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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 15, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Httcona SRirror VOL, 181 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Tuesday Evening, Jan. 15, 1980 Founded June 13, 1874 20c a COPY Russians Reach Iran Border By United Frew Inleruttoul At least Soviet troops have taken up positions along Afghanistan's border with Iran, posing a major threat to Iran's oil fields, diplomatic sources in the At-- ghan capital of Kabul said. The 66th Motorized Rifle Division, one of an estimated seven Soviet divisions In Afghanistan that total men, have taken the position within the past "couple ol the sources said Monday, They said the lO.uOO-member division is within easy striking distance of Iran's oil fields. In Washington, the United States con- firmed Soviet troops have reached the Iran border, but said their number was far less than However, the White House charged that the Soviet veto Sunday in the U.N. Security Council of economic sanctions against Tehran was "aimed at advancing Soviet designs in Iran." At the United Nations, the Soviet Union suffered a major diplomatic defeat when the General Assembly overwhelmingly. passed a resolution lhat "strongly deplores the recent armed Intervention in Afghanistan" and calls for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops. The-first reaction to the resolution from the Soviet Union came in a Radio Moscow broadcast today charging the United States orchestrated the vote to meddle in Afghan affairs. The Soviet broadcast did not report the specific outcome of the, vote nor did it quote from the text of the resolution. The Soviet newspaper Pravda today accused the United States and China of acting in concert to aid the Afghan rebels. The Kremlin justified its invasion earlier by saying its troops came to defend Afghanistan from oulside intervention. "Numerous facts prove that Peking is operating together with the United Stales of America and local reaction in the desire to undermine the revolutionary gains of the Afghan people and to over- throw the government of the Democratic Republic of Pruvda said in a report monitored in London. A Western military analyst in Kabul said he believed the division Afghan border was poised for possible offensive action against Iran. "That is my con- clusion." he said. "If they want to do it (strike there is nothing the United Stales can do to stop them. There just aren't enough American troops in the area and it would lake them 24 hours to get them he said. Although Iran's major oilfields are 700 miles to the west of the Afghan border, an armored column could churn across the 300 miles to the oil port of Bandar Abbas in eastern Iran in a few hours. Bandar Abbas sits over the strategic U.N. Wants Troops Out of Afghanistan A SOVIET DIVISION ol at least troops has taken up positions along Afghanistan's border with Iran, within striking distance of Iran's oilfields, according to Western diplomatic sources. (UPI) Byrne Can't Get Budget Review By DON HOPEY Staff Writer The planned reopening of the city's 1980 budget fizzled today as council con- cerned ilseU more with procedural changes rather than pocket change. Council heard the first reading of a bill, introduced by Mayor Allan G. Hancock, that changes its present weekly meeting schedule to twice a month and adopted Roberts Rules of Order to govern those meetings; Those rules were used lo cut off debate on the budget when Councilman Thomas W. Byrne polled council on the reopening.. Only Mr. Byrne favored reopening the budget, although Councilman Richard L. McEldowney said it could contain a large surplus. "According to my the new councilman said, "the-tax revenues should be higher (nan expected and should pro- duce between a to sur- plus. "After discussing the revenue with the budget director and the city's treasurer and controller, I do not see fit to reopen In the Mirror Warning Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin has issued a blunt warning to Syria against the use of its newly acquired Soviet military equipment against Israel....................Page 8. Site Switch Spring Cove School Board has changed its mind and the pro- posed site for UK new Martinsburg elementary school............Page H. Cappelletti An injury sidelined former Perm Stater and Heisman Trophy winner John Cappellelli this year. The Los Angeles Rams running back has been pondering his future in and out of 18. INDEX Acetdeati......II Movies.........Jl Area.........14-1S N.Y. OMturies.......4 Crime...........1) OpUtak.........J TV WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with light rain, law in the upper 20s. TOMORROW: Partly cloudy with high In the mid to the upper Ms. Details..............................Page I. CtrtnUtteo: M.M4 the Councilman McEldowney said when polled by Mr. Byrne. "But we can do one thing: to set aside certain excess tax revenues to be used as a hedge in 1981." Councilman McEldowney said he would like to see council guarantee lhat the surplus funds be put aside for 1981. Councilmen Leonard L. Bettwy, Wil- liam Cochran and Mayor Hancock said they are