The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 11, 1997
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1997 AS LEBANON Papal influence Pope's visit accepted by all sides in Lebanon By DANIEL J. WAKIN The Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon — Pope John Paul II brought a message of reconciliation to war-shattered Lebanon on Saturday, urging the Lebanese to for( give the wrongs of years of strife between Muslims and Christians. ; Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of ; Beirut to see the pope ride by in his glass-enclosed ; popemobile, past buildings still shattered by artillery and pocked by bullets from Lebanon's 197590 civil war. In the crowd were Christian students in T- shirts, Muslim women in veils and old men in flowing Arab headdresses. Some wailed. Others chanted "Baba, Baba" — Arabic for pope. Onlookers showered the pope with rice and rose water, a traditional Arab welcome. , "You are now the image of hope for all the ,' Lebanese people," President Elias Hrawi told the pontiff upon his arrival at the airport. There, John Paul spoke of the many who "died in vain" during Lebanon's war, which grew out of the conflicts arising when Muslims became a majority in the traditionally Christian land. The war killed about 150,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more. "That period, which has happily come to an end, is still present in everyone's memory and has left many scars on people's hearts," John Paul said. The warm reception for what was the pope's first visit reflected a broad acceptance of the trip by virtually all Lebanese factions, from hard-line - Christian to the militant Muslim Hezbollah. Later Saturday, the 76-year-old John Paul met with young people in a prayer service at Harissa, 17 miles north of Beirut and site of a sanctuary _, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. < John Paul was greeted with a cheering, rock- concert-style enthusiasm he has not seen for a long time from a crowd. The government estimated the turnout at more than 20,000. As Christians, John Paul told the young people, they have a special duty to be "a luminous example" of reconciliation. The crowd interrupted with cries of "Liberty, The Associated Press Pope John Paul II rides his popemobile past a war-torn building Saturday In downtown Beirut, Lebanon. liberty," to demand freedom for Lebanon, which is occupied by both Syrian and Israeli troops. Some waved pictures of Samir Geagea, a jailed Christian militia leader, and Gen. Michel Aoun, who led a battle against Syria's control in Lebanon but wound up in exile. His remarks to the young people echoed his message to the crowd that greeted him at the airport, where the pope urged the Lebanese to commit themselves to "peace, reconciliation and fraternal life" by showing "forgiveness and by working in the service of the national community." T ZAIRE Zaire's president back in capital Mobutu returns ready to discuss handing power to rebel leader By The Associated Press KINSHASA, Zaire — Ending speculation he was fleeing into exile, President Mobutu Sese Seko returned to his capital Saturday reportedly prepared to discuss a handover of power with rebel leader Laurent Kabila. Mobutu, 66 and ill with prostate cancer, agreed to discuss a transition of power in a meeting with Kabila on Wednesday in Pointe Noire, Congo, said South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, whose country has been acting as a mediator in Zaire's war. Kabila's forces have seized three-fourths of Zaire and claim to be within 30 miles of Kinshasa, the capital. With Kabila's fighters closing in, Mobutu had left the country Copiers for Business including fax machines, multifunctional, color, digital products & supplies for a summit of regional leaders in Gabon on Wednesday, raising questions about whether he was giving up and heading into exile. Instead, Mobutu returned, and agreed to a second round of face- to-face talks with Kabila to try to end the war. "The meeting should conclude these negotiations. The substantial questions, the principal questions, must be resolved on Wednesday," said Mbeki, who met with Mobutu earlier Saturday in Libreville, Congo. "Those questions involve the transition; President Mobutu's place." It was uncertain whether Mobutu was willing to make any concessions to move peace talks out of their current stalemate. Mobutu said nothing, staying out of sight once he landed in Kinshasa under extraordinary security that underscored the government's concerns about the rebel threat. - • O? Paul Caron Agent DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS 118E. Iron/Salina, KS Xerox®, The Document Company® IXeroxS and the Btytoed X are Iredemaite ol XEROX CORPORATION. 11:30 am to 7:00 pm Brunch 11:30 to 2:00 pm Featuring Steak & Eggs • Eggs Benedict • Omelets & More! Dinner 11:30 to 7:00 pm Special Feature Just For Mothers... 3 PC. 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The ANSA news agency said one of the men said he couldn't remember anything. The ninth man, Giuseppe Sega- to, refused to answer questions. "I'm the ambassador of the Most Serene Republic of Veneto," the 43-year-old Segato declared when he was arrested, the ANSA news agency reported. "That's what they call me." It said Segato has devoted his life to the study of the former Venetian republic, one of Europe's major economic powers for nearly 1,000 years. Like the separatists' phantom city-state, the real one styled itself "The Most Serene Republic." Segato, whose name was found in the pocket of a suspect, mythol- ogized the Venetian republic in several books he published. LET'S GO SWIMMING £$ Swimming pool design and construction for over 44 years. Featuring: • Safety Ledge • Brick & Tile Trim • Waterfalls & Fountains Call now for SPECIAL pricing. 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