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Canberra Times (ACT)
|Publication:||Dec 11 1986|
Canberra Times (ACT) - Dec 11 1986
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World news THE PHILIPPINES Historic ceasefire in force after 17 years MANILA, Wednesday (Reu ter). — The first ceasefire in the Philippines' 17-year communist insurgency began today. The 60-day truce between gov .! ernment troops and communist j rebels went into effect at noon, -/ spokesmen for both sides said, r Hundreds of people gathered i in front of Manila Cathedral to pray that the historic agreement - would bring a permanent end to * the war which the rebels began against the now-ousted President Ferdinand Marcos in 1969. Military headquarters reported no incidents in the hours before the ceasefire went into effect but said five soldiers were killed in rebel attacks yesterday. The truce began after com munist negotiators Satur Ocam po, Antonio Zumel and Carolina Malay agreed to a government demand late yesterday that rebel soldiers not carry firearms into urban areas. Communist negotiators had earlier claimed that this demand by the chief of the armed forces, General Fidel Ramos,could de lay the ceasefire or make it inef fective. President Aquino presided over a cabinet meeting at Malacanang palace just before the ceasefire went into effect. Asked about her feelings as she walked to the cabinet meeting, a beaming Mrs Aquino said, "Every day is a good day." The Government and the re bels will begin full-scale peace talks later this month. The rebels want a complete reshaping of Philippines society and. the scrap ping of US bases as part of their terms for peace. They have also hinted at the need for power-sharing. Teofisto Guingona, one of the government negotiators, toJd re porters the Government would outline its own plan for peace, "We will have to have our own program and spell it out — quick economic recovery, social amelioration, economic and social reform within the framework of the constitution and amnesty — a noble amnes ty," Mr Guingona said. Few political observers here are optimistic that the peace talks can succeed, but they were also pessimistic before today about the chances for a ceasefire. When Mrs Aquino came to power in a civilian-backed mili tary revolt in February, her first act was to call for a ceasefire. She backed up her call by freeing hundreds of political prisoners. More than 200 people on the steps of Manila Cathedral were addressed by Argentine human rights campaigner Adolftv Equivel, a Nobel Peace prize win ner. He told them, "Each of us must do our part if this ceasefire is to succeed." The bells of the cathedral re mained silent as the ceasefire went into effect. AIDS cartoon banned by TV LONDON, Wednesday (PA). — British TV companies have • turned down an anti-AIDS ad * vertisement, saying it would of ' fend viewers. A health authority backing the . 1. campaign has accused the broad ; casters of "lacking courage". The cartoon-style advertise ' ments, adapted from a series shown on Norwegian TV, show letters from the word "AIDS" apparently coming to life — and « starting to have sex. One refuses , to take things further until the other puts on a condom. All-NEWmSSAN VANETTE Vanette window van NOOTHBtVAH DEUVB8M0RE Delivers more comfort. All-new Vanette is designed to take you to work with the comfort, ride and handling of your family sedan. With a roomy, fully-equipped cabin, superb seats, plus, the ability to carry over ! tonne payload with ease, for unmatched ride and handling. ' Bright, roomy driver's cabin with floor mounted manual or automatic gear shift. 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For better rustproofing, Vanette utilizes corrosion resistant steel extensively with the further protection of pitching primers and stone*guard coating to keep your vehicle looking good and working hard longer. Vanette's large rear door ensures easy and efficient loading. Vanette cargo van. COME ALIVE, COME AND DRIVE ISSAN KNOW-HOW Britain's Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher, is interrupted by the Reverend Ian Paisley as she addresses the European Parliament on Tuesday. Mr Paisley, who was protesting against the Anglo-Irish accord, was ousted after the incident. Paisley halts Thatcher's speech STRASBOURG, France, Wednesday (AP). — Britain's Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher, was heckled and booed in the European Parliament yesterday while delivering a speech on her Government's accomplishments in leading the 12-nation Euro pean Community. Her speech was often inter rupted by catcalls and hisses from the