Russians claim progress
in bombing investigations
The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 20., 1999 - 7A
Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - As Russian warplanes Russian
*unded Chechen villages in pursuit of
the rebel leaders officials believe Isla iC
ordered a series of shocking apartment
house bombings in Moscow and south- campail
ern Russia, authorities here claimed to
be making headway Saturday in pursuit sequence of bomb
of the man they suspect organized and They blamet
carried out the blasts. leaders based in
With public sentiment, running Basayev and Kh
high after the wave of attacks, ing a guerrilla ca
Russian officials are eager to con- neighboring rep
vince a frightened populace that from Russia.
y are hot on the trail of the ter- But the Interio
rorists, particularly given the gov- named Achemez
ernment's poor record for solving the organizer of
bombings and other violent crimes. Sept. 9 and last M
The authorities say at least 329 people 130 and 18 peop
have been killed in the unprecedented The toll from
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rhe electronic money would have a prepaid balance of
funds that would be recorded on a card or personal computer
controlled by the consumer and updated automatically as
payments or withdrawals are made.
The Federal Reserve is debating two possible avenues to initi-
ate the electronic payment system - the closed and open sys-
tems. "Store-value products can be used in open or closed sys-
tems. Closed systems involve a narrowly defined group of con-
sumers, such as the MCards used by the students here,"
Gramlich explained. "This is narrowed to a relatively small area.
"Open systems would involve many consumers and mer-
jts over an extended geographic area, he said.
ramlich added that the use and growth of electronic money
systems in the United States is sluggish. It is well behind earli-
er predictions of development, growth of credit and debit card
use, and further behind in the growth ofother types of electron-
ic commerce. The use of cash and checks is still predominant in
n authorities blame two
rebels in leading a separatist
gn in Dagestan.
two Islamic rebel
attab, who are lead-
ampaign to split the
ublic of Dagestan
r Ministry has also
Gochiyayev, 28, as
the Moscow blasts
tonday, which killed
the earlier attack
was initially thought to be about 90,
but that figure has since risen.
Interior Ministry officials believe
that Gochiyayev used the identifica-
tion papers of a dead man named
Mukhit Laipanov to rent space in
two apartment buildings in Moscow.
Gochiyayev and an accomplice,
Denis Saitakov, allegedly smuggled
explosives into the buildings in
sugar sacks and blew up the apart-
ments during the night, when most
residents were sleeping.
the United States.
"A greater problem is that until the store-value system
becomes universal, there is a risk that the sellers will not accept
the card," he said.
"Payment systems involve a network, money is not truly
money unless it becomes universally acceptable and network
problems have been a big impediment to the development of
any currency system," Gramlich added.
Gramlich suggested a possible government intervention to
force or induce merchants, consumers and financial institutions
to adopt the new technology. But he said he still believes that
the current alternatives to the store-value products are
cheap and safe enough that such intervention is both eco-
nomically unwise and politically unlikely.
The purpose of this symposium is to introduce the commu-
nity to what we believe to be the future of money, said Prof. Jeff
MacKie-Mason, the founding director of the Program for
Research on the Information Economy.
The Federal Reserve has an active research program on elec-
tronic payments and is seeking ways to making the transition to
this type of system more acceptable for people in the future.
DILI, Indonesia (AP) -The com-
mander of the multinational peace-
keeping force promised East Timor's
terrorized population yesterday a new
life "free of threat," with his troops set
to enter the province early today.
As thousands of troops sailed
toward Dili, Australian Maj. Gen.
Peter Cosgrove toured streets devastat-
ed by rampaging militias, passing
charred houses and buildings reduced
to smoking ashes.
"This is not a time for idle threats or
words," he said after meeting the
Indonesian military commander of the
territory. "This is a time for the force
to arrive, and to get about its tasks of
helping to create a secure environ-
ment. We will be here to ensure that all
East Timorese are able to go about
their business free of threat."
The announcement two weeks ago
that 78.5 percent of East Timor's voters
approved a break with Indonesia led to
a murderous rampage by pro-Indonesia
militias that drove more than 300,000
people from their homes, and cost at
least several hundred lives.
The foreign intervention is a major
humiliation for Indgesia, whose
army had fought for nearly 25 years to
put down separatist rebels. It also
bodes ill for the nation's future, as sep-
aratists elsewhere in the ethnically
diverse archipelago take heart from
the success of the East Timorese.