not in favor of reopening the budget. "In view of the fact that we have letters from Mary Long, Ihe city treas- urer, and Harry Penny, the city con- troller, saying lhat they have reviewed the budget and would not recommend reopen- ing, I am not in Councilman Bettwy said. "I hope he's Mr. Bettwy, the new city finance director, said of Mr. McEidowney's projected surplus. "But I don't see that. If it would happen, it would be a pleasant surprise." Mr. Bettwy said the polling of council by Mr. Byrne was "a perfect set-up" lo make him look good. "He was trying lo make himself look good to the Mr. Bettwy said. "When the man holds up his own feelings in the polling until the end, what else can I think, I didn't have my people there to comment and I think it was handled poorly." Mr. Byrne, after polling council and (See COUNCIL, Page 3) UNITED NATIONS (DPI) The U.N. General Assembly, in a resounding defeat for the Soviet Union, overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling for the "total and unconditional withdrawal" of Russian troops from Afghanislan. The resolution, approved Monday by a vote of 104-18 with 18 abstentions and 12 absences, came at Ihe end of a bitter four- day emergency debate. It only called for Ihe removal of "the foreign troops from Afghanistan" and avoided naming the Soviet Union an aggressor, but, it was clear the reference was to the Soviets. The document, sponsored by 24 Third World countries, also "strongly deplores the recent armed intervention." The first reaction from the Soviet Union came in a Radio Moscow broadcast today charging the United stales, or- chestrated the vote lo meddle in Afghan affairs. Ihe Soviet broadcast did not report Ihe specific outcome of the vole nor did it quote from the text of the resolution. Diplomatic sources said it would not cause "one Russian soldier" to be re- moved from Afghanislan since resolutions passed by the 152-member assembly are only recommendations. Bui the vote was a stinging rebuke to the Soviets. The majority of Third World countries, whose interests Russia claimed to represent in the past, did an about-face and supported the resolution while others, including India, the Congo, Zambia and Uganda, abstained. The non-aligned group voted, 56 to 9, for the resolution with 26 abstaining or absenl. Even Iran, whom the Soviets supported by vetoing a U.S. proposal in the Security Council the day before to impose man- datory sanctions against the Islamic coun- try, joined in condemning Ihe Soviets. Soviet Ambassador Oleg Troyanovsky, addressing the assembly just before the ballot, said Russian troops would be withdrawn when "foreign threats" to Af- ghanistan ended. The Soviet Union and its allies de- nounced the assembly's emergency de- bate convened after Moscow last week vetoed a similar resolution in Ihe 15- member Security Council as In- terference in Afghanistan's internal af- fairs. 'troyanovsky said Soviet troops were dispatched to Afghanistan because the Kremlin "feared an imperialist bridgehead on the southern edge of the Soviet Union." AFGHANISTAN Foreign Minister Shah Mohammed Dost listens Intently during U.N. debate on his country's crisis with Soviets. (UPIV County Urged to Drop Blind Agency In Developing'Sheltered Workshop By PHIL RAY Staff Writer Darrell Nixdorf, director of the Office of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, this morning recommended lhat the coun- ty commissioners work with Skills Inc. not the Pennsylvania Association of the Blind in developing a sheltered work- shop for about 150 retarded individuals in Blair County. John W. Gardner, chairman of the board of-county commissioners, said the county, city and MHMR office must now sit down with representatives of Skills Inc. to see if the group can come to an agreement or specifically outline the sheltered workshop program in contract form. The commissioners want to move quickly on this point, and Commissioner C. Richard Logan estimated the meeting could take place within the next week. The county had received two proposals to upgrade the sheltered workshop pro- gram offered to the retarded of Blair County one from Skills Inc. of Centre County and one from the association for the blind, which has for several years provided workshop facilities. Mr. Nixdorf said Skills Inc. 1ms oper- ated a successful and stale-licensed pro- gram for many years in Centre and Mifflin counties, and it is because of this proven track record that he has advised the county commissioners to work with Skills to develop a new sheltered work- shop program here that will meet slate standards. Mr. Nixdorf also had other news for the county by pointing out lhat his agency and a task force have been working on a program to provide residential living fa- cilities for the menially ill of Blair Coun- ty- Mr. Nixdorf and a member of his staff, JoEllen Steinbrunner, had been working with a task force to explore the possibility of starting a residential living program for Ihe mentally ill, the type of program that has been in existence for the retarded for many years. The two MHMR officials said the coun- ty commissioners would be getting the proposal for stale financing of