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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 5

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Sunday, September 15, 1991
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Sunday, September 15, 1991 Till- CINCINNATI I-NQl'IRFR WorldA-5 .Release of British hostage expected in Lebanon THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIRUT, Lebanon Kidnappers will soon free a Western hostage, probably a Briton, a Shiite Muslim cleric said Saturday. Others have also predicted another hostage release, and a U.S. envoy discussed the issue Saturday in Beirut with Lebanese leaders. In southern Lebanon, Shiite Muslim cleric Sheik Ahmed Taleb told The Associated Press he had "information that a Western hostage, probably a Briton, will be released within hours, a day, or more." Speculation about who might be released focused on Jack Mann, a 77-year-old former Royal Air Force pilot missing for two years. The Revolutionary Justice Organization an- one or two of the 11 Westerners held in Lebanon could be freed soon. Iran has close ties to the Shiite Muslim kidnappers. The developments came a day after U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar who has led this summer's accelerating hostage diplomacy finished three days of talks with Iranian leaders on the issue. Perez de Cuellar has been seeking to arrange a swap of Arab prisoners and missing Israeli servicemen as part of a deal involving the Western hostages. John Kelly, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Middle East and African affairs, said after his Beirut talks, "The United States' government remains concerned about the hostages and we hope for a very speedy resolution." Along with President Elias Hrawi, he met with Prime Minister Omar Karami and Speaker Hussein Husseini. A U.N. spokesman reiterated Perez de Cuellar's cautious optimism. Perez de Cuellar hopes that "we are about to make progress" in solving the hostage problem, Francois Guiliani said in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Iran has helped secure the release of hostages in Lebanon in recent years, and backs the Shiite extremist group Hezbollah, or Party of God, that reportedly controls factions holding the hostages. Taleb said from his home in Jibsheet, Lebanon, that "the last initiative by those responsible for the Western hostages" would be to obtain the release of Sheik Abdul-Karim Obeid from Israel. Taleb succeeded Obeid as the imam, or spiritual leader, of the village of Jibsheet, after Obeid was captured by Israel in 1989 as a bargaining chip in hostage talks. Taleb nnnnrpri Thursrlav that Mann was "alive and in good shape." Adding to the speculation, a Tehran newspaper close to Iran's president said South African leaders sign peace pact; violence rages on I1- -. 3 ((ks J.H'' n . f 1 I 1, . 7Eaa ' 1 The Associated Press - :- - - - J - -- ---1 - - 1 The Associated PressJohn Parkin President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela offer to shake hands with Zulu Inkatha leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Saturday. Secretary of State James Baker, left, on Saturday gives Estonian President Arnold Ruutel the Estonian flag that hung in the U.S. State Department during the years when the United States refused to recognize Estonia's forced annexation into the Soviet Union. Around the Baltics in 13 hours CHICAGO TRIBUNE JOHANNESBURG, South Africa At the end of yet another week of township carnage, most of South Africa's leading statesmen signed a solemn pledge Saturday to try to stop the political violence that has claimed more than 3,000 lives in the last year. But thousands of spear-carrying Zulu warriors, massed outside the luxury downtown hotel where the accord was being signed, dramatically illustrated the difficulties of trying to disarm the country's many combatants. At least one man was hacked to death and three others were wounded when the Inkatha-sup-porting Zulus left the hotel premises and marched on foot to a nearby workers' hostel. Police had no further details. More than two dozen political leaders, representing all of South Africa's racial and ethnic groups, signed the peace accord as people across the country watched the ceremony live on state television. The top three signatories to the "National Peace Accord" were President F.W. de Klerk, African National Congress President Nelson Mandela and Inkatha Freedom Party President Mangosuthu Buth-elezi. Only the pro-apartheid white Conservative Party and its extremist right-wing allies, as well as two small, extremist black parties, refused to accept the document. Quayle urges democracy in Africa Cold War had ended, Quayle told a news conference: "Democracy is sweeping around the world, and those countries that have not experienced democratic values, I certainly hope that in due time they will." Quayle told reporters he had raised human rights issues during visits to Malawi and Nigeria. Malawi is ruled by authoritarian President Hastings Banda. Nigeria's military regime has promised to hand power back to a civilian government by the end of next year. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Vice President Dan Quayle capped a five-nation Africa tour Saturday by advising governments to democratize and end state control of economies if they want aid from the United States. He also said Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi agreed Saturday to return home for peace talks aimed at ending Angola's 16-year-old civil war. Asked if the United States would support any anti-democratic governments now that the officials expressed anger last month when President Bush delayed for several days recognizing the declarations of immediate independence each state issued after the Aug. 19 Soviet coup attempt. In a fast-paced, 13-hour day, Baker made the circuit of the three Baltic capitals in what could have been a victory lap celebrating the triumph for democracy and American Cold War foreign policy. The United States had refused to accept as legitimate the 1939 Hitler-Stalin pact under which the Soviet Union seized the three Baltic states. But the symbolism of his visit the first ever by a U.S. secretary of state was diminished by the way Baker raced around without a public appearance. He barely paused to acknowledge the crowd of 1,000 outside the parliament building in Vilnius clapping and chanting "America." 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