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2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 25, 1995
Consensus sees need for UN.reforms

The Washington Post
Nations' 50th anniversary celebration
ended last night amid general agree-
ment that the world body needs re-
forms to adapt it to post-Cold War
realities and cash infusions to avert
There was no doubt about that con-
sensus by the time today's 96 speakers,
addressing increasingly empty seats in
the cavernous General Assembly cham-
ber, ticked down to the final speech by
Roberto Herrera Caceres, secretary gen-
eral of the obscure Central American
Integration System.
But when it came to specifying what
the reforms should be or how the finan-
cial crisis could be solved, the presi-
dents, prime ministers and others who
spoke here over the past three days, in
the largest assemblage of world leaders
ever, offered differing and frequently
contradictory proposals about what the
United Nations must do to survive.
On the financial side, the members,

seemingly without exception, fixed the
principal blame on the United States for
its continuing failure to pay its arrears
of$1.3 billion in budget dues and peace-
keeping assessments. That is more than
a third of the roughly $3 billion owed to
the United Nations.
However, no one had any workable
way to make the United States pay up at
a time when the Republican-controlled
Congress views U.N. appropriations as a
prime target for cost cutting and is in-
creasingly influenced by conservatives
who think the body is the linchpin of a
conspiracytoundermine U.S. sovereignty.
Even President Clinton, whose Sun-
day speech opened the celebration,
could say only that he is "working"
with Congress to seek a solution. That
was widely interpreted here as an em-
barrassed admission that Clinton has
failed to breach congressional hostility
toward the United Nations.
If that situation remains unchanged,
it would be devastating for the U.N.'s
ability to function effectively. But it

also could deal a damaging blow to the
credibility of U.S. claims to leadership
in world affairs.
Clinton's speech contained no grand
vision. Instead he emphasized what
many diplomats here say privately was
a narrow and parochial call for combat-
ing terrorists and drug traffickers such
as the Cali cartel.
The diplomats said he appeared to be
appealing to domestic concerns and try-
ing to avoid too close an identification
with the United Nations at a time when its
reputation has been tarnished by the per-
ception that it bungled its peacekeeping
missions in Somalia and Bosnia.
However, several diplomatic sources,
who asked not to be identified, said that
was a mistake. For all the United Na-
tions' shortcomings, they noted, other
governments want to see the organiza-
tion survive, and they do not believe
that is possible without continued moral
and financial backing from its richest
and most powerful member.
Clinton's ability to make good on

America's U.N. obligations is being
watched by other countries as a test of
whether he can be counted on to deter
the United States from sliding into iso-
lationism and exert strong leadership in
future international crises, the sources
One area where Clinton won support
from leaders of other industrial nations
was in his call for trimming the size of the
U.N. bureaucracy, reducing waste and
adopting a less ambitious list ofpriorities.
But these are not the kind of reforms
envisioned by the poor countries. They
want a greater share of authority within
the system, particularly on the Security
Council, whose five permanent, veto-
wielding members--the United States,
Russia, Britain, France and China -
have the power to control most of the
U.N.'s political decisions.
'There is a general sense that Japan
and Germany, the two biggest U.N.
financial contributors after the United
States, should be given permanent coun-
cil seats.

U.S., Mexico start new anti-drug strategy
MEXICO CITY- U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry endedan official visit
to Mexico yesterday, declaring that the two nations have begun a new strategic
relationship likely to produce increased military cooperation in combatting the
multibillion-dollar cross-border narcotics trade, illegal immigration and the effects of
natural disasters.
In speeches and informal discussions during the two-day visit, Perry and his aides
described "a new era of friendship" between Mexico's traditionally nationalist and
isolationist armed forces and their powerful neighbor to the north. They cast it as a
natural evolution -the next step after the signing of the North American Free Trade
Agreement in 1993 and the White House summit earlier this month, in which President
Clinton and President Ernesto Zedillo cemented closer economic and political ties.
At the end of the first-ever official trip by a U.S. secretary of defense to Mexico,
which included a private breakfast yesterday between Perry and Zedillo, many U.S.
and Mexican analysts said the emerging strategic ties between two armies long
suspicious of each other border on the revolutionary.
At a cocktail party at the U.S. ambassador's residence Monday night, for example,
uniformed Mexican generals - including military chief Gen. Enrique Cervantes
Aguirre-hobnobbed with their U.S. counterparts during one oftheir firstjoint social
engagements ever held. Several guests called the event "historic."
Congress Vote on loans," said House Democratic Whip
e nDavid Bonior of Michigan.
President Clinton is widely expected
to veto the measure if it reaches his
WASHINGTON -- With the fate of desk, although a follow-up, year-end
their budget-balancing drive at stake, stab at compromise seems likely be-
Reublidca om ngremadss eaderds tween the Democratic chief executive
juggled competing demands yesterday, and the GOP majorities in Congress.
ranging from rural House members
unhappy with cuts proposed for farm Dir torof D'iney
programs to moderate senators demande-tor
ing more money for education. im iS sex offender
Republican lawmakers in both houses
also vied for larger helpings of the LOS ANGELES - The director of
Medicaid pie for their home states as "Powder,"anew Walt Disney filmabout
showdown votes loom tomorrow in the a troubled teen-ager, is a convicted child
House and Friday in the Senate. molester who once videotaped himself
"This is the most important vote that having oral sex with a 12-year-old ac-
we will have cast in Congress in the 23 tor.
years I've been here," said Senate GOP The film's release this Friday in 1,200
Whip Trent Lott ofMississippi. The mea- U.S. theaters has prompted the moles-
sure is designed to balance the budget in tation victim, Nathan Winters, now 20,
seven years. Democrats, not disputingthe to go public with his ordeal to protest
importance ofthe vote, attacked the GOP Disney's employment of filmmaker
measure as unfair. Their opposition was Victor Salva.
expected to be unanimous in the Senate On Monday night, Winters and five
and nearly so in the House. friends picketed outside the industry
"The fact is, if it wasn't for these tax screening of "Powder," handing leaf-
breaks for the wealthy, we wouldn't lets about Salva's conviction to hun-
have to make these cuts in Medicare, dreds of grim-faced Hollywood execu-
Medicaid, school lunches or student tives leaving the theater.

