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Canberra Times (ACT)
|Publication:||Aug 7 1995|
Canberra Times (ACT) - Aug 7 1995
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INTERNATIONAL . Croats march on, take Petrinja ZAGREB, Sunday: Advanc ing Croats and beleaguered Serbs shelled each other per sistently overnight as a Cro atian offensive to retake reb el Serb land entered its third day, United Nations officers said. Croatian troops late last night entered and took Petrinja, the biggest town in the north of the Serb-held Krajina enclave where Croat officials earlier admitted they had suffered heavy casual ties, but the UN could not con firm this. . "There is shelling in many places and by both sides, but not as heavy as we have seen so far," the duty officer for UN peace keepers in the area told Reuter by telephone. Croatian artillery fired over a wide front and eight shells hit nearby Glina, another of the main towns the Serbs still hold after a series of crushing defeats yesterday. Less than 48 hours after the fighting began, the Croats had marched into Knin, the Serb fort ress "capital" for five years, and cut Krajina in two by joining up with Bosnian troops breaking out from the Bihac enclave. -Croatian radio claimed many rebel Muslims under local war lord Fikret Abdic in the Bihac area, who had been fighting alongside the Serbs, were now switching sides. "In some places they are al ready fighting against Bosnian Serb forces who are trying to pre vent them defecting," the radio report said. "Several hundred Ab dic soldiers are now fighting in western Bosnia on the side of the Bosnian army." The UN duty officer said the Serbs, putting up a stronger fight in the north of Krajina, which lies just south of the Croatian capital Zagreb, had blown up a key bridge near the town of Slunj and rained mortar and artillery shells on Turanj. Turanj lies on the former cease-fire line on the edge of the Croatian-held town of Karlovac and had been one place where the 100,000-strong Croatian army had failed to make much pro gress. The Croatian onslaught in the south around Knin and Ben kovac, the nearest major Serb held town to the Adriatic coast, has not been mirrored by similar success in the north. Glina and Petrinja, close to the former cease-fire line, put up strong resistance. Croatian offi cials admitted they had suffered heavy casualties around Petrinja. ZAGREB: Thousands of Serbs taking flight before the Croatian offensive have overwhelmed the small Croatian town of Topusko, which is still in Serb hands, UN officials there said today. "These are indescribable scenes," a spokesman at the UN base in the town, 100km south of Zagreb, said. "Maybe as many as 15,000 refugees have taken over Topusko. "They are camped outside our base, mainly old people, women and children. They have spent a night out in the cold." BELGRADE: Dozens of missile launching trucks were observed travelling through the federal re public of Yugoslavia in the direc tion of Croatia late last night, a local news agency correspondent reported. The correspondent, from the in dependent agency Beta, said the vehicles had been spotted in Backi Petrovac, 90km north-west of Belgrade. He said the trucks, each one carrying a missile about 3m long, were heading for the border be tween the rump Yugoslavia (Ser bia and Montenegro) and eastern Slavonia, Croatian territory con trolled by secessionist Serbs. MOSCOW: Russian ultra-nation alist leader Vladimir Zhirinov sky, a likely candidate at next year's presidential elections, at tacked President Boris Yeltsin yesterday for not helping belea guered Serb forces in Croatia. "If we had another president the Russian army would already be there and no one would be able to touch the Serbs," he told reporters before a political rally in Moscow. ^IUdlld" dialer near ine ironi line in ftariovac (above), Croatians celebrate the retaking of Dubica (below left) and a Serbian woman, of Petrinja, rescues refugees (below right). ACMS Australian Convention Management Services PO Box 468 Paddtngton NSW 2021 Australia Telephone + 61 2 332 4622 • Facsimile +61 2 332 4066 E-mall firstname.lastname@example.org CONFERENCE URL http://www.csiJ.edu.au/speclal/conference • http://www.auug.org.au/auug/auugc95.html' AUTHORISED BY THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD WIDE WEB CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Great trade in prices on Factory bonuses, special deals, see your Canberra Subaru dealer soon. SEDANS & WAGQM LMD • 22-25 Lonsdale Street BRADDON 267 1600 SUBARU Canberra Car Centre LMD • Cnr Newcastle & Whyalla Streets FYSHWICK 280 7476 IRA's Sinn Fein leader 'has no desire to die for Ireland' LONDON, Sunday: Gerry Adams, leader of the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, Sinn Fein, has "no de sire to die or kill for Ireland" and has admitted that his first sexual fumblings were with