The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 22, 1998 -- 5A
Pope calls for U.S.
policy changes in
visit to Cuba
Clinton presidency in
jeopardy with possible
c riminal charges ahead
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - This week,
President Clinton faced a civil lawsuit
for sexual harassment that could have
resulted in much embarrassment and
a money damage award.
Now, he faces something far more
ominous: a possible criminal charge
for soliciting perjury that clouds his
Reacting quickly, the president
strongly denied he had "any improp-
er relationship" with a 24-year-old
White House intern or encouraged
her to lie about it under oath.
Nonetheless, no one in the nation's
capital doubted yesterday the Paula
Jones civil suit had instantly erupted
into a scandal that jeopardizes his sec-
Clinton appears to be caught
between two open-ended investiga-
tions. The first has been trying to
catch Clinton in a lie. The second has
been trying to reveal him involved in
an illicit sexual relationship.
The first is, of course, the
Whitewater probe. It began as an
inquiry into real estate and banking
fraud in Arkansas to determine if
then-Giov. Clinton and his wife may
have used their influence to obtain
hose a lcations have never been
proven, however, despite years of
investigation. Iideed, the Whitewater
Independent C(ou(nsel Kenneth Starr
long ago :,%v' up on charging Clinton
with crimnes growing out of their
failed Whitewater real estate develop-
ment. The five-vear statute of limita-
tions has expired.
Starr's probe has not expired, how-
ever, because of the unique rules gov-
erning independent counsels. There
are no time limits on their investiga-
tions, and Starr's staff says they are
continuing to investigate possible
"obstruction of justice" by the
Clinton White House on various mat-
For example, the president, his
wife, H ilarv, or their aides may
h ave hidden documents. lied to
investigators or encouraged others
to lie to cover up various mis-
deeds. Those include the firing of
seven Wh ite House travel office
employees in the opening weeks of
Clinton's first term and failure to
produce billing records from the
The Washington Post
HAVANA, Cuba - Pope John Paul
II arrived in Havana yesterday on a
momentous visit to one of the world's
last communist outposts, a journey that
could provide tactical gains both for
this country's emerging Catholic
Church and President Fidel Castro's
isolated but persevering regime.
Amid chants of "Long live the
pope!" voiced by throngs of flag-wav-
ing Cubans, the frail 77-year-old pontiff
inched his way down the stairs of his
Alitalia jumbo jet and was greeted on a
red carpet by a smiling Castro, who had
shed his standard green military
fatigues for a dark business suit.
It was the first meeting between the
two leaders of markedly differing creeds
since their initial encounter at the Vatican
in November 1996, when Castro official-
ly extended an invitation to John Paul to
make the first papal pilgrimage to Cuba.
Surrounded by Roman Catholic lead-
ers in Cuba and from other parts of the
world, as well as Cuba's senior
Communist officials, the pope, walking
with a cane, kissed a tray of Cuban soil
held by four children - a custom'he
has established during his many years
of foreign travel. After a military salute
and the playing of the Cuban and
Vatican anthems - during which the
pope clasped the cross hanging from
his neck - the pontiff and Castro each
delivered a brief address as part of an
elaborate ceremony that was broadcast
live in Cuba by state-run television.
But before the pope even set foot
on Cuban soil, he told reporters who
accompanied him on his 12-hour
flight from Rome that he would like
to see the United States ease its 36-
year-old economic embargo against
this island nation of I million peo-
ple, and he indicated that he would
address the issue of Cuba's much crit-
icized human rights record during his
"To change, to change," the pontiff
said in response to journalists' ques-
tions about whether he had a message
to the United States regarding the
embargo. "Perhaps ... both Cuba and
the United States are looking for a bet-
ter future," he said.
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response came from Clinton --- who in three previ-
ously scheduled interviews gave carefully worded
statements that denied some of the most unseemly
allegations but left other pressing questions unan-
Earlier in the day, Clinton issued a statement deny-
ing that he had any "improper relationship." but as
the day wore on he was pressed to be more specific.
