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Page 4-Tuesday, June 9,1981-The Michigan Daily
Reagan, PortiLlo
meet; agree to
economic policy


President Reagan and Mexican
President Jose Lopez Portillo agreed
yesterday to pursue a new policy for
Central American economic develop-
ment to stabilize the region and
diminish the potentialfor outside inter-
The two leaders met alone, except for
interpreters, for an hour and 10 minutes'
at Camp David. Afterward, officials
described the meeting as "spirited and
very amiable."
REAGAN AND the Mexican leader
will conduct two days of discussions on
issues including immigration, trade
and Mexico's emergence as an oil
power, as well as differing policies on
the Caribbean and Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Judging from the comments of a
senior U.S. official who attended the
expanded talks between the two leaders
and their aides, Reagan and his guest
agreed Mexico can act as "a com-
municator" of a new policy toward Cen-
tral American nations.
A JOINT policy for the Caribbean
basin is still being developed, the of-
ficial said, but it basically calls for in-
creased economic aid from the United
States, Canada and Mexico to the
region's underdeveloped countries. Ac-
cording to the official, there was no
discussion of a military component to
the plan.
Lopez Portillo, who strongly opposes
U.S. intervention in El Salvador, has
close ties to the governments of
Nicaragua and Cuba. But Reagan, ac-
cording to the official, told the Mexican
president of U.S. concerns over com-
munist arms shipments to Nicaragua
and El Salvador and the necessity of an
American response.
ON THAT POINT, the official said,
Lopez Portillo told Reagan a realistic
appraisal of the region must include
consideration of "both the internal and
the external causes of destabilization."
"There are no solid solutions to
economic problems" that spawn
political unrest, Lopez Portillo was
quoted as saying. "Therefore, a plan
that would address some of the fun-
damental problems of the region would
be most welcome."
The U.S. official said the Reagan plan
would spur economic development,

... pursues new policies

jobs and markets for countries with
economies that have been too narrowly
focused in the past.
REAGAN, THE official said, told
Lopez Portillo he wants a plan that will
"prove that our way of economic
freedom can be an example for the rest
of the world."
The United States, the official said,
sees the Mexican president as "central
in the success of any program that in-
volves the Caribbean region" because
he maintains a dialogue with countries
unfriendly toward the United States.
The talks will continue briefly today
before both men return to Washington
for a state lunch at the White House.
In his official welcome to Lopez Por-
tillo at the White House earlier yester-
day, Reagan said, "The relationship
we've built as individuals is indicative
of a new dimension that we are bringing
to the friendship between our two coun-
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In Brief
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Miners strike ends with
ratification of new contract
WASHINGTON-Picking up their tools and hardhats, miners returned to
work yesterday after a 10-week strike by the 160,000-member United Mine
Workers union that depleted coal stockpiles and cut national production
more than half.
The miners' strike ended with ratification of a new, 40-month contract by a
2-1 margin Saturday, but 16,000 construction workers who also belong to the
United Mine Workers remained off the job pending a settlement in their con-
tract dispute.
The ratification vote-with 69 percent of the miners voting approval, en-
ded two months of personal hardship for the strikers.
No major impact was reported on the nation's economy, but some states
were hurt by the walkout.
Asked about the status of the construction talks, Jonathan Williams of the
union's international headquarters staff in Washington said, "I really do
think you can look for some movement."
Japanese guerrillas set off
bomb; protest U.S. carrier
TOKYO-Leftist guerrillas yesterday damaged a government building
with a flame thrower to protest the return of the U.S. aircraft carrier Mid-
way to its Japanese port.
The incident followed weekend demonstrations by more than .100,000
people protesting the return of the Midway and visits by American warships
suspected of carrying nuclear weapons.
Police said no one was injured in the flame thrower attack in downtown
Tokyo by a group calling itself Chukaku, or Middle Corps. The action capped
a weekend of the largest anti-nuclear rallies since 1968.
The guerrillas left a banner at the building with their group's name on it
and a slogan which read: "Crush the Military Airport at Narita and Prevent
the Return of the Midway."
Soviets request crackdown;
Walesa calls off strike threat
WARSAW, Poland-Solidarity leader Lech Walesa returned to Poland for
secret talks with government officials yesterday and agreed to call off a
threatened two-hour strike, a member of the union's delegation said.
The agreement came after daylong talks between Solidarity and the
government were adjourned amid reports the Soviet Union was mounting
pressure on Polish authorities.
The Soviet Union, ins aletter to Poland's Communist leaders, has called for
a crackdown on political and labor reforms launched by last summer's
strikes and a purge of communist leadership, Polish offical sources repor-
ted yesterday.
Police lack evidence to
make arrest- in slayings
ATLANTA-Authorities lack sufficient evidence to arrest a man who says
the FBI called him a suspect in some of the slayings of 28 young blacks, a
prosecutor said yesterday. But he said police will not be rushed by public
pressure into either clearing or arresting him.
"We're not prepared to make any arrests at this time," Fulton County
District Attorney Lewis Slaton said as he left a closed-door meeting with top
police officials investigating the killings. "An arrest is not imminent," he
Police officers, FBI agents and a score of reporters maintained a stakeout
yesterday at the northwest Atlanta home of 23-year-old free-lance
photographer Wayne Williams, who has been the focus of publicity since he
was questioned by authorities for nearly 12 hours last week in connection
with the killings.
Authorities have kept the man under surveillance since May 22, when they
heard a splash on the Chattahoochee River, sources say. FBI agents moved
toward the sound, stopped the man and questioned him.
The strangled body of Nathaniel Cater, latest victim in the string of un-
solved slayings, was pulled from the Chattahoochee two days later.
Former cop indicted
in police shooting
CHICAGO-A former Iowa policeman said to be "in love with guns-all
types of guns" was indicted yesterday for the murder of Chicago's No. 2-
ranking policeman.
Leon Washington, 35, was charged with two counts of murder and one
count of armed violence in the fatal shooting Saturday night of First Deputy
Superintendent James Riordan.
Washington's attorney noted that the death penalty would apply to the
case only if it could be shown Washington knew when he shot Riordan that he
was a policeman.

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