Protestants. In a television interview, to be broadcast today, Mr Ad ams said he had not been in the IRA in the early 1970s. "First of all it's an illegal thing to join the IRA," he said. "The history of these times will have to be told sometime when it is not ille gal." Asked if he were personally at risk in his attempt to push forward the peace process in Northern Ireland, he said: "We only have one life each of us and we have to use it in this type of risky escapade. "We Irish Republicans have taken on the British Govern ment. Many of my good friends and associates have left me, walked around the corner and have been killed. "I have no desire to die for Ireland or to kill for Ireland. I have to keep coming back to the British Government, to Gerry Adams what should be the biggest priority on this island." Mr Adams, 46, said he came from a poor family and grew up in the Falls Road area of Belfast and later at Ballymurphy. "When I was in Ballymur phy as a teenager and we be gan to discover there was such a thing as sex and there was the opposite sex, our first fumbling explorations were in the Moyard area, which was a Loyalist area, and our first encounters with young women were with Pro testant young women simply because they were just across the road from where we were," he said. In the late 1950s and 1960s, the Roman Catholic and Pro testant communities were po larised, but peaceful, Mr Ad ams said. He described seeing his brothers go into interrogation centres. "I have been beaten in the torture centres of various barracks. It's a matter of medical record that people like me were taken and bru talised. I have been shot," he said. "What is important now is we have an opportunity to set all that behind us. "I am prepared to sit down and speak to the people who shot me. "I think any sensible per son must be both intellectual ly and emotionally against being involved or a player in violence." -AFP I Cambodia looks at becoming giant theme park PHNOM PENH, Sunday: The Cam bodian Government is considering an enormously expensive, radical proposal from a conservation organi sation to turn the entire country in to a giant theme park based on na ture and ancient Khmer culture. The unprecedented idea for the "World National Park" suggests that Cambodia adopt an "alternative de velopment plan" and forget about de veloping industrially, according to a preliminary proposal from the Soci ety for Ecology and Wildlife Preserv ation in Cambodia. Instead, it should put all its energy into protecting its environ ment and history, the plan says. "This is not a 'pie in the sky' pro posal," the director of the society, Marshall Perry, said. "But for it to work, the Government has to be ful ly committed to it — the whole ball of wax." What some might consider handi caps for any other country — lack of development and infrastructure — were actually advantages for the plan to work in Cambodia, he said. His proposal calls for the interna tional community to pay for the esti mated $US5 billion ($A6.8 billion) it will cost over a five-year transition period during which industry would be marginalised then eliminated. "I think it could work, but it has to be acted on quickly or else it will be too late," Mr Perry said. The proposal highlights this point, stressing that industrial develop ment is not all it is cracked up to be. "Soon Cambodians will talk and dress as they do in any Western or developing country, another civilisa tion to lose its rich heritage for 'progress'," it reads. The Government had received the preliminary proposal and was now considering whether to go ahead with a more detailed feasibility study, Mr Perry said. It remains unclear what Cambodi an officials think of the plan, which would require them at the least to cancel several existing lucrative log ging and manufacturing contracts and, in effect, turn their backs on modernisation. Several have described it as a good idea and "visionary" but doubt it will ever come to pass. "It's a good idea," Minister of En vironment Mok Mareth told the Cambodia Daily newspaper. "But the problem is the Government has com mitted contracts with some business men. We have to respect the con tracts or ... the policy of investment would suffer." "I don't think it will fly," a senior government official, who asked not to be identified, said. "This would be a massive change in strategy and to change the strategy of the country would require not only great study but approval from the Council of Ministers and probably the National Assembly as well." Mr Perry said Cambodia would "become the most respected country on earth" for beginning a trend in saving the planet from ecological di saster. Death penalty call for paedophiles MANILA, Sunday: A govern ment panel has called for the death penalty for paedophiles in the Philippines, which coincides with a request by President Fidel Ramos to Australia and other countries