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Balkan presidents summoned to Rome meeting

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -With the Bosnia
peace accord under strain on several
fronts, the United States, its European
allies and Russia yesterday summoned
the three Balkan presidents who signed
the treaty to a meeting in Rome this
weekend to pressure them to comply
with all its terms.
Secretary of State Warren Christo-
pher decided Monday that "numerous
problems" in implementing the peace
accord - negotiated in Dayton, Ohio,
'in November -required an intensified
international commitment to squeeze
the presidents of Bosnia, Serbia and
Croatia, according to State Department
spokesperson Nicholas Burns.
Christopher's announement of the
Rome meeting came at the end of a day
in which arguments over the issue of
;detaining war-crimes suspects in the
"former Yugoslavia continued to gnaw
at the peace agreements.
The refusal of senior Bosnian Serb
military officials to meet or talk with
NATO peacekeeping forces in Bosnia
has deteriorated into a "serious viola-
tion of the Dayton peace agreement"
requiring the "intense effort" of the
commander of NATO troops in Bosnia
to resolve, a NATO spokesperson in
Sarajevo said. The Serbs ended the con-

tacts with NATO to protest the deten-
tion of suspected Serb war criminals by
Bosnia's Muslim-led government.
That difficulty, added to problems in
building the federation between
Bosnia's Muslim-dominated govern-
ment and Bosnian Croats, the contin-
ued presence of foreign Islamic fighters
in Bosnia and the Bosnian government's
refusal to release four Serb suspects,
convinced Christopher a new interna-
tional gathering was necessary, Burns
The message to be delivered at the
Rome meeting is that "the parties (to
the peace agreement) will not be al-
lowed by the United States, the Euro-
pean Union and the Russian federation
to decide which parts of the accord they
are going to implement. They are going
to implement all of it," Burns said.
Christopher put it more delicately.
He issued a statement saying he and
President Clinton "attach the highest
importance to continuing close con-
tacts among the parties to the conflict in
Bosnia as an essential foundation to
successful implementation of the Day-
ton accords. We are grateful the three
presidents" --Slobodan Milosevic of
Serbia, Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia and
Franjo Tudjman of Croatia--"for their
willingness to join ... in this important

Tihurnond, 93, goes for 8th Senate term
ATLANTA - Folks have been spreading stories about Sen. Strom Thurmond
(R-S.C.) for as long as he's been in politics. None of it did any harm. Nor did it
matter when he switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican.
But the stories they're spreading now are different. They're saying the 93-year-old
Thurmond's old, perhaps even senile. They're saying he's out-of-touch, especiajjy
with South Carolina's new generation of voters. They're saying that in this age ofte
limits, the idea of running for an eighth term in the Senate - a term during which
would turn 100 if he completed all six years - is just too much and might jeopardize
the Republican hold on what otherwise is a safe Senate seat.
But Thurmond has no intention of stepping down. Yesterday, he officially
kicked off his re-election drive with a rally at Bob Jones University in Greenville,
where he was accompanied by former Vice President Dan Quayle.
Thurmond hasn't had a serious challenge since 1978, and even then his
campaign aides were concerned that he appeared too old, Black said. But;-he
added, "this is one of those instances wherethe candidate, for whatever personal
reasons, is just determined to have one last fling," he said.
If he wins re-election, five months into his term he would become the oldest
person ever to serve in Congress.

A group of Serb men carry a casket containing the remains of a newly exhumed
body from a Serb-held cemetery in Ilidja, near Sarajevo yesterday.

The U.S. delegation in Rome will be
headed by Assistant Secretary of State
Richard Holbrooke, broker of the Day-
ton accords, who is in his last full week
in office. Aside from the force of
Holbrooke's personality, however, it is
not clear what leveragethe United States
and its partners have over the feuding
Balkan parties.
U.S. officials have argued that
Serbia's desire to escape fully from
international economic sanctions, and
Croatia's desire to participate in Euro-
pean security and economic institutions
should be sufficient incentive.
Only last weekend Holbrooke was in
the Balkans trying to resolve the issue
of when suspected war criminals may
be detained, and by whom - an issue
that has taken on a life of its own and
sparked controversy in the United States
even as other parts of the peace agree-
ment are carried out.

Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole
(R-Kan.), and three colleagues yester-
day released a letter they wrote to
Clinton Tuesday to "express our out-
rage" at news reports that Bosnian Serb
leader Radovan Karadzic, indicted on
war-crimes charges by the U.N. tribu-
nal in The Hague, was allowed to pass
through NATO peacekeepers' check-
points in Bosnia last week.
"We would like to know what U.S.
policy is with respect to the apprehen-
sion of war criminals by U.S. units in
(the Bosnia peacekeeping force) if and
when they are encountered by them,"
the senators said. The letter was signed
by Sens. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) Orrin
Hatch (R-Utah) and Joseph Lieberman
(D-Conn.) in addition to Helms.
They aren't the only ones asking such
questions. The issue of detaining sus-
pects has tormented NATO and other
military units participating in the peace-
keeping force since the end of January.

