THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY, OCTOBERS. 1996 A8 T MIDDLE EAST Peace has one last chance Crowds welcome Arafat back as peace talks with Israel set to begin By JACK KATZENELL The Associated Press JERUSALEM — Some 30,000 Palestinians welcomed Yasser Arafat home Saturday on the eve of a visit by Secretary of State Warren Christopher and talks that could decide the fate of the battered Mideast peace effort. The crowd waved Palestinian flags as Arafat drove into the Gaza Strip from Egypt, his last stop on a tour that took the Palestinian leader to Mideast capitals, Europe and a Washington summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It was an impressive show of support for Arafat as he heads into talks with the Israeli government. In Egypt, Arafat and President Hosni Mubarak discussed the peace process, and neither, spoke with reporters after the meeting. Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said Arabs states were awaiting the outcome of today's talks before declaring the U.S. summit a success or failure. The summit last week was hastily convened by President Clinton. It failed to produce an agreement, but Arafat and Ne- tanyahu promised to negotiate non-stop until solutions are found. Talks were to open today at the Erez Checkpoint on the Israel- Gaza border between Israel's former military chief Dan Shomron and Arafat aide Saeb Erakat. U.S. T THAILAND The Associated Press Palestinian girls supporting the peace process shout slogans during PLO leader Yasser Arafat's return Saturday to Gaza City. Ambassador Dennis Ross will attend. Christopher arrives in Israel today and will not take part in the talks, but will meet with Ne- tanyahu and Arafat. Moussa said the key question underlying the upcoming talks is "whether the new Israeli government is committed" to previous peace agreements. The talks are widely seen as the last hope for rescuing the peace process, all but shattered late last month by gun battles in which 59 Palestinians, 16 Israelis and three Egyptians died. Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said the Palestinians want simply the implementation of what has been agreed. "We will not renegotiate the agreement. We will not reopen the agreement," he said. He also demanded, a halt to the demolition of unlicensed Arab buildings and to the extension of Jewish settlements on Arab land. Arafat is also demanding that Israel close a new entrance to a tourist tunnel near Muslim shrines in Jerusalem, whose opening triggered the latest violence. And the Palestinians are demanding that Netanyahu set a date for the long-delayed withdrawal of Israeli troops from most of Hebron, the only Palestinian city still under Israeli control. Israel imposed a curfew on Hebron 10 days ago after Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli troops. The army said Saturday that the curfew would end this morning. About 50 Israeli activists from the group Peace Now Found felines lavishly wedded By The Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand — The groom came by Rolls Royce, the bride in a helicopter. Hundreds of VIP guests pressed in Saturday to get a closer look at the starry-eyed couple: a pair of bewildered cats. Any celebrity would have been proud of the sumptuous $28,000 wedding. After the ceremony, the pair, Phet and Ploy, were sent on a honeymoon river cruise — to be followed by visits to the vet. Vicharn Jarat-archa staged the wedding because business started booming at his cosmetics company right after he found Phet along the Burmese border early this year. The male part-Siamese cat had a "diamond eye," which some Thais regard as a lucky omen. The condition is a type of glaucoma. A hard, blue- colored film develops over the eye, leaving the cat blind, unless treated in its early stages. Vicharn later returned to the same area and found Ploy, a female with the same eye condition, and began planning a love match. But animal activists protested, and urged Vicharn to have the cats treated rather than used for profit and publicity. Vicharn has promised to have their eyes looked after and to donate wedding gifts to animal welfare charities. It was not certain who would get the $60,000 dowry. At the wedding, Phet, aged about three, wore a The Associated Press Donning their wedding outfits, Thai "diamond- eyed" cats Ploy (left) and Phet seem bewildered as they have their wedding photo taken Saturday in Bangcock. specially made red tuxedo while Ploy, about four, was attired in a white wedding gown. Rings were made to fit their paws. Some 500 human guests, including government officials, crowded into Thailand's biggest discotheque. A parrot named Little Emerald served as best man. An iguana called Naughty Girl was the maid of honor. Need more money? 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