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Wednesday, October 25, 1995 Page 2
Clinton, Jiang work for common vision
.NEW YORK—In talks laced with
tension, President Clinton and Chi
nese President Jiang Zemin tried on
Tuesday to stabilize relations shaken
by disputes over human rights, trade
and Taiwan. The administration called
it “a significant step forward” but ac
knowledged problems persist.
. Clinton and Jiang talked for two
<- hours at Lincoln Center after China
demanded that the meeting be moved
from the New York Public Library. A
human rights exhibit at the library
included scenes from Beijing’s
Tiananmen Square, where hundreds
of pro-democracy advocates were
killed in 1989.
Posing for photographers, Clinton
and Jiang stood stiffly, smiled and
shook hands rat her formally. The mood
“That’s a very important photo,”
Jiang said in English, taking note of
the symbolism of their talks.
Afterwards, White House press
secretary Mike McCurry quoted
Clinton as saying that it was “a^very
positive meetingand certainly the best
of the three meetings that he has held
to date with President Jiang Zemin.”
Despite the upbeat assessment, the
administration said it was not a prob
“I would put the stress more...(on)
resuming momentum, resuming dia
logues and exchanges so we can solve
these problems,” said Winston Lord,
assistant secretary of state for East
Asian and Paciilc affairs.
“I think what was accomplished
was a common strategic vision of the
importance of the two countries to
each other, to regional and global sta
bility and prosperity, as well as to the
benefit of their own peoples,” Lord
He called the talks “a significant
Jiang indicated that his overriding
concern was Taiwan, which China
regards as a renegade province. “We
have much to discuss on this issue,” he
On that point, Clinton reaffirmed
that the United States has a “one China”
policy that does not advocate inde
pendence for Taiwan. Lord said the
issue was still sensitive but Jiang
agreed it should not dominate U.S.
China was furious when Clinton
allowed Taiwanese’ President Lee
Teng-hui to make an unofficial visit to
the United States this year. Clinton
told Jiang he couldn’t rule out further
visits but that they would be unoffi
cial, private and rare, Lord said.
The two leaders agreed to try to
cooperate on a new range of issues,
such as fighting international crime
and attacking the flow of narcotics.
Clinton also pressed Jiang to open
Clinton did not gain a firm pledge
from Jiang to agree to push for an
international ban on all nuclear weap
ons tests next year, as Russian Presi
dent Boris Yeltsin did on Monday.
France, Britain and the United States
are already on board. Lord said Jiang
gave “a positive general reaction but
without a specific commitment.”
The Chinese leader signaled in
advance that he was not interested in
U.S. lectures. In a speech at the United
Nations, Jiang stressed the importance
of “noninterference in each other’s
Officials said Clinton raised anum
ber of human rights cases with Jiang,
including dissidents Wei Jingsheng
and ChenZiming. Jiang demonstrated
a “willingness to hold an exchange on
human rights,” Lord said.
— m a JEJ
Tribe lifts nuclear waste blockade
POCATELLO, Idaho — The first shipment of nuclear waste under
Gov. Phil Batt’s deal with the federal government completed its route to
its eastern Idaho dump site on Tuesday after Shoshone-Bannock tribal
leaders lifted a six-hour blockade.
Tribal Chairman Delbert Farmer agreed to end the blockade after
officials from the departments of Energy, Justice and the Navy agreed to
meet Friday with the Fort Hall Business Council to discuss terms of
future shipments across the reservation to the Idaho National Engineer
The blockade began mid-moming when three tribal police cruisers
intercepted the train. “The Navy and the Department of Energy have*
never communicated with the tribes to obtain permission to cross the
reservation,” Farmer said in a statement.
The deal ended a moratorium on waste shipments to the INEL in
exchange for a guarantee that nearly all high-level and about half the
low-level waste currently stored in eastern Idaho be removed from the
state by 2035. To get the deal, Batt agreed to accept 1,133 new waste
shipments — about 110 tons — over the next 40 years. There are 261
tons of waste already stored at the INEL.
More people evacuated after gas leak
BOGALUSA, La. — At least 1,200 more people were evacuated
Tuesday as authorities tried neutralizing a toxic chemical in a ruptured
railroad tank car that already had forced 1,500 people out of their homes.
The second group of evacuees lives in two housing projects less than
a mile from where die tank car ruptured Monday, sending a huge pink
cloud of poisonous gas into the sky.
Between 1,200 and 1,500 people had to leave their homes Tuesday
in case the tank broke open and released more gas as emergency crews
flooded it with chemicals to neutralize the 2 1/2 to 3 feet of liquid inside,
Washington Parish Sheriff Duane Blair said.
Leaders wrap up birthday party
Joint statement focuses on revitalizing U.N.
UNITED NATIONS — World
leaders wrapped up their largest gath
ering in history Tuesday, promising
—with few specifics—to revive the
tions and re
store its finan
tions on its
But one president who has seen first
hand the vast gulf between U.N. reso
lutions and resolve sounded a warn
“Let us listen to what they are say
ing, but let us ask them what they are
doing,” Bosnian President Alija
Izetbegovic said of his counterparts.
“As soon as they return home, unfor
tunately, they will continue their
course. It is up to us to stop them.”
During three days of speechmaking,
leaders expounded on poverty and
hunger, the environment, population,
terrorism, crime, the Bosnian war,
Middle East peace and nuclear arms.
In a joint declaration approved
unanimously Tuesday night, they fo
cused on the United Nations itself.
More than 180 kings, princes, presi
dents and premiers pledged to revital
ize the organization and “create new
opportunities for peace, development,
democracy and cooperation.”