"The relationship was not sexual," Clinton told
Firm, where H illary President Clinton yester
been a partner a 24-year-old intern and o
Roll Call. a Capitol Hill newspaper. "And I know
xx hat you mean, and the answer is no."
Clinton told National Public Radio that his
answers to questions about Lewinsky were con-
strained by Starr's investigation. NPR reporter
Mara Liasson asked Clinton "whether you had any
conversations with her about her testimony, had any
conversations at all."
The president responded: "I think given the state
of this investigation, it would be inappropriate for
me to say more. I've said everything, I think, that I
need to say now"
rday denied alligations that he had an affair with
obstructed justice as part of the cover up.
Clinton advisers inside and outside the White
House acknowledged how unlikely these clipped
answers are to satisfy the public's demand for reas-
surance that Clinton and Jordan did nothing improp-
er. And, uncharacteristically, they made scarcely any
effort to play down the severity of their situation.
Even in a White House that long ago learned to
prosper amid political and legal controversies, the lat-
est allegations exploded like a bomb. Administration
officials who had believed they had withstood the
worst of the Whitewater and Democratic fund-raising
investigations recited a long list of new problems.
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New Bosnian government
spurs hope for. lasting peace
WANT TO BE A
Los Angeles Times
SARAJEVO - Like pieces in a jig-
saw puzzle that forever stumped its play-
ers, some of the most contentious ele-
ments in Bosnian peacemaking are start-
ing to fall in place.
The seating of a new, apparently
cooperative Bosnian Serb government
and a move by international mediators
to impose decisions when no one
agrees, have given new impetus to a 2-
year-old peace process stalled frequent-
ly by separatist bickering.
Western mediators unveiled a com-
mon currency yesterday that they have
ordered Muslims, Serbs and Croats to
accept; shared license plates and a flag
are also on the horizon. These trappings
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campus' Student Government Council.
said Nelms' departure will be "a great
Nelms regularly attended the coun-
cil's meetings and was actively
involved in student government.
"Students could just walk into his
office without an appointment," said
Marc Lund, the Student Government
*Council's vice president. "At other
universities, I doubt that it is that
Having an open and student-ori-
ented campus has always been
important to Nelms, Duderstadt
"I think a good example was on his
first tour of the brand new campus he
noticed there were no benches,"
Duderstadt said. "So one of the first
things he did was to install places for
people to gather. He turned the Flint
Some Flint students said they
were surprised by the announce-
ment, but others saw it coming even
before Nelms made his final deci-
sion. Duderstadt said other universi-
ties have aggressively pursued
Nelms said he thought about his
decision for a while, but during the
winter break he had time to reflect
on the choice with his family. Their
approval was a major part of the deci-
sion, Nelms said.
Members of the University commu-
nity said they will miss having Nelms
are meant to unity the country but were
vehemently resisted by a Bosnian Serb
leadership dominated by supporters of
war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic.
Western officials believe Karadzic and
fellow hard-liners have been dealt a sig-
nificant setback with the selection
Sunday of a moderate prime minister for
the Bosnian Serb half of this country. The
new government under Prime Minister
Milorad Dodik excludes Karadzic's party
for the first time.
Even as Karadzie supporters vowed to
set up a parallel regime. delighted U.S.
officials asserted the success of their pol-
icy of promoting moderates in Bosnia,
while forcing hard-liners to the margin.
Washington and its European allies
have invested millions of dollars in the
last six months to back Bosnian Serb
President Biljana Plavsic in her power
struggle with former president Karadzic.
But there is a downside: several of the
key Cabinet members in the Dodik gov-
ernment have shady wartime records that
raise questions about their commitment
to reconciliation and reform.
Of more immediate concern to medi-
ators, the new government is extremely
fragile. It was elected only after
Karadzic's Serbian Democratic Party,
and its ally, the Serbian Radial Party,
stormed out of the session. That left a
razor-thin majority made up of
Plavsic's party, the former Communist
Socialist Party and a coalition of
Muslims and Croats representing
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