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Gorbachev says Afghan peace process complete
MOSCOW — The Soviet Union
and Afghanistan said Thursday
agreement is at hand on ending the
Afghan civil war and urged that a
formal accord be signed in Geneva so
the Kremlin can begin withdrawing
its troops May 15.
The targetdate is two weeks before
Soviet Communist Party General
Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and
President Reagan begin their summit
in the Soviet capital. Agreement on
Afghanistan would resolve an issue
that has troubled relations for nearly a
decade, prompting a U.S. grain em
bargo and keeping Americans home
from the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
Gorbachev and Afghan leader
Najib issued a joint statement after
meeting in the Soviet Central Asian
city of Tashkent.
“There is certain to be a signed
agreement on political normaliza
tion,” Tass quoted Gorbachev as say
ing while he toured a collective farm
near Tashkent after the meeting, and
that we and the Americans will agree
to be guarantors.”
The joint communique, distrib
uted by the Tass news agency, pub
lished on the frontpage of the govern
ment newspaper Izvestia and read
during the nightly news program
“Vremya.” It omitted the usual criti
cism of positions taken by Pakistan
and the United States at the Geneva
peace talks. This omission could
mean some behind-the-scenes com
promise has been forged.
President Mohammed Zia ul-Had
said the Geneva accords were ready
for signing, but U.N. mediator Diego
Cordovez indicated problems re
“There are very difficult decisions
and the only good thing—I think that
is important — is that the political
will is obviously there to take them,”
he told reporters in Geneva.
Gulpaddin Hexmatyar, head of the
seven-party Afghan guerrilla alli
ance, said in Islamabad, Pakistan, that
it was the “first step toward victory”
and a “defeat for the Russians.” He
said the guerrillas “will try to inten
sify” the war.
Draft documents in Geneva call
for an end to outside aid for the rebels
and U.S. officials have pressed for
“symmetry,” a simultaneous end of
Soviet military aid to Najib’s govern
Zia, quoted by Pakistan’s official
news agency, said: “According to
unofficial reports, the two superpow
ers have agreed on the symmetry
under which both would be able to
provide continued assistance to their
respective allies in Afghanistan.” No
details of the alleged agreement were
Sources in Washington called the
Gorbachev-Najib statement a posi
tive sign of accommodation on the
symmetry question but the State
Department’s public comment was
limited to: “We have not yet received
a response from the Soviet govern
ment on the proposal. Until it’s re
ceived, we must reserve judgment.”
Jet refueled after hijackers threatened to take orf
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Workers refueled a
Kuwaiti jetliner Thursday after its Arab hijack
ers fired at security guards and threatened to
force the pilot to take off with little fuel, Iran
The official Islamic Republic News Agency
quoted the hijackers as saying they would take
off at midnight (4:30 p.m. EDT) with about 50
hostages, but did not give a destination. The
hour passed with no indication whether the
plane had left
When it reported the development only two
minutes before the announced departure time,
IRNA said “there are still obstacles on the
runway,” placed there earlier by airport offi
cials to keep the jet from taking off.
As the drama at Mashhad Airport in north
eastern Iran stretched into its third day, the
hijackers said they placed explosives through
out the Kuwait Airways jumbo jet, which still
had 55 passengers and crew aboard, IRNA
The situation at the airport was “out of
control,” according to the news agency, moni
tored in Nicosia.
The hijackers, said to number between five
and seven, are demanding that Kuwait release
from its prisons 17 pro-Iranian extremist who
were convicted of bombing the U.S. and French
embassies in Kuwait in 1983.
Among the hostages on the Boeing 747 are
three members of Kuwait’s royal family. One
of them appealed to Iranian authorities to pro
vide jet fuel, IRNA said.
“We’re very tired and our brothers (the
hijackers) are very serious in their threat to
blow up the plane,” Fadel Khaled Al-Sabah
told the control tower by radio, IRNA reported.
Early Thursday, the hijackers released 32
people, IRNA said. On Tuesday and Wednes
day, 25 passengers were freed.
The hijackers fired several shots out of the
plane Thursday after repeating their demand
for fuel, IRNA said. It did not mention casual
The plane has been at Mashhad since Tues
day, when it landed after being commandeered
en route to Kuwait from Bangkok with 112
people aboard.
