Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 27, 1987 · Page 9
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•THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,1987- Sen. Wilson says Bork successor r world could be even more conservative ANAHEIM (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson predicted Saturday that if Congress rejects Jus- dee Robert Bork for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Reagan's next nominee will be even more conservative. In other events at the California Republican Party Convention, Gov. George Deukmejian said he will appoint a new state treasurer "sometime in October" and predicted, without discussing any individuals, that the candidates he is considering should be able to win confirmation from the Democratic-controlled , Legislature. The Republican governor also said his politi- , cal supporters are still sharply divided over a bill awaiting his signature or veto to replace the controversial Southern California Rapid Transit District with a new agency. If deficit is reduced And the failure of the convention to attract the hoped-for panel of presidential contenders — with only Sen. Bob Dole expected for a brief appearance—renewed the party debate over an earlier primary for California. But Deukmejian repeated his arguments that the cost is not justified. In a keynote address to the three-day gathering of California's Republican leaders, Wilson said he intends to vote to confirm Bork's nomination and predicted Bork would be confirmed by "a very close margin." He praised Bork as "someone who has given distinguished service to this country" and described him as well-qualified but controversial because "he's popped off a great deal, and it's coming back to haunt him." But, Wilson said, while many of Bork's writ- Support for U.S. dollar pledged ten articles and continents have been controversial, they do not diminish from his qualifications, adding that if Bork is rejected by the Senate, President Reagan's next nominee will be even more conservative, but not as controversial. "I predict Robert Bork will win (confirmation) ... and we the people will win ... but by a very narrow margin, maybe one or two or three votes," Wilson said, conceding that mail to his office is running strongly against Bork. While Deukmejian said he planned to name a successor to fill the post of the late state Treasurer Jesse Unruh next month, he said he would not take advantage of a quirk in the confirmation law which would limit the Legislature to just one or two days to act on his appointment if it is made during the first week of October. FAA warns WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's largest economic democracies on Saturday renewed an eight-month-old agreement designed to hold the U.S. dollar steady against other major currencies; With the dollar relatively stable in recent months, finance ministers from seven nations agreed to take "appropriate actions as necessary" to achieve the goals of the currency stabilization pact reached last February in Paris, according to participants. The announcement by President Reagan that he would sign a bill calling for $23 billion in deficit- reduction steps in the upcoming U.S. fiscal year was singled out for praise in a communique issued by the seven nations after a closed-door meeting at the Treasury Department Reagan's announcement, made in his regular Saturday radio address, came as Treasury Secretary James A. Baker HI and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan met with their counterparts from Japan, West Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada to plot economic coordination. "I think it s very encouraging that the cooperation between the western countries, inclnding Japan, is increasing," said Jean-Maxim* Leveque, chairman of the French bank Credit Lyonnais. It has led to a much more stable situation in the foreign exchange markets." "On balance, it looks like things will be stable on the foreign exchange market;for a while," said economist Michael K. Evans. He said the action, together with Reagan's decision to sign the deficit-reduction measure, would combine to help keep the dollar steady, and even might prop it up slightly when markets open on Monday. The Paris agreement called for coordinated steps to be taken by the governments to keep the dollar from falling further against other major currencies. The agreement also called for the United States and its major economic allies to take coordinated steps to keep the dollar within a series of target ranges with regard to other major currencies — particularly the West German mark and the Japanese yen. The specific ranges have never been publicly disclosed. In Saturday's communique, the group said that current exchange rates are "within ranges broadly consistent with underlying economic fundamentals." It was 1 the first meeting of the so-called "Group of Seven" since the economic summit last June in Venice and came at the beginning of the annual meeting of the 151-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. The renewal of the agreement, at least for the next few months, had been widely predicted by analysts in advance 1 of Saturday's meeting. The finance officials said in their statement that they were "pleased with the exchange rate stability which has been achieved and which has benefited their (the seven nations') policies and performance."The statement called recent reductions in tne U.S. budget: deficit "a very positive step." airlines of possible retaliation Poindexter retiring, but not with old rank WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan's former national security adviser. Rear Adm. John M. Poindexter, will be allowed to retire •from active.duty on Oct. 1 but not rwith the>faigher rank he once held, 'the Navy says. ! ; The service, in a statement, said Friday that Secretary James H. Webb had decided to withhold approval for Poindexter to retire at the grade of vice admiral "pending resolution of the investigation now being conducted by the (Iran- Contra) independent counsel." The service said Webb approved Poindexter's request to retire Oct. 1 but as a rear admiral, the'rank to •which he was demoted after he resigned from the White House last November. The reduction in rank ; came in March because his new • Pentagon job was designated for a lower-ranking officer. , Poindexter, 51, resigned the (White House job following initial : disclosures that money from the ] Reagan administration's arms sales { to Iran had been diverted to Nicra- gua's Contra rebels. Although Poindexter maintained the rank of vice admiral while at the White House, Webb concluded "it would be premature and inappropriate to n lake any recommendation or decision based upon that! service prior to resolution of the investigation," the Navy said. l Efforts to reach Poindexter for comment Friday were unsuccessful. His wife, reached at their home, said the admiral was not taking calls from the press. Poindexter asked to retire from active duty late last month, with a friend saying he wanted to leave the service "with his head held high" and before any Iran-Contra indictments were returned. At the time, Pentagon sources disclosed that Poindexter was seeking to retire with the three-star rank of vice admiral rather than the two- star rear admiral's rank. During the congressional hearings to investigate the affair, Poindexter testified he kept Reagan in the dark about the diversion of Iranian arms-sales profits to the U.S.