The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1997 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1997 A5 V ZAIRE Mobutu hands over power, leaves Zairian president ends his 32-year rule, gives power to government By TINA SUSMAN The Associated Press KINSHASA, Zaire — With rebels closing in and his own generals abandoning him, President Mobutu Sese Seko handed power to the shaky remains of his government and slipped out of the capital Friday, reportedly headed for exile abroad. The move effectively ended the nearly 32-year rule of Mobutu, who long maintained close ties with the United States while reaping a personal fortune from Zaire's vast mineral riches. The dictator's furtive departure left the capital's dispirited defenders likely to melt away before the rebel army massed outside the city. Rebel leaders said their troops intended to push on to Kinshasa — the last obstacle to their total control of Zaire. Some Mobutu allies, including the head of his presidential guard, were fleeing by boat to neighboring Congo. The rebel alliance, headed by Laurent Kabila, has vowed to The Associated Press Zalrlan President Mobutu Sese Seko listens to a statement Thursday at a press conference In Libreville, Gabony. The statement, signed by leaders of several African countries, calls on Zalrlan Armed Forces to prepare the country for elections and said the president was too III to contest the vote. clean up corruption in Zaire and establish democracy, but Kabila has resisted calls for quick elections, and his troops have been accused of massacring Rwandan refugees during their march across the country. "We ask our population in all the country — specifically in Kinshasa — to stay in their houses, to be calm and not to do anything to jeopardize the situation in Kinshasa," rebel Foreign Minister Bizima Karaha said. A government statement, read hastily by Mobutu's information minister at a news conference, asserted that Mobutu retained the title of president and that the government still assumed responsibility for defending the capital, maintaining order and negotiating with the rebel alliance. But it said that as for the president, "Mr. Mobutu has decided to leave the capital, leaving to the government the responsibility of conducting national policy. ... On a practical level, the head of state has stopped all involvement in the affairs of state." The government said the constitution prevented Mobutu from turning over power directly to Kabila. But rebel foreign minister Karaha, speaking in the rebel capital of Lubumbashi, rejected that reasoning, and demanded an unconditional surrender. "Their constitution ... does not actually exist in this country," he said. The rebels "reject categorically those declarations of those irresponsible people in Kinshasa who do not want anything else than to see bloodshed in the capital, and they will be responsible for what might happen in that city." The 66-year-old Mobutu, who V MIDEAST U.S. envoy fails to get breakthrough Ross' mission fails; Israelis fire missiles at guerrilla bases By The Associated Press JERUSALEM — The latest Mideast peace shuttle by President Clinton's envoy ended in failure Friday, and the Palestinians accused the United States of doing nothing to stop Jewish settlement expansion on disputed land. The envoy, Dennis Ross, held two unexpected, last-minute meetings Friday evening with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but no breakthrough was achieved and Ross said he would go home. Nabil Shaath, a Palestinian negotiator, said the Americans were too laid-back and uninformed on the issue of Israeli construction on land that the Palestinians want for a future state. "What Mr. Ross needs to do is get on a helicopter, and go around the territories and see the land that is being stolen for (Israeli) settlement purposes," Shaath said before Ross held talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank town of Nablus. Only a day earlier, Arafat had snubbed Ross amid complaints the U.S. envoy was not pushing the Israelis hard enough to freeze Israeli construction. The Palestinians criticized Ross for simply acting as a messenger between the sides. Ross also met Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But it appeared that session did not yield concessions that might serve as a basis for restarting talks with the Palestinians. Israelis rocket guerrilla bases Israeli warplanes fired missiles at guerrilla bases in southern Lebanon on Friday after pro-Iranian fighters killed three Israeli soldiers and wounded seven others in night long clashes, officials said. Two guerrillas were killed .in the fighting in the southern Bekaa Valley, a guerrilla spokesman said. T TURKEY Turkey fortifies troops in Iraq, battles Kurds By The Associated Press HABUR, Turkey — Turkish jets bombed Kurdish rebel camps in northern Iraq on Friday and soldiers skirmished with the rebels, while signs emerged that Turkey was gearing up for a long-term military campaign. On the offensive's third day, thick black smoke rose over the Bikhary mountains, and the sound of Turkish artillery pounding Kurdish positions could be heard at the border town of Habur. The official Anatolia agency put the number of bombing raids at 30 Friday. Iraq again denounced the incursion and demanded a withdrawal of forces. The Iraqi Parliament said the military action violates the principles of "good neighbor!!ness," international law and the ^U.N. charter, according to the official Iraqi news agency. Truck convoys shuttled food, ammunition, mattresses, tele- • phone poles and construction material across the border, suggest- ing that the Turkish army planned an extended stay. Military officials "have been talking about staying for the summer," said a local official at Silopi, a border town a few miles from Habur. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Last fall, Turkey had plans to establish a buffer zone inside Iraq to keep rebels from the Kurdistan Worker's Party away. It never materialized, and it was not clear if that was the military's objective now. BAD JOKES Oldie and Moldie or new-but not quite blue (with our quality chromatic copies we can't go off-color too!) For personalized (and over-groan) humor, please call ahead. 131 South 4th • i-soo-827-Om Your Friend In Time Of Need As a member of the community since 1906, the Geisendorf Rush-Smith family understands the importance of caring and respect. 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