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Serbs yields to request to lift siege of Thzla
THE WASHINGTON POST
MOSCOW- Bosnian Serb leader
Radovan Karadzic agreed yesterday,
under pressure from Russia, to meet a
key NATO demand by ending the
Serbs' siege of the Tuzla airport and
to allow humanitarian aid flights to
war-battered central Bosnia.
Tuzla airport has been closed for
nearly two years by Serb artillery fire,
making it extremely difficult to get
food and other aid to the region's
800,000 residents and refugees. An
agreement to open the airport would
be a significant concession by the
Serbs and a diplomatic coup for Rus-
sian mediation in the Bosnia conflict.
It was the second time that Russia
has persuaded the Bosnian Serbs to
agree to demands from the Western
military alliance, which is acting to
carry out resolutions voted by the
U.N. Security Council.
Two weeks ago Russia scored a
major diplomatic coup when it per-
suaded Bosnian Serb forces besieg-
ing Sarajevo to withdraw their heavy
artillery and meet the terms of a NATO
ultimatum. In addition to 400 Russian
U.N. troops transferred from eastern
Croatia to help monitor the Sarajevo
accord, the Russian parliament voted
last week to authorize sending 300
Yesterday's announcement by
Karadzic was greeted with suspicion
and hostility by leaders of the Mus-
lim-led Bosnian government in
Sarajevo, who have come to see the
Russian involvement as de facto sid-
ing with the Serbs. Moscow has his-
toric and religious ties with Belgrade
and, unlike the West, has tended to
see the current conflict from the Serbs'
point of view.
Bosnian Vice President Ejup
Ganic accused the Russians of bias
and called the agreement an "insult"
to the United Nations, which has de-
clared Tuzla a "safe area" and has
been working to end hostilities there.
"This technique of injecting Russians
into the conflict to face the West is
unacceptable," he said.
U.N. officials expressed astonish-
ment - and mixed feelings -- at the
Serb-Russian agreement on Tuzla.
"We were not aware of anything,"
said Dutch Maj. Rob Annink, a deputy
See BOSNIA, Page 2
Source: United Nations, AP
THE WASHINGTON POST
JERUSALEM - Israel yesterday
freed 500 Palestinian prisoners, most
of them already due for release soon,
but a promised government crack-
down on extremist Jewish settlers
following last week's massacre of
Palestinians got underway slowly,
with only one wanted militant being
arrested and four others eluding cap-
The Palestine Liberation Organi-
zation, whose leaders are meeting in
Tunis to discuss terms for resuming
peace talks with Israel, dismissed
yesterday's Israeli moves as "cos-
metic." Several PLO officials called
for making the issue of Jewish settle-
ments in the occupied territories an
tem for immediate discussion in the
negotiations - a proposal opposed
Nizar Ammar, a PLO negotiator
with Israel on the planned Palestinian
self-rule in the West Bank, said "post-
ponement of the settlement question
until the last stage of negotiations," as
was provided in the Israeli-PLO ac-
cord signed last September, "has not
been successful on the ground. Let us
*ut it on the agenda now."
The attack last Friday on Muslims
praying in a mosque in Hebron in the
West Bank was carried out by Baruch
Goldstein, a Jewish settler in nearby
Kiryat Arba and a member of the
radical Kach group, which advocates
expulsion of all Arabs from Israel and
the West Bank.
Israeli Police Minister Moshe
*rhahal, announcing that "less than
100" Jewish settlers are slated to be
disarmed under the crackdown, also
asserted that a lack of evidence against
radical Jewish activists had blocked
police action against them in the past.
He expressed confidence that the four
still at large will be caught soon.
"I'm certain we are going to catch
them," he told reporters. "Give us
time.... We are going to catch them.
#4o question about it."
Meanwhile, Israel appeared to of-
fer no new concessions in the long-
distance diplomatic wrangling with
the PLO over how to restart their
endangered peace negotiations.
Although Israel's news media
highlighted the country's agreement
to allow international observers into
the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of
*lericho during the transfer to Pales-
tinian self-rule, such observers were
envisioned as a possibility in the Sep-
"We will not oppose representa-
tive or international presence of cer-
tain individuals in Gaza and Jericho
- not a force, not armed people,"
"i\.'~*4. 1I.i.i" football
By HOPE CALATI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Michigan football player Shonte
Peoples stood mute yesterday during
his arraignment on charges he shot at
undercover police officers he thought
were burglarizing his jeep.
Peoples was released on a $5,000
bond set by Washtenaw Circuit Judge
Timothy Connors provided he would
not be in possession of firearms.
A preliminary examination is
scheduled for March 9. Peoples faces
up to four years in prison if convicted
on the felonious assault charge.
.Peoples' attorneyJ. CedricSimpson
said, "My client as far as these proceed-
ings has admitted nothing."
