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Voice of America, 96-06-17

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From: The Voice of America <gopher://gopher.voa.gov>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CLINTON-CYPRUS (S ONLY) BY DAVID BORGIDA (WHITE HOUSE)
  • [02] ALBANIA/ELECTION (L ONLY) BY WAYNE COREY (VIENNA)
  • [03] RUSSIA ELECTIONS (S-2ND UPDATE-RERUN) BY ELIZABETH ARROTT (MOSCOW)
  • [04] LEBED A KINGMAKER IN RUSSIA? BY FRANCIS RONALDS (WASHINGTON)
  • [05] MONDAY'S EDITORIALS BY ANDREW N. GUTHRIE (WASHINGTON)

  • [01] CLINTON-CYPRUS (S ONLY) BY DAVID BORGIDA (WHITE HOUSE)

    DATE=6/17/96
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-198879
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: PRESIDENT CLINTON IS SENDING HIS SPECIAL ENVOY FOR CYPRUS TO THE REGION TO SEE IF ANY PROGRESS CAN BE MADE ON STALLED UNITED NATIONS-SPONSORED TALKS OVER THE DIVIDED ISLAND. HE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DURING WHITE HOUSE TALKS WITH VISITING CYPRIOT PRESIDENT GLAFCOS CLERIDES. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT DAVID BORGIDA REPORTS.

    TEXT: PRESIDENT CLINTON IS SENDING ENVOY RICHARD BEATTIE TO THE REGION IN JULY TO SEE IF SOME PROGRESS CAN BE MADE.

    U-N TALKS AIMED AT UNITING THE ISLAND'S GREEK AND TURKISH COMMUNITIES UNDER A FEDERAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN STALLED. CYPRUS HAS BEEN DIVIDED INTO GREEK AND TURKISH COMMUNITIES SINCE 1974, WHEN TURKEY INVADED TO COUNTER A GREEK-BACKED COUP.

    PRESIDENT CLINTON --DURING HIS MEETING WITH THE CYPRIOT PRESIDENT MONDAY-- TOLD REPORTERS HE IS STILL HOPING TO RESOLVE THE CYPRUS ISSUE AND LOWER TENSION BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY.

    /// CLINTON ACT ///

    I'M ANXIOUS TO SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE THE UNITED STATES CAN DO TO SUPPORT A SETTLEMENT OF THE MATTERS IN CYPRUS IN A WAY THAT IS FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED.

    /// END ACT ///

    A WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT SAID MR. BEATTIE'S TALKS WOULD FOCUS ON A COMPREHENSIVE SETTLEMENT, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON SECURITY. IT SAID THE TWO LEADERS REAFFIRMED DURING THEIR MEETING THE EXCELLENT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CYPRUS. (SIGNED)
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    17-Jun-96 3:40 PM EDT (1940 UTC)
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    [02] ALBANIA/ELECTION (L ONLY) BY WAYNE COREY (VIENNA)

    DATE=6/17/96
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-198859
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: THE PRO-WESTERN RULING DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN ALBANIA IS SAID TO HAVE WON ALL PARLIAMENTARY SEATS INVOLVED IN A THIRD ROUND OF VOTING IN THE COUNTRY'S DISPUTED GENERAL ELECTION. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S VICTORY APPEARS QUITE PROBABLE SINCE MOST OPPOSITION PARTIES BOYCOTTED THE VOTING. V-O-A'S CENTRAL EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENT, WAYNE COREY, REPORTS.

    TEXT: SEVENTEEN PARLIAMENTARY SEATS WERE AT STAKE IN SUNDAY'S ELECTION. REPEAT VOTING IN THOSE CONSTITUENCIES WAS ORDERED BY ALBANIAN PRESIDENT SALI BERISHA FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS OF WIDESPREAD IRREGULARITIES IN EARLIER BALLOTING.

    BUT THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF FORMER COMMUNISTS AND OTHER OPPOSITION PARTIES AND MOST OF THEIR SUPPORTERS DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE LATEST BALLOTING. MOST OPPOSITION PARTIES WITHDREW FROM THE ELECTION EVEN BEFORE THE FIRST ROUND WAS OVER.

    THEIR COMPLAINTS OF SERIOUS AND WIDESPREAD ELECTION FRAUD BY THE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE.