President B.J. Habibie's decision to
invite the peacekeepers a week ago
has led to a nationalist backlash in
Indonesia, and has sent angry protest-
ers into the streets.
Humanitarian aid to hundreds of
thousands of refugees, some of them
facing starvation, was to be the first
priority of the U.N.-approved peace
As part of the international peacekeeping force headed for East Timor, French
troop and medical personnel exit the airport In Darwin, Australia yesterday.
The first combat troops in the
7,500-member force were due to
arrive at 6:30 a.m. local time today
aboard a C-130 Hercules transport
plane, beginning a mission that
Australian Prime Minister John
Howard said was fraught with men-
By this afternoon, 2,500 Australian
soldiers, helicopters and armored per-
sonnel carriers would be on the
ground in Dili, said Maj. Gen. Kiki
Syahnakri, commander of the
Indonesian forces in East Timor.
Nine warships, from Australia,
Britain and New Zealand, were sailing
toward East Timor. About 250
Gurkhas, Nepalese fighters who serve
in the British army and carry their
trademark 13-inch kukri knives, also
were to be among the first internation-
Cosgrove said the force would have
3,200 troops in East Timor within a
week. The mission will probably last
several months before making way for
a follow-up U.N. peacekeeping force,
Cosgrove flew from Darwin, the
staging port in northern Australia
where troops from a score of countries
were assembling. He was greeted on
the tarmac at Dili airport by
Syahnakri, the Indonesian comman-
der, whom he met for 90 minutes to
coordinate the deployment. Cosgrove
was guarded by seven Australian sol-
diers in full battle gear.
Indonesian soldiers were posted
every 200 yards along Cosgrove's
route as he went on a 20-minute tour.
Visible effort had been made to clear
away rubble and other evidence of the
rioting, looting and killing.
While Cosgrove toured the city, the
few militiamen who have not left
brandished machetes as families hur-
ried aboard crowded Indonesian navy
vessels and rusty cargo ships.
Thousands of homeless people hud-
dled under tarpaulins along a narrow
strip of beach. Some looked out to sea
for the foreign warships on their way
from northern Australia.
"We are staying here ... because we
heard that the U.N. troops will come,"
said Frederico de Jesus, 18, who was
on the beach. "They will bring peace.
We will be safer then."
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PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) - NATO and the Kosovo
Liberation Army were reported in intense discussions yester-
day in an effort to reach agreement on what will become of
the former rebel army after the deadline for it to disband.
NATO officials insisted the June agreement for the KLA to
disband by midnight yesterday remains in effect. But they
acknowledged unspecified problems prevented the two sides
from signing an agreement on transforming the KLA into a
5,000-member civilian Kosovo Corps:
The KLA wants the new organization to become the nucle-
us of a new army of an independent Kosovo - something
NATO has refused.
NATO has insisted that the peace keepers must be the only
armed force in Kosovo. The Russians and the Serbs - who
consider the KLA terrorists responsible for attacks against
Serb civilians - oppose any formula that might enable the
KLA to continue with its same organizational structure under
a different name
The transformation agreement was to have been signed
yesterday morning by peacekeeping commander Gen. Mike
Jackson and the KLA military commander, Gen. Agim Ceku,
but the ceremony was canceled.
And today, NATO and the U.N. mission were to begin orga-
nizing the Kosovo Corps. The group was to help combat nat-
ural disasters and take on other humanitarian and civilian
missions, such as fire fighting and rescues.
In a clear warning to the former rebels, NATO spokesper-
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disband accepted by the KLA. He said Ceku must sign by
midnight "because after that the KLA ceases to exist. So does
its general staff."
Ceku's staff told reporters the general was unavailable to
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fighters be allowed to keep their uniforms and red-and-black
emblems but that Jackson refused.
The KLA was promised new uniforms for the Kosovo
Corps but they would not be ready for months, the source
said. The rebels also want assurances they can retain a mili-
tary-style command structure, the sources said.
Hours before the midnight deadline, the two sides were still
in what the sources described as difficult and intensive talks.
NATO officials said Thursday the KLA had already turned
in more than 10,000 weapons ahead of the deadline and that'
the demilitarization is effectively complete.
It is unclear, however, whether those weapons constitute
the total number held by the rebels. Weapons shown to
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In recent days, senior KLA officials have insisted the force
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