The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 2, 1996 · Page 1
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Fan fare Football and tasty turkey a winning combination / C1 Money time St. Louis, Baltimore and Texas victorious in playoff openers / D1 SPORTS ' - ! Judge dismisses candidate's dispute with debate panel / A4 : Jurors taken to site where Randall Sheridan was killed / B1 High: 72 Low. 37 Cooler today with north windsgustingto15to 25 mph / B3 Salina Journal Classified/C5 Comics / B4 Deaths / A7 Food/C1 Great Plains / B1 Money / D4 Sports /D1 Viewpoints / B2 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T MIDDLE EAST Summit returns focus to peace process However, Israeli, Palestinian leaders still 'have a number of very deep differences' By TERENCE HUNT Tlie Associated Press %.'*< The Associated Press (president Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chat Tuesday after their White House meeting. r BOSNIA WASHINGTON — Amid tensions and suspicion inflamed by Mideast violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shook hands at a White House summit Tuesday and had lengthy face-to- face talks. After three hours, the discussions recessed on a cordial note, the White House said. The crisis-shrouded meeting helped dispel a mood of mistrust but did not resolve major differences, officials said. The talks are to resume today with President Clinton. "We've come a long way in the last three years," Clinton said as he sought to build on a 1993 peace accord between the two sides. "No one wants to turn back." Netanyahu said they had come together "to try to put the peace process back on track" after last week's violence left 76 people dead. He said he was absolutely committed to the 1993 agreements, which include the promised redeployment of Israeli troops away from Arabs in the West Bank town of Hebron. However, Natan Sharansky, an Israeli cabinet officer, said Israel had rejected as impossible an American request for a specific date for the troop pullback. "We say to commit oneself to a date is to create a built-in possibility of the talks breaking down," Sharansky said. Further, Sharansky said Israel would not reverse Netanyahu's opening last week of a second entrance to a tunnel that winds around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which has shrines sacred to Muslims and Jews. The opening triggered the worst gun battles between Palestinians and Israelis since the 1967 Mideast war. The White House said the Netanyahu- Arafat talks went "a long way toward reestablishing that notion of trust that must exist between the parties." It was only the second meeting between Netanyahu and Arafat. They talked in the presidential library under a portrait of George Washington. For 45 minutes they were alone. Then they were joined by Abu Mazen on the Palestinian side and Yitzhak Molcho, an Israeli attorney. They concluded their discussions with a handshake as they escorted each other to their motorcades. Netanyahu then met with Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who arranged to see Arafat, as well. Despite the upbeat assessment about re-establishing trust, there was no indication of a breakthrough on divisive issues, such as a promised but delayed Israeli troop redeployment in Hebron or how to treat holy sites in Jerusalem. "They have a number of very deep differences," said White House spokesman Mike McCurry. Clinton said the meetings show "a common commitment to end the violence and to get the peace process back on track. We are committed to that." Hasan Abed Rahman, head of the PLO office in Washington and one of Arafat's closest advisors, said he was hopeful about the summit's outcome. "The general environment is not cold," he said. But Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, said the Middle East was at a crossroads because of "the negative stand of the Israeli government. The situation is very dangerous," he said after a meeting with Arafat. * A collapse of the peace process would have predictable consequences / Page C4 p.S. commits hiore troops to Bosnia mission 5,000 soldiers being sent to protect troops coming home Dec. 20 By JOHN DIAMOND The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Some 5,000 U.S. Army troops will begin leaving Germany "in the next couple ! days" for a six-month deployment :;'tp Bosnia, where they will protect American troops slated to leave iv the country later this year, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. ,, Troops from the 1st Infantry Division should expect to remain in Bosnia until March, said 'spokesman Kenneth Bacon. ?' Bacon's announcement marked the first time the Pentagon has given such a long-term commit- Jinent to the new U.S. force. '~: Bacon insisted the new troops ;,will not become part of the NATO- tied peacekeeping mission that is Sue to end Dec. 20, nor would the soldiers evolve into a "follow-on" Jjjiilitary force. ^ Bacon said the so-called "covering force" will leave "in the next couple of days." The mission will last "for a defined period of time, .which will get it out by March." ..... Earlier in the day, the diplomat ;who brokered the Dayton peace accords that ended the former Yugoslavia's four-year civil war told .lawmakers that a total pullout of y.S. and allied troops from Bosnia would i,risk an "implosion" and possible resumption of war. -.