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    Milosevic: Airstrikes must stop
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President says
he will not
resume talks
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -
Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic
said Tuesday that NATO airstrikes must
stop before peace talks over Kosovo can
resume. President Clinton said later that
the allies “must remain steady and
A statement from Milosevic’s
office, read on state-run TV after the
president had six hours of talks with
Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny
Primakov, said Milosevic would reduce
his forces in Kosovo and allow refugees
to return if NATO halts its air assault.
NATO, however, said it won’t stop
the airstrikes unless Milosevic ends the
attacks on ethnic Albanians and agrees
to accept a peacekeeping force in
Kosovo under NATO leadership.
As darkness fell in Yugoslavia, air
raid sirens sounded in Belgrade and at
least four other cities, indicating a
resumption of NATO airstrikes.
Milosevic’s statement said “the
Yugoslav leadership will accept
Russia’s suggestion that after the bomb
ing stops, it will start decreasing the
presence of a part of its forces in Kosovo
who are there for the purpose of defense
against aggression.”
Primakov said the pledge by
Milosevic was the outcome of their talks
Tuesday, die highest-profile diplomatic
effort yet to stop the conflict
Schroeder immediately termed
Milosevic’s offer unacceptable: “This is
no basis for a political solution,” said
Schroeder, speaking for the 15-nation
European Union, of which Germany
now holds the six-month rotating presi
Dakko Bandik/Newsmakers
AN ELDERLY KOSOVAR REFUGEE keeps wann using a torch as one in the group of several thousands of Albanian
refugees stuck in the mountains on the Yugoslav-Macedonian border Tuesday.
The chancellor, after meeting with
Primakov, said he would be talking with
NATO representatives later Tuesday but
he was certain they also would reject
the overture.
“If there was ever any doubt what is
at stake in Kosovo, Mr. Milosevic is
certainly erasing it by his actions,”
Clinton said. “They are the culmination
of more than a decade of using ethnic
and religious hatred as a justification
for uprooting and murdering complete
ly innocent peaceful civilians to pave
Mr. Milosevic’s path to absolute
German Defense Minister Rudolf
Scharping said Milosevic would not
relent until he achieved his goal of rid
ding Kosovo of ethnic Albanians.
“Then, the peace he would offer
would be that of a graveyard,”
Scharping said.
About 90 minutes after Primakov
left Belgrade, air raid sirens sounded in
the capital tor the tirst time all day.
Amid the diplomatic activity, air
raid sirens also went off in Novi Sad,
Kraljevo, Nis and Trstenik, indicating
more NATO missile and bombing
attacks were imminent
NATO officials said the number of
ethnic Albanians who have fled Kosovo
in the last six days has grown to
118,000, and Pec, a city of 100,000 res
idents in western Kosovo, has been
“almost totally destroyed.”
RHA elections held today
By Bernard Vogelsang
Staff writer
Students living in residence halls
today elect new Residence Hall
Association officers and senators for
the 1999-2000 academic year.
Students can vote from 8 a.m. to
7 p.m. in the food-service buildings
of Abel/Sandoz, Cather /Pound/
Neihardt, and Harper/ Schramm/
Smith and Selleck halls, or in the
lobby of Burr Hall.
Students must vote at the hall
where they live.
Two parties, the Choice and the
Zealous parties, are running for
RHA executive board positions.
Choice’s ticket includes Jadd
Stevens for president, Liz Ormsby
for vice president and Jason Ball for
treasurer. Choice has no candidate
for secretary.
The priority of the Choice party
is to get students involved in their
“We run in this election because
we want to inspire students to get
involved,” Ormsby said at an RHA
election debate Tuesday night.
The Choice party also wants to
address problems that face students
who live in residence halls such as
parking, special-interest floors and
honors halls.
The Zealous party candidates are
Dave Burns for president, Mike
Buckneberg for vice president,
Andrew Bayer for treasurer and Aja
Bowling for secretary.
The Zealous party wants to *
increase the cooperation between
RHA, the Association of Students of
the University of Nebraska and the
greek system.
Buckneberg, a junior finance
and management major, said this
should result in an annual UNL
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Mothers sort out
baby confusion
NEW YORK (AP) - They were
bom to the same woman on the same
day, loved and cared for in the same
way, and raised as brothers.
But the 3-month-old boys are not
related. One is black, one is white.
They ended up in the same womb
apparently due to a doctor’s mistake.
Now the only mother the boys
have ever known says she’ll return the
child who does not share her DNA -
the black child - to his genetic par
“We’re giving him up because we
love him,” Donna Fasano said in a
handwritten statement supplied by
her lawyer Tuesday.
