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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 5, 2000


Yemini foreign minister: U.S.I
blame for U.S.S. Cole attack

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - The U.S. itself bears
some responsibility for the attack on the USS Cole
because it helped create the terrorists who now con-
sider America their worst enemy, Yemen's foreign
minister said yesterday.
Speaking in an interview with The Associated
Press, Foreign Minister Abdulkader Bajammal also
said Yemen wants to work closely with the U.S. to
combat terrorism.
"The operation was not Yemeni, not pure Yemeni,"
Bajammal said. "It is a network involving so many
countries. Terrorism has no nation."
No one has yet been charged in the Oct. 12 bombing
of the USS Cole, which killed 17 sailors and wounded
39. Asked if any indictments were forthcoming,
Bajammal said he had no information, noting it was
not his area of responsibility.
Bajammal said that if any Yemenis are found to
have been involved, they may have simply been cor-
rupt bureaucrats who provided logistical help in
exchange for "a little baksheesh," - or payoffs -
not out of ideology.
"We are a victim of terrorism, not a source of ter-
rorism," Bajammal added.
The attack on the Cole followed anti-U.S. and
anti-Israeli protests in Yemen and across an Arab
erupt in]
B ethe hem
JERUSALEM (AP) - Heavy Israeli-Palestinian gunbat
raged early yesterday near a holy shrine in biblical Bethleh
In the Gaza Strip, Yasser Arafat carried a weapon in public
the first time since 1994 and complained that Israel viola
an agreement to "cool down the situation."
The Israeli army said Palestinian gunmen attacked the B
lehem shrine, revered by Jews as Rachel's Tomb, the burial
of the biblical matriarch, from three sides and apparently trice
take it over. Palestinians said the fighting broke out after sold
and Jewish settlers attacked Muslim worshippers.
The confrontation lasted hours and at one point, Isr
helicopters aiming at Palestinian gunmen fired two rock
at the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in the West B;
the army said.
Fourteen Palestinians were injured in Bethlehem area fi
ing Sunday and early yesterday, including two who were
serious condition with gunshot wounds, Palestinian hospi
The shooting also caused damage in several Bethlel
neighborhoods. Iman Al Azza surveyed the blacker
rooms of his home's second floor. The rooms caught
during the spray of Israeli helicopter gunfire. Al Az2
home is near an eight-story building overlooking RacI
Tomb that is often used by Palestinian gunmen.
Residents displayed bedsheets riddled with bullet he
and showed visitors the holes in their roof tops.
Arafat said the Israeli shelling "was a shock because
had agreed to cool down the situation." For the first ti
since his return from exile in 1994, Arafat displayc
weapon in public. As he reviewed an honor guard out:
his Gaza City office, the Palestinian leader carried a (
man-made machine pistol.
Arafat had just returned from a visit to Qatar ;

world enraged by violence in Palestinian areas.
Nearly 300 people have been killed in Israeli-Pales-
tinian clashes since September.
The roots of anti-American terrorism are older
and deeper, running back to the 1980s when one of
the last-gasp Cold War battles was waged in the
rugged mountains and valleys of Afghanistan.
Bajammal said that because the investigation was
continuing, he could not comment on the possibility
that Yemeni or other Arab veterans of the Afghan
war were involved in the Cole attack.
He said "Terrorism did not appear by accident. It
is a historical phenomenon. Just as the Soviet Union
created a man like (the international terrorist) Carlos,
the other side created the Afghan Arabs. We have
inherited the remnants of the Cold War."
In Washington, a senior U.S. official said the Clin-
ton administration rejects any suggestion that the
U.S. is somehow responsible for the Cole attack. He
spoke on condition of anonymity.
Yemen, whose central government is struggling to
expand authority over tribal areas, has long been a
haven for Muslim extremists, including groups
linked to Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, a veteran
of the Afghan war who today is America's No. I ter-
rorist suspect.

