The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 20, 1996 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, January 20, 1996
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL AS T BOSNIA Prisoner release falls short of goal Peace accord suffers first setback, but warring parties set up buffer zone By The Associated Press SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Dashing hopes that a major deadline in the Bosnian peace agreement would be met, a planned nationwide prisoner release Friday fell far short of its goal — the accord's first big setback. But officials of the NATO-led force backing the accord indicated that the pact's other important Friday deadline had been largely met: the warring parties had moved back from most front lines to create 21/2-mile-wide buffer zones. The failure to release all prisoners of war registered with the Red Cross — a major test of the warring parties' will for peace — would likely complicate efforts to track- down unregistered prisoners and missing persons. "It's a mess," said Pierre Gauthier, the top official in Bosnia for the International Committee of T GERMANY FIRE the Red Cross. "We are very disheartened." Just hours before the midnight (5 p.m. Central time) deadline set for their release, only 225 of 900 POWs registered with the Red Cross had been freed. About 400 were to have been released by the Bosnian government, about 400 by the Bosnian Serbs and about 100 by the Bosnian Croats. Under the Bosnian peace plan, all prisoners were to have been released unconditionally by Friday, not swapped for prisoners held by the other side, as had been the case previously. Unlike the prisoner releases, the deadline for separating front lines appeared to have been met. NATO jets and choppers buzzed overhead in northern Bosnia and Humvees, Bradley fighting vehicles and trucks jammed roads and narrow dirt tracks checking compliance. Officials expected a full assessment on Saturday. Commanders of the NATO-led Implementation Force were "confident that the zones of separation will be cleared," spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Rayner said in Sarajevo. Tragedy puts focus on African immigrants They are upset that so many had to die to draw attention to them By The Associated Press LUEBECK, Germany — Julia Mehaime doesn't know how long she has lived in Germany, or where she will live next, or why her home — a shelter for asylum-seekers — was burned to the ground. But the 9-year-old Angolan knows every detail about what happened when the fire broke out. She remembers racing to the staircase, already in flames; then running upstairs to the attic. "My mother was the first one," Julia said. "Then she jumped out the window with my sister." Her mother and 6-year-old sister were among the 10 people killed in the pre-dawn blaze Thursday that injured up to 50 other immigrants, most of them seeking safety from wars, political turbulence, famine and poverty in Africa. Whether it was a vicious neo- Nazi attack or an accident, African immigrants are angry it took so many deaths to draw attention to their uncertain circumstances. Although many have been in Germany five years or more, they remain in bureaucratic limbo: asylum applicants who are unable to seek work or their own shelter. "I think it's a shame that people are only discussing the problem when others have died," said Benkindo Diangana, a Zairian who has lived in Germany for 20 years. Three suspects were freed Friday after police said they had an alibi and there was no strong evidence to hold them. A fourth man also was held briefly Thursday night. Police have not ruled out an electrical fire. - Diangana said the tragedy demonstrated problems faced by immigrants seeking sanctuary in Germany. Forced to live in shelters, they can become easy targets for hate-mongers and have limited contact with ordinary Germans. Is that new car hiding In your house? 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