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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 18, 1999

NATION

Foreign ministers detect sso
movement in Kosovo peac

RAMBOUILLET, France (AP) - Despite
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's defiant
"no" to the chief mediator at the Kosovo peace talks,
the British and French foreign ministers said yester-
day they detected some progress.
With less than three days to go to the Saturday noon
deadline for reaching a three-year interim agreement
between Serbs and Kosovo Albanians, Foreign
Ministers Hubert Vedrine of France and Robin Cook
of Britain said both sides showed signs of moving
closer to a deal.
"It seems things are moving a bit,"Vedrine said on
the steps of the 14th-Century chateau in Rambouillet,
outside Paris, where talks have been taking place
since Feb. 6. "But there is only a little time left"

Key to any Kosovo peace agreement is the deploy-
ment of a 30,000-strong NATO force in the province
to ensure the deal is implemented. Belgrade's refusal
so far to consider allowing such a force on Yugoslav
territory has been a major roadblock in the talks.
Christopher Hill, the American who heads the inter-
national mediating team at the talks, flew to Belgrade
on Tuesday with a tough message for Milosevic: Sign a
deal by Saturday or face NATO missiles. NATO has
threatened to launch airstrikes on Yugoslavia if an
agreement is not reached by Saturday.
Milosevic, however, showed no sign of being intim-
idated.
"Our negative stand on the presence of foreign troops
is not only the attitude of the leadership, but also of all

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e talks Pilots to claim criminal negligence
e talks - ane
MIAMI -Three years after two small aircraft were shot down over the Straits
of Florida by Cuban MIGs, the leader of the anti-Castro group that piloted the
our country," Milosevic said in a state- planes has compiled what he says is evidence that Clinton administration officials
)y the official news agency Tanjug. were criminally negligent in failing to stop the attack.
tion Contact Group on the Balkans, Four people died in the incident, which led to a tightening of the U.S. trad
the United States, Russia, Britain, embargo of the island and remains an emotional flash point for many Cuban exit
many and Italy, brought Serbs and who oppose the regime of Fidel Castro.
Albanians to the negotiating table to "We were led into a trap by the U.S. government, a trap in which Castro was
ct that has cost an estimated 2,000 allowed to act against us," charged Brothers to the Rescue President Jose Basulto,
hundreds of thousands homeless in the pilot of a third plane that escaped the Feb. 24, 1996, missile attack. "These
province of Serbia, the dominant of deaths were preventable."
republics. In a voluminous report, Basulto has woven radar records, transcripts of commu-
lilosevic's "no" to foreign troops was nications between pilots and air traffic controllers and U.S. government documents
ok said: "Mr. Milosevic rarely confines into a detailed timeline that indicates Castro was given a de facto green light to
nething as brief as saying no, and we are shoot down the planes in international air space, he said.
t there have been instructions given to Basulto has asked Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to investigate. Reps.
ation with respect to that." Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) both Cuban-bo
Republicans, also have urged the Defense Department to share classified inform
FUNDING tion on the incident.
Continued from Page IA
Ulcer drug tops $5B one with annual worldwide sales
Cynthia Wilbanks, the University's ,exceeding $1 billion. About 25 drugs
vice president for government rela- Mf world sales surpassed that mark last year.
tions, said the reasoning behind the Astra officials say a new direct-to-
plan seems unclear to some representa- NEW YORK - The ulcer drug consumer advertising campaign and a
tives, many of whom are new House Prilosec last year became the pharma- larger sales force helped boost sales of
members. ceutical industry's first $5 billion pre- Prilosec, which is known as Losec ou@
"There were lots of questions about scription medication. side the United States.
the governor's approach - about the Prilosec, also used for heartburn, has State def
four tiers," Wilbanks said. been the world's top selling drug since ends ban
The goal is to fund schools more 1996, when it overtook another popular on sale of sex toys
fairly and address the needs of fast- ulcer drug, Zantac.
growing universities, state Budget By contrast, Viagra, the highly-pub- HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Women
Director Mary Lannoye said last licized impotence drug, had sales of who say they can't enjoy themselves in
week. $788 million last year. the bedroom without sex toys like
About I percent of the budget Prilosec sales.rose 27 percent in 1998 vibrators asked a federal judge yester-
increase, or $14.5 million, would go to $5.14 billion, according to Swedish day to block a new Alabama law ban-
into the tier formula. Universities also drugmaker Astra AB. From 1993 until ning the sale of such items.
would get a 1.5 percent across-the- last July, Astra shared half of its U.S. Those challenging the 1998 la*
board increase and another 1.5 percent sales with drug giant Merck & Co. contend it violates privacy rights-by
if they hold tuition increases below 3 Prilosec beat out the No. 2 drug, indirectly prohibiting adults from
percent. Zocor, by more than $1.1 billion in engaging in legal acts behind closed
The state universities' Presidents 1998. Zocor, a cholesterol drug made doors.
Council has not decided yet if it will by Merck, had worldwide sales of But the state contends there is no
support the tier plan, said executive $3.95 billion last year. In third place fundamental right to a product used to
director Glenn Stevens. was Prozac, the antidepressant sold by produce an orgasm.
"The ink is barely dry on the Eli Lilly and Co., which had $2.81 bil- U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith
details," he said. lion in worldwide sales. gave no indication of when he might
Each state university will have its A blockbuster drug is considered rule.
own chance to address the subcommit-
tee during hearings in the next month.
The University's hearing is scheduled
for March 10. AROUND THE WORLD
Under Engler's formula, schools in
the top tier would receive at least
$8,500 per student. Israeli guards kill 3 'ing and broke through the door. A
That includes the University of man and a woman were shot to death
Michigan, along with Michigan Kurds at embassy in the consulate's foyer and another
Technological University, Michigan man was shot in a stairwell,
State University and Wayne State BERLIN - Israeli security guards Saberschinsky said.
University. shot and killed three Kurds who Nine Kurds barricaded themselv
The second tier grants a minimum forced their way into the Israeli con- inside one room, briefly taking a
of $4,700 per student to Oakland sulate yesterday with dozens of pro- female consular employee hostage.
University, the University of Michigan testers enraged by reports that Israel
at Dearborn and Western Michigan aided in the arrest of the foremost Judge releases priest
University Kurdish rebel leader f '
Rep. Jon Jellema (R-Grand Haven) Turkish officials released a video- aCcuse o sayng
questioned why there was pearly a tape of their captive, Abdullah Ocalan,
$4,000 difference between the first and dramatic footage showing him hand- GUATEMALA CITY - A priest
second tiers. He said it didn't seem like cuffed and sweating. Officials said he arrested in the slaying of Bishop
evening out the appropriations would was being interrogated in an island Juan Gerardi was cleared of charge
be easy. prison and promised a fair trial, but and released yesterday, but a judW
Grand Valley State University refused to allow three of his foreign said he will remain under investiga-
President Arend Lubbers, who testified attorneys into Turkey. tion.
before the committee, said the fairness In Berlin, as many as 100 demon- The Rev. Mario Orantes Najera had
of the formula depends on the will of strators - some brandishing clubs been accused of bludgeoning Gerardi
the Legislature. and iron bars - pummeled their way to death in his garage on April 26,
"There hasn't been a logical past 30 German police officers sent to 1998.
approach for a long period of time in the Israeli consulate 30 minutes earli- Gerardi was killed two day after he
higher education funding," Lubbers er after officials received reports that presented a four-volume church report
said. Kurds planned to take the building, blaming the army for most human

police chief Hagen Saberschinsky rights abuses committed during
said. Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
The Kurds climbed a fence sur-
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