Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 3, 1987 · Page 12
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12 -MONDAY, AUGUSTS, 19S7 •THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Sri Lanka accord in trouble COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An accord aimed at ending the four-year Tamil civil war was put in jeopardy today as the largest Tamil militia refused to even begin turning over its weapons by the deadline. Government and military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tamil rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran would not order his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to turn over their weapons. The government had planned to fly foreign reporters to Tamil- dominated Jaffna Peninsula today for a ceremony to mark the start of the rebel arms surrender. It postponed the trip until Tuesday. The 3:30 p.m. (6 a.m. EOT) deadline — originally set for all arms to be surrendered by the rebels —passed with the project not even begun. Cold drizzle The military source said the 33-year-old Prabhakaran apparently backed out of a surrender because he wanted more time to talk to rebel commanders in the war-torn northern and eastern provinces. The source had no details. It appeared earlier that Prabha- karan' s Sunday night return to Sri Lanka signaled that India had worked out a scheme for the Tigers to give up their guns. Tamil sources in Madras in southern India, where the Tigers and other rebel groups have exile headquarters, said Prabhakaran had agreed to give up rebel guns under an assurance he would have power in an interim government over Tamil areas. Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi announced Sunday in Madras, south India, that Prabhakaran had agreed to surrender the weapons after nine days of negotiations with Indian officials in New Delhi. The peace accord was signed Wednesday by Sri Lanka and India, but not by Tamil rebel leaders. Tamils, who are mostly Hindu, make up 18 percent of Sri Lanka's people and claim discrimination by the dominant Sinhalese Buddhists, who control the government and armed forces. India, an overwhelmingly Hindu nation, has a Tamil community more than three times the size of Sri Lanka's entire 16 million population. The pact creates a single provincial government over the island's northern and eastern provinces, the region Tamil rebels have demanded as an independent homeland. Elections for a new provincial council would be held, probably between next October and December, according to the pact. The accord also opens the way for formal merger of the two regions after a referendum. The pact called for a cease-fire to go into effect Friday. Indian High Commissioner J.N. Dixit said in Colombo the cease-fire "is holding satisfactorily." More than 3,000 Indian peacekeeping troops have been flown to Jaffna to help disarm the rebels, including 2,000 rebels under Prab- hakaran's control. The Indian troops were also ordered to oversee a cease-fire and the return of Sri Lankan army troops to their barracks. India has long tried to play the role of peacemaker in its neighbor's civil war. The Indian troops landed in Jaffna • with Sri Lanka's permission. The civil war has claimed more than 6,000 lives. French premier denies charges Edmonton begins recovery from tornado EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Wearing garbage bags to shield themselves from a cold drizzle, survivors of a tornado that killed 26 people picked through mountains of rubble in a wrecked trailer park hunting for possessions. About 200 people were injured in Friday's tornado, the deadliest to hit Canada in 75 years. The Red Cross provided hotel rooms for about one-quarter of the 400 families left homeless by the twister. The tornado, which left a 19-mile trail of destruction, caused at least $75 million damage, according to Alan Wood, regional vice president of the Insurance Bureau of Canada. The tornado also severely damaged an industrial park south of the city, reducing factories to piles of rubble and twisting tractor- trailers into heaps. The injured included four infants, among them 3-month-old Tyler Chrisp. He was found Friday critically injured on a road near the Evergreen Mobile Home Park nearly eight hours after a twister touched down. The baby and his mother, 23-year-old Wendy Chrisp, were hospitalized in critical condition. Earlier Friday, a policeman picking his way through the park pulled a week-old baby from the rubble of a mobile home. Police spokesman Lance Beswick said the infant was found when an officer heard a cry at his feet. "He looked down, pulled aside some of the nibble by his feet and underneath that was a young baby," Beswick said. "The baby was cut and bruised but is in satisfactory condition in hospital and will be fine." Up to 200 of the 720 closely- spaced homes in the trailer park in northeastern Edmonton were smashed by Friday's tornado. Two people whose homes were apparently ruined were arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing items from other wrecked homes, said city police spokeswoman Joy-Lynn Dorash. PARIS (AP) — Premier Jacques Chirac has denied charges that his representatives asked Iran to wait until his center-right coalition won power to free French hostages in Lebanon. There have been several reports in French newspapers alleging that, while Chirac was a candidate, 'emissaries acting on his behalf suggested to Iranian authorities that they could get a better deal by not releasing French hostages before the March 1986 election. Chirac's coalition won the ejection. Last week, an Iranian newspaper quoted Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani as making a similar allegation. "This is the third or fourth time that this accusation has been made," Chirac said in a television interview Sunday. "Of course I deny such insinuations categorically and I challenge anyone to present the slightest beginning of a shadow of proof, because it's absurd." The premier said that if his Socialist opponents continue to bring up the charges, he would reveal details of scandals that took place while the Socialists were in power, including the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985. The sinking of the Greenpeace ship in New Zealand in 1985 by French secret agents embarrassed the Socialist government, but it has never been made clear who ordered the sinking. After Chirac took power, he attempted to improve ties with Iran, a process that stalled this year. France broke off diplomatic rela- tions on July 17 after Iran refused to turn over an embassy employee wanted by French authorities for questioning in connection with bombings in Paris last year. Iran also accused a French diplomat in Tehran of spying. Both countries have surrounded the other's embassy, and France has sent a naval squadron toward the Persian Gulf. Chirac has said the freeing of five French hostages held by pro- Iranian captors in Lebanon was a result of his policy of trying to normalize relations. Six other Frenchmen are still missing, however, and believed kidnapped by pro- Iranian organizations. The six Frenchmen are among 25 foreigners missing and feared kidnapped in Lebanon. The captives include nine Americans. The longest-held hostage is Terry Anderson, the chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, who was seized in .March 1985. Chirac said in the interview Sunday that the squadron headed to the gulf was. intended as a deterrant to Iranian attacks, but that France would strike back promptly if Iran attacked French interests. 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