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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 16, 1997

NATION/WORLD

Peruvian rebels
agree to talks

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Leftist rebels
agreed yesterday to formal talks to end
Peru's month-old hostage crisis on the
condition that everything - including
freddom for their jailed comrades - be
on the table.
The announcement - made via two-
way radio from the Japanese ambas-
sador's residence - raised hopes of a
potential breakthrough in the hostage
crisis, which has been at a standoff
since the Tupac Amaru rebels released
seven hostages on New Year's Day.
Negotiations to free the 74 remaining
hostages have been stalled since then,
with each side hardening its position.
President Alberto Fujimori has flatly
refused the rebels' key demand that he
free hundreds of jailed guerrillas.
The government's initial response to
yesterday's rebel announcement didn't
waver from that position. Defense

Minister Gen. Tomas Castillo said he
welcomed a solution - but only within
the bounds established earlier by
Fujimori. The government did not
immediately say whether it would
accept the rebels' condition for the
talks.
About 20 heavily armed rebels
seized the ambassador's residence on
Dec. 17, taking hostage more than 500
people attending a party. They have
released all but 74 men; Japan's ambas-
sador, Peruvian officials, Japanese
executives and Fujimori's younger
brother remain captive.
Government negotiator Domingo
Palermo has talked face-to-face with
rebel leader Nestor Cerpa only once, on
Dec. 31. Plans for a second meeting
collapsed Sunday when the rebels
demanded that Palermo bring a propos-
al to free the jailed rebels.

MIDEAST
Continued from Page 1A
Congratulations poured in from
abroad, with early signs suggesting the
pact could help repair Israel's frayed ties
with its friends in the Arab world. Israel's
stock market rose sharply.
But Syria, whose talks with Israel
have been broken off, denounced the
Hebron accord as enslavement of
Palestinians, predicting that it would
bury the peace process. And a hard-
line faction of the Islamic Resistance
Movement, Hamas, issued a state-
ment in Beirut denouncing what it
called "this submissive settlement"
and warning Arafat's Palestinian
Authority not to launch the crack-
down it promised against the group.
Confusion over U.S. guarantees
caused a temporary crisis in the Israeli
cabinet debate. Netanyahu and his allies
portrayed Washington as adopting their
view that Israel alone would decide
which rural areas of the West Bank it
would transfer to Palestinian control in
three stages ending in mid-1998.
But eight hours into the cabinet
discussion, Israel Television's Yakov
Achimeir broke into the evening

broadcast with news that the State
Department disagreed, saying the
extent of the pullbacks would have to
be negotiated. Netanyahu abruptly
broke off the cabinet debate and
sought urgent clarifications from
U.S. special envoy Dennis Ross.
Ross came down on Netanyahu's
side, repudiating the television report.
U.S. Ambassador Martin Indyk faxed
a written statement to Netanyahu at
11 p.m., reaffirming that decisions on
how much land to cede are "an Israeli
responsibility," not issues "for negotia-
tion with the Palestinians."
Palestinians continued to disagree.
Ahmed Korei, speaker of the Palestinian
parliament and chief negotiator of the
previous Israeli-Palestinian accord, said
"the agreement is clear" that after the
three Israeli pullbacks "most of the land
would be under our control."
Observers were impressed with
Netanyahu's cabinet victory margin.
But some Labor Party figures, pressing
for a "unity" government in which
Likud and Labor would share power,
took the occasion to argue that
Netanyahu has reached the end of his
tether with a government based mainly
on Likud and Orthodox Jewish parties.

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WASHINGTON - President Clinton's inaugural planners
shunned corporate money for the main event. But special inter-
ests are quietly paying for all sorts of sideshows, from black-
tie balls to informal parades-watching parties for lawmakers
and administration officials.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, drug giant Bristol-Myers Squibb,?.
and a handful of telecommunications companies are financing
a tribute to the conservative House Democrats who call them-
selves "Blue Dogs."
Blue, dog-shaped cookies will be on the buffet Monday for
the pivotal bloc of lawmakers whose votes could swing many Clinton
issues in a Congress narrowly controlled by Republicans.
Then there's the gala jokingly called "The Farm Prom," honoring members of
the House and Senate agriculture committees, both Republican and Democrat, as
well as Agriculture Department officials.
The event's 41 sponsors, chipping in about $5,000 each, include Archer Dar
Midland, Tyson Foods and other agriculture and food companies, as well as groups
representing farmers who raise corn, cotton or sugar, cattle, pigs or turkeys. Black tie
is optional.

