge ratification of INF treaty

;televised live for first time


recommendation to the Presidium,
which has the final decision on
ratification. The treaty already has
been approved by the ruling Com-
munist Party, so its passage is as-
THERE WAS no indication
when final action would be taken on
the treaty signed by President Reagan
and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
in Washington on Dec.8.
Shevardnadze praised the treaty
that eliminates from Europe missiles

with a range of 300 to 3,000 miles
as a "balance of security, a balance of
interests." The Soviet Union also
agreed to remove such missiles from
Asia because the agreement ensures
the United States cannot put such
weapons on that continent, he said.
The pact "would not have been
possible if the United States at cru-
cial stages had not displayed a sense
of realism and a willingness to find
mutually acceptable solutions," he
But he said the American delega-

tion to talks on a 50 percent cut in
long-range missiles "is yet to part
with remnants of its old positions."
THE FOREIGN minister said
he hoped to get a clearer view of the
U. S. position during the Feb. 21-23
visit of Secretary of State George
Shultz to Moscow.
Shevardnadze said an agreement on
long-range missiles can be reached in
the next four to five months. The
two sides have said they hope to sign
an accord on strategic arms at a
Moscow summit in the first half of

this year.
Major newspapers published'the
schedule of the live broadcast, an-
other manifestation of Gorbachev's
policy of glasnost, or more openness
on some issues. In the past, hear-
ings of Soviet government commit-
tees have been held behind closed
Ligachev and Shevardnadze said
Soviet citizens question whether their
country, which is giving up 1,752
missiles compared to 859 for the
United States, is sacrificing too
much, whether the United States, is
sacrificing too much, and whether the
United States can be trusted.

MSA to assess effects of Steiner's

comments on 'U'

F (COtded from Page 1)
But you can say what office they are
coming from." Phillips suggested
that the people on the board of the
office would be appointed by the
University's Affirmative Action
Office, the Lesbian and Gay Men
Program, and Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center.
He added that the students would be
appointed by MSA.
Cheryl Tilles, chair of the Budget
Priorities Committee, expressed
concern that by not setting a floor of
the number of minorities on the
board beforehand, there was a
possiblity that minorities would be
underrepresented. "To rely on MSA
to make a conscoius decision to
represent minorites on the Board is
"I can't comprehend that a Black
person (Phillips) introduced" this
alternative proposal," Tilles said.
MSA vice-President Wendy
Sharp, an LSA senior, said she was
upset about the denial of the
affirmative action amendment
specifically because lesbians and gay
men were excluded from a guarantee
representation on the board.
"I'M UPSET about the
amendment becasue we want
affirmative action to be for women
and. people of color, but not for
members of the gay community,
especially since we have an
administrative office in the Lesbian
and Gay Male Program." she said.
"It's representative of how
homophobia is ignored. Racism and

sexism are two i
always acknow
homophobia is not."
In other business
student groups su
Dean Peter Steiner's
"criticize Blacks,"
create a committe
effects of the con
University and sugg
the comments.
resolution passed by
with five abstentions
were divided on it as
Chair of the Rules
'Racism hasI
history on thi
and we cantot
of the problen

ssues that are it all, verify it, and have it in one
ledged, but place."
Gauthier said the committee
, in response to would issue a report of its findings
pporting LSA and suggest a response for students
comments that to take to them.
MSA will also Engineering reprresentative Dan
e to show the Tobocoman started a half-hour debate
nments on the about the objectivity of the
est a response to committee by asking, "Do people
Although this already have their minds made up
a vote of 18-5, that Steiner should be fired?"
s, some students SCHOOL OF Social Work
well. representative William Holmes said
that the committe was would be
presentative and using Dean Steiner as a scapegoat to
and Elections vent its racial concerns. "Racism has
a long history on this campus," he
said. "We cannot attribute all of the
had a long problems to Dean Steiner."
is campus Non-voting representative Bruce
ca p Belcher said Steiner's coments
attribute all warrant an investigation because of
ns to De an his influence on the campus is great.
"We're not saying Steiner is the
only one responsible for racism at
the University," he said. "On the
am Holmes, othere hand, if one of the top-level
Social Work administrators is comitting racist
presentative acts, it will obviously affect the
climate of the University."

- Willi
School of S
MSA red

Committe Jeff Gauthier, who co-
introduced the resoution, said the
committee was necessary because
Steiner has made comments and a lot
of groups have different perceptions
of what he said. "There's a lot of
stuff that's floating around that's not
clear," he said. "We want to look at

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