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May 16, 1980 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 16, 1980-Page 15
Soviet bloc suggests peace talks

From APandUPI
WARSAW, Poland-The Soviet bloc
launched a "peace offensive"
yesterday with a series of proposals
that include a world conference to
defuse "hotbeds of international
tension" and freeze the size of military
forces in Europe.
The two-day Warsaw Pact summit
meeting also produced a vague
document described by Soviet
President Leonid Brezhnev as both a
pledge to work for detente and a
warning to the West against "war
declaration-sure to be a major Soviet
bloc policy statement-was to be

released late today, Polish dipomatic
sources said.
The sources said "crucial proposals"
undoubtedly were contained in the still-
unreleased declaration, making it far
more important than the bland
communique-which even the Polish
sources described as "engimatic and
worded ina general way."
IN a statement after the meeting,
Brezhnev and leaders of the six other
Warsaw Pact nations stressed "the
necessity for a politicalsettlement" of
the Afghanistan crisis, which has put a
damper on East-West relations.
effectively secure a complete
discontinuation and non-recurrence of

any forms of outside interference
directed against the government and
people of Afghanistan," the statement
In Washington, a White House
spokesman had nohimmediate
The communique was released on the
eve of talks in Vienna between U.S.
Secretary of State Edmund Muskie and
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei
IT WILL BE the first cabinet-level
meeting between U.S. and Soviet
officials since the Afghanistan
In their call for a world conference,
the seven Soviet bloc leaders said the

meeting should bring together "the
leaders of states of all the regions of the
world." The declaration did not specify
where or when the conference would be
"Particular attention should be paid
to the issues of European.security and
the preservation of peace on the
European continent," it added.
IN A SUMMARY pf the world
situation, the seven communist powers
also recommended that "as a joint act
of good will, it should be agreed that,
starting from a certain fixed date, no
state or group of states in Europe will
increase the numbers of its armed
forces on the territory mapped out" in
the 1975 Helsinki agreement.
The statement also urged United
Nations talks on "the question of
limiting- and lowering the level of
military presence and activity in the
relevant regions, be it the Atlantic
Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific,
the Mediterranean or the Persian
The Soviet bloc chiefs urged
ratification of the SALT II agreement
by the Senate and called for the
"earliest possible successful conclusion"
of talks on banning nuclear weapons
tests as well as all radiological and
chemical weapons.
On other issues, the communist
leaders renewed their call for a
"comprehensive political settlement"
in the Middle East "on the basis of
respect for the just interests of all
states and regions of tho Middle East,
including Israel."
Tonight thru Sunday

AP Photo
SOVIET PRESIDENT LEONID Brezhnev signs documents yesterday ending a two-day meeting of Warsaw pact
nations. One proposal sought to put an end to "hotbeds of international tension" and freeze the size of military forces in
Federal and state budgets M

to cut student
(Continued from Page 3)
THE OFFICE of Financial Aid,
however, is optimistic about its ability
to offset the loss in state funds by using
University monies. Grotrian cited the
University Grant Program as the most
probable source of this funding. The of-
fice has $5 million in aid to administer,
he said, which it can allocate to studen-
ts receiving thinned-down state
scholarships, "making the net cost to
the students zero."
Approximately 3,000 University
students receive Michigan Competitive
Scholarships. Using University grant
monies to make up the $650,000 in lost
state aid will mean that the University


could run out of grant money before
spring term of next year, according to
Grotrian. However, spring/summer
students requiring financial aid could
still be helped by loans and work/study
money, he added.
TWO METHODS of reducing federal
funds for student financial aid are
currently being considered in Congress.
One involves reducing the amount of all
BEOG's by $50; the other would use
"rateable reduction language" to
change the BEOG payment schedule
and reduce the amount of each grant by
an equal percentage.

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