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Government outlines Kosovo plan
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - Rushing to
meet a deadline set by NATO, the government out
lined its plan Tuesday to comply with a deal to solve
the Kosovo crisis while foreign powers took the first
steps to put 2,000 monitors in place to prevent cheat
Threatened by NATO airstrikes, Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic agreed Monday to
withdraw special forces from Kosovo, begin peace
negotiations with separatist ethnic Albanians and
allow international observers into the troubled Sab
But several agreements to put the deal into force
are still not final, and it wasn’t clear when ethnic
Albanians who have fled Yugoslav security forces
might begin to return to their villages.
NATO officials said they hadn’t called off the
airstrikes yet, and that they could still bomb any time
after Friday, the deadline for Milosevic’s compli
“We hope that this will mark a turning point...
but the truth is not in what I am saying here today.
The truth is in compliance,” U.S. envoy Richard
Holbrooke said after wrapping up week-long talks
with the president
If honored, the commitments should end a
seven-month crackdown against Kosovo Albanian
militants in die southern Serbian province that killed
hundreds - most of them civilians - and left up to
In a rare televised address, the first since the
1995 Dayton agreements that ended the Bosnian
war, Milosevic sought to portray the agreements as a
victory, saying they “avert die danger of a military
intervention against our country.
“The agreements... are entirely in accordance
with the interests of our country,” he added, citing
“enormous pressures that we have been exposed to.”
Since die crackdown began Feb. 28, Milosevic
has insisted the crisis was an internal matter in which
foreign powers should play no role. The crackdown
was aimed at the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army
fighting to wrest Kosovo away from Serbia, the
dominant republic ofYugoslavia.
Holbrooke said the key to the accord was
Milosevic’s decision to allow a 2,000-member “ver
ification mission” and to permit aerial verification
by non-combat aircraft that could begin as soon as
the end of the week.
“They are not monitors, not observers,”
Holbrooke said. “They are compliance verifiers.”
Despite the rush to implement the Kosovo
accord, officials admitted Tuesday it could take
weeks before the full complement of2,000 interna
tional observers is on the ground to make sure
Milosevic lives up to the agreement
The Vienna-based Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe, which is responsible for
the ground component, lacks a large permanent
staff. It will have to turn to its 54 member states,
including the United States, Russia, Canada and
European Union countries, to provide people with
the proper training and skills for the job.
Agreement still sought
on U.S. budget matters
WASHINGTON (AP) - Their dif
ferences dwindling but still knotty,
White House and congressional budget
bargainers hunted for agreement
Tuesday on issues snarling a massive
$500 billion bill for the new fiscal year.
Though Republicans were ready to
provide the $1.1 billion President.
Clinton was demanding to rediice
grade-school class sizes, the two sides
fought over key details. Clinton wanted
the money specifically set aside for hir
ing 100,000 teachers; Republicans
wanted states to choose how to spend it
and wanted money set aside for special
Democrats also wanted to require
most federal workers’ health plans to
cover prescription contraceptives, but
Republicans wanted to let insurers opt
out if they had moral objections. And
Clinton - joined by Senate Minority
Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. - was con
tinuing to insist on billions of dollars
more for farmers reeling under plum
meting crop prices.
With the Nov. 3 congressional elec
tions approaching, Republicans were
aching to get to their districts to defend
their House and Senate majorities.
“It’s time to get back and cam
paign,” said Rep. John Linder, R-Ga.,
chairman of the House GOP’s cam
With Clinton spending a fourth
straight day calling for more education
spending, Democrats were happy to be
seen as fighting in Washington on
behalf of schoolchildren.
“It’s important people understand
what Democrats are for,” said Rep.
Martin Frost, D-Texas, the House
Democrats’ campaign committee
makers from both parties searched for
wins and losses in a package that
seemed likely to give Clinton most of
the spending he has wanted and tri
umphs for both sides on policy disputes.
Democrats said they were worried
administration bargainers would settle
for less than Clinton was demanding for
teachers, school construction and fami
ly planning. They also were unhappy
with a deal between the administration
and GOP negotiators that would in
effect lay aside for six months the fight
over whether scientific sampling would
be used in the 2000 census.
At stake was a giant bill covering
nearly one-third of federal spending for
the new fiscal year, including the
departments of Health and Human
Services, Agriculture, State and
Interior. Of the 13 spending bills for the
new year, the eight unfinished ones are
being packaged together.
Fiscal year 1999 began Oct 1, and a
measure temporarily keeping many fed
eral workers at their jobs expires tonight.
If the mammoth overall bill isn’t com
plete, lawmakers are likely to pass
another stopgap bill for a day or two.
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Violence prompts Netanyahu
to deny Isreali pullback offer
JERUSALEM (AP) - On the eve of
his departure for a make-or-break
Mideast summit in Washington, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
Tuesday that no deal would be signed
on an Israeli troop pullback following
the fatal shooting of a student
The violence near a communal
farm outside Jerusalem underscored
the key issue of Thursday’s summit:
Netanyahu’s demand that the
Palestinians do more to prevent terror
attacks against Israelis.
“In light of this gloomy reality,
there is absolutely no chance, at this
stage, of signing an agreement,” said a
statement released by Netanyahu’s
On Tuesday, an unknown assailant
fired a pistol at two Israeli men bathing
in a spring near Ora, west of Jerusalem.
