The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 6
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AB SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 WORLD THE SALINA JOURNAL • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Paul's path takes pope to Syria Pnno oallc fnr nQQOQ Assad at his side. Pope Galls for peace in Syria's ongoing dispute with Israel By The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's president welcomed Pope John Paul II Saturday with calls for him to take the Arabs' side in their dispute with* Israel, referring to what he described as Jewish persecution of Jesus Christ in a hard-line address that reflected persistent hate in the region. John Paul flew to Damascus on the second leg of a three-nation pilgrimage, saying he was bringing an "ardent prayer of hope" for peace in the Middle East. He asked President Bashar Assad to "spare no effort" for peace and cooperation. Assad's was one of the bluntest welcoming addresses the pope has heard on any of his foreign trips. Cheers erupted as the white-robed pope appeared at the door of his plane at Damascus airport and then slowly made his way down the red-carpeted stairs to the tarmac, where Assad waited to shake his hand. The 80- year-old pontiff, his face reddening in the sun, walked slowly to the terminal using a cane, with the 36-year-old Assad at his side. The pope, whose pilgrimage retraces the biblical travels of St. Paul, arrived from Athens, where he worked to defuse tensions between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Improving ties with Islam is a major theme of his stop in mostly Muslim Syria ~ with his itinerary including the first visit to a mosque by a pope. But the pontiff also is stepping into the midst of bitter Mideast rivalries. Assad, who was receiving his first major visitor since taking over from his late father last June, sharply criticized Israeli policies and the Jews. "Territories in Lebanon, the Golan and Palestine have been occupied by those who even killed the principle of equality whien they claimed that God created a people distinguished above all other peoples," the Syrian leader said. "They tried to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they_ betrayed Jesus Christ and' the same way they tried to betray and kill the Prophet Muhammad," Assad said. He called for a "just and comprehensive peace that returns the land to its original owners. • DRUG WAR BRIEFLY Israel blamed for killing militant ARTAS, West Bank — A Palestinian militant was shot to death Saturday in front of his 2-year-old niece, who was injured, and Palestinians blamed Israel for the killing. In another West Bank city, Jericho, Israeli soldiers rocketed a Palestinian police base, injuring 17 people. Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat called for a new Mideast summit to discuss the findings of a U.S.-led fact-finding commission into the causes of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Ahmed Khali! Assad, 37, a local leader of the Islamic Jihad group, was shot as he left his home in Artas, near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Israeli soldiers opened fire on him from a nearby hill, said a relative. Abed Assad. There were more than 20 bullets in Assad's body, said Dr. Peter Qumri at Beit Jalla hospital. Macedonia's leader calls for war SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia's prime minister said Saturday he plans to ask Parliament to declare a state of war, hours after soldiers hammered ethnic Albanian rebel positions with artillery fire in an escalating offensive. The decision by Prime Minister Ljbuco Georgievski follows a series of ambushes .against security forces — attacks that show the rebels have survived earlier government efforts to quash them and deepened fears that the country is on the verge of civil war. A declaration of a state of war needs the approval of a two- thirds majority of the 120-member Parliament. That means 81 members would have to vote for the measure —including 26 ethnic Albanian deputies. It was not clear if the government will be able to accomplish this. Officials leave violent Chechen capital NAZRAN, Russia — Less than two weeks after the Kremlin-backed civilian administration in Chechnya •moved to the rebel republic's violent capital, officials an­ nounced Saturday it will move out temporarily because of security concerns. The Kremlin-backed administration will return to Guder- mes, Chechnya's second- largest city, where it had'been based imtil opening a headquarters in Grozny April 23. Although Russian troops drove rebels to flee Grozny en masse in January 2000, insurgents have filtered back into the city, where they harry Russian positions with gunfire and bloody the troops with booby-traps and land mines. Despite the daily small attacks in Grozny and elsewhere in Chechnya, Russia has claimed for months that the rebels are on the verge of defeat and even announced some troops would be withdrawn. Russia awaits U.S. nuclear decision MOSCOW — A thief or terrorist trying to get at the seven nuclear reactors at Moscow's Kurchatov Institute will have to break through a sophisticated, $3 million set of safeguards financed by American taxpayers. The research center's security system is just one result of a 10-year-old U.S.