"It is a network invo
so many countries.
Terrorism has no nati
- Abdulkader
Yemeni foreig
Bin Laden was one of the thousands
from across the Arab world who went to/
after the 1979 Soviet incursion to figh
Afghan guerrillas, whose chief financiala
backers included the U.S.
After the Soviets withdrew in 1989
called Afghan Arabs turned their anger
U.S., which they see as a threat to Islam
independence. Bin Laden continues
Afghanistan, where he periodically issue
violence against the U.S.
Yemeni leaders, embarrassed to have
attacked in their waters just as they we
expand relations with Washington, at f
the idea that Yemenis could have had an
with the Cole attack.
U.S., E4

to AC RO S S E ATI 0N(
Clinton calls for action in Congress
WASHINGTON - As the lame duck Congress filtered back to town, Presi
dent Clinton called House and Senate leaders to the White House yesterday to
try resolving their long-running battle over school spending, immigration and
other issues.
' Both sides flashed signs of being willing to finally end the disputes that hane
IvDEg left four must-pass spending bills overdue by two months and paralyzed effo
to cut taxes, boost Medicare payments to health care providers and raise the fe -
eral minimum wage.
ion is White House officials were expected to offer potential compromises on the
major outstanding issues, said administration officials and Democratic congres-
Bajammal sional aides speaking on condition of anonymity.
gn minister One official said the White House would offer "a road map to how we can
wrap this up quickly."
And Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said he believed it was in the
of fighters "best interests" of Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush for Co -
Afghanistan gress to finish the budget battle before Bush's possible move into the White
it alongside House "provided it's done right." Lott spoke two days after he and House Speaker
and military Dennis Hastert (R-1Il.) journeyed to Bush's Texas ranch to discuss the agenda
the new Congress, which convenes on Jan. 3. Lott said Bush did not advise the
, many so- on how to handle the remaining fights on this year's SI1.8 trillion federal budget.

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Ayed Al Qelsi and his wife Ralda clean up the sidewa
gunbattles between Israelis and Palestinians raged l
Bethlehem yesterday.
explained that he was holding the weapon because
settlers blocked Gaza's main north-south thorough
road he had to travel in order to reach Gaza City.
"The most important thing is that right now th
closing Salah Edin Road and that is wehy I amc
this," lie told reporters.
It appeared that Arafat was carrying the weapon in
bolic gesture. He gave no indication that he would use
Israel army radio said settlers tried to throw s
Arafat's convoy. The army would say only that itr
settlers from the roadside. More than two dozen
were detained, the radio said.
Tensions had risen in the Bethlehem area late
when, according to the army, residents of the vi
Hussan near Bethlehem threw firebombs at Israeli 1
driving along a nearby bypass road. An Israeli wor
slightly injured.
Later, Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers entered
and opened fire on Palestinians who were on theii
the Hussan mosque for evening prayers, Palestin
nesses said. The army said it shot and wounded aP
ian who had tried to soize a soldier's weapon, bu
attacking worshippers.
rapid, intense
ram involving LATE.
th other CALL

TORONTO (AP) - The European
Union and the United States will
resume talks on global warming this
week in hopes of reaching a deal that
eluded them last month in the Nether-
AP PHOTO lands, Canadian officials said yester-
ilk after day.
n Two weeks of international talks at
The Hague, Netherlands on how to
e Jewish make cuts in emissions of greenhouse
fare, the gases ended in failure Nov. 25 amid
disputes primarily between the United
ey were States and the EU.
carrying The purpose of the new talks
between officials from the EU, the
n a sym- United States, Canada, Japan and
e it. Australia is to see whether enough
tones at common ground exists to hold a
removed ministerial-level meeting, said
settlers Velma McColl, spokeswoman for
Canadian Environment Minister
Sunday David Anderson. That meeting
Ilage of could come as early as next week,
notorists she said.
man was The two-day meeting will begin
tomorrow in Ottawa and will be held
Hussan in private.
r way to At The Hague, Americans accused
tian wit- the Europeans of being unresponsive
Palestin- to repeated U.S. concessions, while
t denied Europe blamed the United States for
holding to a position that would dam-
age the environment.
The key issue blocking agreement
was whether and to what extent coun-
tries should be allowed to count the car-
ITE? bon dioxide absorbed by forests and
farmlands toward their emissions reduc-
tion targets. Greenhouse gas emissions
mostly come from burning fossil fuels
for factories, power plants and cars.
Under the so-called Kyoto Protocol
of 1997, the developed world commit-
ted to collectively reduce the emission
of greenhouse gases to 5.2 percent
below 1990 levels.
Conference chairman Jan Pronk
decided not to close out the Hague
1 meeting. but instead suspended it, say-
ing it would resume early next year.

