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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON June 2002 A5 Arafat welcomes Bush peace plan BY SUSAN SEVAREID Associated Press JERUSALEM Yasser Arafat welcomed President George Bushs Mideast policy speech yesterday as a serious effort to push the peace process but the Palestinian leader ignored Bushs calls for new Palestinian Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon echoed A statement from Sharons office said that when the Palestinian Authority undergoes genuine reforms and a new lead ership takes it place at its head it will be possible to discuss ways of moving forward by diplomatic Palestinian officials insisted that was a decision only the Palestinian people can Saeb an aide to said the presidents call to replace the Palestinian leader whom Bush did not identify by name in his speech was not President Arafat was elected by the Palestinian people in a direct election and President Bush must respect the choice of the Palestinian he Throughout the Arabs heard in Bushs speech an unacceptable call to topple Arafat and accused the president of retreating from his promise of even a provisional Palestinian The speech was broadcast live on an Arab satellite station to a region that had for weeks been awaiting Bushs vision on how to jolt Palestinians and Israelis out of their violent Without strong many neither side will ever agree to The Arab world will not sleep said Mohamed elSayed Washington bureau chief for the Egyptian daily after watching Bushs 20minute He practically demanded the removal of the symbol of Palestinian he The Palestinians have elected Arafat and they will elect him If the Palestinians reelect are they going to be punished In his Bush said peace requires a new Palestinian leader ship one not compromised by He said reform must be ASSOCIATED PRESS President Bush announces a blueprint for a Palestinian state in the Rose Garden at the White House as Secretary of State Colin Powell more than cosmetic changes or a veiled attempt to preserve the sta tus quo if the Palestinians are to fulfil their aspirations for a state alongside When the Palestinian people have new new institutions and new security arrangements with their the United States of America will support the creation of a Palestinian whose borders and certain aspects of its sovereignty will be provi sional until resolved as part of a final settlement in the Middle Bush In a Arafat said the Palestinian leadership welcomes Bushs ideas and finds them to be a serious effort to push the peace process The Palestinian leadership and President Arafat hope that the details will be discussed during the direct and bilateral meetings with the American administration and international the statement Israeli Communications Minister Reuven Rivlin said Israel was pleased with the speech but rejected the concept of a provi sional Palestinian He said Bush expressed a vision of bring ing the Palestinian people to democracy and and then to a close ally of said that according to the Bush the first steps are up to the Palestinians to reform their administration and get rid of all those terrorists who live Though the Palestinians insist ed the choice of leadership is their own to make and not up to the United Palestinian officials took heart in Bushs saying that ending Israeli occupation is the only way to achieve It is the first time that an American administration recog nized that the only solution for this conflict is to end the occupa tion and to have a state to live in peace beside Laid back Calgary indifferent to fears of G8 street anarchy BY ROBERT Russo Canadian Press CALGARY After wearing out shoe leather searching for several city the interna tional camera crews had finally found a G8 scene worthy of shooting the sole boardedup business on a stretch of funky downtown Stephen So rare was the sign of any state of siege here that the ply wood sheets over Tropicanas windows created a small queue of cameramen George Jean Chretien and the other leaders of the worlds richest countries are more likely to see a grizzly bear than a blackgarbed anarchist protester when they arrive today for their annual G8 Theyll be cossetted among the craggy mountains and rolling foothills in a remote lodge in the resort village of 100 kilometres west of That leaves Calgary to the Most who might not be the most charitably disposed Canadians to leftwing appeared indif Everyone here is pretty laid said Toni who was showing the city from the top of the Calgary Tower to a friend from People here arent likely to get excited or nervous about some Peter general manager of the said a few extra pre cautions have been They seem relatively tame for a town hosting an international Purses are Entrance and exit points have been Operators have been assigned to elevators taking tourists to the observation The only visible police presence is in the form of a gaggle of off duty Mounties craning their necks upwards from outside the Only their RCMPissue haircuts and the fact that they all seem to be wearing identical navy polo shirts and jeans gives them away as law Canadas largest banks have hired one or two security guards G8 AT A GLANCE HOST Prime Minister Jean Chretien G8 LEADERS COMING George Bush United Tony Blair United Jacques Chirac Silvio Berlusconi Gerhard Schroeder Junichiro Koizumi Vladimir Putin MAIN ISSUES Response from G8 leaders on proposed economic aid and action plan for Africa global economic issues the fight against DURATION 30 hours over two LOCATION Kananaskis 100 kilometres west of Calgary on eastern slopes of Rocky Village part of Kananaskis a recre ation OTHERS INVITED Jose Maria Aznar president of Spain and president of Council of the European Union Romano Prodi president of European Commission and Kofi Annan secretarygeneral of the United AFRICAN LEADERS INVITED Hosni Mubarak Abdelaziz Bouteflika Olusegun Obasanjo Thabo Mbeki South Abdoulaye Wade DELEGATES COMING FROM ALL COUNTRIES 400 SECURITY More than soldiers and police patrolling Kananaskis and Kananaskis protected by CF18 armoured personnel helicopters and rocket Calgary has set up concrete barriers around key buildings and has water armoured rescue pepper spray and tear gas for lawbreak ing PROTESTS Protest marches planned for Calgary and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during for the week to stand outside their gleaming Calgary office but they dont seem fear some or numerous enough to deter a determined Most of the newspaper boxes and trash bins had not been removed from street corners as of Thats been stan dard operating procedure since violent clashes at the WTO meeting in Seattle over two years ago triggered the antiglobaliza tion demonstrations that have dogged international meetings since No more than a few of the bars and shops along Stephen Avenue have bothered to board up their Tropicana would seem a strange A sign in the door advertises that Body Jewellery and Hair Dye along with Studded Bracelets and Chokers are for sale So are hash pipes and Miami Blunts rolling It doesnt strike one as an edi fice of crass capitalism not a prime target for But Tropicanas Jim said todays protester may be antiNAFTA and vio lently opposed to the World Banks schedule of loan repay ment foisted on impoverished African but they are not always senseless sackers of We stock what they Jinah He sprang for the needed for two sheets of It didnt cost me much and I can sleep at The relatively protest erfree facade Calgary presents was constructed by careful City authorities denied activists permission to set up a protest camp so the movement has decided to disrupt Ottawa Only the most determined protesters are expected to try to penetrate the leaders mountain Important Changes to Immigration Canadas New Immigration and Refugee Protection Act What You Should Know Clfeff if Immigration Matters Immigrants bring skills and commitment that help build Canadas economy and quality of A New Act On June 2002 the new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act becomes It continues Canadas tradition of welcoming Improving the Security of all Canadians The new Act will protect us from those who take advantage of Canadas In addition to the improved screening of new one of the key changes is a more durable and convenient proof of residency This tamperresistant plastic card replaces the previous paper document IMM It is only for Permanent Residents landed immigrants living in Who will need the new Permanent Resident Card Permanent Residents are people who have applied and been accepted to live in Starting December Permanent Residents travelling outside of the country will need a Permanent Resident Card to reenter Canadian citizens will not need this Becoming Canadians Many Permanent Residents are qualified to become Canadian These people are encouraged to apply for their If they succeed they will not need to apply for the new For More Information Visit the Canada web site at or call 1 800 0 1 8006226232 1888 5768502 O 0 Service Canada Access Centres Canada ;