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Peace talks
may begin
without Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration
overcame one dispute with Palestinian Arabs yesterday
but confronted the possibility of the Mideast peace
talks opening tomorrow without Israel.
Despite expressions of confidence by U.S. officials
that an Israeli delegation would show up, Israeli
sources said their representatives would not arrive un-
til the end of the week, thereby sticking to Israel's in-
sistence that the negotiations be delayed until next
"There will be no Israeli delegation before then,
low-level or otherwise," said a source, insisting on
U.S. officials said the talks probably would be held
at the State Department.
Margaret Tutwiler, the department spokesperson,
said there was no final decision on the location.
Officials were already giving up their offices to make
room for the visitors.
Secretary of State James Baker set tomorrow in
Washington as the time and place for resuming the
peace conference that recessed in Madrid, Spain, on Nov.
4 after a ceremonial and procedural opening.
The main issues to be negotiated include self-rule
for Palestinians who live under Israel control, the
Arabs' refusal to accept a Jewish state in the region and
Israel's retention of lands captured from Syria and
Jordan in the 1967 war.
Israel's Cabinet on Sunday demanded that the talks
be delayed until next Monday to give Israel's negotia-
tors more time to prepare.
Palestinian delegates threatened to stay home un-
less advisers with strong ties to the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO) were given visas. They
left for Washington last night after six hours of nego-
tiations with U.S. officials in Amman, Jordan.
* Visas may not be issued under the law to PLO offi-
cers or others prominent in Yasser Arafat's organiza-
tion because Congress judged it to be engaged in terror-
ism. Waivers may be granted for humanitarian and
other special reasons.
U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said there was no need to consider any waivers and that
all Palestinians coming here qualified for visas because
those who would not qualify -had been persuaded not to
0 The officials also said Israel would send diplomats
to Washington in time for the opening tomorrow.
There were hints last week in Jerusalem that low-level
officials would show up but there was no assurance
they would engage in substantive negotiations before
"They'll all be here," a U.S. official said, referring
to Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab delegations.
See MIDEAST, Page 2

Student seeks


Ward City

Council seat

by David Rheingold
Daily City Reporter
Rackham student Peter Nicolas
announced yesterday that he will
run for the 4th Ward seat which
will be vacant in next April's City
Council elections.
Nicolas, who will graduate in
May with a master's degree in pub-
lic policy, will run as a Democrat in
a predominantly Republican ward.
But he said, "I do feel that Ann
Arbor voters are fairly independent
and I feel that they vote for individ-
ual candidates rather than by party
Nicolas said that like many
Democrats, he is concerned about so-
cial issues. But he stressed that he is
an independent thinker.
"I don't approach problems with
preconceived notions ... It's not like
I'm tied to any set framework per
se. I like to take a close look at all
the evidence and come to indepen-
dent conclusions," he said.
Republican Mark Ouimet, who
currently holds the seat, announced
recently that he will not seek re-
election next year.

Ouimet said he believes his posi-
tion can be captured by either
Democrats or Republicans.
"I think someone who is well:
organized, who is well-financed, and
targets the 4th Ward will do well,"
Ouimet said.
Nicolas, originally from
Rochester, N.Y., also recently re-
ceived an undergraduate degree in
economics from the University.
See STUDENT, Page 2

Santa collects.
Art School junior Kevin Collins rounds up donations for the United Negro College Fund,
through Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, yesterday. The fund drive runs all week on the Diag.

Ukrainians vote for independence

KIEV, U.S.S.R. (AP) - Ukrainians
voted 9-to-1 for independence and
elected former Communist Leonid
Kravchuk as their president in a severe
rebuff to Mikhail Gorbachev's efforts
to preserve the Soviet Union.
"The Soviet Union has disinte-
grated," Kravchuk said yesterday during
a meeting with people from the United
States and a dozen other countries who
observed Sunday's election. "An inde-
pendent Ukraine is born."
He said the Ukraine would establish
collective control of Soviet nuclear
weapons with Russia, Byelorussia and
Kazakhstan - the other republics where

Soviet nuclear warheads are based.
Ukrainian leaders also said they
would move quickly to draw up a new
constitution balancing the executive and
legislative branches, form an army from
Soviet troops in the Ukraine, control
exports to other republics, and issue a
new currency.
Neighboring Poland recognized the
Ukraine as an independent state yester-
day and is apparently the first country to
do so.
The U.S. said it was "moving toward
full diplomatic recognition" of the
Ukraine. White House spokesperson
Marlin Fitzwater said it would be

"some time until we are ready to make
final decisions," but he made it clear the
U.S. planned to recognize Ukrainian in-
He said a special envoy would go to
the Ukraine this week and Secretary of
State James Baker planned to visit
Moscow and Kiev later this month to
discuss the transition to independence.
In a wave of nationalism and eco-
nomic discontent, about 90 percent of
the Ukraine's 37.5 million eligible bor-
ders turned out Sunday and 90.5 percent
of them voted "yes" on the independence
referendum, the Central Election
Commission reported.

