The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 9. 1996 - 7
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ELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -
Tlc Irish Republican Army claimed
responsibility yesterday for the double
car-bomb attack on the British army's
headquarters here, which wounded 31
and brought Northern Ireland back to
the brink of conflict.
It" was the outlawed group's first
..bomb attack in Northern Ireland since
mid=1994. In February, it broke a 17-
month cease-fire with a deadly bomb-
ing in London; attacks followed else-
where in Britain and on a British army
base in Germany.
A telephone caller using a verified
codeword told RTE, the Irish national
broadcasters in Dublin, that the IRA
committed Monday's strike inside
Thiepval Barracks, heart of the 18,000-
strong military presence in the British-
Prime Minister John Major said the
claim showed the IRA had not changed.
"It shows they still rely on terrorist vio-
lenoe and are indifferent to human life,"
Earlier yesterday, telephone callers
told news organizations in Belfast and
Dublin that the dissident group
"Continuity IRA" was responsible, but
the callers provided no codeword to val-
date the claim.
The British government had already
Rescuers aid those Injured in the bomb blast that rocked the British army's headquarters in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on
Monday. Two bombs rocked the base without warning, wounding up to 20 people. Four are In serious condition.
indicated it believed the IRA was
The bombings were "certainly con-
sistent with a terrorist organization that
declared an end to a cease-fire which it
had proclaimed in 1994," Northern
Ireland Secretary Patrick Mayhew told
Whether Northern Ireland returns to
tit-for-tat bloodshed now remains to be
From Major on down, politicians
appealed to the province's pro-British
paramilitary groups to refrain from
striking back. The groups, known as
"loyalists" have observed a cease-fire
for two years.
"We must not let (the IRA) succeed,"
Major said. "I appeal to all loyalists not
to fall into this trap."
Loyalists killed more than 800
Catholics during a 25-year period, a
campaign they say pushed the IRA to
stop its own offensive in September
A month later, the loyalist Ulster
Defense Association and Ulster
Volunteer Force, both rooted in mili-
tant Protestant areas, laid down their
guns. Some members now feel oblig-
ated to return to eye-for-an-eye tac-
"There's still a chance we can step
back from this, but in realistic terms, it's
a slim chance' said David Ervine, who
leads an Ulster Volunteer Force-linked
party in peace talks.
He urged the pro-British groups not
to be provoked into action by the IRA.
Loyalists didn't strike back after
two earlier IRA-style attacks in
Northern Ireland were claimed
instead by "Continuity IRA," which is
believed to include disgruntled IRA
MOSCOW (AP) - It's a lesson his
rivals never seem to heed: Don't write
off Boris Yeltsin too quickly.
Roused by a new political threat
from security chief. Alexander Lebed
and charges he wasn't really in control,
the ailing president has made a flurry
of top-level firings, promotions and
maneuverings to show he still wields
His actions appear to have quieted
his critics, for the moment. But it was
only an early test for a delicate balanc-
ing act that Yeltsin will have to main-
tain for months to come: staying in
charge while resting in a sanitarium or
Whispered speculation about
Yeltsin's decline grew louder during
his recent three-week hospital stay
ahead of heart surgery, set for later this
fall. In an attempt to allay concerns,
Yeltsin made a series of taped televi-
sion appearances, in which his voice
was rarely heard.
He was barely functioning, the talk
went. lie was only rubber-stamping
his aides' decisions. He had suffered a
stroke. Rumors aside, even his aides
acknowledged he sometimes worked
as little as 30 minutes a day.
Lebed complained it wasn't clear
"whether we have a president or not"
and called on Yeltsin to temporarily
A haggard but clearly alert Yeltsin
- irritated by what the Kremlin
described as alarmist reports -
moved to reassert his authority. In
radio and TV broadcasts, he assured
Russians he remains on top of things
and warned them not to rush to take
down his portrait in the Kremlin.
He complained of "petty intrigues"
while he was hospitalized and publicly
rebuked Lebed for arguing with every-
"He may work 15 minutes a day, or
30. or three hours, but he is still in con-
trol," Dmitry Pinsker, a political
columnist for Itogi magazine, said.
"That's the way he is made --he won't
ever let power slip away."
This is, after all, the president often
characterized as being intoxicated with
power. His recent orders have served as
evidence that he's still the boss.