• 'ftlchferd Holbrooke, now retired .frow government and working on •\yall Street, went further than Clinton administration officials on the politically sensitive issue of a continued U.S. troop deployment. Indeed, Defense Secretary William. Perry annoyed a key committee chairman by declining to T AP ASTRA PROJECT "No responsible person can contemplate going from 60,000 troops down to zero." Richard Holbrooke Clinton administration aide testify publicly on Bosnia this week. "No responsible person can contemplate going from 60,000 troops down to zero," Holbrooke told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "It would risk an implosion ... The war could even resume." Holbrooke continues to serve the Clinton administration in Bosnia on an ad hoc basis, most recently as an observer to the national elections there. "Some form of residual security presence is necessary," he said. With continued U.S. participation in the peace process, a resumption of war would be "very unlikely," he said. Total withdrawal, he said, "is not a conceivable policy. The consequences are far too serious," At the Pentagon, Bacon said the new infusion of troops will be needed to provide security for the U.S. forces who are packing up and leaving. But he did not elaborate on why the force would remain until March, far beyond when the peacekeeping Implementation Force, or IFOR, mission is to end. President Clinton overcame congressional opposition to the Bosnia mission by assuring lawmakers the deployment would end in late December. The mission involves 60,000 NATO troops, 15,800 of them American, positioned in and immediately around Bosnia. V MAGIC KINGDOM The Associated Press Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, pays tribute to his uncle at Tuesday's 25th anniversary celebration as Mickey Mouse, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles look on. Theme Dark has Dirthday First lady helps Magic Kingdom celebrate 25th anniversary By The Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton returned Tuesday to a favorite theme — the welfare of children — in celebrating the 25th birthday of the Florida home of Walt Disney's imagination. "This is a place where all of the characters that we all grew up with touch our hearts and for a moment let us forget our cares," Clinton told thousands of party-goers at the Magic Kingdom during an appearance on a campaign swing in Florida on behalf of her husband. Standing on a platform in front of Cinderella's Castle — which was transformed for the occasion into an 18-story pink birthday cake — Clinton thanked Disney "for reminding us that there are no limits to the American imagination, for encouraging each of us to follow our own dreams and for making children the heart and soul of all your endeavors." The late Walt Disney's nephew, Roy E. Disney, paid tribute to the company founder who didn't live to see the Florida theme park open Oct. 1,1971. Roy Disney read the plaque dedicated in 1971 to Walt Disney by Walt's brother, Roy O. Disney, referring to a happy place "where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn — together." Disney's total investment in Florida is now estimated at $3.5 billion, and its three theme parks, hotel resorts and other attractions employ more than 40,000 people. Capitol statue now a matter of financing File photo Salina sculptor Dick Bergen hopes his Ad Astra project will be completed within one year. Project first slated for completion in 1990 passes design hurdle By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Salina sculptor Dick Bergen has fought for his Ad Astra project to be placed on the capital's golden domed roof for years. But the delays ended Monday when final details on the 20-foot statue and a smaller version to be placed on the capitol grounds were approved by the Capitol Area Plaza Authority. Now it comes down to money. "I've been working on it long enough," Bergen said of the approval of the statue. "It feels pretty good." The project, approved by the 1988 Legislature, is a statue of a young Indian warrior with a feathered headdress and a raised bow. It was supposed to be on the capitol's domed roof by 1990, but delays in funding and solidifying the plans held up the project. Money must be raised for the small statue, which includes plaques on the history of the Kansas Indian, the larger statue and reinforcement work on the capitol building's roof to ensure that it won't collapse. The larger project will cost between $750,000 and $1 million, said Thaine Hoff- man, director of architectural services for the state's administration department. "The work on the roof can be done pretty easily," Hoffman said. "It's just a matter of once the money is available. I think it'll come along now that everything is in place." Bergen said he planned on selling bricks to raise the money, the same method that raised funds for the SaUna-Saline County War Memorial in Sunset Park. The bricks will be inscribed with the name of the donor and will be placed next to the smaller statue. Bronze plaques also will have the names of project contributors. Bergen hopes the smaller statue can be installed by the end of the year. He estimated that about $80,000 already has been raised for the projects. The smaller statue will be placed on a granite pedestal on a walkway on the south side of the capitol "That will have a lot of traffic," Bergen said. "When I was there there were thousands of people walking through." The statues themselves only need a few finishing touches, said Bergen, who has set a goal of having the statue on the dome's roof by next year. "I think it's possible, and I think we're going to do it," he said. "We've been moving pretty quickly on this. All of a sudden."

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