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THE MORNING CALL, THURSDAY, JULY 16, 1992 A3 Pope doing well after umbr suirgeiry Mandela asks ffoir U.W. heDp South Africa situation 'critical' i I I'. By ALAN COWELL Of The New York Times By SETH FAISON Of The New York Times Nelson Mandela government talks deadlocked ROME In an operation lasting almost four hours and marked by secrecy, doctors excised a large but benign tumor from Pope John Paul II's intestine and removed his gallbladder early yesterday. The pope was said to have "tolerated the operation well" but is expected to remain in the hospital for about 10 days to recover. As the surgery began just after dawn yesterday, Vatican officials declined to even acknowledge that it was occurring, heightening the sense of worry that many of the world's 980 million Roman Catholics have felt about the 72-year-old pope since lie entered Gemelli hospital here last Sunday complaining of stomach pains. Dr. Corrado Manni, the anesthetist on the team of five doctors, said, "We removed a tumor as big as an orange." Manni added that the pope's body responded to the surgery "not like a 72-year-old but like a 20-year-old." Joaquin Navarro-Vails, the director of the Vatican press office, who is also a medical doctor, said biopsies before and during the operation had established that the tumor was benign, but further tests would be made on the tumor to confirm the diagnosis. Hospital officials said a second operation was now unlikely, despite some earlier fears that the surgery yesterday would turn out to be exploratory. Navarro-Vails said the tumor measured 2 to 3 inches long. The pope had said Mass alone in his four-room hospital suite shortly before the surgery, the spokesman said. The medical bulletin said the pope's gallbladder was removed because of stones. The gallbladder operation is not unusual and does not normally prevent those who have undergone from regular activity. At a news conference, Navarro-Vails sought to dispel suggestions that the growth in the pope's intestines might have contained cancerous cells, saying it was "confirmed 100 percent" that the tumor was benign. Navarro-Valls said the Pope still planned to go ahead with a trip to the Dominican Republic in October to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christianity there. locked. South Africa has said it would welcome an envoy from the United Nations. "An extremely critical situation has arisen," said Mandela, who has blamed the government for complicity in the killing last month of more than 40 blacks at Boipatong, a township about 35 miles south of Johannesburg. "We have been confronted with an escalating cycle of violence." Mandela, perhaps as much a hero in the United States today as he was during his triumphant visit in June 1990, only months after he was released after 27 years as a political prisoner, decided not to step into the spotlight by accepting an invitation to appear at the Democratic National Convention. Apparently eager to project an image of concern for South African rather than American politics, he said at a midday news conference that his priorities lay at the United Nations. But he met the Democratic presidential nominee-to-be, Gov. Bill Clinton, for more than an hour yesterday morning, and said afterward that he had been assured of Vatican officials had said earlier that they would UNITED NATIONS Nelson Mandela, addressing a special session of the Security Council, called yesterday for diplomatic intervention by the United Nations to stop the rising violence in South Africa's black townships and to re-open negotiations over the country's tense political future. Accusing the government of abandoning its moves toward democratic rule, Mandela appealed to the United Nations to send a special representative to South Africa to report on the situation. Former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, who has been a U.N. envoy in the civil war in Yugoslavia, has discussed with Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali the possibility of going to South Africa, but he said yesterday that nothing was certain. Mandela, who is president of the African National Congress, suggested that only a permanent presence by U.N. monitors could avert the political crisis that has left his talks with the government dead- announce the surgery in advance and declined to say why they had reversed this decision. A joint statement, finally issued by the Vatican Clinton's support. But he did not endorse Clinton's candidacy. At the United Nations, Mandela's was warmly welcomed and his 30-minute speech was followed by a long procession of speakers from other countries. One after another they condemned South Africa's legacy of apartheid, and between speeches many went up to shake Mandela's hand. South Africa once routinely snubbed U.N. proceedings, despite its standing as a charter member. But yesterday it sent its foreign minister, Roelof F. Botha, who sat just across from Mandela at the mouth of the Security Council's horseshoe-shaped table. Botha is to speak today, as is Chief Mangosu-thu Gatsha Buthelezi, head of Inka-tha, which is the main political rival to the ANC. and the hospital, said, "The operation was radical and curative because the lesion was