left-wing benches and the session was suspended when heckling drowned out her voice. Militant Ulster Unionist mem ber the Reverend Ian Paisley caused an uproar in the assembly when he rushed the speaker's platform and called Mrs Thatcher a "traitor to the Loyal ist people of Northern Ireland", for signing the Anglo-Irish agree ment. The November 1985 deal be tween London and the Irish Re public gave Dublin a say in run ning the northern counties of the island. Mr Paisley brandished a poster saying "Ulster says NO", a few inches from Mrs Thatcher's face. For 10 minutes, Mr Paisley evaded ushers who were called to remove him. Laughter and calls of protest from the right-wing benches made it impossible to hear Mrs Thatcher and the ses sion was suspended while secur ity officers ousted Mr Paisley. Mrs Thatcher later finished her speech. Ancient gold pendant could be worth $V2ta LONDON, Wednesday (PA). — A 15th century gold pendant described by Sotheby's as "one of the most impressive creations of the goldsmith's art to have come to us from the Middle Ages" goes under the auctioneer's hammer today. Amateur treasure hunter Ted Seaton found the Mid dleham Jewel, which has re ligious engravings and in cludes a large sapphire, in a field 15 months ago. ; Sotheby's expect it to fetch between £200,000 and £ 300,000 ($A438,000 $A657,000). Mr Seaton, who has closed down his Mudlark collectors shop in Barnard Castle, Coun ty Durham, found the jewel in 25cm of soil using his metal detector a few hundred metres from Middleham Castle, near Leyburn, North Yorkshire. An inquest decided it was not treasure trove so proceeds from the sale are to be split between Mr. Seaton and the friends who were with him, and the tenant farmer and the landowner. SWEDEN Police on trail of assassin STOCKHOLM, Wednesday (Reu ter). — The beleaguered police chief heading the hunt for the killer of Swedish Prime Minister Mr Olof Palme said tonight he was "95 per cent sure he was on the right track". Mr Hans Holmer, Stockholm's top policeman, broke a six-month silence to answer questions on television. "If I were to give an estimate in figures, I would say we were 95 per cent sure of the principal theory we are working on," he told interviewers. An unknown gunman shot Mr Palme in central Stockholm on Feb ruary 28. Mr Holmer, who has headed the investigation, agreed to the interview to stem mounting criticism from legal officials, newspapers and politicians of his handling of the case. But he declined to give details of the current state of the inquiry, Swe den's biggest manhunt. In the past week, Mr Holmer has come under fierce attack from top legal officers, including the attorney general, who said police made big mistakes in the first stages of the inquiry. But Mr Holmer, guarded by secur ity men in and outside the studio, dismissed the criticisms as irrelevant. He explained for the first time why 12 senior detectives were taken off the investigation two weeks ago, a move interpreted by critics as a sign of disillusionment within the 145-strong team of investigators. Mr Holmer dismissed the allega tions, saying the officers were dropped because an unidentified member of the group had been leak ing details of the inquiry to Swedish newspapers. qo SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS BELCONNENMALL OFFICE ONLY DECEMBER 5th TO 20th Mondy to Thursday 9am-5pm Fridays 9am-6.30pm Saturdays 9am-12noon ENQUIRIES PHONE — 511922 ALANS TOBACCO HOUSE & TATTSLOTTO CENTRE Check out these great Christmas specials WINFIELD $18.99 BENSON & HEDGES $17.99 PETER JACKSON $15.50 • Imported Havana Cuban, Dutch and Jamaican cigars, lighters, pipes and wallets. »«&COOLEMAN WESTON W COURT Ph 885301 Arms were 'bound for South Africa' From RICHARD DOWDEN LONDON, Wednesday: Three planned airlifts of arms to South Africa from Europe and the United States have been traced by The Inde pendent. One flight was to take a cargo of nearly 40 tons of guns from Honduras to South Africa via St Lucia or Barbados, Cape Verde and Wind hoek. Sources in the air freight business contacted yesterday confirmed that at the end of last month a Belgian freight forwarder made requests to a number of carriers for tenders to airlift this consignment and asked potential car riers to take the same load from Bradley Fields Airport in Connecticut in the United States, to Honduras. The second airlift was to carry near ly 20 tons of rocket launching equip ment from Basle in Switzerland to Johannesburg and a third was to carry weapons from Brussels to South Africa. Asked about The Independent's, re port yesterday, a State Department spokesman, Ms Phyllis