    THE O-S-C-E CHAIRMAN DEPLORED THE WAY THE ELECTION HAS BEEN HELD AND HAD CALLED FOR REPEAT VOTING IN THE CONSTITUENCIES IN WHICH THE WORST IRREGULARITIES OCCURRED.

    IT IS NOT YET KNOWN IF THE O-S-C-E OR ITS CHAIRMAN WILL HAVE ANYTHING MORE TO SAY ABOUT THE ELECTION WHICH WILL CLEARLY LEAVE OPPOSITION PARTIES DEEPLY DISSATISFIED.

    THE RULING DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ELECTION VICTORY GIVES THE PARTY MORE THAN A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY IN THE ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT. THIS MEANS PRESIDENT BERISHA COULD OBTAIN PARLIAMENTARY APPROVAL FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN HIS POWER.

    THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF BECOMING INCREASINGLY AUTHORITARIAN. BUT HE SAYS THE ALBANIAN PEOPLE, WHO ENDURED DECADES OF RIGID COMMUNIST RULE, ARE FED UP WITH COMMUNISM AND ARE BENEFITTING FROM HIS ECONOMIC REFORMS. (SIGNED)
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    17-Jun-96 11:12 AM EDT (1512 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America

    [03] RUSSIA ELECTIONS (S-2ND UPDATE-RERUN) BY ELIZABETH ARROTT (MOSCOW)

    DATE=6/17/96
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-198862
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    // RERUNNING FOR FORMATTING PROBLEMS //

    INTRO: THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS NOW A TWO-MAN RACE, WITH INCUMBENT BORIS YELTSIN AND COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER GENNADI ZYUGANOV FACING A TIGHTLY CONTESTED SECOND ROUND OF VOTING NEXT MONTH. AS VOA'S ELIZABETH ARROTT IN MOSCOW REPORTS, PRELIMINARY RESULTS GIVE MR. YELTSIN 35 PERCENT OF THE VOTE, MR. ZYUGANOV A CLOSE 32 PERCENT.

    TEXT: WITH THE RACE THIS CLOSE, THE TWO FRONT-RUNNERS ARE SCRAMBLING TO GET ALL THE SUPPORT THEY CAN.

    PRESIDENT YELTSIN MET MONDAY WITH SURPRISE THIRD PLACE CANDIDATE, GENERAL ALEXANDER LEBED. THE PRESIDENT'S PRESS SERVICE SAID THE TALKS FOCUSSED ON POSSIBLE WAYS OF COOPERATION BETWEEN MR. YELTSIN AND THE TOUGH-TALKING, LAW AND ORDER CANDIDATE, MR. LEBED.

    MR. ZYUGANOV ALSO APPEALED TO THE GENERAL, AS WELL AS OTHER MINOR CANDIDATES, TO JOIN HIS CAMP. BUT THE COMMUNIST PARTY CHIEF, WHOSE OVERTURES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED COOLLY BY MR. LEBED, WARNED COALITION BUILDING HAS ITS PERILS.

    /// ZYUGANOV ACT -- IN RUSSIAN ///

    "THE VOTERS ARE NOT SERFS," MR. ZYUGANOV TOLD REPORTERS IN MOSCOW MONDAY. "ONE CANNOT PASS THEM DOWN AS IF THEY WERE AN INHERITANCE."

    WHILE THE OUTCOME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE REMAINS FAR FROM CLEAR, RUSSIAN SHARE MARKETS (STOCK MARKETS) RALLIED AT THE NEWS OF THE SLIM YELTSIN LEAD. (SIGNED)
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    17-Jun-96 1:28 PM EDT (1728 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America

    [04] LEBED A KINGMAKER IN RUSSIA? BY FRANCIS RONALDS (WASHINGTON)

    DATE=6/17/96
    TYPE=CLOSEUP
    NUMBER=4-09212
    TELEPHONE=619-3937
    EDITOR=PHIL HAYNES
    CONTENT= // ACTUALITIES IN AUDIO SERVICES //

    INTRO: SINCE NEITHER BORIS YELTSIN NOR COMMUNIST CANDIDATE GENNADY ZYUGANOV WON THE NECESSARY 50 PERCENT OF THE VOTE IN SUNDAY'S PRESIDENTAL ELECTION IN RUSSIA, OBSERVERS ARE NOW LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RUN-OFF VOTE BETWEEN THE TWO OR THEM, EXPECTED EITHER JULY 3RD OR JULY 7TH. MUCH OF THE SPECULATION NOW CONCERNS GENERAL ALEKSANDR LEBED, WHO WON ABOUT 15 PERCENT OF THE VOTES CAST -- WELL ABOVE THE LEVEL PREDICTED IN THE POLLS. WHAT IMPACT CAN HE HAVE ON THE RUN-OFF RESULTS? WITH BACKGROUND, HERE IS FRANK RONALDS.

