- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 18, 1990 - Page 7
Europeans weigh possible air
embargo, expel Iraqi attaches
by the Associated Press
International pressure on Saddam
Hussein intensified yesterday as Eu-
ropean nations retaliated for raids on
diplomatic premises in occupied
Kuwait, and support appeared to
grow for the idea of an air embargo
In Brussels, Belgium, European
Community (EC) nations announced
they would expel Iraqi military at-
taches and restrict travel by other
embassypersonnel to protest break-
ins by Iraqi troops at diplomatic
premises in occupied Kuwait last
The Iraqi raids on Dutch, French,
Belgian, and Canadian embassies or
diplomatic residences in Kuwait were
unanimously condemned Sunday by
the U.N. Security Council.
Additional expultions were an-
nounced by member nations includ-
ing Britain, which said it was deport-
ing six diplomats and 23 Iraqi na-
tionals deemed a danger to national
security. France and Italy had already
announced such steps over the week-
The EC ministers were also
weighing a possible air blockade of
Iraq to enforce the U.N. trade em-
bargo against Iraq.
Oil prices jumped yesterday,
pointing to pessimism about
prospects for a settlement of the six
and a half-week old Persian Gulf
standoff. Oil futures soared to record
levels, above $33 a barrel, on the
New York Mercantile Exchange.
In a sign of Iraq's growing isola-
tion, the Soviet Union, Baghdad's
longtime patron, said yesterday it
would re-establish diplomatic ties
with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis infu-
riated Iraq by agreeing to become the
main staging ground for the deploy-
ment of a huge U.S.-led multina-
tional force after the August 2, Iraqi
takeover of Kuwait.
Arab radical groups, meanwhile,
ended a three-day conference in Am-
man, Jordan, yesterday with calls for
suicide attacks against the U.S.
forces. Ibrahim Al-Kharraz, a mem-
ber of the Libyan Peoples Congress,
pointed to the 1983 suicide attack on
the Marine barracks in Beirut that
killed 241 servicemen.
In Iraq, there was an outburst of
anti-American sentiment in the state-
run newspapers yesterday, a day after
Iraqi television aired an eight-minute
message from President Bush to the
people of Iraq. "Shut Up, Mr.
Bush," one headline said.
Bush's videotaped message, in
which he warned that Saddam was
leading Iraq into war, was followed
immediately by an Iraqi commentary
blasting the speech as "full of lies
and contradictions." Hundreds of
demonstrators then took to the
streets of Baghdad, chanting "Death
to Bush!" and "Death to America!"
Walesa says he will run for president
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - "For me, it is a fulfillment of the Walesa, a shipyard electrician for president and is identified with
Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said pledge I made in August 1980," he who was awarded the Nobel Peace workers and the Solidarity union in
yesterday he will run for president of said, when he catapulted to world- Prize in 1983, has split with Prime Gdansk. The other, known by the
Poland, a job now held by the gen- wide fame by leading strikes that Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the acronym ROAD, backs Mazowiecki,
eral who once imprisoned him and helped create the East bloc's first in- former close adviser he picked to be and is associated with intellectuals
-2-Alt t., nr fal ic lnh. nn-dencnnt trade union.the East bloc's first non-communist and the government in Warsaw.
sougnt to crusn nis mbor union un-
der martial law.
Walesa said he hoped to speed the
nation's transition from communism
"Today I made up my mind. I am
putting forward for society's ap-
proval my readiness to be a candidate
for the post of president of the Pol-
ish Republic in popular elections,"
Walesa said in a statement delivered
from his desk at Solidarity headquar-
ters in Gdansk.
Post-Communist Poland's first
fully democratic presidential and par-
liament elections are expected as
early as this fall and no later than
Walesa has hinted at his presiden-
tial intentions for nearly a year, say-
ing he needs to take the post to spur
political and economic reforms. In
June he said: "I do not want to be
president. I will have to be presi-
government leader. Walesa charges
that too many supporters of the old
regime remain in key government
and state industry posts and that the
Mazowiecki government is losing
touch with Poles' problems.
Two camps - the beginning of a
multiparty system after four decades
of Communist control - have de-
veloped from the political feud. One,
the Center Alliance, supports Walesa
Mazowiecki, who points to the
initial successes of his shock eco-
nomic reform plan and a host of
other changes, has not announced
whether he will run for president.
Walesa has overwhelming recog-
nition in Poland as the leader of the
battle that toppled the Communist
regime and sparked Eastern Europe's
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BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A
gasoline tanker that exploded and
burned for more than a day somehow
caught fire again yesterday several
hours after authorities thought they
had doused the flames.
"It just took off again. We don't
know to what extent, but we're just
getting to the scene now," said Bay
City Police Officer Thomas Toth.
"We've got some boats under
, way. It was reflashed, reignited," said
Patrick Higgins, a petty officer first
class with the U.S. Coast Guard's
Detroit office. He couldn't
immediately detail how fierce the
renewed flames were.
q Coast Guard ship The Bramble
and Coots of Houston, a tanker-fire
specialist hired by the vessel's
owner, doused the flaming M.V.
-'Jupiter tanker with water and white
-chemical foam about 1:30 p.m.
Within 30 minutes, the black
smoke that hung over Bay City for
29 hours, disappeared and a blue sky
returned. Officials continued for
hours to put out small flames.
When the flames lowered, clean-
up 'crews used sponge-like material
to prevent gasoline from seeping
into the water, said Clay Evans,
spokesman of the Spill Control As-
sociation of America, a national or-
ganization based in Detroit. A small
amount of gasoline had leaked into
the river, he said.
The tanker -. owned by Cleve-
land Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of
Ashland Oil Inc. of Ashland, Ken-
tucky - unloaded unleaded gasoline
it had picked up in Sarnia, Ontario,
into storage tanks at Bay City's To-
tal Refinery Dock Facility when it
exploded at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.
Of the 18 crew members, 17 were
treated at the Bay Medical Center and
one was missing and presumed dead,
Coast Guard officials said.
The ship was moored at a pier
jutting out on the river. It had
pumped about 30,000 barrels of its
54,000-barrel cargo into a white
pipeline leading to the storage tanks
ashore when the blast occurred, said
Ashland spokesperson Dan Lacy.
Dave Usher, president of Marine
Pollution Control in Detroit, said
yesterday from the control base at
the river that a few thousand feet of
absorbent pads and booms about 10
inches thick were at the site.
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