-backed Contras. He also said he destroyed a presidential document authorizing the Iranian arms sales as a weapons-for-hostages transaction, fearing political embarrassment if it should become public. According to the Navy, a two- star rear admiral with 29 years of service such as Poindexter can retire with a pension of $52,764 a year. A three-star vice admiral with the same amount of service can receive $53.016 annually. Normally, a military officer cannot retire at a higher rank unless he held that rank for at least three years. It is not unusual, however, for senior generals and admirals to have that rule waived at the discretion of the president and (he Senate. In Poindexter's case, however, sources said Friday that Webb had stepped in and refused to recommend to the president that his former aide be allowed to retire now with the higher rank. Poindexter is serving as a special assistant to the chief of naval operations for long-range planning. DALLAS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration issued a security alert to U.S airlines warning of a possible terrorist retaliations following the Persian Gulf incident earlier this week, officials said. The alert, distributed Wednesday and affecting both domestic and .international flights, was "based on information our people have gotten from several sources," regional FAA spokesman Fred Ferrar said Friday. "The alert is to remind airlines about what had happened (in the Gulf) and to inform them of possible retaliation," Ferrar told the Dallas Times Herald. "The alert was to warn them that they might be the target" Earlier this week, an Iranian ship carrying mines was crippled by U.S. helicopters. Three Iranians •were killed, two were missing and 26 were detained. In a speech Wednesday at the United Nations, Iranian President Ali Khamenei vowed retaliation and said Iran's response "will not be limited to the Persian Gulf." The warning to U.S. airlines came'from the civil aviation, or intelligence division, of the FAA. It applies to U.S airlines and to all flights by U.S. carriers, domestic and international routes, Ferrar said. Asked if an actual threat had been made against U.S. airlines, Ferrar said: "I can't go beyond what I've said." Contras say they downed choppers TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Nicaraguan rebels said on Saturday their fighters in northern Nicaragua .shot down two Soviet-made assault helicopters used by the Sandinista army, '/cilling all 16 aboard. An officer of the Nicaraguan Defense Ministry on Friday acknowledged losing one helicopter and said there was no word on casulties. The Nicaraguan Resistance, the rebel coalition, said in a •statement released in theHonduran capital of Tegucigalpa that the Mi-24 helicopters*were shot down Friday by missiles. MIA remains being held LOS ANGELES (AP)—The premier of Cambodia says his country holds the remains of missing U.S. servicemen killed during the Vietnam war and is willing to release them, a newspaper reported Saturday. "We have the remains and we have the name tags," Premier Hun Sen told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Saturday. "We are prepared to release them on the basis of humanitarianism," he said. Hun Sen said he didn't have an exact count of the remains, but said there were "quite a number" and more were being sought "The numbers will not be a disappointment... about the same as you get from Vietnam each, time," he said. S. African torture denounced HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — About 500 civil rights activists from 30 countries Saturday denounced the purported systematic brutalization of children detained in South Africa. The four-day conference published a communique urging the international community to tighten economic sanctions on South Africa to force it to abolish apartheid. Several youngsters told delegates they were detained for alleged opposition to the government and tortured and held in solitary confinement in South African prisons and police cells. Some said their teeth were beaten out. Others said they suffered electric shocks. Bush meets with Polish leaders WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Vice President George Bush met Saturday with Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski as he began a four-day visit to Poland with a declaration that he would seek to promote freedom in a way that does not "disrupt or divide" the communist country. "We seek only to play a constructive role in bringing about the national reconciliation that everyone in Poland desires and to promote the cause of freedom," said Bush, the highest- ranking American official lo visit this nation in a decade. Food urgently needed in Ethiopia NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) —The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Saturday that Ethiopia will experience severe food shortages in 1988 and appealed for immediate international aid to avoid famine deaths. In a statement released in Nairobi, the U.N. agency said "it was now inevitable that there would be a serious failure of main cereal harvests" in most of Ethiopia. "The immediate task is to avoid widespread suffering and deaths in coming months," the statement said. "Urgent action is needed on the part of the international community." Ethiopia on Sept 5 requested 950,000 metric tons in emergency food aid for 1988 because of a severe drought. On Friday, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced it was sending 115,000 metric tons of food to Ethiopia. NO PAPER? The Circulation Department of the Ukiah Daily Journal is open from 8am- 7pm Monday-Friday and 7am-10am Sunday Morning. 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