    TEXT: PROFESSOR BILL WALLACE, A RUSSIAN SPECIALIST AT SCOTLAND'S GLASGOW UNIVERSITY, SAYS THERE IS SOME HARD BARGAINING AHEAD FOR PRESIDENT YELTSIN. HE WAS

    INTERVIEWED BY VOA'S PAUL FRANCUCH IN LONDON:

    TAPE: CUT ONE -- WALLACE "IMMEDIATELY, OF COURSE, THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT WHERE THE OTHER VOTES GO TO: DO THEY GO TO ZYUGANOV OR DO THEY COME TO YELTSIN? AND CLEARLY, YELTSIN WILL BE NEGOTIATING PRETTY HARD WITH LEBED IN PARTICULAR. HE'S CERTAINLY GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF INFLUENCE, PARTICULARLY IF THOSE WHO VOTED FOR HIM ARE PREPARED TO FOLLOW HIS LEAD AS TO WHERE HIS VOTES MIGHT GO."

    TEXT: IN MOSCOW, U-S AMBASSADOR THOMAS PICKERING TOLD THE AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANY THAT MUCH MAY DEPEND ON RELATIONS BETWEEN PRESIDENT YELTSIN AND THE 46-YEAR-OLD GENERAL:

    TAPE: CUT TWO -- PICKERING "ONE OF THE QUESTIONS OF COURSE IS, IF GENERAL LEBED WERE TO GO TOWARD MR. YELTSIN, WOULD ALL OF HIS VOTES GO? THOSE ARE VERY DIFFICULT POINTS, AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA EXCITING AND VERY TOUGH TO PREDICT. BUT GENERAL LEBED'S SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE TO PRESIDENT YELTSIN WOULD BE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND OBVIOUSLY PRESIDENT YELTSIN FEELS THE SAME WAY FROM WHAT HE'S BEEN SAYING AND DOING."

    TEXT: IT IS ASSUMED THAT THOSE VOTERS WHO SUPPORTED REFORMER GRIGORY YAVLINSKY ON SUNDAY -- ABOUT SIX TO SEVEN PERCENT OF THE TOTAL -- WOULD GO TO BORIS YELTSIN. RICHARD PIPES, A HISTORY PROFESSOR AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY, WHO HAS WRITTEN MANY BOOKS ON RUSSIA, SAYS THAT GENERAL LEBED'S DECISION THUS MAY WELL BE DECISIVE:

    TAPE: CUT THREE -- PIPES "I THINK THAT LEBED IS DEFINITELY A KING-MAKER. BECAUSE THE 15 OR SO PERCENT THAT HE GAINED ADDED TO YELTSIN'S 34 OR 35 AND POSSIBLY YAVLINSKY'S SIX, SEVEN OR EIGHT, WILL PUT YELTSIN OVER THE TOP. WHAT HIS VIEWS ARE IS VERY HARD TO TELL. HE'S SOMETHING OF A DARK HORSE. WHEN HE WAS IN MOLDOVA AS COMMANDER OF THE 14TH ARMY, HE WAS A VERY TOUGH NATIONALIST. HE SEEMS TO HAVE REALIZED, OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, THAT THINGS HAVE CHANGED IN RUSSIA, THAT YOU CANNOT COME TO PEOPLE WITH THE OLD PLATFORM. SO WHAT HE TELLS PEOPLE IS: I'M TOUGH, I'M HARD, I'M GOING TO BE VERY HARD ON CRIME, ON SPECULATION. I WILL RESTORE LAW AND ORDER AND MAKE RUSSIA A GREAT POWER AGAIN. BUT HE DOES NOT TALK OF A RETURN TO COMMUNIST ECONOMIC POLICIES."