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Militia opposes UN.

ceremony i Lansin
LANSING (AP) - Hundreds of flags were waved during the rally. Signs
militia members and United Nations reading such things as: "Disarm the
opponents rallied on the Capitol yes- U.N. not the U.S.," "No new world
terday against a ceremony marking order" and "Live free or die" also were
the world body's 50th anniversary. waved by some in the crowd. A banner
The crowd, estimated as high as pulledby alow-flying airplane declared:
500 by Capitol officials, shouted slo- "Say no to the U.N."
gans against the world body and booed Several speakers told the crowd that
the raising of the U.N. flag at the they arelike the nation's founders who
Lansing City Hall across from the fought for freedom from European
Capitol. kings.
"There is no reason for us to line "Let us hope and pray it does not
ourselves up with an organization that happen the way it did when our forefa-
means nothing," said Maureen Bowyer, thers petitioned that king, because when
a Lansing resident who reacted with he did not respond, it resulted in an
disgust at the raising of the flag. uprising of the people," said Gene
The flag flew under the American Schroder, of Kampo, Colo., just north
flag at city hall for most of the day. of Oklahoma.
Charlie Van Debyl, a Grand Rapids Schroder said people have the right
protester, said the United Nations stands to reform their armies, courts and gov-
for one world government and would ernment. And, he said if government
take away American rights when it takes officials do not start listening to the
over. demands of American people, they will
"We will lose our rights to do what we reform government.
are doing," he said. "Until the American The rally, which included members
people wake up, it's going to continue." of various Michigan militia units, lasted
American flags and defaced U.N. through the morning.


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Congress approves
bill to move embassy
to Jerusalem in '99
WASHINGTON - Congress yes-
terday overwhelmingly approved a bill
aimed at forcing the U.S. to move its
embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem by mid-1999, affirming sup-
port for the Jewish state and demon-
strating renewed sensitivity to its im-
portance in American politics.
Although the Clinton administration
opposed the legislation as a threattothe
fragile peace process underway in the
Middle East, White House Press Secre-
tary Michael McCurry said President
Clinton will let the bill become law
because he sees no way to get the votes
to sustain a veto.
But McCurry said the President will
take advantage of an escape-hatch in
the bill allowing him to delay the move
on grounds that it would threaten U.S.
security interests by disrupting peace
negotiations between Israel and its Arab
McCurry accused Congress of "a
very unwarranted and unnecessary in-
trusion" into the peace process and
added, "We have a waiver and Presi-
dent Clinton will use it."
Pushing to pass the bill before Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin visits the Capi-

tol today to commemorate the 3,000th
anniversary of King David's entry into
Jerusalem, both houses approved the
bill by margins far in excess of the two-
thirds required to override a presiden-
tial veto.
support inCada
MONTREAL - Increasingly wor-
ried that Canada faces a break-up, Que-
bec federalist leaders struggled yester-
day to blunt a surge by separatists who
now predict victory in next week's-in-
dependence referendum.
Infighting has wracked the federalist
side as its leaders argue over whether to
make a last-minute offer to Quebec of
constitutional reform.
"The wheels have come off the cam-
paign," said Pierre Paradis, the No. 2
federalist leader in the mostly French-
speaking province. He said the separat-
ists will win Monday unless Prime Min-
ister Jean Chretien and premiers of the
nine English-speaking provinces make
a dramatic offer to Quebec of some
special constitutional status.
Chretien, battling to save his coun-
try, prepared to make possibly the most
important speech of his career at a fed-
eralist rally yesterday evening near
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