The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 10
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A10 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL T GERMANY Red Army deserters told to go home The Associated Press Red Army deserter Rlf Akhmetganeyev says he feels "betrayed by America" because he is not valued any longer. T MIDDLE EAST Russian defectors in tizzy because Germany isn't granting them asylum By The Associated Press STADE, Germany — It was 1991 in former East Germany. A Russian officer, Rif Akhmetganeyev, had just deserted his Red Army post and was being interrogated by an American intelligence officer. The Russian can still picture the American's reassuring smile. Akhmetganeyev says he told the American everything he wanted to know about weapons at the Russ- ian garrison he had helped command. He says he thought that if he cooperated, he and his family could stay in Germany. Five years later, it turns out he was wrong. In April, German authorities rejected Akhmetganeyev's application for asylum and told him that he and his family will have to leave the country. "I feel betrayed by America. When I fled my garrison it was 'Welcome, Ivan' because I was a source of information. Now it's 'Ivan, go home,"' says the 47 year old, shaking his head in despair inside his family's tiny housing pro- ject apartment outside Hamburg. Life in Germany — even on welfare — is something Akhmet- ganeyev does not want to give up. 'My children are beginning to feel more like Germans than Russians," says Akhmetganeyev. Compact discs of rap music lie on an inexpensive stereo, evidence of his children's preference for the West. "They are getting good grades. They have German friends. This is where they belong." Some 340,000 Red Army soldiers were stationed in former East Germany during the Cold War. The last of them went home in August 1994, but before the bases closed about 600 men deserted and asked for political asylum in Germany. Dozens of the defectors have called the Frankfurt office of the International Society for Human Rights this year "in panic" after their asylum applications were rejected, said spokeswoman Wanda Wahnsiedler. The deserters were allowed to stay in Germany after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 because it was not clear what their fates would be if they were sent home, said Michael Griesbeck, spokesman for the Federal Office for the Recognition of Refugees. Pepperpot Tea Room and Fine Dining cordially invites you to enjoy their lunch special each Thursday & Friday. 11:00 am-1:30 pro (Starling Nov. 1 <rc »ill no longer be serving on Ailurdays) We are currently bookin5 Holiday Parties. Call for reservations and daily entree. ,HWY 18 • Dennington, KS • 91M88-3600 France's Chirac gambles on Mideast French president wants his country to be a force in troubled region By ELAINE GANLEY The Associated Press PARIS — Risking the ire of friends, President Jacques Chirac has boldly gambled on resurrecting France as a force, in the Middle East, hoping for a payoff in power, prestige and, eventually, lucrative contracts. The man who dubbed himself a "soldier for peace" had the bearing of a storm trooper on the weeklong tour that ended Friday, ostensibly intended as a European bid to jump-start the stalled peace process. But as the trip unfolded, it became clear Chirac was donning the mantle of Charles de Gaulle, his political mentor, in his quest to restore France's former status in the region. "Our friendship with the Arab world, our friendship with Israel T INDIA The Associated Press French president Jacques Chirac (left) and PLO leader Yasser Arafat raise their glasses for a toast Wednesday in Gaza City. and our conception of our own responsibilities in this part of the world require France to have a strong presence," Chirac said in the Jordanian capital, Amman. The specter of French meddling in the delicate peace talks discomfited European Union partners such as Britain, as well as the United States, currently the sole mediator in the negotiations. Israel issued a flat "no" to Chirac's push for greater involvement. But many Arabs, foremost the Palestinians, welcomed Chirac as an opportunity to undermine what some see as America's pro-Israeli stance. Defying Western wisdom, Chirac lauded Syrian President Hafez Assad, called Iraq a "great country" and snubbed Israel with his failure to address the Knesset. The address would have balanced his speech before the Palestinian Legislative Council — the first by a Western leader. He also called for a Palestinian state and the return of the Golan Heights to Syria, demands anathema to the position of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The result was Arab acclamation. Gaza inaugurated a street as "Charles de Gaulle" during the visit, and a Palestinian mother named her newborn "Jacques Chirac." "We need you," said Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, referring warmly to "Dr. Chirac," the healer. Sale of Gandhi's letters on hold The mahatma's secretary has asked Sotheby's to hold off auction of handwritten letters and notes By The Associated Press NEW DELHI, India — Mahatma Gandhi's former secretary has asked a London auctioneer to put off next month's sale of the freedom fighter's letters because India would like the documents kept available to researchers. "The government says speculators will make money out of it and research scholars will be deprived of the material," said Venkataraman Kalyanam, who was secretary to Gandhi for three years before his assassination in 1948. Acting on an appeal from the government, Kalyanam faxed a letter to Sotheby's last week asking that the Nov. 14 auction be deferred, he said. Sotheby's auction house had estimated that the 450 documents would fetch about $1.5 million, Kalyanam said Saturday, speaking in a telephone interview from the southern city of Madras. The correspondence, he said, includes drafts of six letters from Gandhi to his friend Louis Mountbatten, the last British viceroy of India. "The mahatma used to give me handwritten drafts ' of letters. After typing them, I used to keep the notes : with me instead of tearing them up. ... They are my personal property," said Kalyanam, who also retains some letters written to him by Gandhi and other leaders. 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Part-time employee at Barbieri Insurance Agency, Abilene. Community volunteer and 4-H supporter. I believe: (1) Politics has no place in county level government. (2) We don't need a county administrator. (3) We dont need any more taxes. (4) Working together there can be solutions to our problems. Pol. Adv. Paid for by Friends of Riffel for County Commissioner The Associated Press Venkataraman Kalyama, 75, who was secretary to Mahatma Gandhi, holds letters written by Ghand- hi in Madras on Saturday. "If the government wants the papers, it will have to compensate me for the loss from canceling the auction," he said, adding that he planned to donate the proceeds to a Hindu temple being built in Kapaa, Hawaii. Kalyanam said he had "laid down other conditions" that he declined to discuss. He said an official from the prime minister's office was scheduled to meet him in Madras on Monday. The prime minister's office had no comment. 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