Oaldey, said, "I have nothing on those reports. Asked if she could make further in quiries, Ms Oakley said, I'll see. I'm not sure." Ms Oakley repeated Monday's an swer for information on the arms shipments, saying that an embargo on the sale of US arms to South Africa had been in existence since 1962 and "We have no knowledge of this em bargo being violated". African countries are considering raising yesterday's report in The Inde pendent on arms shipments to South Africa at the United Nations Security Council. The report which gave details-of plans to airlift nearly 60 tons of arms from Europe and America to South Africa, would have to be raised first in the UN Centre Against Apartheid, the UN committee which monitors the South African arms embargo. A spokesman for Trinidad and Tobago, which currently chairs the committee, said the matter would be raised at a meeting called for next week and it would then be raised in the Security Council by Ghana, which is currently a member. — The Independent, London. Call for South African sanctions .— P 12. Siege unabated at Murdoch's print fortress LONDON, Wednesday (AAP). — As Mr Rupert Murdoch tries to guard his flanks in the battle to take over the Herald and Weekly Times, his British company News In ternational is being ambushed every night. The siege of "Fortress Wap ping", the site of his new tech nology newspaper plant, has continued unabated all year. Gangs of stone-throwing men have tried every conceivable way of stopping his delivery trucks from getting papers to the newsstands. Police say there have been more than 1000 attacks on ve hicles connected with News In ternational since the dispute began in January when 5100 printers went on strike and were dismissed. TNT, the Australian-based road haulage company respon sible for distributing News In ternational papers, has borne the brunt of the attacks. All of News International's printing operations are now based at Wapping in East Lon don, where production of its four titles — The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and News of the World — has con tinued without serious inter ruption. Outside, print unions have tried to halt production by laying siege to "Fortress Wap ping" and there have been , violent clashes with police as pickets tried to prevent trucks entering or leaving the plant. Weapons have ranged from ball-bearings, bricks and golf balls fired at windscreens to sets of solid steel spikes laid in the path of vehicles leaving the Wapping plant. A London newsprint warehouse and sev eral regional distribution de pots have been attacked. Court injunctions which pre vent mass picketing outside the Wapping plant and secondary picketing of the depots have not stopped the opportunist vio lence against the delivery trucks. In the latest incident this week men hiding on a motor way bridge in Kent threw boulders at a convoy of ten trucks travelling towards Wap ping. The driver of one vehicle was injured by glass from a shattered windscreen. Last Saturday night eight of TNT's semi-trailers carrying News International papers were attacked in various parts of the country, police said. Five had their windscreens smashed. The attacks have prompted a warning from police that some body would soon be killed un less there is an end to violent behaviour on the picket lines and elsewhere. Police say more than 1300 people have been arrested and 394 officers in jured as a result of violence since the dispute began. Print union leaders have dis sociated themselves from acts of violence against the com pany and its employees, but the truck attacks have continued. American reporter expelled LOS ANGELES, Wednesday (Reu ter). — The Los Angeles Times said yesterday it would appeal over the South African Government's ex pulsion of its correspondent Michael Parks. The editor, Mr William Thomas, said the newspaper regretted the Gov ernment's decision and hoped it would eventually renew Mr Parks' work permit. "We very much regret the decision by the Government," Mr Thomas said in a statement. "We are in the process of appealing and we hope that the Government in the end will renew Michael Parks' work permit." South Africa ordered Mr Parks, who has been covering South Africa for 2Vi years, to leave the country by December 31. It did not say why it was refusing to renew his permit. However, diplomatic sources said Pretoria had been angered by the newspaper's editorial criticism of its conduct. Mr Parks will be the fifth foreign reporter ordered to leave since Pre toria imposed a nationwide state of emergency and tough media censorship in June.
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