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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 31, 1994 -- 3

Israel, PLO agree
to restart talks
following accord

CAIRO, Egypt - After agreeing
on interim security arrangements for
the West Bank town of Hebron in a
nine-hour bargaining session, Israel
and the Palestinian Liberation Orga-
nization announced early today that
they would restart formal negotia-
tions on Palestinian autonomy.
The announcements broke a five-
week deadlock that began when a
[ewish settler massacred about 30
Palestinian worshipers in Hebron Feb.
The two sides issued brief state-
ments announcing that the heads of
their delegations would sign the
Hebron agreement here this morning
and that talks on implementing the
long-delayed Palestinian autonomy
in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
sown of Jericho would begin later in
the day.
"The head of the Israeli delega-
tion to the negotiations, Maj. Gen.
Amnon Lipkin Shahak, announces
that after midnight an agreement was
reached between the Israeli and Pal-
estinian delegations on the issue of
security arrangements in Hebron,"
declared the Israeli statement, released
,y an army spokesperson.
Nabil Shaath, chief delegate for
the PLO, emerged briefly from the
hotel room where he has been negoti-

ating with Shahak, Israel's deputy
chief of staff, to confirm the agree-
ment. "We have agreed on security in
Hebron and on the resumption of talks
on Gaza-Jericho," said Shaath, who
added that he would provide details
of the agreement later in the day.
"I am completely exhausted," he
The agreement on Hebron was
the key to resuming what both sides
had predicted would be accelerated
negotiations to implement Palestin-
ian self-rule in Gaza and Jericho and
an Israeli troop withdrawal that was
to have been completed by April 13.
Negotiators had made halting
progress through last night after two
weeks of informal, face-to-face talks
aimed at boosting security for Pales-
tinians in the town where the massa-
cre took place.They had reached ten-
tative understandings on several key
points for the deployment of Palestin-
ian police and armed international
But before the agreement was an-
nounced, Israel had balked at the idea
of broad participation in the interna-
tional force, and PLO Chair Yasser
Arafat was said to be so frustrated he
was considering scrapping the idea of
Palestinian police for Hebron, a move
that could have jeopardized the peace
talks as a whole.

Brady law
blocks 1,605
gun purchases
WASHINGTON - In its first
month of operation, the Brady law, a
national five-day waiting period and
background check, has prevented at
least 1,605 buyers from purchasing
handguns, including fugitives and fel-
ons convicted of armed robbery, mur-
der and manslaughter, according to pre-
liminary statistics from 15 states and
Forty-four fugitives or persons fac-
ing outstanding warrants were denied
guns, including one South Carolina man
wanted for sexual assault who was ar-
rested in the gun store. Gun-control
supporters lauded the early statistics as
a definitive, but conservative, indicator
of the law's effectiveness.
Opponents, meanwhile, called it a
meaningless infringement on the rights
of law-abiding citizens. The National
Rifle Association is supporting law-
suits in Texas, Arizona, Montana and
Mississippi that argue the Brady law is
unconstitutionally vague and violates
the 10th Amendment because it en-
croaches on the authority of states.
Gun-control proponents said the
early evidence clearly shows that crimi-
nals routinely walk into gun stores and
attempt to buy guns over the counter.
"Who says ... criminals always get
their guns on the street?" asked John
W. Magaw, director of the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms."
I must tell you the Brady law is breath
ing hopeinto this battle against crime
involving firearms." '

A Palestinian b oy leaps over a blazing tire as he escapes Israeli border police dur
East Jerusalem yesterday.
Even as PLO and Israeli negotia- what can 100 Palestinian police do,
tors reached a preliminary accord to except provide backing for the Israe- ink
deploy 100 Palestinian officers under lis?" asked a PLO official in disgust. H
Israeli command in Hebron - where "What could even 3,000 do, armed lic
clashes between Palestinians and Is- only with pistols, and under Israeli ma
raeli security have been a daily event command?" ag
since last month's mosque massacre Negotiators worked through the pa
- PLO officials in Tunis, Tunisia, night Tuesday and Wednesday to sel
debated whether to abandon the idea reach their agreement on security, as
as an ineffective way to protect Pales- clashes continued to leave dead and fu
tinians in the strife-torn West Bank wounded Palestinians throughout pe
town "If there are more massacres, Gaza and the West Bank. Ar

ing clashes in the refugee camp in
Israel has insisted on maintain-
g overall security control in the
ebron, calling for Palestinian po-
se to remain under Israeli com-
and, though it has reportedly
reed that Palestinians on joint
trols with Israelis would travel in
parate vehicles.
Israeli negotiators also have re-
sed to allow anything more than
rsonal pistols as armament for the
ab police.


