Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on June 5, 1988 · Page 24
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Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania · Page 24

Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Sunday, June 5, 1988
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PifeM AH«tM Mimr. f unity. Jmt i. MOD •International- I Reluctant soys Hussein not eager for peace talks By Barry Schweid *P Diplomatic Writer L-CAIRO — Secretary of State George P. Shultz met with King Hussein Saturday and said the Jordanian monarch is reluctant to engage in peace talks with Israel unless Israel agrees to give up land .on_the West Bank. "If they feel there is no territorial compromise possible, they then feel, 'What am I going to negotiate about?'" Shultz told reporters during his trip back to Egypt from the Jordanian capital of Amman. .Shultz, on a mission to promote a U.S. peace plan for the region, flies to Israel on Sunday to try to get the assurance Hussein seeks from Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. His prospects are not bright. Shamir told Israel radio.Saturday heistill opposes the U.S. proposal for air international peace conference an'd does not expect a breakthrough during Shultz's visit. He also opposes trading land for peace, the other essential part of the American plan. During his 2!4-hour meeting, Shultz said he found an "intensity of interest" by Hussein in the U.S. plan for Arab-Israeli negotiations. "As a general proposition, they are in favor of proceeding," Shultz said. But Hussein "hesitates to say'yes, we will go into the talks,' until they have some assurances that it's going to be based on the formula of trading territory for peace," Shultz said. Jordan controlled the West Band from 1948 until 1967, when it joined Egypt and Syria in a war with Israel and lost the territory, including east Jerusalem. Shultz supports Jordan's demand for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank but has said giving up all the land was "not in the cards. Shultz has two sessions scheduled Sunday with Shamir and separate meetings with Foreign Minister U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE George Shultz (left) talks with Jordan's King Hussein Saturday in the Royal Palace in Amman. Shultz, Associated Press who came from Egypt, is on his fourth regional shuttle this year, promoting peace in the Mideast. An Investment Service with A Winning Combination ' WEST INVEST combines full-service brokerage and professional, objective investment advice to bring you high-yielding, quality investments. And the INVEST Center is conveniently.. located at ; RELIANCE SAVINGS ASSOCIATION 226 W. Plank Road, Altoona, PA For more information, call an INVEST Representative at 944-6421. INVEST is a Service of ISFA Corporation Member NASD, SIPC RELIANCE SAVINGS ASSOCIATION/Member FSLIC The Kranich PROMISE Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin and members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. This is his fourth trip to the area this year. Shultz said on his arrival Friday night he knew the odds were against him. Shultz began the day with a session with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who has endorsed the U.S. approach in principle. Shultz has made Cairo his base, shuttling from the Egyptian capital to meet with other leaders. "We had a good personal visit," Shultz said after he and Mubarak spent an hour in private. "It's good to start this trip to the Middle East here in Egypt. We worked together earlier this year, trying to get this initiative going." But in a session with Egyptian editors before flying to Amman, he said "the situation remains one in which there are great problems." Shultz said President Reagan wants to "accomplish as much as he can and to leave as much of a constructive base for his successors as possible." In the interview, Shultz expressed understanding for Shamir's security Italy agrees to accept planes; Spain says no ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Saturday agreed to a NATO request to accept 72 U.S. fighter planes being evicted from Spain. Defense Minister Valerio Zanone said the government deemed it important that the planes remain in Europe to protect the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's southern flank. He said moving them to Italy was the "only suitable solution" to keeping the wing in service and avoiding an act of "unilateral disarmament." The United States, under an accord reached in January with Spain, must remove the F-lfis from the Torre- jon air base near Madrid by 1991. The planes make up the U.S. Air Force's 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, The Pentagon has said it would have to disband the unit unless a final decision on moving them to another European base was made by August. Zanone said there was no reason for the concern over the transfer expressed by the Warsaw Pact, since NATO was only establishing a new "peacetime base." The F-16s can carry nuclear weapons, but Zanone emphasized they will be armed only with conventional weapons. Warsaw Pact countries are concerned that their terri- torial airspace could come within range of the aircraft when the planes are moved from Spain to Italy. The Italian government has reportedly been considering several sites in southern Italy as possible bases for the F-16s, but Zanone said no decision has been reached yet. Zanone said NATO will meet the entire cost of relocating the planes, estimated at about $500 million. Italy's decision, made at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Christian Democrat Premier Ciriaco De Mita, had been expected following the formal request to Italy by NATO defense ministers in Brussels on May 26. At that time, Lord Carrington, the alliance secretary- general, said the planes represent "a considerable portion of our strength in the southern region." Italian government officials have said the transfer of the F-l6s would be examined by ParliamenMater this month but that a vote would likely not be needed. The Communists, Italy's second-largest party, immediately criticized the decision. Aldo Tortorella, a party leader, denounced what he called the government's haste in deciding and its lack of "national dignity." lose^e^rj^r] POUNDS BY JULY 4th WH NUM>BCUC-THE NATIONS MOST AFFORDABLE weewtoss PROGRAM I I I I I I I Designed exclusively for the 7)orc/-to-tase" individual. Nutra»Bolic's rapid fat burning program begins to CATAiOUSiyour body's excess stored /bflMMfOUTILr/ With Nutra*Botic you ore continually provided with all the nutrients you need daily to maintain OPTIMUM HEAITH and VITALITY! Nutra*BolicisFASTancl totally SAFC! WITH LOCATIONS MATIONWIDf Route 220 & 22 Wye Switches Duncansville NO HUNGER! NO SHOTS! NO MEDICAL FEES! NO EXERCISE! FOR MEN AND WOMEN CALL TODAY!!! 695-3552 concerns. "Israel cannot afford to make a bad mistake in this regard," he said. 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