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Arafat pledges to
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -
Palestinian leaderYasser Arafat pledged
yesterday to confront "the enemies of
peace," but Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright said after a two-
hour meeting with him that she still had
not found a way to restart Mideast
"We have a long way to go" to reopen
negotiations between Israel and the
Palestinians, Albright said, standing
alongside Arafat in front of U.S. and
Palestinian flags in the Palestinian
Authority's legislative council room.
Albright said she and Arafat "have an
agreement that terrorists are terrible."
She reserved judgment on his ability to
counter terrorism over the long term.
"For us, we will have to see how this is
carried out over a sustained period.'
Albright met with Arafat one-on-one
for more than two hours, then drove
back to Jerusalem to meet again with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. She was to return to
Ramallah today for another session
Arafat blamed Israel for the impasse
in the peace talks and said Palestinians
were still committed to the 4-year-old
"I want to reiterate that the
Palestinian Authority will meet all its
responsibilities, and I hope the Israeli
government will do the same,' he said.
Albright, wearing a necklace of
doves and a black shawl with
Palestinian embroidery, arrived in
Ramallah by helicopter. She flew over
the checkpoints sealing off Israel from
West Bank towns and villages.
Albright was confronting a difficult
task on her first trip to the Middle East
as secretary of state.
Besides demanding that Arafat dis-
mantle the operations of Hamas and
other militant groups on the West Bank
and in Gaza, she is urging Netanyahu
to make some gestures to the
Netanyahu has declined to turn
over to the Palestinian Authority $67
million in taxes withheld from
Palestinian workers or to ease the
restrictions he has imposed on
Albright said it was hard to second-
guess Netanyahu on security, "but it is
hard to understand how withholding
money is a security issue.'
Arafat began the joint news confer-
ence with a catalog of complaints,
including Israel's refusal to pull back
further on the West Bank, to stop new
construction in Jerusalem or to halt set-
Albright was less harsh. "There is
nothing as dastardly as suicide
AROUND THE NATION
Clinton maintains high approval ra
WASHINGTON - Despite a barrage of unseemly revclations about hi
party's political fund-raising, President Clinton has retained a lofty jo
approval rating of 63 percent, while Vice President Gore's image has bee
tarnished by the negative publicity, according to the Los Angeles Times Pol
Almost seven in 10 Americans hold Clinton responsible for fund-raising e
es that have been exposed by the media and in congressional hearings. Ye i
Gore, who has been embarrassed by disclosures about his telephone solicitation
and participation in a Buddhist temple fund-raiser, who may be paying the large
Just 34 percent of survey respondents reported a "favorable impression" a
the vice president, compared to 59 percent for Clinton.
The national survey of 1,258 adults was conducted Sept. 6-9, a period whei
the news was filled with the stories about Gore's fund-raising woes and
Senate panel was gearing up for a new round of hearings. The margin of sam
pling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
"Even with all the allegations swirling around Clinton, people still lik
him," said Susan Pinkus, director of The Times Poll. By contrast, she ax
fund-raising embarrassments "are chipping away at Gore's image.'
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright makes a diplomatic tour of Israel. She
is attempting to clear the way for future Israel-PalestinIan negotiations.
bombers,' she said in condemning the
attacks on Israel that have claimed 25
lives in the last six weeks, including the
suicide bombers, and more than 150
since Arafat signed a peace accord with
Israel in September 1993.
Arafat blamed Israel for the stale-
mate in peace talks and expressed sym-
pathy for the victims of terrorists
bombs and their families.
may be disqualified
WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing
fresh evidence and access to new wit-
nesses, a federal officer said yesterday
she would review whether Teamsters
President Ron Carey should be disqual-
ified from a rerun of the union's 1996
The announcement from Barbara
Quindel came just after Carey support-
ers had held a rally to kick off his new
campaign against challenger James
Hoffa, who has repeatedly called for
Carey to step down, said he was grati-
fied by Quindel's letter "in light of the
fact that the Carey campaign looted
hundreds of thousands of dollars out of
Carey's campaign said the new elec-
tion, "should be run as soon as possi-
ble. ... Perpetual delay and ponderous
flyspecking is simply unacceptable to
the Carey campaign and the Teamsters
Meanwhile, investigators have-
learned that a controversial fund-rais
ing memo from the Democratic Part
to the Teamsters union was actuall
written by an official working fo
President Clinton's re-election tam
paign last year.
Any indicts itself
on sex harrassment
WASHINGTON - The Arm:
issued a searing indictment of itsel
yesterday, asserting that "sexual harass
ment exists throughout the Arrn
crossing gender, rank and racial lines.
Sexual discrimination was found to.b
even more prevalent and the ser'"
rank and file "uniformly do notv
trust and confidence in their leaders
on the issues, the study said.