    TEXT: WILL PRESIDENT YELTSIN BE ABLE TO OFFER ALEKSANDR LEBED A JOB IN HIS FUTURE CABINET -- ASSUMING HE IS REELECTED -- THAT THE GENERAL WOULD ACCEPT? PROFESSOR PIPES ISN'T SURE. BUT HE THINKS SUNDAY'S FIRST-ROUND ELECTION RESULTS, AND THE APPARENT TURNAROUND IN THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY, OFFER CONSIDERABLE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE:

    TAPE: CUT FOUR -- PIPES "IT APPEARS THAT IT IS THE EDUCATED PEOPLE, THE YOUNGER PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE OF HIGH SKILLS, WHO ARE VOTING LIBERAL, WHO ARE VOTING FOR YELTSIN, AND IT IS THE OLDER AND LESS-EDUCATED PEOPLE WHO ARE VOTING FOR ZYUGANOV. THIS IS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT YELTSIN DID EXTREMELY WELL IN BOTH MOSCOW AND SAINT PETERSBURG. THAT SUGGESTS THAT THE FUTURE LIES WITH LIBERALS, NOT WITH REACTIONARIES. AND MY IMPRESSION IS THAT IF THINGS GO REASONABLY WELL, IN JULY YELTSIN WILL WIN A VERY CLEAR VICTORY. BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF THE VOTES THAT WENT TO OTHER CANDIDATES -- PARTICULARLY PEOPLE LIKE YAVLINSKY AND POSSIBLY LEBED -- WILL GO TO HIM."

    TEXT: IN PAST ELECTIONS, THE RUSSIAN VOTERS HAVE SOMETIMES SURPRISED THE EXPERTS. ONLY JULY WILL PROVIDE A DEFINITIVE ANSWER. (SIGNED)
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    17-Jun-96 3:14 PM EDT (1914 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America

    [05] MONDAY'S EDITORIALS BY ANDREW N. GUTHRIE (WASHINGTON)

    DATE=06/17/96
    TYPE=U-S EDITORIAL DIGEST
    NUMBER=6-09633
    TELEPHONE=619-3335
    EDITOR=PHIL HAYNES
    CONTENT=
    // EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS PERISHABLE MATERIAL AND BECOMES DATED AFTER 10 P-M E-D-S-T ON MONDAY, JUNE 17TH //

    INTRO: THE ALLEGED MISUSE OF F-B-I PERSONNEL FILES BY THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE IS A LEADING TOPIC OF DISCUSSION IN THE EDITORIAL COLUMNS OF MONDAY'S U-S NEWSPAPERS. OTHER ITEMS DISCUSSED INCLUDE: A SUPREME COURT DECISION STRIKING DOWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BASED ON RACIAL CHARACTERISTICS; THE PEACEFUL END TO THE FREEMEN STANDOFF IN MONTANA; COLOMBIA'S GOVERNMENTAL CRISIS; TRADE SANCTIONS AGAINST CUBA, AND CITIZEN BOB DOLE'S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY. NOW, HERE IS _________________ WITH A CLOSER LOOK IN TODAY'S U-S EDITORIAL DIGEST.

    TEXT: SEVERAL NEWSPAPERS ARE EXPOUNDING ON THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE FOR ITS ALLEGED USE OF HUNDREDS OF CONFIDENTIAL F-B-I FILES ON PREVIOUS WHITE HOUSE STAFF MEMBERS, MOST OF THEM REPUBLICANS. SOME OF TODAY'S EDITORIALS FOCUS ON THE MAN WHO REQUESTED THE FILES, ANTHONY MARCECA, AN ARMY CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WHO TURNS OUT TO BE A PARTISAN DEMOCRAT. SAYS THE WASHINGTON POST:

    VOICE: "IT IS BEING SUGGESTED [BY THE WHITE HOUSE] THAT NO HARM HAS BEEN DONE BECAUSE THE FILES NEVER WENT BEYOND [WHITE HOUSE PERSONNEL SECURITY CHIEF CRAIG] LIVINGSTONE AND [MR.] MARCECA. WE DISAGREE. ... THE LAST PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT TO HAVE ACCESS TO ... SENSITIVE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION REPORTS ... SHOULD BE POLITICAL OPERATIVES. THAT, UNFORTUNATELY, IS WHAT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO HAVE DONE."