On Sunday, three plainclothes of-
ficers were investigating vandalism
to Peoples' Jeep Grand Cherokee and
four other vehicles outside his apart-
ment complex, Ann Arbor police Sgt.
Phil Scheel said.
The officers set off an alarm in
Peoples' Jeep that activated his pager
but was inaudible to police, Scheel
said. He said Peoples then appeared
on his balcony and fired seven to 10
shots at the officers.
Police didn't return fire and no
one was hurt. They arrested and re-
leased him. A warrant was issued
Monday, and Peoples surrendered
yesterday before the arraignment.
He told police he had just had
$7,000 in stereo equipment installed
in the Jeep. Police said the weapon
was a 9mm Glock 17 handgun.
Football Coach Gary Moeller said
the school doesn't condone Peoples'
"I feel saddened by the whole situ-
ation, as it reflects on him, the team
and the university," Moeller said at a
Peoples is one of six Michigan
sports team members who have had
criminal problems this year. Three
basketball and two football players
have been charged in two separate
"When it rains; it pours," he said.
Peoples is a defensive back whose
final year of eligibility was last sea-
son. He was rated All Big Ten for
1992 but slumped in 1993. He made
55 tackles, seven for losses, two sacks
and three interceptions for the season.
"There are not a whole lot of things
we can do because his eligibility is
over," Moeller said. He wouldn't com-
ment on whether Peoples' scholar-
ship might be jeopardized.
"It shocked me. It surprised me,"
Moeller said. "I'm completely for gun
control. I don't think anyone should
have a gun."
- The Associated Press contributed
to this report
Shonte Peoples (right) appears in court with his lawyer J. Cedric Simpson (center) yesterday afternoon to be
arraigned on felonius assault charges. He was freed on a $5,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for March 9.
Freshman tight end Damo
on probation after pleading gu
1992 to exploding a pipe bom
appeared for a pretrial confe
morning. District Judge S.J. E
for April 14.
And freshman football
Hamilton pleaded innocent at
on the same fraud charge. Eld
hearing for March 22 and relea
n Jones, already a $500 personal recognizance bond.
ilty in December On Friday, basketball players Ray Jack-
b in a dormitory, son, Jimmy King and Chris Fields were or-
erence yesterday dered to perform 72 hours of community ser-
Elden set his trial vice and pay $238 in court costs after being
accused of stealing beer from the same party
player Remy store in a separate incident.
his arraignment Moeller has suspended Hamilton and Jones.
den set a pretrial Basketball coach Steve Fisher suspended Jack-
ased Hamilton on son, King and Fields for one game last month.
Balanced budget amendment fails by 4 votes
LOS ANGELES TIMES
WASHINGTON - With Presi-
dent Clinton leading the opposition,
the Senate narrowly defeated a con-
stitutional amendment yesterday de-
signed to balance the federal budget
within seven years. Advocates of the
politically and economically explo-
sive proposal fell four votes short of
the required two-thirds majority.
The Senate split, 63-37, in favor
of an amendment sponsored by Sen.
Paul Simon (D-Ill.) but supporters
needed 67 votes to prevail in the latest
showdown of a long-running Capitol
Hours before the key roll-call,
Clinton termed the proposal a "recipe
for total paralysis" and warned it
would endanger economic recovery.
Senate Republican Leader Bob
Dole of Kansas countered: "The bal-
anced budget amendment may not be
perfect but, absent political courage,
it may be the only way we will ever
eliminate the federal deficit."
Simon's amendment would for-
bid deficit spending after the year
2001 unless three-fifths of both houses
approved it. Supporters of the pro-
posal promised to keep up the fight.
Simon said: "This isn't going to
die. The deficit will keep piling up."
Thirty-four Democrats and three
Republicans combined to block pas-
sage of the Simon amendment. Forty-
one Republicans and 22 Democrats
voted for it.
"We're not through," said Sen.
Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) a principal
sponsor. "We're going to continue
until we get it passed."
The National Taxpayers' Union, a
leading advocate of the Simon
Amendment, termed the outcome "a
temporary triumph" and NTU Chair
James Davidson added: "'This issue
will not die, and the House of Repre-
sentatives can give the amendment
new momentum when it comes to a
vote there this month."
Although the House was expected
to approve a balanced-budget amend-
ment later this month, the measure
appears to be dead at least for this
session of Congress.
Once-dominant party will not run in MSA election
Coalition will not run
in elections; backs
servative Coalition will support the
Michigan Party and its slate for presi-
dent and vice president.
LSA Rep. Tracy Robinson, of the
Conservative Coalition, explained the
The Conservative Coalition also
plans to have an issues platform pre-
pared in the next week to show its
differences with the Michigan Party,
But Biersack said the endorsement
came because of the ideological simi-
larities between the Conservative
Coalition and the Michigan Party.
He said the two parties have simi-