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PLO peace talks
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - The
Soviet Union on Monday invited
Egypt's president to Moscow and
scheduled meetings in the Egyptian
capital with Israel and the PLO in
quest of a Middle East peace confer-
But Israeli Foreign Minister
Moshe Arens told reporters after 90
minutes of talks with Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak that they
made no progress on the key obsta-
cle blocking a peace conference -
Israel's refusal to sit with the PLO.
Cairo was the focus of new peace
efforts with the arrival Sunday night
of Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard
Shevardnadze, who is on a five-na-
tion Middle East tour.
He gave Mubarak a letter from
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev,
extending an "official and friendly
invitation" for the Egyptian leader to
The message included "some im-
portant presentation regarding a
Middle East settlement," Shevard-
nadze said in Russian through an
Arabic interpreter. He did not elabo-
After chastising Israel earlier for
adopting a "stubborn position,"
Shevardnadze was scheduled to meet
with Arens in Cairo on Wednesday.
There was a strong possibility he
would meet with PLO Chairman
Yasser Arafat separately on the same
Israeli officials, speaking on con-
dition of anonymity, stressed the
Soviet and Israeli positions were not
so far apart that they could not be
bridged on the subject of an interna-
tional peace conference.
Shevardnadze proposed in
Damascus, Syria, on Saturday that
the U.N. Security Council's five
permanent members convene a
preparatory conference within nine
months to arrange for Arab-Israeli
However, Israel has refused talks
with PLO, which it contends is a
terrorist organization bent on de-
stroying the Jewish state.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Esmat
Abdel-Meguid called on Israel to
consider "with an open mind and
open heart" the possibility of talking
to the PLO. The Palestinians, he
told reporters after the meeting, have
shown "a greater deal of flexibility
and a great deal of understanding."
This airview photo shows the damage to part of the 2nd Battalion
Parachute Regiment barracks at Ternhill, near Shrewsbury,
England, following the explosions yesterday morning.
Continued from Page 1
One of the 50 soldiers sleeping in
the barracks at the time of
yesterday's attack was injured
slightly by flying glass. Most were
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The battalion, part of the
regiment whose colonel-in-chief is
Prince Charles, is to begin a tour of
duty this week in Northern Ireland,
the domestic press agency Press
The outlawed Irish Republican
Army, in a statement issued to
Dublin news media, claimed
responsibility for the bombing and
said other attacks would follow
unless the British left the province.
"While Britain maintains its
colonial grip on the north of Ireland,
the I.R.A. will continue to strike at
those who oversee and implement
British government policy in our
country," said the I.R.A. statement.
The Irish Republican Army has
made British soldiers a prime target
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for Minority Affairs Charles Moody
was optimistic about the efforts.
"This is the first time a recep-
tion of this kind has been organized
so the turnout could be understand-
able," Moody said, adding that "the
longest journey always begins with a
first step, and it is good the students
began it. Next year it probably would
be a lot better."
Professors said that it would be
"in the interest of everyone" if there
were more interaction between the
faculty and staff.
"I do not know why we do not
have more of this," said Education
Prof. Percy Bates. "There needs to be
a mechanism to allow the students to
"I think we have a common in-
terest that could be served if we spent
more time interacting with each
other," said biology professor George
Jones. "If we cooperate, it is bound
to benefit all concerned."
Jones said he did not think in-
creasing the interaction is simply a
faculty responsibility, adding that
students should also show interest
and initiate interaction.
"I think the University is an in-
stitution which is suitable and will
satisfy the needs of a larger number
of minority students than are cur-
rently here," said Jones.
On the issue of racism at the
university, most of the professors
agreed that it should be combatted,
but said it would be unrealistic to
expect racism to be instantly eradi-
"We have got keep working
against racism. It is a life long
commitment," Moody said.
Some students said there is a
greater need for minority student ser-
vices but some faculty and staff dis-
"In my observation we are doing
as good a job as we could," Bates
said. "The help is available if the
students are not getting it is a an-
other problem, sometimes many
students don't know that these ser-
vices are available."
