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returns to
* Warm weather
sparks return to
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina
I(AP) -Balmy spring weather sparked
a return to all-out combat yesterday
along a broad battlefront in northeast
Reports from the warring sides
and from U.N. military observers in-
dicated fighting in the Majevicamoun-
tains near the city of Tuzla reached its
most intense level since the Muslim-
led government launched an offen-
sive March 20.
Government radio said Bosnian
Serb rebels fired more than 2,000
mortar and artillery rounds at govern-
ment positions. Fierce fighting was
reported around a strategic Serb-held
communications tower that govern-
ment troops almost captured last
The Serb news agency SRNA said
Serb forces held their lines against
"high intensity" attacks on the TV
tower and inflicted heavy casualties
on government forces.
The renewed fighting came after a
week's lull due to heavy snow. U.N.
observers, whose movements in the
area are restricted, said there were no
signs of major changes in the front
lines following last week's govern-
ment advances.
Maj. Herve Gourmelon, a peace-
keeper spokesman, also reported
heavy fighting on another front around
Mount Vlasic in central Bosnia.
Government gains on each front
two weeks ago prompted threats of
Serb counterattacks and provoked
Serb shelling of civilian areas in sev-
eral towns.
The government says it will not
halt its offensives until the Serbs ac-
cept an international peace plan that
would reduce their share of Bosnia
from the 70 percent they control to 49
In Sarajevo, U.N. officials failed
in attempts to see two Swiss on a
UNESCO-sponsored cultural project
seized Monday by Serbs at a check-
point en route to Sarajevo airport. The
checkpoint violates a 1992 agreement
giving the United Nations control over
that route.
The two Swiss had hitched a ride
with Danish soldiers in a U.N. van
and told the peacekeepers they had no
ocameras or film, U.N. spokesman
Alexander Ivanko said. He said Serb
police found a hidden camera and
f ilm.
The two were accused of "anti-
Serb propaganda" and were detained
in the Serb-held suburb of Ilidza.
A German relief agency worker
detained over the weekend after mak-
ing a wrong turn from Sarajevo air-
port into Serb territory would be re-
leased soon, Serb officials said.
An American and four French-

men from a French relief agency, who
made a similar wrong turn, have been
held by the Serbs almost a month.
Ivanko said they were expected to be
tried on charges they aided Bosnian
government troops.
The three-year war has left more
than 200,000 people dead or missing.
It broke out after members of the
Bosnian Serb minority rebelled
againstavote by Muslims andBosnian
Croats to secede from Serb-dominated
11 children
die in India
from vaccine
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - An-
gry villagers ransacked and burned a
government-run health clinic in West
Bengal state where 11 children died
and 38 others fell ill after taking oral
polio vaccine.
At least 34 children are in serious
condition in local hospitals, Press
Trust of India news agency said. The
vaccine dosage was given Monday.
Police fired gunshots in the air to
disperse the crowd, which also had
set on fire homes of some medical

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 5, 1995 - 5
Iraqi biological
weapons alarm
U.S. officials

Hospital workers assist a wounded civilian yesterday in Zamboanga City, 400 miles south of Manila.
GunmenJ" rai Phillipine town;
fighting kills 100, injre03
Urea 30

Clinton administration registered
alarm yesterday that Iraq may be de-
veloping biological weapons for its
offensive arsenal and weighed tougher
economic sanctions against Iran.
In dual warnings, President
Clinton said Iraq "could be regain-
ing" a capacity to produce biological
weapons while Secretary of State
Warren Christopher said there was
"strong evidence" Iraq had such in-
At an unannounced White House
meeting, meanwhile, Christopher
pushed for a ban on U.S. trade with
Iran, including purchase of Iranian oil
by American companies who sell the
oil abroad. Among those attending
were Anthony Lake, Clinton's na-
tional security adviser, and Deputy
Defense Secretary John Deutch.
The meeting explored ways to
make U.S. policy toward Iran more
effective, a senior administration of-
ficial said afterward. "We are in the
process of developing a range of op-
tions for the president's consider-
ation," the official said.
There will be further meetings,
said the official, who spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity.
Christopher told a Jewish group

that no other country employs terror-
ism more systemically than Iran to
further its goals.
On Iraq, Clinton said his concern
was based on the fact that Iraq had not
accounted to U.N. monitors for im-
ports of suspicious technology. As a
result, he said, "we have no assurance
they are not regaining the capacity to
move forward with weapons of mass
In Baghdad, meanwhile, Iraq re-
fused for a second day to let a Polish
diplomat see the two jailed Ameri-
cans, David Daliberti ofJacksonville,
Fla., and William Barloon of New
Hampton, Iowa.
The Americans were sentenced to
eight years on March 25 for illegally
entering Iraq.
Much of Iraq's formidable arsenal
of weapons of mass destruction was
wiped out in the 1991 Persian Gulf
But Christopher said, "We now
have strong evidence that Iraq is con-
ducting a large program to develop
biological weapons for offensive pur-
"And yet today," he said, "con-
fronted with that evidence, Iraqi offi-
cials just continue to dissemble and to