such a program probably by April. The task force includes Jewel Bertolino of the Mental Health Association, Dorothy Tarlaglia of the Home Nursing Agency, William Wallen of the Menial Health Cenler, Linda Hale of Ihe Community Living Program for Ihe Retarded and Jackie Sulion of Family and Children's Service. (See COUNTY, Page 3) Strait of Hormuz, through which much of Iran's oil passes to Ihe West. The 6Sth Division previously was re- ported deployed in and around Herat, a provincial city close to the Iranian border, and in Shindand farther south, a major air base. There' was no independent means to confirm the report of the Soviet troop buildup on the Iranian border. Com- munications with Herat were completely cut. No Iranian official has commented on the reports of the Soviet buildup. In Peshawar, Pakistan, Western diplomats said the Soviet troops backing the Moscow-installed regime of Babrak Karma! have stabilized the military situ- ation In Afghanistan. Moslem rebels who have declared Jihad (holy war) on the invaders say heavy fighting is still raging, but there was no independent confirma- lion of their claims. President To Detail Strategy WASHINGTON (UPI) President Carter is consulting with top aides and foreign leaders on a major statement he will make announcing what the United States is prepared to do to protect its vital interests in the Persian Gulf and Middle East. Already dubbed the "Carter Doc- press secretary Jociy Powell said the date and the forum for outlining the policy to the American people has not yet been set. There was a possibility he would reveal the foreign policy changes in his State of the Union address Jan. 23. Meanwhile, the president hopes Iran will wake up to the growing Russian military presence on its border. "The return of the shah, as everyone in a position of authority in Iran knows, is clearly not a possibility and it does not make sense to remain fixated on that possibility when the wolf at your door is now looking in your East Powell told reporters. "The United Slates has had a historic interest in an independent Powell said. "The threat lo an independent Iran and Eo its religious and national integrity does not come from the United States it comes from the north." On Monday, Soviet Afghan forces were reported to have reached the border with Iran. With the Iranian militants stiffening in their attitude, Carter plans to go ahead "without delay" in imposing additional economic sanctions against Iran and lin- ing up European allies to take retaliatory measures. The new sanctions will be in the private commercial field since U.S.-government dealings with Iran came to a halt weeks ago. Powell told reporters the threat of expulsion of Western journalists from Iran may be "an attempt to intimidate them and cause them to tailor and censor reports to bring them more in conformity with the Iranian line." "If that is the intention, I doubt that it will be he said. Regarding the Moscow Olympics. Powell said: "The United States would prefer not to withdraw from the Olympics, but the Soviet Union must realize that continued aggression would have an impact on the athletes and spectators." Iran Orders Expulsion Of U.S. Media, Citing 'Insults' to Revolution TEHRAN, Iran (UPI) Foreign press chief Abolghassem Sadegh today set Fri- day as the deadline for all correspondents working for American news media to leave Iran, totally cutting all press links with the United States. Sadegh said news bureau chiefs and administrative staff would be given slight- ly longer Co wind up their operations. Iran is expelling the Journalists be- cause the American media had "insulted the jranian revolution." The press cblef told the newspaper Kayhan thai all U.S. radio and television networks, as well as Ihe United Press International and Associated Press news agencies, would have to close. Also named were the New York Times, Ike Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. Mm and World Report and Newsweek magazine. Time magazine correspondents were expelled earlier. Sadegh Slid official letters would be sent to all the U.S. media by tbe national guidance ministry notifying them of their expulsion. The expulsion will apply to all repre- V sentatives of Ihe American media regard- less of the nationality of the individual employee, Sadegh told Kayhan. "Therefore our press relations with America will be totally he said. Sadegh also said that Ihe ministry of guidance was not sure exactly how many American reporters remained in Iran be- cause some have left the country without notifying the government. Therefore, he said, groups would be sent around to hotels to check Ihe names and nationalities of journalists registered. Correspondents for the U.S. media in Iran have been estimated roughly at 100. The first secretary of the ruling Revo- lutionary Council, Ayatollah Mohammed Beheshti, said on the state-run radio that the Americans were being expelled for filing Inaccurate and false "The reporters and news organizations that are here from abroad have constantly (See IRAN, Outside occupied U.S. Embassy in Tehran today: new snowfall, no newsmen   

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