Jewish activists against Jackson
WASHINGTON — Jewish activ
ists who consider Jesse Jackson anti
Semitic, anti-Israel or both are mobi
lizing to turn voters against his Demo
cratic presidential bid in the crucial
New York primary.
Even though his efforts to make
peace with Jews appear to have di
minished the degree of antipathy
toward him since 1984, lingering
suspicion has set the stage for whai
may become the most negative re
sponse to his 1988 campaign.
New York Mayor Ed Koch’s as
sessment of the situation was summa
rized in a New York Post headline last
weekend — “Koch to Jews: ‘You’ve
got to be crazy to vote for Jesse.’”
“I’m getting dozens of letters ev
ery week with expressions of concern
about the Jackson campaign,” said
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center For Holocaust
Studies in Los Angeles.
“We will absolutely not support a
Jackson candidacy ... because he is
not a friend of the state of Israel.”
In Indianapolis on Wednesday,
Jackson was asked how he expected
to fare among New York’s Jewish
“You’ll never get all of any one
group,” he said. “All you can do is
reach out. I’ve reached out and I’m
glad to see people are responding.”
The New York Post reported
Thursday that Jackson campaign
advisers have suggested tackling the
problem directly.
smuggler admits gun-running tor Contras
WASHINGTON — A convicted
drug smuggler told Congress Thurs
day he flew weapons into Costa Rica
for the Contra guerrillas battling the
government of Nicaragua and re
turned to the Uniter States with drugs.
Gary Betzner said George Mo
rales, the man for whom he was work
ing, “told me he had made a deal with
the CIA to supply them (the Contras).
He wanted me to fly guns and ammu
nition to the Contras and bring some
contraband back.”
Twice in July 1984, Betzner told a
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mittee, he flew planeloads of small
arms, including M-16 rifles, mines
and explosives, to a small airstrip in
northern Costa Rica.
He said he landed near a ranch
owned by John Hull, an American
who has reportedly been involved in
CIA efforts to aid the Contras operat
ing from northern Costa Rica into
neighboring Nicaragua.
‘i was sympathetic to the Con
tras,” Betzner told the subcommittee
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Morales is serving a 16-year fed
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Earlier, Betzner testified that he
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Gore told to tone down attacks on leaders
Albert Gore Jr. got a message from two Democratic Party heavy
weights on Thursday to tone down his criticism of presidential front
runners Michael Dukakis and Jesse Jackson, while Sen. Paul Simon put
his campaign on hold but kept his delegates in pocket.
New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, one of the Gore critics, implied he
might withhold his sought-after endorsement and said, “Whocares what
... Mario Cuomo says?”
Cuomo said he told Gore that his negative campaigning “wasn’t
helping him” in New York ahead of that state’s April 19 primary.
Democratic National Chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. endorsed Cuomo’s
appeal to the Tennessee senator. “The admonitions that have been
addressed to Sen. Gore by Gov. Cuomo just help to make sure we can
continue to talk about the issues in a positive way,” Kirk said in
Washington, D.C.
Noriega continues to play hardball I
PANAMA CITY, Panama— A major rift appeared Thursday in the
opposition to Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, who is getting tough with
critics in defiance of the U.S. economic squeeze and a buildup of
American forces in Panama.
Two parties split from the opposition alliance to form their own anti
government movement. Their leaders argued that the economic sanc
tions are hurting Panama’s people more than they arc damaging Noriega
and the civilian government he controls.
Roberto Arosemena and Mauro Zuniga, leaders of the Popular
Action Party, announced formation of the Popular Civic Movement in
a break with the alliance National Civic Crusade.
McCracken is suspect in other bank robberies
A suspect arrested for the robbery of FirsTicr Bank also is a suspect
in the robbery of two banks in Portland, Ore., the FBI in Lincoln said.
James McCracken, 32, had just bought a bus ticket for Portland at the
Greyhound Bus Depot at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when Lincoln
Police Detective Ron Kahlcr and Officer Charley Daniels arrested him
without incident.
Bill allowing video depositions passes
A bill designed to protect child victims and witnesses from the
trauma of testifying in a courtroom received final approval from state
senators Thursday.
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Sandra Scofield of Chad ron, has said that
some children arc too petrified to testify in a courtroom. The end result,
she says, is that many cases don’t go to trial.
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Managing Editor Jan Desalms Kip Fry
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