Gorbachev made no immediate com-
ment. He had said before the election
that the secession of the second richest
and second most populous republic
would be "a tragedy, a very great
tragedy for the union."
Ivan Silayev, the Kremlin's top eco-
nomic official, said the result of the ref-
erendum depended upon "what steps are
taken next."
Kravchuk and other Ukrainian leaders
said the vote marked the complete inde-
pendence of the Ukraine and no other
acts were needed for it to join the three
Baltic states as the only republics to
See UKRAINE, Page 2

C icippi
rel eased
- American Joseph Cicippio was
freed yesterday after five years of
captivity in Lebanon, and the U.N.
secretary-general said another U.S.
hostage could be released in days.
Shiite Muslim captors said last
night they would free American
educator Alann Steen within 48
hours, drawing the hostage saga in
Lebanon nearer to a final
Cicippio was the eighth
Western hostage - including
seven longtime captives - freed in
Lebanon since August. Cicippio
was acting comptroller of the
American University of Beirut
when he was kidnapped on Sept. 12,
Cicippio could muster only a
weak smile and brief remarks when
he met with reporters at the Syrian
Foreign Ministry. He told of being
moved 20 times during his
captivity, of undergoing emergency
surgery, of being denied
newspapers, radio or television by
his pro-Iranian kidnappers.
"I have to learn everything all
over again," he said.
Freed in Beirut, Cicippio was
driven vepterahv to the Svrian cani-

World AIDS Day panel urges
education as key to prevention

by JoAnne Viviano
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to promote AIDS
education as the best method of pre-
vention, the University Health Ser-
vice (UHS) is joining Common
Ground Theater Ensemble at 7 p.m.
tonight to sponsor a World AIDS
Day Celebration in the Michigan
Union's Kuenzel Room.
"There have been a lot of re-
quests for being tested and a lot of
phone calls since Magic Johnson
(was diagnosed with the virus),"
said Polly Paulson, Health Educa-
tion Coordinator at UHS. "We're
hoping we can provide a forum to
give information people are looking
"We've seen an increase in cases
of genital warts. We've also seen
people infected with HIV. This in-
dicates that people are putting
themselves at risk. We want to get
the information out," she added.

Dr. June Osborn, chair of the Na-
tional Commission on AIDS and
dean of the University's School of
Public Health, will introduce the
A panel discussion will follow,
featuring people infected with HIV
and moderated by Dr. David Ostrow,
director of the Midwest AIDS
Biobehavioral Research Center.
"It's really powerful to listen
to a panel of people infected with
AIDS," Paulson said. "It adds per-
sonal experience."
The World Health Organization
is promoting similar celebrations
tomorrow throughout more than
150 countries. The theme is "sharing
the challenge," which reflects the
need for more awareness about HIV
and AIDS, and committing to the
challenge it presents.
The organization estimates that
as many as 10 million people
worldwide have been infected with

HIV and more than 1.5 million of
them have developed AIDS.
Reports from the Michigan De-
partment of Health reveal the seri-
ousness of the problem in the state.
According to a Nov. 1 report, 2,533
'This is a problem that
is not going away. The
only way to deal with
this epidemic is
- Polly Paulson
UHS Health Education
people in Michigan have been diag-
nosed with AIDS since 1981.
Ninety-three of them live in Washt-
enaw county.
And, according to a random sur-
See UHS, Page 2

Government decrees new regulations
to protect workers from AIDS virus

Former American hostage Joseph Cicippio thanks United Nations envoy
Giandomenico Picco, left, and the Syrian government, in Damascus.

government issued new regulations
yesterday for protecting workers
from AIDS and other viruses,
putting "full legal force" behind
such standard precautions as
wearing gloves, face masks and

Included are people in law en-
forcement, fire and rescue squads,
corrections facilities, research labo-
ratories, the funeral industry and
linen services.
The OSHA rule is designed to
protect workers from the spread of
AIDS and other viruses, said OSHA

International, which represents
health care workers.
Sweeney called the guidelines a
"sane, effective approach to counter-
ing the hysteria" created by a pro-
posal by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.)
to subject AIDS-infected medical
practitioners to jail or fines if they

during the 1979-80 Tehran hostage
crisis. U.S. and Iranian officials
have consistently denied any link
between the financialarhitrations

color photograph of Steen, a
professor of journalism who was
kidnapped from the campus of the
U.S.-affiliated Beirut University

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