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP)
- About 200 Islamic separatists at-
tack a southern Philippine town yes-
terday, plundering banks and stores,
burning buildings and fighting troops
flown in to defend the town.
At least 100 people died and 30
more were injured before soldiers
drove the rebels into the forest, mili-
tary officials said.
President Fidel Ramos declared a
state of emergency in Ipil, a town of
50,000 people on the island of
Mindanao, about 480 miles south of
Manila, and put all troops on
Mindanao on alert.
The government said the heavily
armed men were members of Abu
Sayyaf, a Muslim group fighting for a
religious state in the southern Philip-
pines. The group has been linked to a
plot to kill Pope John Paul II and blow
up American airliners over the Pacific.
Police said they found a banner in
Ipil marking the Abu Sayyaf's third
anniversary. The group surfaced pub-
licly in 1993.
The gunmen, who arrived on boats,
trucks and a bus, waited for a signal to
raid four of the town's seven banks
simultaneously at midday, according
to radio reports and the military.
They also ransacked at least one

,I jut jumped
out of the window.
I don't know who
fired at our bus. "
- Miguela Mondido
shooting victim
department store and set many build-
ings on fire to confuse police and
soldiers, said military spokesman Maj.
Fredesvindo Covarrubias.
Radio reports said in late afternoon
thick smoke filled the town, and one
witness who arrived in Zamboanga by
bus called Ipil "a burning inferno."
Miguela Mondido, who was shot in
her left arm, was among Il injured
flown to Zamboanga. One of them died
there. Mondido said she saw a truck full
of men heading for the center of town.
"When the truck reached the com-
mercial district, the armed men im-
mediately jumped out of the truck and
I just heard shooting," Mondido said.
"I just jumped out of the window. I
don't know who fired at our bus."
She said the men wore military uni-
forms. Other witnesses reported seeing
rebels in red headbands, and said some
wore short pants and civilian clothes.

National police chief Recaredo
Sarmiento said in a television inter-
view that police could only confirm
that 23 people had been killed, but the
military in Zamboanga and the inte-
rior secretary said at least 100 had
died. Covarrubias said another 30
were wounded.
The military has accused Abu
Sayyaf of bombings and ransom
kidnappings whose targets included
American and Spanish missionaries
and Filipino businessmen. In Janu-
ary, two soldiers died and eight were
wounded when the military stormed
an Abu Sayyaf stronghold.
A former Abu Sayyaf officer who
recently surrendered to authorities
said yesterday's raid was retaliation
for the arrests of six Muslim extrem-
ists over the weekend. "There are
many more such attacks that will fol-
low," Edwin Angeles told the Manila
television station ABS-CBN.
The extremists, who police said
had ties to Abu Sayyaf, allegedly were
recruiting followers for terrorist at-
tacks. They also allegedly had ties to
Ramzi Yousef, who faces trial in New
York for allegedly masterminding the
1993 World Trade Center bombing
that killed six people.
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Mt. Rushmore moves to Russia

MOSCOW (AP) - Russians
strolling through Gorky Park will soon
look up at giant plastic faces of four
former U.S. Presidents in a replica of
Mount Rushmore.
The replica will go on display in
the central Moscow park later this
month as part of a new attraction.
The busts of George Washington,
Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson
and Theodore Roosevelt will be
slightly more than half the size of the

originals, carved in stone in the Black
Hills of South Dakota.
Yesterday, Lincoln's nearly 40-
foot head was lying on its side, dusted
with newly fallen snow. His golden
brown nose was scratched, apparently
in transit.
The German construction firm
FAB also is putting up several new
rides, including a Dutch roller coaster
touted as only the second of its kind in
the world.

First lady finishes trip
to Indian subcontinent

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -
Winding up a 12-day journey through
the storied lands of the Indian sub-
continent, Hillary Rodham Clinton
said yesterday the poverty and prom-
ise she saw along the way had rein-
forced her determination to help
women gain a stronger voice.
Mrs. Clinton said she and her 15-
year-old daughter, Chelsea, came away
"overwhelmed ... by the conditions
that some of the people we saw and
met were living in, but also very moved
by how people were attempting to make
the most of whatever situation they
found themselves in."
Their travels through Pakistan, In-
dia, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka
took them from the grandeur of presi-
dential palaces and the splendor of the
Taj Mahal to the slums of New Delhi.
Professional women told Mrs.
Clinton of the obstacles they had over-
come in this male-dominated society;
vegetable vendors told of their yearn-
ing to send their daughters to school.
"It's been a remarkable combina-
tion of experiences for me," Mrs.

Clinton said in an interview with the
American reporters who had traveled
with her, adding that it would take
some time to sort out its full meaning.
The first lady defended her decision
to avoid confronting her hosts directly
about widespread human rights abuses
in the region, saying her effort to im-
prove the lot of women and girls was
itself a campaign for human rights.
"I don't think girls and women get
as much attention on a regular basis as
some of the well-publicized other in-
stances of human rights concerns," she
said. "I believe we have to emphasize as
much as possible that the denial of
education, the denial of basic health
care, the denial of basic choices to girls
is a human rights issue."
It was a demonstration of the fine
diplomatic line Mrs. Clinton tried to
walk during her visit that it drew
muted grumbling from both activists
disappointed that she tried to steer
clear of controversy and from reli-
gious fundamentalists who believe
that women should remain in their
homes, subordinate to men.




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