-Russian program to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction. The joint effort also has brought much more dramatic achievements, including eliminating nuclear weapons stockpiles in the former Soviet republics of Kazakstan, Belarus and Ukraine, and deep cuts in Russia's own vast nuclear arsenal. Cholera hits South African prison DURBAN, South Africa — A cholera epidemic has broken out in a prison in the coastal city of Durban, officials said Friday, and 500 inmates have fallen ill with diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. ;t The outbreak began Tuesday in the maximum security section of Westville Prison after an inmate was admitted with the highly contagious disease, according to Russel Mamabolo, a spokesman for the corrections department. From Wire Service Reports NOTICE Due to manufacturing delays, Crazy Taxi for Playstation 2 advertised on page 21 of this week's Target advertising supplement is not available. Because future availability is uncertain, rain checks will not be offered. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. 0 TARGET U.S. gives troops war lessons U.S. lifts curtain on Green Berets' training of Colombian troops By ANDREW SELSKY The Associated Press LARANDIA ARMY BASE, Colombia — U.S. Green Beret trainers watched proudly as Colombian troops reacted to an "ambush" with a withering blast of gunfire and hurling hand grenades. The aggressive response during training exercises — opened for the first time to journalists Friday — was one the U.S. Special Forces have been instilling into their charges, who will soon combat drug trafficking in an area swarming with rebels and paramilitaries. The battalion will finish its months-long training in this sprawling jungle base May 24 and will join two other coun- ternarcotics battalions — a total of 3,000 soldiers — that have been trained by the Green Berets since April 1999. T FERRY DISASTER The Associated Press A U.S. special forces soldier helps train a Colombian anti- narcotics battalion Friday in Larandia, a military base about 235 miles southwest of Bogota, Colombia. Amid criticism from human rights groups and even the U.S. State Depai-tment that Colom-, bian security forces have a poor human rights record, the U.S. Einbassy investigated each of the 3,000 soldiers to make sure they have not been ac- The Associated Press Red Cross workers lift the body of a boy divers recovered Saturday from a sunken ferry on the Congolese town of Goma. Youths recover bodies from capsized ferry Professional divers were stealing money from dead bodies By The Associated Press GOMA, Congo — Youths working without diving equipment recovered 11 bodies Saturday from a ferry that capsized in this Lake Kivu port, after two professional divers were arrested for allegedly stealing from the victims. Altogether, 30 bodies have been recovered since the MV Musaka capsized at a dock Thursday when passengers and well-wishers rushed aboard to escape a downpour. Officials said they feared more than 100 people had been trapped inside the ferry that lay on its side at the northern end of the lake. When two professional divers failed to puU any more bodies Saturday morning, naval authorities from the Rwandan town of Gisenyi just across the border ordered them to remove their gear and wet suits. The authorities found bun^ JIM'S PHARMACY dies of > Congolese franc notes tied to the divers' bodies with twine and suspended the search, Rwandan navy officer Firmin Elayingana said. Although Bayingana had said the divers would continue to look Jbr bodies under close supervision, they did not enter the water again and youths took over the grueling task. Migabo Dada Kafundwe, who had seen off her sister and two nieces on Thursday just before the ferry capsized, said Saturday she knew her sister had been carrying her money stuffed in a red bra, a common practice among (Congolese women who travel qri public transportation. She said she was startled to see the lira floating in the port Saturday. Later, the body of one of her n ieces floated to the surface, and she broke down. The private entrepreneurs involved, in the recovery and salvage operation said the ferry had been carrying h^indreds of foam mattresses, and that once water-logged, they blocked the exit from the ship's cabin. '11' vMn' r I 78£;;-827-4114 FREE DELIVERY 10% Cash & Carry Discount Medicaid Prescriptions Welcome Bob Randall / Jim Cram / Rod Smith Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m,-l :00 p.m. Saturday Toil Free: 1-800-794-2698 > SPRING CLEAN-UI*!! Free Landfill Pays The City of Salina is offering tlie moiUli of May as free residential trash drop-off at the municipal landfill for the residents of Saline County. Items that will NOT be accepted iis part of Die free landfill month are the following: • CommerciaL/Iiidustrial waste • Liquid waste • Motor vehicle wreckage • Storage tanks • Waste requiring special authorization from the Kansas Dei)arlment of Health & Environn\ent • Units such as refrigerators, freezers, dehumicJifiers, air conditioners, etc. that Jiave not had the freon evacuated in a projjer maiuier The Municipal Landfill is located at 4292 S. Burma Road and its operati!