Moody encouraged Black stu-
dents to "keep working hard, trying
to excel and achieve your goals," and
stressed that "when they did achieve
their goals thev hAn11d go reach hck.p
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
European community protests
Iranian death threat over book
European Common Market governments decided yesterday to withdraw
their top diplomats from Iran to protest Ayatollah Ruhollan Khomeini's
renewed order for Moslems to kill novelist Salman Rushdie. Britain went
further by pulling out its entire embassy staff.
Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe said the death threats against
Rushdie and the publishers of "The Satanic Verses" for allegedly blas-
pheming Islam were "unwarranted interference" in Britain's internal af-
The 12 European Economic Community governments, in a sharp
blow to Iran's hopes of improving relations with Western nations, decided
to suspend high-level visits to and from Iran.
Howe told a news conference that the EEC foreign ministers had sent
"a strong, concerted signal to the Iranian leadership that Khomeini's
threats are an affront to international standards of behavior and will not be
North jury will take oaths today
WASHINGTON - A jury will be sworn today in the trial of Oliver
North, with the prosecution preparing a lineup of witnesses to testify that
he tried to cover up the Iran-Contra affair. North, the key figure in the
Iran-Contra affair, was indicted 11 months ago.
The jury of nine women and three men was selected Feb. 9, but the
trial was delayed when the Justice Department protested that North might
divulge classified material in the courtroom. After receiving assurances
from Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh, the department on Wednes-
day dropped efforts to delay the trial.
The jurors have one thing in common: they had almost no exposure to
North's nationally televised congressional testimony in 1987 in which he
admitted, under limited immunity from prosecution, many details touch-
ing on the crimes with which he is charged.
Michigan gas tax could go up 15
LANSING - Michigan motorists could be paying higher taxes at the
gasoline pump because Gov. James Blanchard has privately dropped his
opposition to an increase in the motor fuel tax, legislative leaders and
House speaker Lewis Dodak (D-Birch Run) said he has been encour-
aged by his talks with Blanchard about increasing the state's 15-cent-a-
gallon levy to provide more funds for repairing and building roads.
"I'm happy and pleased the the governor is not going to oppose it,"
said Dodak, who proposed a 2-cent-a-gallon increase last fall.
John Engler (R-Mount Pleasant), the Senate majority leader, said last
week he is waiting for a clear sign of the governor's willingness to sup-
port a higher tax.
The state needs to act quickly, he said, because the federal government
could decide to increase its tax on gasoline as a way to trim the deficit,
making it more difficult for the state to vote its own increase.
"We'd have to live with the road system the way it is for the next 10
years, probably," he said.
Committee continues Tower probe
WASHINGTON - Ranking members of the Senate Armed Services
Committee met Monday with a government investigator who once probed
the conduct of an arms talks delegation that included John Tower, as the
White House delivered to the panel the latest FBI report on the defense
Chairman Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) and ranking Republican John Warner of
Virginia interviewed Berne Indale, a State Department security officer sent
to Geneva in 1986 by the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency to in-
vestigate allegations of security breaches, said congressional sources who
Meanwhile, the FBI presented its latest report on allegations into
Tower's personal and business affairs to White House counsel C. Boyden
Gray, who was delivering the report to Nunn and Warner.
Tackett says suicide attempt will
not end his fight for a vet holiday
Charles Tackett was released from the Ann Arbor Veterans Adminis-
tration Medical Center yesterday after being treated for what he said was a
Tackett, a local Vietnam veteran who has been fighting for a Vietnam
veterans' holiday in Michigan and the rest of the country, said that the
suicide attempt was brought about from working too much.
"I've been fighting so long," he said. "I'm tired."
In addition, Tackett feels that he was recently criticized unfairly by a
local newspaper. He said that he let the criticism get to him.
He said that he now regrets the suicide attempt. He is recovering well
and intends to pursue with renewed energy his fight for recognition of the
hardships faced by veterans of the Vietnam war.
First, though, he will obey his doctor's recommendation that he take a
vacation from lobbying for the holiday.
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