Clinton creates 84
million acre reserve
WASHINGTON - President Clin--
ton established the largest protected
area in the U.S., an 84 million-acre
ecosystem reserve around the north-
western Hawaiian Islands yesterday.
Clinton issued an executive order
creating the Northwestern Hawaiian
Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem
Reserve. The area contains nearly 70
percent of the United States' coral
reefs, as well as pristine remote
islands, atolls and submerged lagoons.
The president said his actions were
designed to preserve the islands' nat-
ural beauty "for a long time. I hope,
He said President Theodore Roo-
sevelt "recognized the same impera-
tive" almost a century ago when he
established the Hawaiian Islands
National Wildlife Refuge.
"He knew then that our natural won-
ders on land and sea form an integral
part of who we are as a people, and that
every generation of Americans must do
its part to sustain and strengthen this

legacy,' Clinton said. "Today we do just
that, incorporating the refuge he created
into a new, vast and wonderful Yellow-
stone of the sea."
Clinton said it is imperative to
move swiftly to protect the reefs. He
noted that 90 percent of the coral reek
in the central Indian Ocean have die
FAA uses lottery to
ease airport delays
WASHINGTON - Federal offi
cials tried to provide teiporary relic
for travelers who use New York's
LaGuardia Airport, by conducting an
unusual lottery of takeoff and landing
times to ease what officials call q
"intolerable situation" this year .
delays and cancellations.
LaGuardia has been among the
most congested U.S. airports and
accounted for almost a quarter of the
nation's 43,000 airline delays in Octo-
ber, according to the Federal Aviation
Administration. The lottery by the
FAA reduced by about half, to 159,
the new flights that airlines planned-to
add as of Jan. 1.


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Japanese cabinet
resigns at meeting
TOKYO - Prime Minister Yoshiro
Mori's Cabinet resigned en masse this
morning, formally opening the way
for Mori to announce a new Cabinet
that will oversee a sweeping restruc-
turing of Japan's bureaucracy.
The resignations, a formality before
the changes, were submitted at the
regular morning Cabinet meeting,
said Kazuhiko Koshikawa, one of
Mori's spokesmen.
Mori, one of Japan's most
unpopular prime ministers in years,
was expected to announce the new
Cabinet as early as this evening.
He hopes the change will breathe
new life into his sagging adminis-
The reshuffle was not expected
to be a major one, as Mori had said
he will stress continuity in his
selection of new ministers. 'Foreign
Minister Yohei Kono and Finance
Minister Kiichi Miyazawa - the
two most prominent ministers -

were both expected to retain their
Recent public opinion polls put sup-
port for Mori, who assumed office in-
April, at under 20 percent. I e j
barely survived a rebellion within Ii
own party to beat a no-confidence
motion two weeks ago.
Moi's new Cabinet was expected to
face some difficult months ahead.
Mad cow disease
returns to Europe
PARIS - After rattling Britaini
the mid-1990s, mad cow is making a
dramatic comeback in Europe. In fact,
it probably never left.
Beef sales have plummeted and oov-
ernments are scrambling to put preven-
tive measures in place against the
disease known formally in its animal
form as bovine spongi form
encephalopathy. Countries previously
untouched -- Spain and Germany -
have detected cases in their herds.
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