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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 19, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Vol 144 No 16 Kokomo Ind Monday Sept 19 1994 50 cents troops may seal the deal By DAVID BEARD Associated Press PORTAUPRINCE Haiti AP It was just over a year ago when Lt Gen Raoul Cedras promised and diplomats he would step down by Oct 15 1993 y That day came and went The pledge Sunday by the Hait ian military coup leader to quit by Oct 15 this year carries greater weight because of the thousands of American soldiers who will be here to persuade him to follow through AP analysis But troops alone wont change the deeprooted problems of the Americas poorest nation The immediate lifting of a worldwide trade embargo wont put Haitis economy back where it was before the 1991 coup And President Clinton will want to get out of Haiti one day perhaps the rea son why at least some of the cor rupt Haitian military will be allowed to survive For Cedras and company the Local views are mixed There are lots of holes By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer News that a invasion of Haiti had been averted through a lastminute deal with the Caribbean nations military lead ers was greeted with mixed feel ings by local residents with ties to the country Im stand ing here with very mixed Sis ter Ann Weller said this morning from PortAu Prince the Haitian capi tal I am grateful grateful indeed that there was not a huge all gunsblazing onbothsides entry into the country But this immediate followup has me feeling really let The agree ment stipulates that the military Sister Ann Weller Thought triumvirate would go harmed in an invasion But he expressed concerns over the agreement which was brokered by former President Jimmy Carter as warplanes were approaching Haiti Sunday evening As we heard more and more as to what was involved in the there are lots of holes and lots of ques Vaughn said Cedras and his lieu tenants they really should be required to leave the country They could sit back and send their henchmen out to stir up Charles Gillam a Kokomo resident who has made 14 trips to Haiti and has several friends there said he was relieved an agree ment was reached without me expense of blood shed But he too was wary about Cedras and other junta being allowed to remain ment stipulates that the military in Haiti after they relinquish power leadership of the country will I think its all Gillam remain in power until Oct 15 at which time they will return power to elected President JeanBertrand Aristide whom they deposed in a 1991 coup Weller who directs a Haitian hos pice sponsored by Tiptons Sisters of St Joseph said she found it uncon scionable that Lt Gen Raoul Cedras and his associates will be allowed to remain in power another month and will not be forced to leave me country thereafter We were I thought guaran teed that this triumvirate would go I would certainly interpret that as leaving the she said Her sentiments were echoed by two Kokomo residents who have dose ties to Haiti Doug Vaughn who was born in Haiti and later became an Ameri can citizen said he was grateful that no one from either his adopt ed country or his native land were said of the agreement I was interested in seeing them removed one way or the other If they dont leave the country there could be some problems there But I think with the forces there theyre going to be sincere that they will keep their word Of course Cedras has backed off his word Cedras the de facto leader of Haiti since the 1991 coup did not personally sign the agreement Haitians reacted to news of the pact with relief Weller said Many are just so relieved that there was not this bloody inva sion The relief is so overwhelm ing she said that the fragile nature of the agreement has not sunk in with most Haitians When mat begins to soak in that it looks like these guys are going to go scotfree there could be some real Weller said HaitiAgreement White House text of the agreement reached in PortauPrince Haiti 18 1994 that averted an invasion of Haiti and 2To Implement this agreement the Haitian military and police forces will work in close cooperation with the Military Mission This cooperation conducted with mutual respect will last during the transitional period required for insuring vital institutions of the country 4The miUtary activities of the Military Mission will be coordinated with the Haitian miltary high command 6The forthcoming legislative elections will b held in a free and democratic manner Mfc Jg fit agreement offered plenty of goodies It stipulated a general amnesty if approved by Parliament that could absolve the soldiers from persecution for the killings kid nappings rapes and extortion of supporters of ousted President JeanBertrand Aristide Cedras The pact doesnt state that Cedras nas to leave the country And he can again get access to bank accounts and other assets frozen by Washington During two days of intense negotiations with peacemak ers Cedras also got his wish to preserve some military institu tions although the particularly violent police division is to be retooled under civilian command In an ironic turn the American troops will have to coordinate their activities with Cedras and other Haitian officers they were planning just hours ago to crush militarily Its unclear how Aristide sup porters could support such