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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 28, 1999 NR
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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -
Gunmen seized Armenia's parliament in
a torrent of automatic weapons fire yes-
terday, killing the prime minister and
seven other politicians. The attackers
were still barricaded in the building with
dozens of hostages shortly before dawn
today.
With the bodies of Prime Minister
,Vazgen Sarkin and Parliament Speaker
Karen Demirchian sprawled on the podi-
um where they fell, the attackers
demanded to seethe president.
During the night, the gunmen released
three hostages, all of them reportedly sul-
fering heart trouble, but continued to
press their demand for talks with
President Robert Kocharian, the coun-
try's leader.
The president promised to take all pos-
sible steps to end the crisis and free the
hostages. But there were no immediate
indications of progress toward ending the
standoff
Police said up to five gunmen were
holding hostages in the main chamber of
the parliament building. The gunmen
claimed they were holding about 50
hostages.
"They said it was a coup and called on
the journalists to inform people about it.
They said they were going to punish the

authorities for what they did to the
nation, said one reporter who was in the
chamber during the attack.
A man identified as the gunmen's
leader, Nairi Unanian, spoke in a tele-
phone interview with a local television
station
"This is a patriotic- action" he said.
"This shake-up is needed for the nation to
regain its senses.
"The country is in a catastrophic situa-
tion, people are hungry and the govern-
ment doesn't offlcrany way out,"Unanian
said.
In an interview with Armenian i V
channel A I Plus, he said the deaths were
unintended except for Sarkisian, who he
claimed had failed to sene the naion.
The other deaths, he said, were "the result
of technical mistakes."
"Other than the prime minister, agen
Sarkisian, all the others are innocent ic-
tims," he said in the interview, as report-
ed by the ITAR-Tass news agency.
Armenian television broadcast footage
of the stunning attack, showing at least
two men in long coats firing automatic
weapons in the parliament chamber.
Some lawmakers dove under their desks,
others fled into the streets.
One of the attackers approached the
prime minister and said: Enough of

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Stewart's jet wreckage partly removed
MINA. S.. - Federal safety investigators removed from a deep crater
yesterday, about a fourth of the wreckage of the executive jet that crashod
here Monday after a 1,400-mile flight on autopilot with all six people
aboard, including champion golfer Payne Stewart, apparently already dead
from oxygen deprivation.
Until now, National Transportation Safety Board workers had confinod
their search to the perimeter of the impact area, a cow pasture about*
miles west of Aberdeen in northeastern South Dakota. They had recovered
some human remains and parts of the twin-engine Learjet 35 that 'were
spread 150 feet around the crash site in knee-high grass.
Before returning to Washington yesterday morning, NTSB vice chair
Robert Francis said that because the Learjet was in a vertical dive whenit
burrowed into wet ground at a high speed, there will be "some slow going'
because the wreckage is so compacted and commingled with mud.
"It's going to be a challenge, with the wreckage and sorting out what's
there." Francis said. It will take several days to remove what is left of the
aircraft to a hangar at the Aberdeen airport for closer examination, he said.
And it could take months more to pinpoint a cause of the accident, which
said he thought was "unique in the history of aviation."
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as an old plant in Maine and three in
up old power plants New Hampshire.
The six New England states and
BOSTON - After years of blaming New York sent a petition Tuesday tote
its acid rain and smog problems on federal Environmental Protection
dirty Midwestern power plants, the Agency asking for stiffer emission rek-
Northeast is finally beginning to clean ulations to fight acid rain.

P PHOTO
Police and mitary personnel were stationed outside the Armenian parliament
building in Yerevan, Armenia yesterday after gunmen seized the parliament in a
torrent of gunfire, king the prime minster and at least six other people.

drinking our blood." according to
reporters present during the attack. The
premier calmlv responded. "Everything
is being done for you and the future of
your children'
The attacker identiied by reporters
as ljnanian, an etureme national-itind
f nner journalist opened 'i 1re 1i he
other gunmen included Unanian's broth-

er and uncle, the reporters said .
T'hc attack was likely to plunge
Armenia into a major political crisis. The
country, which became independent fol-
low ing the In9 Sox iet collapse. has
been plagued by political and economic
turmoil for the past decade.
President linton said he was shocked
and saddened b y the attack.

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up its own backyard.
A New England-wide coalition of
environmental groups released a study
yesterday suggesting it's about time.
For the third consecutive year, total
emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur diox-
ide and carbon dioxide from the 14 old-
est plants across New England increased.
"We've eroded half the gains we've
made, if not a little more," said Rob
Sargent, spokesperson for MassPIRG.
Old plants don't have to meet the
same emissions standards as new
plants because of a loophole in the fed-
eral Clean Air Act.
Sargent, like his counterparts
throughout the Northeast, has spent a
good part of the last three years rallying
small grassroots groups in demonstra-
tions against the dirtiest power plants,
including the; "Filthy Five" in

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Caviar importers
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NEW YORK --Two men are on trial
in Brooklyn federal court in a case that
highlights an international endangered-
species law and the lucrative black
market for the world's finest fish eggs,
known as caviar.
Eugeniusz Koczuk, the owner-o
import company called 6 0
International, and his associate
Wieslaw Rozbicki are the first people
to be prosecuted under new provi-
sions in the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered
Species. They could get five yearsiln
prison and be forced to forfeit S2 mil-
lion if convicted.

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Pols try to salvage
N. Ireland accord
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -
Politicians emerged tight-lipped last
night from a final round of negotia-
tions led by U.S. diplomat George
Mitchell, who is trying to salvage
Northern Ireland's peace accord.
The former U.S. Senate majority
leader returning to Belfast after a
three-day break, presented confi-
dentiat proposals to all eight parties
that support the Good Friday accord
of 1998.
The two key protagonists - the
Ulster Unionists, the chief represen-
tative of the province's British
Protestant majority, and Sinn Fein,
the political party linked to the Irish
Republican Army - wouldn't dis-
cuss what formulas Mitchell had put
on the table.
Participants believe this will be
Mitchell's final week of trying, to
breathe fresh life into the accord he
helped deliver 18 months ago. But

Mitchell's office denied suggestions
he was pursuing a definite decision-
making deadline this weekend. a
For more than a year, Ulster
Unionist leader David Trimble. has
refused to establish a new four-pty
government for Northern Ire6d
upon which so much of the accord
rests.
NATO-escorted
convoy attacked
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia - A convoy
of Serbs fleeing Kosovo under NATO
escort came under attack yesterd n
the western city of Pec, the
refugee agency spokesperson said.
The convoy of at least 150 peopk
leaving the southwestern city o1
Orahovac was traveling to Montenegrc
when it was attacked by people whc
attempted to pull evacuees from.th(
vehicles, U.N. refugee agency
spokesperson Peter Kessler said.
- Compiledf om Daily wire reports

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