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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseSaturday december 18, 1999 stars and stripes Page 9 Israel Syria end peace talks agree to move toward land for peace Deal by Pauline Jelinek the associated press Washington agreeing that there should be no looking Israel and Syria plan an other round of peace talks next month on issues that have divided their nations for decades. The longtime. Mideast foes ended two Days of preliminary negotiations thursday with an agreement to reconvene Jan. 3 in or near Washington. Both parties Are embarked on this path president Clinton said at a White House ceremony end ing this week s talks. They have agreed there should be no looking they Are working to revive a proposal abandoned in 1996 under which Syria would get its Golan Heights and Israel would get Security and peace with its Arab neighbor. The United states will continue As Facilitator to try to move the talks along Clinton said warning the journey will be speaking israeli prime minister Ehud Barak an syrian foreign minister Farouk Al Sharaa stood alongside Clinton As he described the discussion this week As a critical step and a Good prime minister later was overheard to Tell another Israel Delegate it s going to be difficult but we Are on the right of state Madeleine Albright said it s very hard to predict when there would be a settlement but that they prom ised to give their Best Al Sharaa said Syria wanted to reach some sort of agreement in the year 2000. Officials at other times have talked about finishing within week s negotiations were the highest level Ever held be tween the two nations which fought three wars and had t me since previous talks collapsed in 1996, Albright said talks next month would work on the four major ele ments needed for an eventual israeli syrian peace agreement. De Clining to give further details she described them As Israel s withdrawal from the Golan Heights which it seized in the 1967 mid East War As Well As Mutual Secu Rity the Content of peace and according to israeli sources three topics were on the table wednesday and thursday withdrawal mechanics of implement ing it and Confidence building one such measure Israel asked Syria to rein in guerrillas along Lebanon s Southern bord Erwith the jewish state. Clinton said both sides agreed to take Steps to ensure these negotiations will be conducted in productive and positive Atmo sides understood the importance of not having terrorist damage the peace process Al Bright said later without saying whether Syria had agreed tomake such an Effort. The talks got off to a shaky Star wednesday when Al Sharaa used his opening remarks in the Whitehouse Rose Garden to criticise is Rael. But Sandy Berger Clinton National Security adviser de scribed the atmosphere at thurs Day s session As professional at times informal genuinely Friendly very Barak and Al Sharaa negotiate thursday at Blair House the presidential guest quarters across the Street from the White House under the guidance of Albright us. Mediator Dennis Ross and other . Officials. Suspected bomb materials stopped at Border by Susan Gilmore the Seattle times Seattle a Man carrying a Canadian passport is in the Cal Lam county jail after allegedly try ing to bring suspicious materials into the ., including what one Law enforcement official called suspected bomb making Materi officials suspect the Man who has not been identified was part of a larger organization and accomplices May have successfully entered the . Before he was apprehended tuesday could be a big time Story said Rodney Tureaud Spe Cial agent in charge of . Cus Toms in said the Man could face smuggling charges As Well Scharges he gave false information at the Border. The Man is being held after try ing to flee . Customs officials in port Angeles where he arrived aboard the ferry Coho from Victo Ria. The Fri the Bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms stand the Royal Canadian mounted police have been called in to help. According to Keith Miller Assis Tant . Border patrol chief in Blaine when the Man was Clear ing customs at 6 p.m., he was asked to step aside for further questioning. He fled abandoning his rental car and leading authorities on a five Block foot Chase before he was apprehended. When his car was searched customs agents found garbage bags with 200 pounds of a White powder and four timing devices Miller said. The substance has been forwarded to a Federal Laboratory for analysis. Bomb making comes to mind said Tureaud adding that the powder substance does t appear to be drugs. He added that Federal officials Are worried that if the chemicals Are explosives the Man could be part of a larger organization. Agent Jesse Chester spokes Man for the Seattle office of the at said the incident is of great concern to we Don t know what his Moti vation is and we Haven t yet identified the chemicals Chester said. But he did have what May. Be detonators and it s enough to make you wonder. This has All the Indi Ray Lauer a spokesman for the Seattle office of the Fri said speculation about bomb making and terrorism is premature. Tureaud said the Man has not spoken to authorities. We Are trying to determine who he is and who his associates Are Tureaud said. He said authorities believe the Man has