The statement also called on the
United States and other countries to
pay their bills.
President Cl inton promi sed to work
with Congress to pay the U.S. debt.
But he insisted the United Nations
slash spending, reduce bureaucracy
and streamline overlapping agencies.
The three-day gathering was as
colorful, as diverse and at times as
unruly as humanity itself. Traffic in
one of the world’s most densely popu
lated areas ground to a halt as police
convoys sped world leaders to and
from meetings around New York.
Protesters hounded controversial
figures such as Cuban President Fidel
Castro and Chinese President Jiang
Zemin. On Tuesday, 800 Taiwanese
marched through Manhattan streets
denouncing the Beij ing government’s
The birthday celebration was over
shadowed by the U.N.’s financial cri
sis and demands from all quarters for
reform. The seven-page declaration,
hammered out during months of con
sultations, endorsed numerous reform
goals but-offered few details on how
to achieve them.
For example, it calls for expanding
the powerful 15-seat Security Coun
cil, dominated by five permanent mem
bers who can veto resolutions.
But the document endorsed none
of the various proposals offered for
reforming and expanding the council
to make it more representative.
Various proposals include giving
Germany and Japan permanent seats;
designating others as permanent mem
bers but without veto power; and re
quiring two negative votes to veto
Despite the problems, many world
leaders said the United Nations had
much of which to be proud.
“The very fact that this organiza
tion survived half a century of crisis
and conflict in the world... is already
remarkable in itself,” Philippine Presi
dent Fidel Ramos said.
Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide called his country’s transi
tion to democracy the “miracle of the
century” and said the nation’s economy
was growing strongly.
A U.S.-led multinational force re
stored Aristide to power last year.
Aristide was overthrown in an army
backed coup in September 1991. The
United Nations has some 6,500 troops,
including nearly 3,000 U.S. soldiers,
in Haiti to promote stability and help
supervise elections. The U.N. man
date is supposed to expire next Febru
Aristide said domestic production
has increased 3 percent, national earn
ings have increased 85 percent over
the two years prior to his return and
the budget deficit has been reduced.
Bishops: Family breakups
better than sexual abuse
After a decade in which the sins of
pedophile priests placed their church
on the defensive, U.S. Roman Catho
lic bishops are issuing a forceful pas
toral message that condemns the sexual
abuse of children.
The bishops, whose church lauds
the sanctity of family, declare it is
better for families to break up than to
leave their young ones at risk.
The Associated Press obtained a
copy of the document Tuesday; it is to
be formally released Thursday.
In the statement, the bishops ac
knowledge their own vulnerability and
Scd credibility concerning
ilia. For years, abusive priests
recei ved counseling but then were sent
on to new parishes, where more abuse
While forgiveness is often seen as
charitable and Christlike, all acts of
child sex abuse are morally evil and
only God can absolve abusers, the
bishops say in “Walk in the Light: A
Pastoral Response to Child Sexual
“We emphasize that the commu
nity, including the family, needs to
call the abuser to accountability,” the
bishops said. “We need to say: Abu
sive behavior is wrong and we will
hold you accountable for it.”
The statement, developed by the
National Conference of Catholic Bish
ops’ committees on Marriage and Fam
ily and on Women in Society and in
the Church, was approved by the
church’s 50-member Administrative
No one has solid numbers on cleri
cal pedophiles, but experts from every
faith say the problem exists in all
religions and denominations.
In one of the most recent examples,
four Catholic priests in Washington,
D.C., were arrested in February and
charged with sexual abuse. One of
them, the Rev. Thomas S. Schaefer,
was sentenced last week to 16 years in
prison for molesting altar boys in
Washington and Maryland over three
decades. A second is to be sentenced
in December, and the two others go on
Because of such cases, the orga
nized groups of victims and the Catho
lic church’s own sheer size and num
ber of priests, it is the 60 million
member church that has seemed espe
cially mired in the murk of pedophilia.
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Although the campus, state and
nation speculated about Phillips’
return, Beck said McEwen had no
feelings about the subject.
“I don’t believe anyone can say
what’s in Kate’s best interest but
Kate,” Beck said. “The only thing
she can control is what her immedi
ate plans are.”
Beck said she was uncomfort
able with the process it took for
Phillips to return. While not di
rectly criticizing the university, she
said national standards were needed
for violence-prone athletes.
“The end result is that they did
what they thought was appropriate
to him,” Beck said. “No one blows
what the needs are of the victim.
They are more emotional than stra
tegic, and the University of Ne
braska has been as effective as it
can be, but I’m sure there are some
things we can do to change it in the
Kriss said she was “overwhelm
ingly disappointed” with Phillips’
returning to the team. Phillips’ uni
versity sanctions, which were an
nounced Monday, took away his
privileges but did not impose pen
alties, she said.
“If one of the consequences of
assaultive behavior against a woman
is to go to class, it seems to me there
is something incredibly wrong with
the system,” Kriss said. “We are
clearly sending the wrong message.”
Among other sanctions, Phillips
was required to attend all of his
Many stuaenis ana women trom
the community have called Kriss
with their concerns, she said. Even
football fans are outraged by
Osborne’s decision to bring Phillips
back to the team.
“I talked with a woman who has
been a long-time football fan,” Kriss
said. “She is so hurt by this action
that she and six of her friends have
sold their football tickets for the
rest of the season.”
Phillips’ punishment for viola
tion of the Student Code of Con
duct sanctions also was too lenient,
Kriss said. Nevertheless, Osborne’s
decision is final, Kriss said, so it is
time to move on and try to prevent
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