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    Tuesday, November 25, 1986
Page 2
Daily Nebraskan
By The Associated Press
Arms sale delbate
Official challenges Reagan on Iranian statements
WASHINGTON A top-ranking State Department offi
cial on Monday bluntly challenged President Reagan's
assurances that there's been no recent evidence of Iranian
involvement in terrorism, while Reagan defended anew his
decision to approve arms shipments to Tehran.
"I don't like to have to differ with my president, but I
believe there is some evidence of Iranian involvement with
terrorists," Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead
said during an extraordinary appearance before the House
Foreign Affairs Committee.
Whitehead testified as Reagan said, "I didn't make any
mistakes" and declared that "I'm not firing anybody." the
president than sat down with members of his Cabinet and
top advisers to weigh new moves, amid a crescendo of calls
by members of Congress for a White House shakeup.
In statements that left some House committee members
stunned, Whitehead, the No. 2 State Department offical
unde" Secretary of State George Shultz, also suggested
pointedly that Congress rein in the national Security Coun
cil, and said publicly that his department was disenchanted
with the unit.
In his nationally broadcast speech Nov. 13, Reagan defended
his policy of selling arms to Iran, saying that "since U.S.
government contacts began with Iran, there's been no evi
dence of Iranian government complicity in acts of terrorism
against the United States."
Whitehead contradicted that Monday.
Responding to the committee's questions, he said:
"There continues to be terrorist acts in Iran of the type that
we find to be reprehensible."
State Department spokesmen had been saying for weeks
that while Iran remained on a list of nations officially
identified as "terrorist-sponsoring states," they would not
provide evidence that nation has sponsored any recent
terrorist acts.
On Friday, however, Whitehead, and other State Depart
ment officials speaking privately, linked Iranian-sponsored
groups to the kidnapping of three Americans seized in Beirut
since Sept. 9.
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Israel quiet on arms role
JERUSALEM Foreign Minister Shimon Peres tried
Monday to defuse pressure on the Israeli government to
disclose its role in shipping U.S. arms to Iran, promising
to report to a watchdog subcommittee in Parliament.
He flatly refused, however, to give information about
any Iranian arms deal when he appeared before the
Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, an unwieldy,
26-member body where deliberations are rarely kept
He promised instead to brief the six-member Sub
committee on Armed Services.
The development came amid concern that an angry
U.S. Congress could make Israel a scapegoat for the U.S.
administration's sales.
The political uproar in the United States over the
arms shipments has just begun to spread to Israel, where
many Israelis accept that arms deals are not a subject for
public debate. The full 120-member Knesset, or parlia
ment, scheduled a debate for Tuesday on the issue.
President Reagan has said he authorized a third coun
try, reportedly Israel, to ship arms to Iran to try to form
links with Iranian moderates.
In Brief
Two die in skydiving accidents
HAZLETON, Pa. A free-falling skydiver was knocked unconscious
when he collided with a fellowjumper and fell 8,000 feet to his deat h with
his parachute unopened.
Everard L. Pampellonne, a Cornell University graduate student from
Ithaca, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday, said Luzerne
County Deputy Coroner Andrew Piskel.
Pampellonne crashed into Donald Kellner, 50, a skydiving instructor
from Sugarloaf who had just opened his parachute, according to state
police Trooper John Hlivia.
Kellner, who says he has made more than 10,000 jumps in 25 years,
landed safely and suffered cuts and bruises.
Pampellonne had-been skydiving for at least three years, said Piskel.
SPARTA, 111. A student who had jumped more than 150 times fell to
his death Saturday after his parachute became tangled.
Jeffrey Parker Rodman, 22, a graduate student in architecture at
Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., had planned to release a toy
parachute carrying a doll, which was attached by a cord to his leg, so the
doll would land with him, said Dave Verner, owner of Archway Parachute
Center. But Rodman's main parachute got caught in the cord, Verner said.
Rodman managed to cut away his tangled main parachute but did not
open his reserve chute in time, said Illinois state police Patrolman David
L. Stine.
Hasenfus pardon appeal may be filed
MANAGUA, Nicaragua The lawyer for imprisoned American Mercen
ary Eugene Hasenfus said Monday he expects to file an appeal for a pardon
this week and a Roman Catholic archbishop said he believed a pardon
would be approved.
Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio Ramirez said in Boston that a pardon
could depend on improved U.S.-Nicaraguan relations.
Hasenfus' attorney, Enrique Sotelo Borgen, said in an interview with
The Associated Press that he was waiting to consult with her client's
American lawyers before presenting a formal request for a pardon to the
Sandinista government's National Commission for Protection and Promo
tion of Human Rights.
Any pardon must be approved by the human rights commission, the
president and congress.
Hasenfus, 45, of Marinette, Wis., was sentenced Nov. 15 to a 30-year
prison term after being convicted of flying weapons to U.S.-supported
Nicaraguan rebels. He was captured by Sandinista troops on Oct. 6.
selects site for
winter games
SPARKS, Nev. The U.S.
Olympic Committee voted over
whelmingly Sunday to make
Anchorage, Alaska, its represen
tative to host the 1994 winter
The USOC's 86-member Exec
utive Board also approved Colo
rado Springs, Colo., as the site of
an Olympic Hall of Fame, and
approved Oklahoma City as the
location for the 1989 U.S. Olym
pic Festival.
USOC President Robert Hel
mick said the main reason for
supporting Anchorage as the U.S.
bid city for the 1994 Winter
Games was that other American
cities including Reno, Nev.
wouldn't have enough time to
make an adequate presentation
to the International Olympic
The IOC is expected to make
its decision on the 1994 Winter
Olympics location during the 1988
Summer Games at Seoul, South
Korea. All bids must be submit
ted to the IOC by next April.