    TEXT: THE NEW YORK TIMES IS EQUALLY CONCERNED:

    VOICE: "WITH EACH NEW DISCLOSURE, THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION'S HANDLING OF SENSITIVE F-B-I FILES SEEMS MORE MALADROIT AND DISHEARTENING... IT IS NOW APPARENT ... THERE WAS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR MISCHIEF. [OPT] ... IT TURNS OUT ... THE TWO MEN PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE DOCUMENT REQUEST WERE LONGTIME DEMOCRATIC PARTY POLITICAL OPERATIVES. [END OPT] ... IT IS ALREADY ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT NEITHER THE WHITE HOUSE NOR THE F-B-I ACTED WITH THE KIND OF CARE AND RESTRAINT AMERICANS EXPECT OF THEIR GOVERNMENT."

    TEXT: THE CONSERVATIVE WASHINGTON TIMES, WHICH TENDS TO BE MORE CRITICAL OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, CONCLUDES ITS EDITORIAL WITH A REMINDER:

    VOICE: "IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE COME OUT HAD NOT PENNSYLVANIA REPRESENTATIVE WILLIAM CLINGER AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS DEMANDED SOME THREE-THOUSAND PAGES OF DOCUMENTS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE INITIALLY REFUSED TO TURN OVER ON GROUNDS OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. MR. CLINGER FINALLY GOT ABOUT ONE-THOUSAND OF THOSE PAGES AFTER THE HOUSE THREATENED TO CITE THE WHITE HOUSE FOR CONTEMPT. WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE LEARNED FROM THEM ABOUT MISUSE OF F-B-I FILES SHOULD MAKE IT ALL THE MORE INSISTENT ON SEEING THE REMAINING TWO-THOUSAND PAGES. GOODNESS KNOWS WHAT THEY MIGHT REVEAL."

    TEXT: TURNING TO ANOTHER DOMESTIC ISSUE, THE SUPREME COURT'S STRIKING DOWN SEVERAL BLACK AND HISPANIC CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS THAT WERE CREATED PRINCIPALLY BECAUSE OF THEIR RACIAL MAKEUP, TODAY'S BALTIMORE SUN WRITES:

    VOICE: "BY INVALIDATING FOUR MAJORITY-MINORITY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS DRAWN TO HELP INCREASE THE REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS OF BLACKS AND HISPANICS, THE SUPREME COURT HAS THROWN THE FALL ELECTIONS IN TWO STATES INTO CONFUSION -- WITHOUT SUBSTANTIALLY CLARIFYING JUST WHAT KINDS OF MINORITY DISTRICTS IT WILL APPROVE. [OPT] ... IN THE MEANTIME, VOTERS IN THESE FOUR DISTRICTS ARE LEFT TO WONDER WHAT THE COURTS WILL COME UP WITH BEFORE NOVEMBER -- AND WHETHER OTHER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS IN THOSE STATES WILL BE AFFECTED." [END OPT]

    TEXT: USA TODAY IS PLEASED AT THE PEACEFUL WAY THE FREEMEN'S STANDOFF IN MONTANA WAS ENDED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION -- WITHOUT A SHOT BEING FIRED.

    VOICE: "A NUMBER OF CRITICS ... SAY THE F-B-I WAS TOO SLOW TO GET INVOLVED... OTHERS COMPLAIN THAT [OPT] BY INCLUDING MILITIA LEADERS AMONG THE 40 DIFFERENT ENVOYS AND GO-BETWEENS, [END OPT] THE FEDS (FEDERAL AGENTS) SHOWED 'TOO MUCH' [ITALICS FOR EMPHASIS] FLEXIBILITY... FOR THE MOMENT, THOUGH, IT'S GOOD ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT ... YOU CAN COUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN CUSTODY WITHOUT HAVING TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF BODIES IN THE GROUND."

    TEXT: AMONG INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS DEALT WITH TODAY IS THE DECISION OF THE COLOMBIAN CONGRESS TO ABSOLVE PRESIDENT ERNESTO SAMPER OF DRUG CORRUPTION CHARGES. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES SAYS HE SHOULD STILL RESIGN.