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has been decided years after
McPherson took over.
In the MSU lawsuit, the newspaper
argued that McPherson was unlaw-
fully chosen as the president in a pri-
vate meeting before an open meeting.
The newspapers had asked that any
decisions made in private be invali-
dated.
After Ingham County Circuit
Judge James Giddings threw out the
suit and dismissed any claims of
wrongdoing, the newspapers
appealed.
In a 2-1 decision made Tuesday
and obtained yesterday by The
Associated Press, the Court of
Appeals reversed much of Giddings'
decision by saying he was wrong to
rule that the selection process was
not subject to the state's Open
Meetings Act.
In fact, the university's presidential
search committee violated the law by
winnowing the field of candidates from
150 to four out of public view, by pri-
vately reviewing applications of candi-
dates and by holding interviews with
candidates behind closed doors, the
court said.
The majority ruling affirmed just
one portion of Giddings' decision. It
agreed that the university board did not
unlawfully delegate its constitutional
authority to select a president to the
search committee.
Judges E. Thomas Fitzgerald and
Janet Neff ruled in the majority.
Judge Charles Nelson dissented,
saying the Open Meetings Act could
not be applied to the selection of a
state university president without
violating the state Constitution.

Panel to revamp
Senate operations
WASHINGTON - As Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.)
put it in a letter to colleagues recently,
"there has been much discussion about
improving the way the Senate oper-
ates."
And, as he might have added, there
has been little action.
The big brass spittoons that remain
under the front row of desks on the
Senate floor illustrate more dramatical-
ly than any words can the Senate's
attachment to some of its most anachro-
nistic ways - from "quorum calls" that
never summon a quorum to secretive
"holds" that senators use to delay and
even kill bills they do not like.
But now, undeterred by the failure of
previous reform efforts, Lott, who has a
penchant for efficiency, has teamed up
with Minority Leader Thomas A.
Daschle (D-S.D.) to create a bipartisan
task force that will, as Lott delicately
put it, "examine the many issues sur-
rounding life in the Senate."

There is even reason to believe that
this effort may produce some action,
although deliverance from the spittoons
is probably too much to ask.
The task force will be headedd'
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), a sa
operator and former business executive
whose company produced schedule
organizers.
Dole to receive
Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton plans to present Bob Dole with
the Presidential Medal of Freedom,$
nation's highest civilian award.
A White House official, speaking
anonymously, said Clinton plans to
award the medal to Dole tomorrow dur-
ing an event to unveil the winning
design for a World War II monument.
Clinton's decision became public yes-
terday on the publication date of fallen
political guru Dick Morris' inside look
at the White House, which quo s
Clinton as calling Dole "an evil, IA
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Arab newspaper
sees fear campaign
LONDON - Al Hayat is in trouble
again, but there is still life under
threat at one of the Arab world's most
influential newspapers. After decades
of political pressure, violence and
exile, the London-edited Arab-lan-
guage daily is enduring a new cam-
paign of terror.
"We don't know who we have antag-
onized, but I think we are a moderate,
centrist paper and I'm not going.to
change that,' said editor Jihad Khazen
in a conversation at his office yesterday
interrupted by a hang-in-there phone
call from the prime minister of
Lebanon.
Khazen met with Scotland Yard anti-
terrorist police and private security
experts who flew in from the United
States yesterday to discuss safeguards
for his staff after 13 letter bombs have
been received so far this year at Al
Hayat's offices in London, New York
and Washington. Two security guards
were injured, one seriously, when a let-
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who might bear a grudge against the
Saudi-owned newspaper, but no early
evidence linking any of them to the
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Thieves burrow way
into bank thefts
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -For
six months, someone was digging
under the street. Neighbors heard
strange noises. Then, two weeks ago, a
gang robbed the local bank of as much
as $25 million.
As it turns out, the thieves had tun"
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