“Both of these boys are beautiful
- two precious, normal little boys,”
said her lawyer, Ivan Tantleff. “They
sit in the swing together. They sit in
the tub together.... We’re going to try
to arrange some kind of visitation
rights so the boys grow up to know
that they are brothers.” •
Rudolph Silas, lawyer for the
black couple, Deborah Perry-Rogers,
a nurse, and Robert Rogers, a teacher,
of Teaneck, N.J., said they are
amenable to visitation. “It’s in the
children’s best interest,” he said.
Silas said the Rogerses will likely
get custody in a few weeks, after
DNA tests and legal papers are com
“My clients are both ecstatic,”
Silas said. “They are the proud par
ents of a 3-month-old baby boy. Of
course there’s some mixed emotions
in the manner in which it’s been
brought to this point. But they’re
happy she made the decision she’s
The case began April 24, 1998,
when Fasano and Perry-Rogers
underwent embryo implantations in
the Manhattan offices of Dr. Lillian
Nash. Only Fasano became pregnant.
Dr. Nash later advised Fasano she
might have mistakenly received
My clients are both
ecstatic. They are the
proud parents of a 3
month-old baby boy.
Of course there s some
mixed emotions....”
Rudolf Silas
parents’ lawyer
someone else’s embryo.
Fasano sought DNA testing from
another doctor and learned, while the
babies were still in utero, that one was
not hers. She did not know the other
parents’ identity until the Rogerses
sued the Fasanos and Dr. Nash on
March 16.
Tantleff said the Fasanos, who are
in their late 30s and work in finance,
will also sue Dr. Nash. A call to Dr.
Nash was not returned.
George Annas, a professor of
health law at the Boston University
School of Public Health, said
Fasano’s decision “seems like a rea
sonable solution but it’s got to be
“This is her son’s brother. It is her
child. They are twins, raised in the
same uterus. They’ve been together
for 14 months. They’re twins in every
sense - except genetic,” Annas
added. “The other mother did provide
the genes, but she has no relationship
with them. That’s the tragedy of it.”
David Lykken, professor emeri
tus from the University of Minnesota
and an expert on twins, said if the
boys are separated this young, there
should be no lasting impact on their
■ Oregon
Philip Morris ordered to
pay family of cancer victim
PORTLAND (AP) - In the
biggest liability verdict ever against
the tobacco industry, a jury ordered
Philip Morris to pay $81 million
Tuesday to the family of a man who
died of lung cancer after smoking
Marlboros for four decades.
The victory by the wife and
children of Jesse Williams was the
second major hit against Philip
Morris this year. A San Francisco
jury awarded $51.5 million last
month to a Marlboro smoker who
has inoperable lung cancer.
■ Washington, D.C.
Pentagon may face
shortage of cruise missiles
The Associated Press - The
Pentagon is scrambling to avoid a
shortage of cruise missiles, increas
ingly the weapon of choice in
attacking heavily defended targets
in places such as Iraq and
Before the latest NATO strikes
over Kosovo and Serbia, the Air
Force was down to 150 cruise mis
siles carrying conventional war
heads. At least 30 have been
launched since then. The Navy has
more than 2,000 but is using them
up at a faster rate. No cruise missile
production line is in operation.
■ Washington, D.C.
Immigration deploys
200 more agents
The Associated Press - The
immigration service is deploying
200 agents to help state and local
law enforcement agencies in 11
states, building on a recently imple
mented shift in its interior enforce
ment strategy.
Immigration and Naturali
zation Service Commissioner
Doris Meissner announced
Tuesday formation of 45 quick
response teams that will be sent to
Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia,
Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.
■ India
Earthquake’s aftershocks
frighten rescue workers
Aftershocks rattled buildings and
sent rescue workers scampering out
of damaged homes Tuesday in
; India’s lower Himalayas, where a
powerful earthquake killed at least
110 people a day earlier.
The isolated, mountainous area
is 190 miles north of New Delhi,
India’s capital, where some build
ings also suffered cracks and dam
age from Monday’s 6.8 magnitude
earthquake, the strongest this cen
tury in the quake-prone mountains.
■ Great Britain
Blair urges North to form
Protestant-Catholic ties
BELFAST (AP) - Warning that
they have “just one chance to make
this thing work,” Prime Minister
Tony Blair pressed Northern
Ireland politicians on Tuesday to
transform their nearly year-old
peace accord into a reality.
The British leader and Irish
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern
arrived at Belfast’s Stormont
Parliamentary Building together to
try to persuade local politicians to
finally form a new Protestant
Catholic government, the long
delayed centerpiece of the Good
Friday peace accord.