Proposal A stimulates market

for homes
NILES, Mich. (AP) - The mar-
ket for homes along Michigan's south-
ern border got a big boost from Pro-
posal A's sharp property tax cuts,
which make the area attractive to com-
muters, officials and real estate agents
Proposal A cuts homeowners'
school property taxes from an aver-
age of about 37 mills to six mills.
Business owners pay 24 mills. An
increase in the sales tax from 4 per-
cent to 6 percent makes up most of the
"We've reversed a 30-year stand-
ing where Indiana had lower property
taxes," said Rick Carey, executive
director of the Four Flags Chamber of
Commerce in Niles.

along Mich. border
Some real estate agents already setting, Hendricks said. She said Pro-
report an increase in housing demand, posal A makes the case even more
while others say they expect to see persuasive.
one once buyers learn how much they The owner of a home worth.
can save by settling in Michigan. $80,000 in Lambertville would have
"We've had a big influx of South paid about $1,960 a year in property
Bend (Ind.) property owners who are taxes last year. With Proposal A's
moving to Michigan," Ellen Kubiac, passage, that will fall to about $840
an agent for New Day Real Estate in this year.
Niles, said yesterday. Across the state line in Sylvania,
Dolores Hendricks of Kasten Re- Ohio, the taxes on an $80,000 home
alty in the unincorporated Monroe are about $1,715 a year.
County village of Lambertville, about Monroe County's Bedford Town-"
10 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio, ship, which includes Lambertville and
said she sent out a flyer Monday tout- Temperance, was one of the fastest:
ing the tax cut. growing areas in Michigan even be-:
The area already attracts many fore Proposal A's passage, said real
people who work in the Toledo area estate agent Phil Navarre of Danberry
because of its large lots and rural Co. in Temperance.

Panel relaxes assisted suicide ban

Students are oblivious to the presence of a swastika carved into the cement on the east side of the Chem Building.
*Auto company welcomes patrons to visit
plant for June 'homecoming' weekend
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)-Sat- and gospel music charts. Donald Hudler, Saturn's vice
urn Corp. is inviting 600,000 car own- Saturn is General Motors Corp.'s president of sales, service and mar-
ers to tiny Spring Hill, Tenn., for a successful competitor to Japanese keting, said Saturn will spend about
summer weekend homecoming to the cars, but lately has been facing slower $2 million on the event, including
plant where the cars were built. sales and competition from other U.S. donating about $250,000 to the Make
The June 24-25 event is aimed at automakers. When it was conceived A Wish Foundation.
*mproving Saturn's customer rela- in the 1980s, GM planners envisioned Only Saturn owners will be in-
tions, already among the best in the some customers would actually pick vited, and they will be charged $34
industry, and spreading valuable up their new cars at the plant, Saturn for adults and $17 for children.
word-of-mouth advertising. President Richard G. "Skip" LaFauve Saturn borrowed the idea from
Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen said. Harley-Davidson, which attracted
will emcee two days of events that "Homecoming ... just fit right into thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts
will include plant tours and concerts our dream," LeFauve said yesterday. to its homecoming about two years
by country singer Wynonna Judd and The company expects up to 40,000 ago, Hudler said."Word of mouth is
BeBe and CeCe Winans, a duo with Saturn owners to show up in Spring probably our best form of advertis-
records on both the rhythm and blues Hill. nonulation: 1.500. ing," he said.

bers of a state panel studying assisted
suicide took potshots yesterday at a
proposal to allow the procedure in
some limited cases.
One of the key authors of the draft,
Wayne County ProsecutorJohnO'Hair,
said it's too early to say whether the
panel inched closer to stating when
assisted suicide should be legal.
"I wouldn't want to make a pre-
diction. I think it could go either way,"
he said.
The Michigan Commission on

Death and Dying voted 9-6 earlier
this month in favor of the concept of
legalizing assisted suicide. O'Hair's
proposal is one of two approaches
which the panel is reviewing.
"I don't think that vote can be
undone.... I don't think anybody who
voted on the prevailing side is going
to change their position," he said.
The draft offered by a subcommit-
tee headed by O'Hair would allow a
physician to help someone end his or
her life if the patient has a terminal
illness or a condition that causes irre-

versible suffering. That could include
someone who considers their quality
of life too poor to continue living.
An individual would have to maket
a written request, consult with a phy-
sician, and make two oral requests for
aid in dying. The two oral requests
would have to be at least seven days
apart. A physician would have to be
present during the aid in dying.
The commission was created by
the Legislature in February 1993 and
given until May 25 to make a recom-

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