The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 2001 · Page 10
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AID SATURDAY. MAY 5, 2001 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL • UNITED NATIONS United States loses seat on human rights panel U.S. has been a member since it was founded in 1947 By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS The Associaleil Press GENEVA — The surprise loss of the U.S. seat on the top United Nations human rights body will stop Washington from exercising its sometimes lonely vote to protect Israel, criticize China and take other stands of principle. The world body's Palais des Nations was abuzz Friday with diplomats speculating whether the United States lost its seat on the 53-member U.N. Human Rights Commission because of irritation over its positions or because it just didn't try hard enough. The ouster of the United States while nations like Sudan, Uganda and Sierra Leone were granted membership also caused many to ask how effective the commission would be in probing rights abuses BRIEFLY around the world. Some diplomats feared the decision would spark a backlash from Washington, where some conservative forces already are deeply critical of the United Nations. Many suggested the loss may have been a reaction to President Bush's decision to pull out of the 1997 Kyoto treaty to curb global warming and the sounding of the death knell of the 1972 treaty on missile defense, regarded by many countries as the basis for nuclear arms stability T DOWNED PLANE That came on top of the Clinton administration's rejection of the treaty to ban land mines, the U.S. Senate's 1999 refusal to ratify the nuclear test ban treaty and more recent coolness toward the creation of an international criminal court. The United States has been a member of the commission ever since it was founded in 1947 at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, whose bust, alongside that of her husband. Franklin D. Roosevelt, holds a place of honor at the formal entrance to the Palais. U.S. lawmakers angry enough to consider cutting U.N. payments By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The ejection of the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Commission has infuriated lawmakers. Some are calling for withholding $650 million in payments to the United Nations. "This decision is ludicrous," House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, said Friday "What they've done is thrown out the world's oldest democracy and put a country with the world's worst human rights record in its place, Sudan." White House spokesman Ari Fleischer called the U.S. ouster "a disappointment," but said it "will not stop this president or this country from speaking strongly on matters of human rights." The House is to vote next week on an $8,2 billion State Department authorization bill to pay back dues to the United Nations. Bush to give radio speech in Spanish WASHINGTON — Speaking in snatclios of Spanish, President Busli marked Cinco de Mayo a day oai'ly Friday, throwing a first-ever White House festival for the Mexican holiday and making it the subject of another first: a Spanish version of his weekly radio address. "Mi Casa Blanca es su Casa Blanca." Bush told invited guests who milled about on the South Lawn after being entertained by a mariachi band and dancers in brightly colored traditional costumes. The radio speech, to be broadcast this morning, focuses on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday celebrating the Mexican army's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. The holiday is observed in many Mexican- American communities. "It's such an important holiday, we decided td start a day early" Bush said. Ban on road-building in forests OK for now WASHINGTON — The Bush administration will allow a ban on road-building in much of the nation's federal forest lands to take effect next week but will propose changes to it in June, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said Friday The ban, a pivotal part of former President Clinton's environmental legacy, ropes off 58.5 million acres — about a third of the federal forest land — from developers, loggers and mining companies. These industries have been lobbying to have the measure reversed. Veneman did not provide details on the changes that will be offered. But she said they will seek to ensure local input on individual forest decisions. She called the plan a "common-sense approach to road­ less protection." Food makers want tests for biotech crops WASHINGTON — Food companies reeling from recalls of jjiotech corn products say the government shouldn't let genetically engineered crops go to market unless there are tests to tell those crops apart from conventional varieties. Last fall, the biotech industry was embarrassed when a type of genetically engineered corn that wasn't approved for human consumption was found in taco shells. At the time, a sophisticated test for detecting a special protein in the corn hadn't been developed. Officials with biotech companies say testing methods will be made available to the government. Biotech soy and corn are found in foods throughout U.S. supermarkets because biotech and conventional crops are routinely mixed together In a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday the grocery manufacturers say they must be able to tell whether ingredients include gene-altered crops. From Wire Service Reports U.S. hopes plane won't take the long way home Officials want plane flown off the island, China doesn't agree By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Navy spy plane on China's Hainan island could be repaired and flown home, U.S. officials said Friday after American technicians completed three days of inspections. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said privately he prefers it be flown off the island, but China has indicated to American officials in Beijing it would not permit that, according to two defense officials who discussed the matter on condition they not be identified. An alternative would be to partially disassemble the four- engine turboprop plane and transport it by barge or aircraft. It was unclear Friday whether the Bush administration would press Beijing for permission to fly it home. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said, "We want our aircraft back as soon as possible. We continue our discussions with the Chinese on the return of the aircraft." Rumsfeld was expected to consult with Adm. Dennis Blair, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, today before deciding how to proceed. The Lockheed Martin team that inspected the plane was heading to Blair's headquarters in Hawaii today to submit its findings, officials said. At stake for the United States, aside from the practical issue of cost, is the political value of ending this contentious episode with a dignified departure rather than being forced to cart off the prized plane in pieces. • Tall, dark and handsome. Well• developed muscles, warm brown • eyes and a killer tan. • The little skirt is nice too. • The men and woinen of USO MO Sainoa are . dedicated to preserving the music and dance • of their South Pacific heritage. 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