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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung O Wednesday December Q 5A hostages call for negotiations to end siege By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA The Associated Press hostages were calling for a negotiated end to the siege at the Japanese ambassadors house but there was no sign Tuesday that Perus government or the rebels who still hold 140 people are willing to give any ground The select group remaining inside the walled residence including Japanese businessmen top Peruvian officials and the Peruvian presidents brother were in their seventh day of confinement with no end in sight Neither side made any public statements Monday the day after the largest group of hostages was released since leftist rebels of the Tupac Amaru movement seized the compound during a Nov 17 party However the Red Cross delivered meals shepherds pie and vegetable salad and some clean undergarments Electricity also was restored for 45 minutes Monday so water for drinking and flushing toilets could be pumped to a tank on the roof Authorities have cut off water electricity and phone service The rebels key demand is the release of 300 of their jailed colleagues However President Alberto Fujimori ruled that out during his sole public comment on the crisis The only common ground is both sides stated desire for a peaceful resolution which many of the freed hostages said was required I hope its going to be resolved through negotiation Thats the only way said British Embassy spokesman Roger Church He was among the 225 hostages released Sunday night Hindering any effort at negotiations is the hostility between rebels and Fujimori who built his reputation on getting tough with guerrillas The goverment has refused to talk directly with the Tupac Amaru rebels president thinks were former hostage Luis Peirano quoted one rebel as saying in a reference to Fujimoris demand that the guerrillas lay down their weapons and surrender the hostages I didnt see them sleeping But I also didnt see them any worse for wear After five days they didnt look like they were tired Kieran Metalfe on Tupac Amaru rebels The rebel then restated the groups principal demand Either he free our comrades or we all die Guerrilla commander Nestor Cerpa is keeping the hostages with the most political value apparently to strengthen the rebels bargaining position in any future talks with the government Inside the compound are Peruvian Foreign Minister Francisco Tudela and the Supreme Court president Fujimoris brother Pedro ambassadors from Japan Malaysia Bolivia Guatemala Honduras the Dominican Republic and Uruguay and several Japanese businessmen Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said in Tokyo Tuesday that he fears the rebels are settling in for a long war of nerves However he added that Japan still opposed sending in troops to rescue the hostages Hashimoto has said Sunday nights big release meant the rebels could better control those who remain inside By all accounts the rebels who initially threatened to kill captives onebyone have been treating their hostages well The guerrillas appear fresh in contrast to the haggard look of many of the released hostages 1 didnt see them said Canadian mining executive Kieran Metcalfe But I also didnt see them any worse for wear After five days they didnt look like they were tired The Tupac Amaru rebels who have called for an end to Fujimoris freemarket reforms espouse a vague leftist ideology In their communiques they say Perus government has ignored the needs of the poor and promoted policies to benefit the rich They dont call themselves communists or Marxists They have distanced themselves from the more violent Maoist Shining Path guerrillas Manual Romero director of the financial daily Gestion said he held an hourlong conversation with Cerpa while in captivity He said Cerpa did not seem to hold radical views and even endorsed the governments plans to privatize state industries The hostages recounted an odd ending to their captivity saying some rebels had given quick hugs to some of the departing hostages a sense of shared experience felt by the captives too Those who stayed behind however remain pawns in the bitter drama Clearly they were really depressed by Metcalf said As we were leaving several of them were gathered around on the upper part of the building and you could see them looking down rather Riot police mobilize as Milosevic supporters march on Belgrade By JULUANA MOJSILOVIC The Associated Press police were on the highest state of alert Tuesday as die hard supporters of Serbias president and apparently some unwilling workers arrived in the capital for a rally the opposition warned could lead to bloodshed Several hundred supporters of President Slobodan Milosevic traded insults with members of the opposition in downtown Belgrade Before the planned rally at least one banner was torn up by Milosevics foes Opposition leaders appealed to their supporters to remain calm and avoid any contact with Milosevics supporters later Tuesday when both sides were to demonstrate in the same part of the city The Socialists want to trigger a fight and chaos in the center of Belgrade in order to have an excuse to impose police rule and a state of said opposition spokesman Slobodan Vuksanoyic But on Belgrades Square several supporters chanted Thieves and Red Bandits at Milosevics supporters They responded by shouting Traitors Traitors Police were not visible Government sources said riot police were on the highest state of alert as hundreds of buses arrived in the city bringing Milosevics pro Communist supporters mostly bluecollar workers and elderly people Some who attended said they were threatened with dismissal from their work if they refused to board the buses I had no said a worker from the Kosovo province town of Prizren who identified himself only as Ljuba We were told either we board the buses or we lose our The orchestrated proMilosevic event was planned for the same time and place as opposition rallies held during the past month Organizers said they wanted to show the world what real Serbia About prodemocracy supporters turned out in heavy rain Monday to demonstrate against Milosevic in Belgrade for the 34th consecutive day Their leaders vowed to continue protests and warned that Milosevic may be planning to instigate violence to justify a crackdown while the world is distracted by Christmas The government bused about 600 riot police into Belgrade on Monday deploying them on the outskirts of the capital A huge force including armored antiriot vehicles has been stationed there since the opposition protests started We dont want violence but if it happens it will wipe the two of them said opposition leader Vuk Draskovic referring to Milosevic and his powerful pro Communist wife Mirjana Markovic The rallies have polarized Serbia and mark the biggest challenge to Milosevics autocratic rule since he rose to power nine years ago A clash between proand anti Milosevic protesters would give Serbias president an excuse to ban all demonstrations and use force against his opponents whose protests so far have been peaceful The opposition coalition Zajedno contends Milosevic will try to provoke clashes by disguising police as civilian supporters who will then intervene against pro democracy demonstrators Several small proMilosevic rallies were held in Serbia on Monday including one in the volatile Kosovo province where Milosevic rose to power in 1987 Save Buy Worth Of Practice Batting Hits And Get BATTING CAGE et 1563 Gruene St New Braunfel FREE BATTING CAGES Clip Save Fashions Gifts Lancia Plaza New Braunfels 6089808 STORE WIDE SALE Off Dec 26 Dec 30 Fine European Fashions made in Germany 1 Traditional German Costume Clothing Souvenirs Gifts imported from Germany 1t TV New Braunfels Landa Plaza Shopping Center 6259639 Tuesday January New Braunfels Civic Center GRAND PRIZE 7 Day Cruise to The 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