Itamar Doron, a 24-year-old student
from Ora, was killed and his friend, who
was not identified, was in critical condi
tion in Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital
with gunshot wounds to the chest and
stomach. The assailants’ car was later
found abandoned near the West Bank
Netanyahu said that if die assailants
fled to Palestinian territory, as has been
the case in the past, Yassir Arafat’s
Palestinian Authority must work imme
diately to apprehend them.
Netanyahu has agreed in principle
to hand over 13 percent of the West
Bank, with some restrictions. The
United States wants Netanyahu and
Arafat to conclude the agreement on
die troop withdrawal.
In exchange Israel wants security
guarantees from the Palestinians.
Israel TV, quoting an unnamed
source close to the talks, said CIA
director George Tenet had completed a
deal 6n security favored by both sides.
Tenet was in the region last week and
met with Arafat and Israeli officials.
Netanyahu has come under increas
ing pressure from right-wing members
of his government and newly appointed
Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, who
oppose ceding land to the Palestinians.
The key issue to be tackled in
Washington is an agreement on what
constitutes a good faith Palestinian
crackdown on Islamic militants.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu’s cabinet
made a list of nine demands
Palestinians must meet before a with
drawal can take place.
The Cabinet also said the
Palestinians must remove clauses from
their charter Calling for Israeli destruc
tion, arrest and extradite suspects in ter
ror attacks and fight terror.
Netanyahu said he would bring
back any deal for approval before sign
ing. Michael Kleiner, who represents a
powerful 17-member right-wing bloc in
Netanyahu’s coalition, said any indica
tion that Netanyahu would agree to a
pullout could topple his government.
High court lets stand denial
of discrimination protection
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court Tuesday let stand a
Cincinnati city charter amendment that
denies discrimination protection to
homosexual people. Two years ago, the
high court struck down as unconstitu
tional a similar measure in Colorado.
The justices turned away a gay
rights group’s argument that the
voter-approved 1993 amendment vio
lates homosexual people’s equal-pro
tection rights just as the Colorado
Tuesday’s action is not a decision
and sets no national precedent. It like
ly will create confusion over govern
ment policies toward homosexual
Three justices took the unusual
step of emphasizing that the court’s
action “should not be interpreted
either as an independent construction
ofthe charter or as an expression of its
views about the underlying issues that
the parties have debated at length.”
Justice John Paul Stevens wrote a
brief opinion playing down the court’s
denial of review. His opinion was
joined by Justices David H. Souter
and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The nation’s highest court provid
ed a dramatic Victory for gay-rights
advocates in 1996 when it threw out a
Colorado state constitutional amend
ment that forbade state and local laws
protecting homosexuals from dis
The amendment unlawfully sin
gled out gays and sought to “make
diem unequal to everyone else,” the
court ruled then.
The Cincinnati amendment bans
any city ordinance or policy that pro
vides gays “any claim of minority or
protected status, quota preference or
other preferential treatment”
Gender gap closes in science
WASHINGTON (AP) - Girls are
closing die gap with boys in math and
science achievement but lag in comput
er skills, a women's advocacy group
The American Association of
University Women also said girls still
choose jobs and careers based on
stereotypes that persist. Guidance
counselors are overworked to the point
that they cannot steer girls into nontra
ditional fields, the group said.
The conclusions were among many
in a 106-page synthesis of data,
research reports and journal and news
paper articles. The book, prepared by a
private research organization, comes
six years after the group’s influential
report on gender equity in public
schools, “How Schools Shortchange
The new publication, “Gender
Gaps: Where Schools Still Fail Our
Children,” found that girls today are
enrolling in more math and science
courses while also taking more
Advanced Placement courses in
English, biology and foreign lan
guages. In fact, a higher percentage of
girls than boys studied geometry, biolo
gy and chemistry, according to 1994
data from the Education Department
Woman freed from jail on bail
CLEVELAND (AP) - A forger
who says she was sent to prison to pre
vent her from getting an abortion was
freed on bail Tuesday on orders from a
state appeals court
“I want to be able sit down and think
about if I do carry this baby to term,
what steps I do need to take,” Yuriko
Kawaguchi said at a news conference
shortly after she was released from
Cuyahoga County Jail.
“Or if I do decide to have an abor
tion what kind of medical factors might
be dangerous forme,” she said.
Kawaguchi, a 21 -year-old citizen of
Japan, pleaded guilty in a credit card
scam and had asked for probation so
she could have an abortion. -
Instead, Common Pleas Judge
Patricia Cleary gave her six months in
prison last week, a sentence Kawaguchi
said was too harsh and designed to pre
vent her from terminating her pregnan
cy while she can legally do so.
The judge, who opposes abortion,
has said she denied probation because
of the severity of he crime, not because
of her personal views.
Analyst charged with spying
WASHINGTON (AP) - A former
analyst with die Pentagon’s supersecret
National Security Agency was charged
Tuesday by the FBI with selling top
defense secrets, including targets for
U.S. nuclear weapons, to the Soviet
Union during 1988-1991 for $60,000.
The former employee of the gov
ernment’s top eavesdropping and code
breaking agency, David Sheldon
Boone, 46, who has been living in
Germany, was arrested after being lured
to Washington by an FBI sting in which
agents posed as spies for Russia trying
to get him to resume spying, die Justice
Boone was charged with espi
onage, which carries a top penalty of •
life in prison, or death if certain condi
tions are met.
The government said the informa
tion he delivered to a Soviet KGB agent
he knew as “Igor” included details of
U.S. targeting of tactical nuclear
weapons in case of a Soviet nuclear
attack, die Justice Department said.
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