of a benign nature." After doctors called the operation a success. Msgr. Domenico De Luca, the protocol chief at the Vatican, said, "The whole of the Christian and Catholic world breathed a sigh of relief." The medical bulletin said: "The Holy Father tol erated the operation well. It began at 6:25 and ended at 10:15. His regaining consciousness took place fairly rapidly. His cardiocirculatory, respiratory, hematological and metabolic functions have constantly remained within the norms." wf -c-i xi writes a I M'mm i. I J- East bakes; Dndliana floocGedl The Mississinewa River at Mari day in Maryland and Virginia. Temperatures also were around 100 yesterday in the desert Southwest, but with much lower humidity. A homeless man died of a heat stroke Tuesday in Hampton, after collapsing on a street, hospital officials said. The temperature was near 100 at the time. A woman died in Newport News, after being found unconscious in her home, where the indoor temperature was near 100. A 63-year-old man died in Columbus, of hyperthermia Monday, Muscogee County deputy coroner Nancy Brown said. The man had all of his windows and doors shut, officials said. The Associated Press Flooding stranded about 1,000 people in a mobile home park yesterday in storm-drenched Indiana, and a heat wave blamed for at least five deaths gripped the East Coast. Thunderstorms whipped the Plains with wind up to 100 mph. Tuesday, tornadoes touched down in Indiana, Michigan, Florida and Connecticut. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for rivers in central and northeastern Indiana after the latest wave of thunderstorms. Storms dumped 2 inches of rain Tuesday at Goshen, and 2 inches at Bluffton and Lafayette. on began receding yesterday after cresting more than 5 feet above flood stage during the morning, the weather service said. Flood warnings also were issued for the Maumee River around Fort Wayne, which was still rising after 3.5 inches of rain fell overnight. Flood stage there is 15 feet; the river was expected to reach 19.5 feet this morning. Hot, sticky weather dominated the East Coast, with the heat index a discomfort index calculated from the temperature and humidity going past 100 from Georgia to Virginia. Actual temperatures were mostly in the 90s, but topped 100 Tues- Associated Press Fran Leitel, above left, walks amid the rubble of her son's home hit by a tornado in Kendallville, Ind. Above, Oavette Henson sits with her children in their home, damaged by the same tornado. U.S. to Iraq: Relent on inspection U.N. team locked in Baghdad stalemate WASHINGTON (AP) The United States demanded yesterday that Iraq permit U.N. inspectors to look at ballistic missiles documents at its ministry of agriculture in Baghdad or risk unspecified consequences. "The United States is determined to see that Iraq meets all its international obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolution 687," Richard Boucher, a State Department spokesman, said. The inspectors have been in a standoff with President Saddam Hussein's government since July 5 over access to the building. Iraq stepped up its confrontation with the United Nations yesterday, demanding the annulment of all resolutions adopted against the Baghdad government after it invaded Kuwait. In a letter from Foreign Minister Ahmed Hussein to U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Bou-tros-Ghali, Iraq claimed that it had already met its obligations under the resolutions. Boucher said that "by continuing this type of violation, the Iraqi government thus is putting at risk the cease-fire that concluded Operation Desert Storm." The statement implied a readiness by the United States and its coalition partners to consider a renewal of military action against Saddam, but Boucher declined to be drawn out. He said Secretary of State James A. Baker III told Boutros-Ghali in a telephone conversation Tuesday evening that "Iraq must not be allowed to flout the authority of the Security Council and violate the requirements of the international community as expressed in the resolutions of the Security Council." One of the conditions for the cease-fire was that Iraq unconditionally open its facilities to U.N. inspectors searching for evidence of its production of weapons of mass destruction. Boucher, meanwhile, said the United States was not alone in demanding that Iraq comply with the inspection resolution. "It's the Security Council as a whole that sees this as a very material and an unacceptable breach," he said. Iraq's latest demand threatens to deepen its confrontation with the council. Baghdad accepted all terms of the cease-fire resolution that ended the Gulf War, including recognition of Kuwait's independence and compensation for war victims. Iraq must meet all requirements before an international trade embargo can be lifted. But the Security Council accuses Iraq of withholding information about its weapons of mass destruction, which it is obligated to provide under the cease-fire resolution. On Tuesday, Iraq virtually rejected a U.N. plan to sell $1.6 billion of its oil. It also said it would boycott a meeting yesterday at the 1 United Nations headquarters in New York to complete an agreement on demarcating its border with Kuwait Earlier this year, Iraq angrily