an agreement It doesnt even men tion the name of their exiled leader nor give a date for him to return to Haiti Many Aristide supporters said the peace plan last year failed because it left the soldiers in charge until Aristides envisioned return The only people who could force the army to yield foreign troops were pulled back when Clinton withdrew the warship USS Harlan County from Haiti This time Clinton appears to have learned the art of using forge to nail down Haitian agreemeiftts The American troops route to war Sunday when Cedias agreed to deal with Washingtoft So now they come as peac ers to a polarized society Clinton must face a new question When will he consider the job done Editors note David BeaVd Caribbean News Editor for the Associated Press has reportedioh Haiti on 16 visits since 1991 Tracing moment Visitors Sunday trace the names of men and women who served in the Vietnam War on the Moving Wall during clos ing ceremonies for the 12th annual Indiana Vietnam Veter ans Reunion in Kokomo The threeday reunion conducted near the Ramada Inn and Kokomo Inn drew hundreds of visitors from across the nation Nearly troops are still listed as missing in action from the war Tribune photo by Tim Bath Strong base should aid speaker What does New Orleans fiasco mean Probably not much INDIANAPOLIS AP House Speaker Michael K Phillips had hardly gone where no man ever dared go before Its just that nobody had ever come back with home movies Last July the Boonville Democrat joined other General Assembly colleagues Republi cans as well as Democrats at an annual gather ing of state lawmakers in New Orleans a pop ular convention city Phillips did what a lot of New Orleans tourists do what the Louisiana tourist trade hopes its guests will do He banged a few balls around on a golf course stopped by an off track betting parlor to watch the ponies and stepped aboard a riverboat casino The problem was Phillips was in New Orleans on public business and his airfare and expenses were paid by Indianas taxpayers many of whom work hard too and might like a free trip to a fun destination How do we know this Did his colleagues give him up Hardly Phillips had the misfortune of being tailed by an enterprising news crew from WTHRTV the Indianapolis NBC affiliate during the trip The station showed its viewers and soon informed the rest of the state how Phillips spent his summer vacation Phillips a man accustomed to criticism and not easily stung by it relented mis time and paid back more man in expenses But in an election year ledgers are not so easily balanced and books not so quickly closed So then what effect might this have on Phillips political career The shortterm answer seems to be probably not much Phillips Republican opponent in the 74th District Sally Rideout Lambert was quick to seize the issue one mat even Democrats agree voters can quickly grasp and could resent And she knows it may lurk in the back of voters minds even when shes not talking about it A finance scandal like the Clintons Whitewater deal may be difficult to grasp but if s easy to get a handle on for a good time WUes Follick Carey Tribune managing editor elected APME president John C Wiles managing editor of the Kokomo Tribune was elect ed president of the Indiana Asso ciated Press Managing Editors at the groups fall convention in Indianapolis on Sunday Frank Caperton managing edi tor of The Indianapolis Star was chosen president elect and William button vice president and editor of the Post Tribune in Gary was elected vice president Wiles joined the Tribune in 1970 as a reporterphotographer He worked in various reporting and editing posts before being named managing editor in 1981 At the groups awards dinner Saturday night it was announced that Joe Follick the Tribunes Opinion page editor won second place for editorial writing and Tom Carey the Tribunes Style editor placed third in headline writing Inside todays Tribune Style Local chefs whip up tasty treats for fundraiser Page Bl Also Inside Business Classified Local News of CIO Democrats hold onto a majority in the Nov 8 elec tion Phillips served as minority leader before Democrats managed a 5050 split of the House in ihe 1988 election andthen won control outright During those many years Phillips built strong among Democratic lawmakers And Gov Evan Bayh whose dashes with 1 have won more attention than the times the s has stood by the governor has stood by I After the story broke the Democraticgovemor kept a scheduled engagement to travel to Phillips territo ry to help Jhe speaker raise money for his reelection IUK enrollment has highs lows Indiana University Kokombs fall enrollment shows the biggest drop of all eight IU sites But the local campus reached a record high in the number of students who are attending fulltime lUKs overall enrollment lot represents a percent decline compared to last fall according to figures released iy IU Bloomington last week How ever an IUK news release said die sMwH more total student body s IUK also has a 4 percent increase in new degreeseeking and entering high s ates High school students beginning to realize thftt their working lifetime going to be enough type changes that to be they need an imM Tharp IUK vice for stu7 dent sejrvices During a visit to Koltoma day IU President Mylcit said HJKs total ture is a positive sign   

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