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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 27, 2000 - 9A

Former International
Atomic Energy Agency
official named
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Hans
Blix, former director general of the
International Atomic Energy
Agency, is now the leading candi-
date to head a new U.N. .weapons
inspection. agency for Iraq, 4iplo-
mats said Tuesday.
Blix, a 71-year-old Swede,
,merged as a compromise candi-
date after several members of the
U.N. Security Council - including
Russia, China and France --
objected to the nomination of Rolf
Ekeus, a fellow Swedish diplomat
who had been the first choice of
U.N. Secretary General Kofi
Annan.
Ekeus, now serving as Sweden's
nbassador . in -Washington, was
strongly backed by the United States
because of his experience as the first
chair of the earlier U.N. weapons
inspection agency, known as
UNSCOM. But France, China and
Russia argued that "new blood" was
needed for the new agency, called the
U.N. Monitoring, Verification and
Inspection Commission, or

UNMOVIC.
. According to diplomats here,
France first proposed Blix last
week, and the United States, Britain
and Russia agreed to support him as
a consensus candidate. China has
yet to respond but is not expected to
stand alone.
"I guess we have a deal," said a
senior Western - diplomat. "The
United States has said it will agree if
everybody else agrees."
Sources said, however, that
Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. ambas-
sador to the United Nations, was
awaiting a formal reaction from
China before informing Annan that
the Security Council's key members
have agreed on a candidate,
Diplomats also cautioned that
Blix, who retired from the IAEA
two years ago and is now touring
Antarctica. has not formally accept-
ed the job. They said he was contact-
ed while vacationing in Argentina
last week by France and Sweden to
ask whether he would consider the
post.
"He was obviously reluctant," said
one diplomat. "But he said that if he
was the only solution to achieving
consensus in the council, he would
be available."

Unidentified Cuban military students wave flags during a rally at a Havana military school Tuesday as they listen to
speeches and songs calling for the return of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba.
GrandmothersB
see 6-year-od Cub anboy-

The Washingon Post
MINAS HUANTAJAYA, Chile - In
a country where powerful interests sup-
port Augusto Pinochet, going after the
military patriarch has not been easy.
Since August when Judge Juan
Guzman lodged a high-profile indict-
ment of retired Gen. Arellano Stark,
one of the cruelest characters of
Pinochet's rule, human rights attorneys
who presented the cases befgre
Guzman have been under police pro-
tection. Death threats have been com-
mon.
Guzman, who also is under 24-hour
guard, has long mingled in circles in
which Pinochet is revered. He has
come under a more subtle form of pres-
sure. When Stark for nstance, first
caught wind of the investigation, he
appealed to Guzman's friends and fam-
ilv for as:i t n e. Guzman. who under
Chile's legal system acts as judge and
prosecutor in 57 criminal suits filed
against Pinochet, issued the indictment
anyway.
Like Stark, Pinochet, if indicted,
would be charged with "perpetual kid-
napping" - a legal creation of
Guzman's. More than 1,000 dissidents
are still unaccounted for. and Guzman
has argued successfully that they could
still be, aliveand(thatteir cases should
be treated as kidnappings --something
not covered by Chile's broad laws
granting amnesty to Pinochet-era offi-
cials.
At an abandoned mine recently, a
cage lowering Guzman reached an
earthen shelf where diggers were still
excavating. A former miner had passed
along a tip that soldiers had tossed
"something" into the shaft and set 9ff
explosives to cover it up in the final
days of the dictatorship in the late
1980s.
Diggers making their way through
heaps of rotting trash had found evi-
dence of an unusual explosion, but
after eight days of labor they still
have two yards to go before reaching
the site w 'here any remains might be
found.
"We've got to try, because recover-
ing the bodies restores part of the dam-
age that was done," Guzman said.
"When we returned past remains to
families, some of them kissed the
skulls. They had found peace."

discuss drug .A

Los Angeles Times
TRES ESQUINAS, Colombia -
is base in the lush South American
ngle is ground zero in President
Clinton's emergency proposal to help
fund a massive expansion of
Colombia's anti-narcotics operation.
"This is an island in a sea of guerril-
las and narco-traffickers," U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Jan Ithier said as he toured the
base - where U.S. special forces
troops train and monitor the perfor-
mance of Colombian soldiers - with
an American delegation last week.
U.S. and Colombian authorities are
'ow engaged in an elaborate round of
salesmanship trying to sell the S1.6 bil-
lion aid package Clinton announced
last month to skeptics in both
Washington and Bogota who charge
that heaps of new money and old air-

craft will do little to ease an intractable
problem.
Moreover, some fear that despite the
United States' insistence that its sol-
diers aren't "advising" the Colombians,
only training therm, Washington may
get sucked into another nation's civil
war.
Billed as a way to reduce the drug pro-
duction of a country that supplies 80 per-
cent of the world's cocaine, the aid pack-
age may turn out to be merely "a smoke
screen" for fueling Colombia's 40-year
battle against lefst guerrillas, said
Winifred Tate, a Colombian specialist at
the Washington Offtice on Latin America,
a nonprofit research group.
"This isn't good drug policy, and it
isn't good human rights policy. I think
this is going to make everything much
worse," she said.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP)- Elian
Gonzalez and his grandmothers
arrived yesterday at a "neutral site" for
a reunion that had to be arranged by the
U.S. government because of the per-
sonal and political passions swirling
around the 6-year-old Cuban boy.
Elian was driven to a nun's house in
Miami Beach to see his grandmothers,
who had flown in from Wangton and
were then brought to the home in a
helicopter.
The grandmothers came to the
United States last week to appeal direct-
ly to the American people and Congress
to send the boy back to his father in
Cuba. Elian's relatives in Miami want
him to stay and are fighting a U.S. gov-
ernment order sending him back.
The grandmothers were to see Elian
privately, with the boy's Florida rela-
tives nearby in the house.
Justice Department spokesperson
Carole Florman said the women would
not be allowed to take the boy home
with them afterward. A lawyer for
Elian's relatives, Spencer Eig, said the
visit was expected to last two hours.
A few people tossed flowers at the car
that took the women from the helicopter

to the house. Some demonstrators out-
side the home cheered and others booed
as the grandmothers were driven by.
The grandmothers had also flown to
Miami on Monday but left town with-
out seeing Elian They said they were
uncomfortable going to the house in
Miami's Little Havana neighborhood
where the relatives have been caring
for the boy. Anti-Castro Cuban immi-
grants have been holding protests
around the home.
Mariela Quintana and Raquel
Rodriguez had not seen their grandson
since before he left Cuba for the
United States with his mother, who
died along with 10 other people when
their boat capsized. Elian was found
clinging to an inner tube off the
Florida coast on Nov. 25.
The reunion was being held at the
home of Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin,
president of Barry University.

It's our right o see our grandson
an take him back home."
- Mariela Quintana
Elian Gonzalez's paternal grandmother

O'Laughlin, has a history of helping
immigrants and had said she would
serve as "welcomer" and "hugger."
On Capitol Hill, Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott indicated he has no
solid plans for handling legislation next
week to give Elian U.S. citizenship,
which would remove the boy from the
jurisdiction of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, the agency that
ordered him back to Cuba.
"There are a lot of extenuating cir-
cumstances," Lott said. "Obviously it
could come up next week. But there
are a lot of people looking at this issue
and there may be developments
between now and then."
The two grandmothers met with sev-
eral members of Congress this week
and asked them not to pass such a bill.
"It's our right to see our grandson and
take him back home," said Quintana,
the child's paternal grandmother.

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