    VOICE: "... THE PROBLEMS THAT OVERWHELM THE COUNTRY MAY NOT BE TACKLED UNLESS [PRESIDENT] SAMPER NOW MAKES THE HONORABLE DECISION TO RESIGN THE PRESIDENCY. PERHAPS ONLY THIS ACT CAN TRIGGER A DESPERATELY NEEDED NATIONAL RECONCILIATION. [OPT] THERE IS NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THIS POLITICAL TUNNEL... PUBLIC OPINION HAS BEEN POLARIZED BY THE PROCEEDINGS IN CONGRESS. (MR.) SAMPER HAS WON A LEGAL VICTORY BUT LOST HIS LEADERSHIP OF THE FRACTIOUS HIGH MINISTRIES OF GOVERNMENT. HE HAS IT IN HIS HANDS TO OFFER HIS COUNTRY A FRESH START." [END OPT]

    TEXT: AS REGARDING THE RECENTLY ENACTED HELMS-BURTON ACT CALLING FOR NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST COUNTRIES THAT TRADE WITH CUBA, NEWSDAY ON NEW YORK'S LONG ISLAND SAYS:

    VOICE: "BEFORE THE ILL-CONCEIVED ... ACT .... TAKES EFFECT AUGUST FIRST, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON MUST EXERCISE HIS OPTION TO SOFTEN ITS IMPACT... ALREADY, CANADA AND MEXICO ARE ACTING TO DEFEND THEIR INDUSTRIES AND ARE CONSIDERING PASSING LAWS TO RETALIATE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES IF THE HELMS-BURTON ACT TAKES EFFECT UNCHANGED... SIGNING THE DESTRUCTIVE BILL OWED LESS TO SOUND JUDGMENT AND MORE TO POLITICAL CALCULATIONS AIMED AT DEFUSING REPUBLICAN CRITICISM. [OPT] [PRESIDENT] CLINTON NEVER EXPECTED THE FURIOUS INTERNATIONAL REACTION THAT ENSUED -- BUT HE SHOULD HAVE." [END OPT]

    TEXT: CONCERNING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THE OMAHA' WORLD-HERALD IN NEBRASKA SAYS THAT BOB DOLE, IN ITS WORDS, IS "VERY MUCH IN [THE] RACE", ADDING:

    VOICE: "[OPT] [PRESIDENT] CLINTON, HIS ASSOCIATES AND HIS APPOINTEES HAVE A TENDENCY TO SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT [TO BRING NEEDLESS CRITICISM ON THEMSELVES BY THEIR FOOLISH ACTIONS]. EVEN IF THERE ARE NO MORE WHITEWATER CONVICTIONS OR REVELATIONS, NO MORE TRAVELGATES, NO MORE MISUSE OF F-B-I FILES [END OPT] ... THE LESSONS TAUGHT BY RECENT HISTORY SUGGEST THAT [MR.] CLINTON OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO HIM WILL BLUNDER AGAIN BEFORE NOVEMBER. THIS IS THE ARKANSAS GANG THAT CAN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT, AND THERE'S NO REASON TO BELIEVE THEIR AIM WILL IMPROVE ... IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS... THE ELECTION IS FAR FROM DECIDED."

    TEXT: AND LASTLY, TODAY'S BOSTON GLOBE, LAMENTING THE WEEKEND TERRORIST BOMBING IN MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, APPARENTLY BY THE IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY, COMPARES THE LATEST ROUND OF PEACE TALKS ON NORTHERN IRELAND TO THE PARIS TALKS THAT ENDED THE VIETNAM WAR.

    VOICE: "DISAGREEMENTS OVER PROCEDURE DISGUISED DEEP ANIMOSITIES THAT PROMPTED THE OUTRAGEOUS BOMBING IN ENGLAND SATURDAY, AND THREATEN, AS IN VIETNAM, TO UNDERMINE THE SEARCH FOR A COMPROMISE PEACE... UNLESS THE ANTAGONISTS UNEQUIVOCALLY RENOUNCE VIOLENCE AND SEEK COMMON POLITICAL GROUND, THE BEST CHANCE IN A GENERATION TO END THE CONFLICT WILL HAVE BEEN LOST."

    TEXT: AND THAT CONCLUDES THIS BRIEF SAMPLING OF EDITORIALS FROM TODAY'S U-S PRESS.
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    17-Jun-96 11:32 AM EDT (1532 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America


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