to help stop sex tours and child prostitution. General Ramos is to visit Aus tralia next week. He expected to discuss trade and investment and work for ex panded defence cooperation be tween the two countries. "Inform your people that the Philippines is not a destination for sex tours and paedophiles," General Ramos urged Australian journalists last week, according to the Government statement. He expressed support for ef forts to introduce legislation in Canberra that would penalise Australians conducting sex tours or patronising child prostitutes in this country. Recent reports here have brought attention to the number of Australians allegedly control ling bars and nightclubs that are fronts for prostitution, in Angeles city, north of Manila Such establishments reportedly cater to a largely Australian mar ket and allegedly offer sex with children. Justice Secretary Teofisto Guingona said yesterday that a committee of Cabinet ministers, which he heads, had recommend ed to General Ramos that the death penalty be used to save the country's children from what he called sex perverts. General Ramos formed the committee to curb what officials said was a mounting number of cases of child abuse. Most were perpetrated by for eigners coming to the country as tourists, they said. "These types of crime should be included in the Heinous Crime Law to rid our society of abomi nable individuals ... and pro tect Filipino children," Mr Guin gona told reporters. The Philippines revived the death penalty last year through a law imposing capital punishment for so-called "heinous crimes". These include rape, kidnapping for ransom and drug trafficking. Paedophiles face 20 years in jail under current-laws. There are about 85,000 street children and 20,000 child prosti tutes in the Philippines. Most of them are in Manila, ac cording to official studies. - REUTER iai Chi An ancicnt exercise for health & relaxation Regular practice of the gentle turning and stretching movements of TaoistTai Chi helps to maintain and regain a natural state of health The TaoistTai Chi Society was founded in 1970 by Master Moy Lin-Shin, a Taoist monk from China with over 50 years' experience in the internal martial and healing arts. New Beginners Class Tue. 8 August, 7.45pm . , MAJURA COMMUNITY CENTRE, DICKSON s Phone For Details s 253 4107 or 247 8862 | Taoiit Taj Chi Soricty of the A.C.T. Inc. A An inrojporatcd Non-Profit Anorjatjon 3 WORLD BRIEFS China test reports TOKYO: China might con duct another nuclear test sometime between August 10 and 20, the Japanese news paper Mainichi reported yes terday. The possibility was de scribed by diplomatic sources as "high", while a Japanese Government official said such a test was "very likely", the newspaper said. Royal wedding? LONDON: Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, has finally decided to marry his girlfriend Sophie Rhys-Jones, a British news paper said on Saturday. The News of the World, quoting friends of the couple, said the pair were celebrat ing on the royal yacht Bri tannia before a cruise of Scotland's Western Isles. But Buckingham Palace dis missed the report as "pure speculation". Princess's 'tryst' LONDON: Princess Diana and English rugby captain Will Carling have developed "a special friendship", spend ing hours together in the pri vacy of Kensington Palace, according to the British tab loid News of The World. In a sensational front-page article under the headline "Di's secret trysts with Car ling", the newspaper said yesterday that Princess Di ana, estranged wife of Prince Charles, gave Carling her private phone number and accepted "intimate" gifts from the English Test star. Presley row OXFORD, Mississippi: The first international conference on Elvis Presley was to begin yesterday amid fury in the hometown of novelist Wil liam Faulkner. The week long conference has prompt ed alarm among some that it could besmirch the town's cultural reputation. Speaker quiet PORT OF SPAIN: The Speaker of Trinidad's House of Representatives, Occah Seapul, now under house ar rest, agreed on Saturday to temporarily step down from office, state television report ed. French opposed PARIS: Almost two in three French people think France should reconsider its decision to resume nuclear testing next month, accord ing to an opinion poll in the Voire Dimanche newspaper. The poll indicated 62 per cent of French people were opposed to the tests. Workers sacked BLAWNTYRE: The Malawi Government has sacked 105,000 striking public ser vants who defied an order to return to work, state radio reported. River drownings LONDON: A man died on Saturday when he tried to cool off by jumping into a river in a repeat of a tragedy at the same spot the day be fore. Police said the. man jumped into the River Mer sey from a footbridge where another man drowned after doing the same on Friday.
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