In the last month, Yeltsin has:
- Deliberately bypassed Lebed to
give aide Yuri Baturin control of mili-
tary promotions as head of the new
Defense Council. Lebed subsequently
threatened to resign.
-- Promoted new Defense Minister
Igor Rodionov to full general, ensur-
ing he won't have to retire when he
turns 60 in December. Rodionov's rise
also cuts into Lebed's potential power
-- a classic Yeltsin political tactic of
playing underlings against each other.
- Fired generals who had opposed
- Scolded parliament for not
accomplishing more and urged them
to better cooperate with his adminis-
- Fired Sports Minister Shamil
Tarpishchev, who was tainted by a
scandal surrounding a secretive fund-
In addition, the Kremlin appears
increasingly to be using the media to
wage battle against Lebed.
Journalists from the liberal daily
Segodnya and independent NTV tele-
vision have complained they are under
heavy editorial pressure to portray
Lebed in a negative light and show
Yeltsin positively. The owners of both
media outlets have close Kremlin ties.
clash in negotiations
over Hebron pullout
U.S. officials continue
to help secure belated
The Washington Post
JERUSALEM -The new round of
,; eace talks between Israel and the
Palestinians that began Sunday
already has evolved into a tough con-
frontation over radically different
approaches to Israel's promised pull-
out from the West Bank town of
The early clash at the negotiating
table, while expected, underlines the
difficult task facing U.S. "facilita-
tors." They are pledged to help secure
an Israeli withdrawal - now seven
months behind schedule - and pre-
vent another flare-up of the rioting
and shooting that rocked the Israeli-
occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank
two weeks ago and prompted
President Clinton to convene last
week's special summit conference in
"Until now, the talks are not as pos-
itive as we expected," said Yasser
rafat, head of the Palestinian
. ational Authority, which has been
given limited control of most of the
Gaza Strip and six of the seven major
towns in the West Bank.
The talks continued last night, how-
ever, and Arafat pledged at a meeting
with Israeli President Ezer Weizman
that Palestinian police will refrain
from further exchanges of fire with
Israeli occupation troops in Gaza and
'he West Bank. Israeli authorities cited
the meeting, at Weizman's home in
Caesarea, as a sign of goodwill on
both sides despite the difficult negoti-
ations that began Sunday night at the
Erez checkpoint on the border
between Gaza and Israel.
The first tensions atthe talks sprang
up Monday night as soon as negotia-
tors broached the main issue under
discussion, according to reports from
Israeli and Palestinian officials. This
is an Israeli desire to change security
arrangements for Hebron before
implementing an agreed-on partial
pullout, and Palestinian insistence that
arrangements already agreed on in the
1993 Oslo accords and subsequent
talks should be carried out.
Palestinian delegate Hanan Asfour
told reporters in Gaza that Palestinian
negotiators at the first substantive
talks at one point walked out, only to
be persuaded to return by the U.S.
mediation team, headed by Dennis
Ross, Clinton's Middle East coordina-
Israel's chief negotiator, retired Lt.
Gen. Dan Shomron, also reportedly
rejected outright a Palestinian sugges-
tion that Israel's demand for improved
security precautions for Jews in
Hebron could be met by appointing
international observers and increasing
joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols. But
the chief cause of the Palestinians'
irritation, Asfour said, was Israel's
refusal to discuss a timetable for with-
drawing its troops.
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, despite Clinton's urging at
the summit, has adamantly refused to
be bound by a timetable for the with-
drawal, which had been scheduled for
last March. Instead, he has empha-
sized a need for "adjustments" to pro-
vide additional protection for the 450
Jewish settlers who have taken' up res-
idence in several downtown buildings
amid a hostile Palestinian population
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Protestors demonstrate for peace outside of Israel's Knesset at the opening of the
winter session of the Israeli Parliament on Monday.
of 80,000 or more.
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak
Mordechai said in an interview that he
first proposed changes in the Hebron
security arrangements to Arafat about
three weeks ago - before the vio-
lence that killed about 60 Palestinians
and 15 Israeli soldiers. Since then, he
added, the exchange of gunfire
between Israeli soldiers and uni-
formed Palestinian police has created
"a new situation"that makes such
changes even more necessary.
"If we don't make all the arrange-
ments (for Israeli security) in the area,
it will break the situation, and all the
peace process will break down," he
said in a conversation at the Defense
Ministry in Tel Aviv. "We don't ask to
change the agreement. We just ask to
have a different understanding of the
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