The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 18, 1997
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A8 SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1997 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNALJ V ZAIRE Another Mobutu Dictator's son stays, reportedly settling scores Diehl Construction Underground Tank Removal & Demolition (913) 823-7800 Safijta Custom Computerized Embroidery & Monogrammmg '.SViv/f N///I Thread! 252-B S. Santa Fe • Salina • 825-4055 • 800-282-4055 By HOWARD W. FRENCH The Ntw York Times KINSHASA, Zaire — The morning after Zaire's longtime dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, abandoned power on Friday, it became apparent that he had left behind a surrogate who was ready to act where he was not. In a night filled with violent score-settling in the Zairian capital, one name more than any other was on the lips of Zairian officers and foreign military analysts who struggled to sort rumor from fact and keep a tally on the bloodletting, and it, too, was Mobutu. Well after President Mobutu's departure, his youngest son, Capt. Mobutu Kongulu, 27, an officer in the Presidential Guard, sought to rally other guardsmen in a last- ditch attempt to stave off a rebel capture of Kinshasa and avenge his father's defeat, Zairian officers said Saturday. From the moment he learned of his father's decision to leave power, they said, he plotted how to punish those he felt had abandoned the president. On Friday night, Captain Mobutu was seen entering the military camp where his father kept his final Kinshasa residence. Moments later, the army chief of staff and defense minister, Gen. Mahele Lioko, was shot in the head and killed. Mahele's associates said that T MIDEAST The Associated Press Mobutu Kongulu, the son of Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko arrives in Brazzaville, Congo, Saturday from Kinshasa, Zaire. word had leaked out that he was planning to travel to Lusaka, Zambia, Saturday to negotiate a cease- fire with the rebels and that Captain Mobutu had decided to prevent it. Later that night, witnesses said, Captain Mobutu arrived with several jeep-loads of presidential guards at the Inter-Continental Hotel. While the captain waited outside, the witnesses said, the guardsmen entered the hotel in search of people who had reportedly encouraged negotiations with Palestinians say U.S. must be more involved By The Associated Press JERUSALEM — The Palestinian Cabinet warned Saturday that violence would resume in the West Bank and Gaza Strip unless the United States forced Israel to stop building new Jewish settlements. A statement issued after a four- hour Cabinet meeting said the relative calm of recent weeks could not survive a further stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — a deadlock the United States has been unable to break. In the West Bank town of Nablus, thousands of Islamic militants cheered and whistled as a dozen would-be suicide bombers covered in fake blood marched behind white coffins, chanting "We are the death-seekers." Leaders of the militant group Hamas told the crowd that only violent resistance, not negotiations, would halt Jewish settlement construction. The show of force by Hamas comes one day after President Clinton's Mideast envoy, Dennis Ross, left the region without any prospects that the peace talks, which have been deadlocked for two months, would resume. The Palestinians blamed Ross for not aggressively tackling the issue of new housing construction. Senior Palestinian officials said the U.S. envoy acted like a messenger, rather than an envoy determined to exert pressure and get results. The Palestinian Cabinet meeting began late Friday, following talks between Ross and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. In a statement, the Cabinet said that unless the Americans made a quick effort to stop settlement construction, "the peace process will be doomed." Ml tapp D.C. Natural Healthy Relief HEALING ARTS CENTER 1301 E. 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