been living in the Van Couver b.c., area for at least the past month. Miller said the Man was Cany ing two Canadian Driver s licenses each in a different name and a Canadian passport. He claimed to be a Canadian Miller said but my suspicion i we May be dealing with an impose authorities summoned French translator he said. Tureaud too believes both pieces of identification Are false. A hearing is scheduled tuesday in Seattle. Distributed by Knight riddler Tribune information services Jesse Jackson pleads innocent in charges from school by John o Connor the associated press Decatur 111. The Rev. Jesse Jackson fighting criminal charges stemming from protests on behalf of six expelled High school students plans to use his court appearances to highlight problems with schools Zero tolerance policies toward violence the Issue of Zero tolerance has now been exposed to the nation As being an ugly expensive a educational failure Jackson said thursday after he pleaded in Nocent to Misdemeanour charges. Jackson 58, was arrested Dur ing protests last faces three counts of Crimi Nal trespassing and three counts of contributing to the delinquent he is accused of step Ping onto the grounds of Decatur s Eisen Hower and Macarthur High schools in november and encouraging two boys younger than 17 to join him. The Stu dents and Jackson had been banned from school grounds. He was symbolically trying to re enrol them to protest the expulsions they received for a Brawl in the stands at a sept. 17 football game. Jackson s attorneys have asked. I /. I v. V Jackson the judge to throw out the charges saying his constitutional rights were violated because he was t formally charged until thursday. His next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24. The most serious charge car Ries up to a year in jail and a $2,500 Fine. Police had originally suggested a felony mob action charge. State s attorney Lawrence Fich Ter would t comment on Why he chose the lesser charges. Jackson and the two co defendants remain free on personal re cognizance Bonds. Jackson has tried to Force a National debate on whether schools Zero tolerance policies Are unfair to students particularly Minori ties. He contends boilerplate discipline violates students constitutional rights and schools rely too heavily on expulsion. He is suing the school Board on behalf of the provided statistics from the . Education depart ment showing that during the 1996-97 school year Black Stu dents represented 17 percent of the nation s school enrolment but 32 percent of the suspensions from school. There s a pattern that we will Challenge in Federal court Jack son said. That pattern has certain consistent disparities along the lines of race and gender and class. It s Decatur but it s across the a drug prices discussed Montpelier it. In an unprecedented Summit lawmakers from four new England statesmen to brainstorm on ways to control prescription from ver Mont new Hampshire Mainland Massachusetts made no Deci Sions thursday about what to do but they Laid out six areas that could be explored ranging from forming a regional drug compact to exploring a regional drug buy ing Pool to formally regulating lawmakers Are concerned about rising costs of drugs particularly about effects on the elderly who Lack health insurance. Change of venue granted new York a state appeals court has moved the highly charged trial of four White police officers accused of murdering a West african immigrant out of new York to ensure an unprejudiced j 1117."this Case has been deluged by a tidal wave of prejudicial publicity to such an extent that even an attempt to select an unbiased Bronx jury would be fruitless the appeals court officers Are charged in the slaying of Amadou Diallo a22-year-old Street Vendor from Guinea with no criminal record. Gingrich divorce settled Smyrna a. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and his estranged wife reached settlement in their divorce Case sparing them from a potentially humiliating court Battle. Marianne Gingrich s lawyer John Mayoue said the couple re solved All issues and their Law yers notified Cobb county Superior court of the settlement. The divorce will be final within two weeks he said. Painting sabotaged new York a 72-year-Oldman has been arrested after lie smeared White paint on a controversial painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant Heiner was immediately surrounded by Security guard Sand taken into police custody after thursday s incident at the Brooklyn museum of Art. He was charged with criminal mischief a called the Art blasphemous witnesses said. His wife Helena Heiner said the couple considered the painting an insult to christians and that she encouraged him to do King Monument limited Washington the Monu ment that will be erected on the National mall for Martin Luther King or. Will be limited to 20 feet in height the . Commission office arts decided thursday. The four acre site is Halfway be tween the memorials to slaveholder Thomas Jefferson and emancipator Abraham Lincoln. It was atthe Lincoln memorial that King made his i have a dream speech in 1963. The first Monument for an Afri can american on the mall will sit along the tidal Basin memorial to president Frank Lin Roosevelt. Fiona wire reports

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