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Canberra Times (ACT)
|Publication:||Nov 3 1986|
Canberra Times (ACT) - Nov 3 1986
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World news Cardinal Sin offers to be a mediator MANILA, Sunday (Rcutcr). — Cardinal Sin, the Philippines' most influential churchman, said he was trying to mediate in the row between President Aquino and her rebellious Defence Min ister, Mr Enrilc, but he added that the problem may have be come too emotional In a weekend interview, Cardinal Sin also said the Church would support a new constitu tion which is being put to the people in a plebiscite in January. However,^he would leave it to Roman Catholic laymen to pro mote a "yes" vote. "The Philippine) Church never participated in partisan politics... because the moment the Church marries a system it becomcs a widow in the next generation," he said. Cardinal Sin's political posture has always seemed uncertain and he acknowledged that some doubt his professed neutrality. Cardinal Sin said the row be tween the President and Mr Enrilc, who has been sniping at Mrs Aquino's Government, sharply challenging its policies and legality, was like one "be tween a husband and wife who also quarrel". "For me this is the aftermath of 20 years of administration by Mr Marcos. The adjustment is quite complicated but they are learning to adjust themselves to the situation." he said. "i think they will solve this problem," he added. "But my role is very clear for me: to be a practical negotiator, a minister of reconciliation, making a bridge to unite people, to promote un derstanding. "I am trying my best but I do not know if I will be successful because it seems to have become already emotional. But I think it will be solved in time." Meanwhile, Mrs Aquino in dicated today that her Govern ment had not made a final de cision on a communist offer of a ceasefire by Christmas to help bring an end to 17 years of in surgency. Officials of the communist dominated National Democratic Front said yesterday at a Manila "safe house" that it had proposed a 100-day "preliminary cease fire" to government negotiators and offered "talking points" to safeguard the accord. Asked for her reaction to the offer, Mrs Aquino replied only, "We will still talk about it." However, the presidential ex ecutive secretary, Mr Joker Ar royom described the offer as a "welcome development" but said the proposal would have to be "analysed and studied". He said Mrs Aquino was to receive a briefing tomorrow by government negotiator Teofisto Guingona, who received the pro posal yesterday from rebel law yers. • MANILA, Sunday (AP). — Mrs Aquino's Defence Minister, Mr Enrile, today denied allega tions that he diverted United States aid money to his personal accounts. "At the outset, 1 categorically deny such allegations and I wel come any investigation into the matter in order to clear the name of my family and my office, which have been clearly slurred by the reports," Mr Enrile said in a statement issued by his office. | On Saturday, US law-enforce ment officials said Mr Enrile was under active US investigation into whether US funds were di verted into his personal ac counts. Federal officials in Washing ton also said the US Justice De partment was tracking down al legations that the money "may have been laundered" by Mr Enrile or his wife, Christina, while he served in the Cabinet of deposed President Marcos. SUPERPOWERS Promise of Reykjavik pursued WASHINGTON, Sunday (Reuter-AP). — The United States Secretary of State, Mr Shultz, pursuing what he calls the promise of Reykjavik, has talks with the Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr Shevardnadze, this week to find out "where we go from here" after the Iceland summit. Each side has blamed the other for the collapse of the October summit while expressing willingness to build upon its dramatic potential achievements in arms control. The fact that Mr Shevardnadze has agreed to two meetings with Mr Shultz in Vienna was seen as a sign that the Kremlin is eager for a thorough examination of superpower relations following the break up of the talks between President Reagan and the Soviet leader, Mr Gorbachev. Since then the relationship has been vexed by arguments about whether the two agreed to ban all nuclear arms after 10 years or only ballistic missiles, and by a tit-for-tat expulsion war in which 55 Soviet diplomats were ordered out of the United States. Mr Shultz is due in Vienna on Wednes day and is to meet Mr Shevardnadze the same afternoon and on Thursday morn ing. Their talks are expected to be domi nated by efforts to build upon the sweep ing arms reduction agreements that were aborted in Iceland when the two sides reached an impasse on Mr Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defence plan. Mr Reagan says the potential accords would have abolished ballistic missiles — but not other types of nuclear weapons — over 10 years, although officials have said the total abolition of nuclear weapons was discussed. Mr Gorbachev insists that the agreement covered all nuclear arms. In Bonn, West German Television re ported yesterday that the Soviet Union had abruptly postponed the signing of a nuclear cooperation pact with West Ger many in protest at Chancellor Kohl's re ported comparasion of Mr Gorbachev with Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbcls. American hostage 'released' LARNACA, Cyprus, Sunday (Reu ter). — Two US military helicopters arrived at Larnaca airport from east Beirut amid unconfirmed reports that an American hostage in Lebanon had been freed, witnesses said. In Beirut, unconfirmed reports said hospital director Mr David Jacobsen appeared at a United Stales Embassy building in Moslem west Beirut and was transferred in a convoy to Chris tian cast Beirut. The witnesses said Mr Jacobsen, who has been in captivity for 17 months, was released in front of the old US Embassy Doraford building at Ein Mreissch. Dynamic and individual. The BMW 3 series. A high quality compact automobile balancing performance and economy in a taut, lean design, incorporating BMWs renowned L-Jetronic fuel injection and 5 speed gearbox The 325e also offers the new fuel efficient 'eta' engine - a result of applying the very latest technology. 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The Nicaraguan Government has consistently refused to negotiate directly with the insurgents, charging they are instru ments of US policy. Mr Eugene Hasenfus was the sole survivor of the crash of an arms-laden plane shot down over Nicaragua on Octobcr 5 in what Sand inista officials called a supply mission for rebel forces. He is being tried by a Sandinista people's tribunal on charges of terrorism and violating state security. In Managua, President Ortega said yester day Nicaraguan troops had engaged US backed rebels in heavy combat this week on the northern border with Honduras. Mr Ortega said in a radio broadcast from the northern provincial capital of Jinotega that Nicaraguan troops killed 80 rebels and wounded 120 in "intense combats" between October 24 and 29. He said 21 government soldiers had died and 16 were wounded in a successful sweep by four battalions to break up a large concen tration of rebels poised to penetrate northern Nicaragua from Honduran base camps. 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