\g hours are Men. - Fri. 7:00 a.m. to •1:30 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Con\plele and provide Uie "J >"•" —• — •—«-••«• — •— — — —« attached coupon at U\e landfill. ' PHPP LAMUFILL I Each coupon is good for one | ^ . | free residential triisl\ drop-off • • Tlie coupon will not be I NAME: ' accepted after May ;il, 2001. I | For more information on "Free . • Landnil Days" contact the I ADDRESS*." ' MunicipiU I ^uinU at 826-739,i. i - i cused of abuses or drug trafficking. But they likely will be conducting joint anti-drug operations with Colombian counter- guerrilla battalions which have not undergone such scrutiny — and which have a reputation of T UNITED NATIONS maintaining covert links with the paramilitary United Self- Defense Forces of Colombia, which has been massacring suspected rebel collaborators. Under a brooding gray sky, the Green Berets — from the 7th Special Forces Group based in Fort Bragg, ,N.C. — watched their students stealthily approach a mock drug lab manned by "soldiers pretending to be rebels and peasant farmers who were processing coca leaves into cocaine. The bit of Hollywood theatrics was eerie, considering that not far from the perimeter of this huge base in southern Caqueta state there are real coca labs guarded by rebels. "We are troops of the coun- ternarcotics battalion! You are completely surrounded," shouted one of the Colombian soldiers after his squad had closed in. The U.S. trainers, clad in camouflage fatigues and wearing floppy "boonie" hats, said they try to instill "target discrimination" in their students, in the hope they will not blow away noncombatants in real action. Vote further strains relations with U.N. Just as U.S. terms with U.N. improve, a new crisis arises By The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — Just as the United Nations thought years of strained relations with the United States over unpaid dues were about to end, it's suddenly been confronted with a new crisis. The loss of the U.S. seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission jeopardizes the payment of Washington's multimillion dollar debt and could diminish U.S. support for the world body. "I am particularly concerned that the Congress will not understand that this was just a vote, and it doesn't reflect an overriding anti-U.S. sentiment in the U.N," said William Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the United States. "It's a vote that can be reversed next year," he said. "I am afraid though, that this reflects that New York and the U.N. are enemy territory and why should we do things like pay our dues." The House is scheduled to vote this coming week on an $8.2 billion State Department authorization bill that contains. $582 million in back dues for the United Nations — long a contentious issue in Congress. The bill also intludes $67 million to rejoin UNESCO 17 years after the United States left over concerns about political polarization and mismanagement. Many conservatives in Washington are already deeply critical of the United Nations, and some members of Congress are demanding payments be withheld. Congressman Benjamin Oilman, R-N.Y, who formerly chaired the House International Relations Committee, said there's "a real possibility" the payment could be blocked. The United States, which has been a member of the top U.N. human rights body since it was established in 1947, lost its seat in a secret ballot by the U.N. Economic and Social Council at U.N. headquarters in New York Thursday France, Austria and Sweden were chosen for the three spots allocated to Western countries. It was all the more galling to many Americans because countries with poor rights records, including Sudan and Togo, were voted onto the commission. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed hope that the United Nations as an institution would not be blamed for the decision, though he conceded it may take some explaining to lawmakers in Washington. If Congress doesn't pay the U.S. arrears, "then we get into a vicious circle of recriminations," Luers said. There was much speculation as to why the United States lost its seat. In the corridors at the United Nations, diplomats and U.N. officials said the United States didn't lobby hard enough. The absence of a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for nearly four months exacerbated the problem, they said. Mother's Day Gifts 3RD STREET FLOWERS 785-263-0440 105 N.W.3rd/Abaene "How, Then, Shall We Live?" * Wayne Muller is a therapist, public speaker, minister and author of How. Then. Shall We Live? which examines four simple questions that reveal our natural, inner abundance and liberate our ability to be joyfully kind and helpful in our families and community. Wayne has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, PBS and CNN. Experience the wonder of Wayne Mullerl An evening with Wayne Muller Monday, May 7th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth Free to the community Child care available Call CAPS at 825-4493

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