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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 11, 1999

Protests curtail Clinton's visit to Greece

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton will
delay and shorten a trip to Greece, officials said
yesterday, in an extraordinary reaction to growing
security concerns and the prospect of violent anti-
Amercan demonstrations.
Officials said there were fears not only for
Clinton but also for members of his staff and the
traveling press, who are not protected by the tight
security bubble covering the president. The United
States also expressed unhappiness about Greece's
response to terrorism.
A three-day visit to Athens was to lead off an
I 1-day trip also taking Clinton to Turkey, Italy
and Bulgaria - and perhaps Kosovo. Now,
Greece will be wedged in between Turkey and
Italy and Clinton's stay will be cut to about a day.
The White House said Greece had recom-
mended the changes.
"Wehave some concern on security," presiden-
tial spokesperson Joe Lockhart said. State
Department spokesman James Rubin, discussing
Greece's response to terrorism, said, "Obviously
we are not satisfied. We think more needs to be

"We have some concern on security."
-Joe Lockhart
Presidential spokesperson

Security issues are always a major issue in
presidential travels but rarely receive the
prominence of this case or provoke such a pub-
lic change in schedule. Rubin defended the han-
dling of the situation.
"It would be a grave error," he said, "to dismiss
security concerns and then potentially have a dis-
aster on our hands."
In particular, the United States is unhappy about
Greece's failure to crack down on the terrorist
group November 17, which has killed 21 people
including three American officials since 1975. The
name refers to a Nov. 17, 1973, crackdown on pro-
democracy students by the then-ruling military
Traditionally there are big demonstrations to
denounce the United States, which many Greeks
believe supported the seven-year junta that col-

lapsed in 1974.
Concerns about Clinton's trip were heightened
after the government of Premier Costas Simitis
said it would not block protesters from assembling
outside the U.S. Embassy or the nearby concert
hall where Clinton was scheduled to make an
The president's truncated visit could be a politi-
cal and diplomatic humiliation for Greece's
Socialist government, which faces elections next
year. The president still plans to spend five days in
Turkey, Greece's regional rival, for a state visit and
a summit of the 55-country Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Anti-American sentiment is strong in Greece.
Many Greeks believe the United States, although a
NATO partner, favors Turkey in territorial disputes
and war-divided Cyprus. Thousands of Greeks
0 Continued from Page 1A
Change trustees. "Hillsdale College isa
ment to those beliefs."
+7.71 But questions and rumor
+7.59 swirled around Hillsdale, a t
+6.78 some 7,400 about 60 miles so
-11.63 of Ann Arbor, since Roche's
+8 18 ter-in-law shot herself in the
the campus arboretum on Oct
Lissa Roche, 41, was manag
ted 0.3 percent tor of the Hillsdale College Pres
e markets early years and her husband, George
positive day of IV, is a history professor at the
'ofit-taking and Shortly before her death
rigs for the first Roche reportedly visited her fa
higher. A very law in the hospital where he wa
priced its offer- treated for diabetes. Roche tole
Tuesday that his daughter-in-I
she planned to kill herself, D
4ew York Stock Brad Martin told The Detroit N
icks are widely Rumors that the elder Roch
wd indicator in relationship with his son's wi
been a hot topic on campus and
focus of newspaper and br
the U.S. due to accounts.
also has almost City Public Safety Directo
industry in the Gutowski yesterday confirm
Roche had met with police but
did not know details. He said
400 industri- probably would not need to ta
the DJIA Roche again.
YSE and "We feel comfortable we'rev
it down with no foul play on an
roin wiprerorts. part, period," Gutowski said.
He declined to comment on
about Roche's personal life.

