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Canberra Times (ACT)
Publication:Nov 12 1986
 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Canberra Times (ACT) - Nov 12 1986
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World news ' In Manila, the world media wait for word of a coup MANILA, Tuesday (Reutcr). — An international "coup watch" has begun in Manila. Journalists and television cameras from around the world have de scended to see whether forces loyal to President Corazon Aquino's angry Defence Minister, Juan Ponce Enrile, mount a coup. Rumours of a coup attempt have been sweeping the city for days. Mrs Aquino, before leaving today for a state visit to Japan, warned military dissidents that she would call the people into the streets if they tried to topple her government. Presidential palacc sources say they have plans to mobilise millions of people in support of Mrs Aquino to repeat February's four-day "people power" revolt that drove Ferdinand Marcos into exile. One aide at the palace said: "From time to time I look out of the window and expect to see tanks. It has been that way for a week. I am prepared to die for God, Cory and country." Manila's 24 daily newspapers are constantly full of coup rumours and plots being hatched in secrecy. Many people have speculated that someone is advertising a coup in advance, something that seems to defy all nor mal rules of coup-planning. However late today, Mr Enrile is sued a statement saying he had met military commanders, reviewed the situation in the country and that it was stable and secure. He called for vigilance. Meanwhile, negotiators seeking a truce with communist rebels failed to achieve the breakthrough they had been predicting. Government negotiators Teofisto Guingona and Ramon Mitra said that in their talks with rebel emissaries last night they reached agreement on the length of a truce, but the talks had stalled over the definition of an "act of hostility" in case a ceasefire came into effect. The military has demanded that rebel taxation of peasants, which it believes helps fund the guerrillas' 17 year-old war in the countryside, be classified as a hostile act. Mr Mitra refused to say how long a ceasefire would last. "It would be not less than 30 days and not more than 100 days but both Christmas and New Year's would be covered," he said. "We are in the homc-strctch. An agreement can be reached next week." Mr Enrilc has been severely critical of Mrs Aquino's efforts to end the communist insurgency, saying her push for peace has given advantages to the rebels. His criticism has con tributed to the coup rumours. In Tokyo, Mrs Aquino has received an immediate promise of economic aid from the Japanese Prime Min ister, Yasuhiro Nakasonc. Mr Nakasonc pledged to extend a 40.4 billion yen (SA386 million) loan during a meeting with Mrs Aquino, a statement issued by the Japanese For eign Ministry said. It said the loan was intended build a coal-fired thermal power plant in Batangas province, south of Ma nila. to cope with a projected power shortage in Luzon. in another sign of Japanese back ing, a separate statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said: "The Prime Minister... stated that Japan would not spare its support to the new na tion-building efforts of the govern ment of the Philippines led by Presi dent Aquino." The United States also reaffirmed its support for the Aquino Govern ment today. LEBANON Hostages released: French confirm PARIS, Tuesday (Reuter). — France has confirmed that two French hostages held in Lebanon were released today and handed over to French officials by the Syrian authorities. The Foreign Ministry named the two as 84-year-old Camillc Sonntag and Marcel Coudari, 54. "These new releases arc part of the regular contacts the Government maintains with different countries in (he region," the ministry said. It was reported earlier that two men, possibly the French hostages, had arrived at the Syrian Foreign Ministry in Damascus. One looked very old and had a white beard, one correspondent said. The other had greying hair. Yesterday, a group known as the Organisation of Revolutionary Jus tice said it had released two of its three French hostages after the French Government had made "promises" concerning its demands. In Beirut earlier today, there was confusion about the supposed release. A Western diplomatic source said the two freed hostages had been released last night in Beirut's western sector and transferred to Damascus, but there was no public sign of the hostages and no word from their cap tors. 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The tribunal of a lawyer, a truck driver and a labourer have three days from today to reach a verdict, a tribunal spokeswoman said. Justice Minister Rodrigo Reyes, the prosecutor, said sentence proba bly would be pronounced the same day if the verdict is guilty. Mr Hasenfus, 45, could get 30 years in prison if convicted on charges of terrorism, conspiracy and violating Nicaragua's security. Mr Hasenfus was the cargo handler on a C-123 military trans port plane shot down October 5 in southern Nicaragua while carrying supplies to the Contra rebels. He was captured the next day. Mr Reyes and defence lawyer Enrique Sotelo Borgen said they had no plans to present more evidence. The tribunal president, lawyer Reynaldo Monterrey, went to the crash site by helicopter on Sunday with Mr Hasenfus and a group of journalists. Rhine pollution at sea THE HAGUE, Tuesday (Reuter). — The stream of pollution from an accidcnt at a Swiss chemical plant flowed through the Rhine river into the North Sea today and Dutch waterways officials said it would take at least four days for most of the waste to leave the great interna tional artery. Meanwhile, representatives of countries bordering the Rhine have agreed to meet in Zurich tomorrow to discuss how to avoid similar dis asters in future and coordinate alarm and safety procedures. Top officials from West Ger many, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France will also begin gathering compensation claims arising out of the accident. Thirty tonnes of pesticides, mercury and other toxic chemicals gushed into the Rhine at Basle after a factory fire 11 days ago. 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In her talks with Mr Reagan, Mrs Thatcher is likely to voice fears that drastic cuts in US and Soviet nuclear missiles dis cussed at the recent superpower meeting in Reykjavik could leave Europe exposed to Eastern-bloc superiority in con ventional weapons. The British Defence Secre tary. Mr George Younger, acknowledged yesterday that there were differences between the US and Western Europe over arms control after Rey kjavik, but said these dif ferences were being narrowed. Mrs Thatcher, in an annual prime ministerial address to the new Lord Mayor of London, quoted advice of British war time leader Winston Churchill to the US Congress not to let go of atomic weapons until they were sure other means of pre serving pcace were available. "Other means are not yet at hand, and we should do well to heed his wisdom," she said. In uncompromising language Mrs Thatcher said that any ne gotiations with the Soviet Union must be tough and re alistic. 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