Rep . Mfue takes{
he of NAACP
A fundamental dilemma faces the
NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights
organization as Rep. Kweisi Mfume
(D-Md.) takes over today as the group's
new president and chief executive: How
it can respond to the new political and
economic realities confronting African
Americans without abandoning the prin-1
ciples that have made it one of the
nation's leading forces for social1
The selection of Mfume, who will
officially resign Sunday from Congress,
comes at a crucial moment for the
NAACP, reeling from a deep deficit, an
inability to define its mission and inter-l
nal problems that have muted its once
booming public policy voice.
While the NAACP was once in the
forefront leading boycotts and filing
lawsuits attacking legally sanctioned
discrimination, the organization is now
criticized for clinging to a glorious but
increasingly distant past. Many in the 1
black community see its mantra of inte-1
gration as sometimes missing the point. .
But Mfume is confident he can make

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Continued from Page 1A
before deciding whether to endorse.
"It is not my plan now to endorse any
other candidate," Gramm said, although
he did not rule out an endorsement, which
could be helpful to its recipient in the
vote-rich Texas primary on March 12.
Gramm then volunteered a seering
assessment ofBuchanan's opposition to
free-trade agreements and support for
protective tariffs. "Our party can never
follow the path of protectionism. It's a
dagger aimed at the heart of everything
we stand for in the world," he said. "I
reject it now and I always will reject it."
While "there has always been a reces-
sive gene in the American character that

has found protectionism appealing," it
must be rejected by Republicans, Gramm
said. "I believe Pat Buchanan's stand on
protectionism is at variance with our
party's commitment to job creation and
freedom," he added.
Gramm said he intended to speak out
on the trade issue "from now through our
convention, through the general election
and until I am lowered into the grave."
But he also said he expected to be the
"strongest" supporter of the party's
nominee, whoever that may be.
Dole, who has had correct but edgy
relations with Gramm for years, called
the Texan earlier from New Hampshire
but told reporters he did not ask for
Gramm's endorsement.
-_Daily Staff Reporter Stephanie Jo
Klein contributed to this report.

change. He'saidhe took thejob because
it offers him a chance to exercise broader;
leadership than was possible in Con-
Airport to put phone
info. on milk cartons
DENVER - Can't find Denver s
new airport? You may have to check
the back of a milk carton.
The hapless airport was omitted from
this year's White Pages, so city officials
are considering the milk-carton idea to
get the telephone numbers to the public.
"We view it as very serious. It's very
frustrating fortravelers or consumers who
want to reach the airport and they can't,"
Denver International Airport spokesper
son Chuck Cannon said yesterday.
The idea caught several City Council
members off-guard when it was broughtup.
"God, are we missing?" Council-
woman Cathy Reynolds asked. "Put
out a reward."
The missing number is just the tatest
problem atthe year-old airport.Plagued
by a baggage system that chewed up
luggage, it opened 16 months late and
$3.2 billion over budget.
before losing his re-election bid in,1994.
In a statement released after theac-
creditation ceremony at the Great Hall
of the People, he pledged to use his
Senate background to help China get
along better with Congress.
Rescuers try to save
baboons from flood
One by one, volunteers sedated anxious
baboons and carried them to safety at a
remote animal reserve yesterday asflood
waters flowed under their cages.
One hundred baboons, as well as
other wild animals, were in danger=
fore the rescue operation began at t
Animal Rehabilitation Center near the
famed Kruger National Park.
The normally calm Olifants River that
runs through the park, swollen by days of
heavy rainfall across northern South Af-
rica, leapt its banks with a ferocity unseen
since the center opened in 1963.
The floods were the worst in de-
cades, and forecasters predicted more
rain. Police confirmed 12 deaths and 35
people missing overthe past three da*
- From Daily wire services

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Only five of the eight regents at-
tended yesterday's meeting. Regents
Andrea Fischer Newman (R-Ann Ar-
bor), Nellie Varner (D-Detroit) and
Daniel Horning (R-Grand Haven) did
not participate in the discussion.
MacKay will now revise the draft
and present a new one - based on

yesterday's discussion - at a meeting
Feb. 28. During that meeting, Provost J.
Bernard Machen will also present his
nominations for Presidential Search
Advisory Committee members.
After the board approves the
committee's members, the two groups
will meet on March 1. Then, the regents
will have no contact with the advisory
committee, which will interview candi-
dates. The advisory committee's office
will be located in the Perry Building.

Ambassador to
China begins duties
as tensions continue
BEIJING - As military tensions con-
tinue to rise between China and Taiwan,
new U.S. Ambassador James Sasseryes-
terday formally presented his credentials
to China's President Jiang Zemin, ending
an awkward eight-month period in which
the United States had no ambassador to
the world's most populous country.
The former Democratic senator from
Tennessee, who has been taking cram
courses in Mandarin Chinese, will be
tested immediately by the continuing fra-
gility of the U.S.-Chinese relationship.
Several members of Congress have
urged an investigation into China's sale
to Pakistan of technology that could be
used in making nuclear weapons. Later
this month, the Chinese army is expected
to begin massive military maneuvers de-
signed to intimidate Taiwan. On March
23, Taiwan will hold its first direct presi-
dential election, which will be covered
around the world and invite invidious
comparisons with China.
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