rejected a U.N. demarca- tion of the Kuwait-Iraq border, which gives chunks of previously Iraqi territory to Kuwait. Iraq's foreign minister said yesterday that his government had met its obligations and that "the maintenance of the embargo -against Iraq has therefore lost its meaning, and it is henceforth no more than a simple matter of inflicting harm on a great, proud and noble oeoDle." The deaths of two elderly men Tuesday in Philadelphia also were blamed on the heat, authorities said yesterday. On the Plains, a thunderstorm packing gusts estimated at more than 100 mph whipped through rural Chase, destroying five buildings worth more than $50,000 at one farm. U.N. official says Serbs block relief effort By JOHN DANISZEWSKI Of The Associated Press IT-V: mm 0 -1 3 rj. v. rj Redmond said the United Nations is trying to organize an international conference to discuss the need for more countries to take in refugees. Peter Kessler, a U.N. refugee official in Sarajevo, said officials of Karadzic's Serbian Democratic Party had been "completely uncooperative" in talks with the United Nations aimed at relieving Gorazde's plight. Kessler said no food had reached Gorazde since April and the United Nations wanted to mount a relief operation quickly. A U.N. airlift to Sarajevo has brought 2,200 tons of food and medicine on more than 200 flights since June 29 to the Bosnian capital, now blockaded by Serb troops for four months. About 1,200 U.N. peacekeepers are guarding Sarajevo's airport to keep that lifeline open, but several European officials want a land corridor established to bolster the relief effort. In an effort to tighten the U.N. trade embargo against Serbia and Montenegro, the remaining republics in Yugoslavia, NATO said its warships would begin patrolling the Adriatic Sea today. The warships, including the U.S. Navy frigate Jack Williams, will not stop cargo vessels but will keep watch for ships that might be carrying banned goods to Yugoslavia. Serbia's government is blamed with backing the Serb nationalists in Bosnia. Thousands have been killed since the republic's majority Muslims and Croats voted for independence Feb. 29, setting off attacks by the Serbs. The Spanish newspaper El Pais said yesterday that 200 Spanish legionnaires and paratroopers were naming for use in an operation to open a road from the Croatian Dort of Solit to Saraievo. WHCV'Xat SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina U.N. officials accused Serb militias yesterday of thwarting attempts to get emergency food supplies to tens of thousands of people trapped in the besieged Bosnian town of Gorazde. Serb fighters continued attacking Gorazde with tank guns, rockets and other heavy weapons obtained from the Yugoslav army, the Bosnian government's BH Press agency said. Croatia radio reported late yesterday that 32 people had been killed and 130 wounded in the past 24 hours around Bosnia-Herzegovina. Up to 70,000 people, including 50,000 Muslim refugees from other towns, were believed trapped in Gorazde, the last holdout against Serb forces sweeping through eastern Bosnia. The European Community demanded an immediate end to the Serb attacks. Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic asked the United Nations to mount an emergency airlift of food to Gorazde, an ethnically mixed town about 30 miles southeast of Sarajevo. Leaders of Bosnia's warring factions met individually with EC mediator Lord Carrington in London yesterday. The ultranationalist leader of Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, pledged to guarantee the safety of relief supplies shipped to Bosnia by air or by road. He also offered a cease-fire. I But Bosnia's Muslim foreign minister, Haris Silajdzic, refused to meet with Karadzic. "I am not prepared to sit with child killers. Never!" he said. Qurington said after meeting with Croat leader Mate Boban that the three Bos- Associated Press Birds scatter and a motorist flinches as a mortar round hits an apartment building in the Sarajevo neighborhood of Mejtas. nian community leaders would continue talking last night, communicating indirectly by relaying messages through Portuguese diplomat Jose Cutileiro. He said Boban had reiterated his support for the negotiations, "He also told me he has not declared an independent republic, Croatian republic in Bosnia, but wished the boundaries to remain and for there to be a Bosnian state." Bosnian radio accused Boban and Karadzic yesterday of having agreed to "divide spheres of interest" in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Belgrade-based Tanjug news agency In Belgrade, about 2,000 people encircled the Yugoslav Parliament to protest persecution of Croat and Hungarian minorities in Serbia by extreme nationalists. They tied yellow ribbons around their arms to show solidarity with victims of "ethnic cleansing," drawing a link to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. At the Geneva headquarters of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, spokesman Ron Redmond said the agency had reports that 25,000 Bosnian Muslims crossed into Croatia near Slavonski Brod in the past four days. He said it appeared they were victims of the ethnic cleansing oolicv.

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