Helmick's argument of the
inadequate time for other U.S.
cit ies to submit bids was questi
oned by Bruce Bogaert, head of
the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games
Organizing Committee. -
Anchorage was chosen over
several cities in the battle for the
1992 U.S. bid, but the IOC last
month selected Albertville,
France, to host those Games.
Rick Mystrom of the Anchor
age organizing committee for the
Games, said the city has spent $3
million in seeking the Winter
Olympics and will spend nearly
that much over the next two
Mystrom also said Alaska "will
begin a very intensive lobbying
process" to get a favorable IOC
vote. He said Anchorage has a
good chance because it will be
the first formal applicant for the
1994 Games.
Flooding forces dozens from their homes
Road washout strands 1,000 at mountain resort
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. Flooding
caused by heavy rain and melting snow
forced dozens of families from their
homes Monday and blocked the only
highway to a mountain resort where
about 1,000 weekend skiers were
Flooding and mudslides cut off rail
roads east and west of Seattle, one by a
mudslide that cut a 300-foot-deep gap
through 60 feet of track. Water and a
slide also closed Interstate 90, the
state's major east-west highway, for
part of the day.
Plans had been made to airlift skiers
off Mount Baker, near the Canadian
border north of Seattle, Neil Clement,
spokesman for the Whatcome County
Department of Emergency Services,
said Monday.
About 80 families were evacuated
when the Snoqualmie River flooded at
least 200 houses three feet deep in this
town about 25 miles southeast of Seat
tle, officials said.
1-90 was closed through Snoqualmie
Pass, about 55 miles east of Seattle, by
water and a slide, but the westbound
lanes were reopened Monday, said Rick
Daniels of the state Department of
Barclays pulls out from S. Africa
Barclays Bank of Britain, citing finan
cial and political pressure, said Mon
day it sold its last shares in its South
African affiliate for about $230 million.
It was the biggest divestment yet by a
foreign company.
A consortium of South African com
panies signed the deal last week to buy
Barclays' shares in Barclays National
Bank of South Africa, the country's
largest commercial bank.
"The Barclays PLC sale of shares
must have an impact on the South Afri
can economy. It is certainly not a peri
lous matter, but it is cause for serious
concern in terms of psychological
impact," Basil Hersov, chairman of
Barclays National, told a news con
ference. The London-based Barclays Bank PLC
once owned 100 percent of the local
affiliate but since 1973 has reduced its
share to 40.4 percent. Its final pullout
is the first by a major British company
but follows withdrawal by numerous
American companies, most recently
General Motors, Kodak and IBM.
The value of the divestment and
number of employees involved 26,000
made it the largest so far. However,
officials of the local affiliate said the
existing staff and operations will be
South African bankers, speaking on
the condition of anonymity, said they
feared Barclays' withdrawal would
encourage pullouts by other British
companies. Britain is the largest for
eign investor in South Africa, with $8.5
"Barclays are longstanding friends
of South Africa," said local managing
director Chris Ball. "They're not doing
this to punish South Africa.
In London, Barclays spokesman
Geoffrey Kelly said the sale was made
chiefly because of the affiliate's poor
economic performance and unfavora
ble prospects for the South African
East Germans shoot, kill man at Berlin Wall
BERLIN East German border
guards fired dozens of shots Monday at
a young man trying to climb over the
Berlin Wall to the West and he fell to
the ground covered with blood, West
ern authorities said. They said he prob
ably died.
A West Berlin witness to the wall
shooting reported hearing shouts of
"Halt, stand still," followed by 30 to 50
shots on the eastern side of the wall at
about 1:30 a.m., West Berlin police
The witness said he saw someone
climb to the top of the wall, then col
lapse and fall back into East German
territory, according to police.
"I got you, you pig," an East German
border guard shouted at the bloodied
form sprawled on the ground, police
said. They said the man was covered
with a tarpaulin and carried away.
In Bonn, the Intra-German Relations
Ministry issued a statement saying the
would-be escapee was a man and was
"probably killed." Police spokesman in
.West Berlin also told The Associated
Press the man most likely was dead.
The witness also reported an appar
ent protest by an East German guard,
who shouted at fellow guards and ang
rily threw his hat to the ground, police
said. The guard was disarmed by his
colleagues and escorted away, they
It was the fourth time in 1 2 days that
East German guards have shot at flee
ing people, said West Germany's chief
government spokesman, Friedhelm Ost.
France, Britain and the United States,
which have administered Berlin's West
ern sectors since World War II, de
manded an end to "brutal force" by
East German guards at the wall.
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Washington :
In Monday's article "NU Board
of Regents to allow alcohol at
ball," (Daily Nebraskan, Nov. 24)
NU Regent Robert Koefoot did
not say the decision was a "one
time occurence." The quote
should have been attributed to
UNL Chancellor Martin Massen
gale. Massengale said he dis
agreed with Koefoot. Massengale
said students will not see the
decision as "a foot in the door"
to change UNL's alcohol policy.
It was also reported that ASUN
senator Richard Burke was an
Arts and Sciences senator. Burke
is a Teachers College senator.
The Daily Nebraskan regrets the
An ad on Page 3 of the Daily
Nebraskan, Nov. 24, incorrectly
listed CROSSFIRE as the band
appearing at The New Horny
Bull, Nov. 25-29. The band appear
ing is Whiskey River Boys. The
Daily Nebraskan regrets the error.
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