demonstrated in Athens on Monday demanding
that Clinton cancel his visit.
Clinton, talking about his scaled-down stop,
said, "Whether the demonstrations had anything to
do with it, I don't know. But they might have. But
I'm not bothered about it. You know, it's going to
happen (the demonstrations) and you all (the
press) get to take pictures of it."
The U.S.-led attacks on Yugoslavia significantly
elevated Greek anger toward the United States.
Most Greeks strongly opposed the bombings, fear-
ing national borders in the Balkans could be at risk
in future conflicts. Greeks also identify with fel-
low Christian Orthodox Serbs.
Clinton acknowledged that many Greeks dis-
agreed with U.S. policy toward Kosovo and, before
that, Bosnia. "And you know, I think we were right
and I disagree with them," he told reporters. "But
the fact that they have the right to free speech
doesn't concern me."
Explaining the delay, Clinton said the Greek
government felt his visit "might be more relevant"
if it occurred after the OSCE summit in Turkey,
rather than before.
"As far as I know, one way or anoth-
er it won't have any relevant bearing on
the case," he said.
a monu- George Roche III petitioned in
August 1998 for a divorce from his
s have wife of 44 years, citing incompatibility.
own of The divorce was granted in April, and
uthwest Roche remarried this fall.
daugh- The Hillsdale trustees on yesterday
head at appointed a search committee, includ-
.17. ing former Education Secretary
ing edi- William Bennett and William F.
s for 14 Buckley, to help select a new president.
Roche Bennett and Buckley are conservative
school. icons who champion traditional morali-
, Lissa ty.
ather-in- Provost Robert Blackstock was
as being named acting president.
d police A convocation for students was
aw said scheduled this morning. But the issue
etective will not be addressed there, said Ron
ews. Trowbridge, vice president for external
e had a communications.
fe have "The college is never going to dis-
i the the cuss the situation with George Roche
oadcast again," he said. "We are done. From
here on out, we're starting over."
r Chris Trowbridge said he worked with
ed that Lissa Roche - her desk was eight feet
said he from his - and he never saw signs that
i police she was depressed.
ilk with She was, he said, "an incredibly bril-
liant woman, witty, sharp, fast, and with
winding a dry sense of humor."
ybody's On campus yesterday, students tried
to sort through the news and rumors
rumors while hoping the convocation would
provide some answers.

grave sites.
Los Angeles Times
crimes investigators have unearthed,
2,108 bodies from grave sites in
Kosovo and expect to find more in the
coming months, the chief prosecutor
told the U.N. Security Council yester-
Investigative teams have examined
195 grave sites so far in their efforts to
establish evidence of systematic killing
this spring of Albanians by Serbian
forces, chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte
The teams intend to examine 529
sites thought to contain 11,334 bodies,
starting first with areas named in
charges against Yugoslav President
Slobodan Milosevic and other Serbian
leaders accused of crimes against
Deputy chief prosecutor Graham '
Blewitt said that while most of the vic-
tims appeared to be Albanian, there
were some Serbian victims too.
The investigation provides the first
official figures for victims of the war in
Kosovo, a separatist province of Serbia,
the dominant Yugoslav republic. Soon
after the I1-week NATO bombing
campaign against Milosevic ended,
local human rights groups estimated
that at least 10,000 ethnic Albanians4
had died at Serbian hands.
Del Ponte refused to speculate on
final numbers, saying that more than
300 graves had yet to be opened.
"The importance is not the numbers
of the victims, but how they were
killed"- and by whom, she said. The
team is collecting evidence of methods
that were organized, premeditated and
particularly cruel, she added.
Del Ponte noted that in their five
months of work, the teams have found
fewer mass graves than had been
feared. "We do not, typically, find hun-
dreds of people buried together," she
said, but are discovering a large number
of smaller sites instead. Of the 195 sites
examined so far, only I 1 contained
more than 50 corpses.
In one of the places previously
thought to have as many as 700 vic-
tims, a mine at Trepca where soldiers
reportedly dumped corpses down mine
shafts or dissolved them in acid, the
investigators did not find any bodies.
Continued from Page IA
Oakland counties today. Bush's calen-
dar includes a Veterans Day ceremony
this morning at the Clinton Grove
Cemetery in Clinton Township and aO
noon fundraiser at the Northfield
Hilton in Troy.
At his stop in Lansing, McCain dis-
cussed several issues, including effi-
cient military spending, simplifying the
tax code and campaign finance reform.
"When you ask Americans if they
are concerned about campaign finance
reform it doesn't register," he told
reporters in Novi. "But if you say to
Americans, 'Are you concerned about
the influence of big money in
Washington?' it's off the charts."
McCain acknowledged that Bush
has the advantage, both with his astro-
nomical fundraising numbers and the
support of state leaders, including state
campaign chair Gov. John Engler.
He spoke often of his military ser-
vice, promoted his book and even made
fun of himself, to the delight of the
audience. McCain joked about a lack-
luster performance at the Naval
Academy, his much talked about tem-
per and his lengthy imprisonment in

Vietnam after his plane was shot down
over Hanoi.
"I was able to intercept a surface to
air missile with my own airplane," he
said after being introduced as a war
hero. "This doesn't require a huge
amount of talent."
-The Associated Press contributed to
this report

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