The Army accused commanders c
ignoring the problems and allowin
inappropriate behavior to be "corn
monplace," contending leaders wer
more focused on combat deployment
and cutbacks than taking care of th
needs of their most vulnerable sol
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Clinton's national security adviser said
yesterday his staff was infrequently
consulted about unsavory foreign visi-
tors who met with Clinton and Vice
President Al Gore during the last presi-
The failure to check the background
of a Chinese arms merchant, a Russian
businessman with alleged mob ties and
other visitors - admitted at the request
of Democratic Party officials --- never
influenced foreign policy, Samuel
Berger told a Senate committee.
The problem doesn't exist in
Clinton's second term, Berger asserted,
because new procedures are in place
that require intelligence checks with the
State Department and CIA before for-
eign visitors are admitted to the White
House. Clinton insisted on tightening
the controls, Berger told the Senate
Governmental Affairs Committee.
At a hearing on campaign finance
abuse, Berger was forced to defend not
only administration policy but his own
activities, when he was deputy national
security adviser during Clinton's first
Republicans chided Berger for allow-
ilg his photo to be taken with a large
Democratic contributor in October
1995, and his attendance at weekly
campaign strategy meetings in 1996.
Asked by committee Chair Fred
Thompson, (R-Tenn.), whether the for-
eign nationals were checked out by
national security staffers during the first
term, Berger replied: "Obviously, they
were not - we were not asked in all sit-
uations. And I think the president and
others have said that the system was
But since "there was no evidence ...
of any extraneous influences" on for-
eign policy, Berger testified, " did not
see this problem on the radar screen."
Defending his attendance at political
strategy meetings, Berger said he want-
ed to be sure the president's foreign pol-
icy would be portrayed accurately in the
campaign. Berger described himself as
"kind of a living stop sign" in the meet-
ings to discourage the use of foreign
policy for political purposes.
"I just don't see that that's a big prob-
lem," said Sen. John Glenn, (D-Ohio),
ranking Democrat on the panel. Glenn
pointed out that President Bush's
national security adviser, Brent
Scowcroft, met with Bush's inner circle
of Political advisers.
Thompson questioned Berger about a
White House national security staffer's
electronic memo dated Oct. 3, 1995,
asking Berger to meet with Hong Kong
businessman Eric Hotung and allow
their picture to be taken.
The request was made by then-
Democratic Party Chair Donald Fowler,
the memo said, but it did not mention
that Hotung and his American wife had
pledged to contribute $100.000 to the
"If you don't know Hotung, he's a
fabulously wealthy Hong Kong busi-
nessman who heads an institute dedi-
cated to promoting U.S.-China rela-
tions," the memo said.
The memo cautioned Berger, "I think
a photo op would be fine, but I'd try not
to sit down with the guy. That could
consume more than 5 minutes?'
The photo was taken the next day,
Oct. 4. Patricia Hotung contributed
$20,000 to the Democrats on Oct. 12
and $79,980 the next day.
"Had I known in any way it was
mixed up in a campaign contribution, I
wouldn't have had anything to do with
it," Berger said, adding "Mr. Hotung is
a serious man of substance" on China
and Taiwan isuc>.
Oo- AROUND THE WORLID
Clinton adviser says foreign
visitors did not et policy
Scots vote on new
EDINBURGH, Scotland -
Straining to loosen ties with England
but wary of going it alone, Scots voted
yesterday on whether to have their own
Parliament after 290 years.
Results were due early today, and
opinion polls suggested a 3-to-1 major-
ity for the Parliament among Scotland's
nearly 4 million voters. Less enthusi-
asm was expected on the separate ques-
tion of whether the government should
be able to raise taxes.
While the 129-member Parliament
would not be able to rule on matters of
foreign policy or defense, it would con-
trol most domestic affairs and be able
to raise or lower taxes by up to 3 per-
"We've had a good go.... I am confi-
dent about a good healthy majority,"said
Donald Dewar, Scottish Secretary for
Britain's Labor Party government, which
strongly backs a Scottish Parliament.
Among the first districts expected to
announce results was East
Renfrewshire, a prosperous comniute
area near Glasgow. A double "yes" vat
here - one of the last Scottish bastion
of the Conservative Party to f -
would bode well for the Parliame
Russia Rebukes NATO on Bosni
BRUSSELS - Russia delivered
harsh warning to NATO yesterday t
stop putting pressure on the Bosnia
Serbs, and declared that any-'PI
against a Serb radio and television sta
tion would be an intolerable use o
force that could imperil the NATO-te
peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
The vehement criticism of Wester
policy on Bosnia was expressed at
three-hour meeting of Russian an
NATO ambassadors, who gathered e
alliance headquarters to launch a consu
tative council that is supposed to servea
the cornerstone of a new security par
nership between Moscow and the t
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