New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
>yria-Soviet treaty in force
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
Tuesday, Dec. 2,1980
lMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A 20-year friend-and cooperation treaty between Syria and Joviet Union came into force today amid g fears of war with Jordan. But a top Soviet y urged all conflicts be settled peacefully, so far only angry words were being ex-iged by the two Arab neighbors, viet First Vice President Vasily V. Kuz-ov, who flew from Moscow for the ication ceremony, said, “The treaty has a ial importance as far as liquidating the Serous element of tension in the Mideast and n the U.S.S.R. greatly appreciate the (im-ance) of cooperating with Syria in this ortant manner.”
jznetsov said the treaty, signed by Syrian sident Hafez Assad and Soviet President aid I. Brezhnev in Moscow Oct. 8, does not i a “ghost of a threat” to the region, and rectly referring to the border crisis, urged .’onflicts be settled in “peaceful ways.” tie Soviets are the Syrians’ chief arms sup-r, and the pact is viewed as another attempt he Kremlin to bolster regimes friendly to it tie Middle East and offset American influence he area.
he U.S. government supports Jordan’s King ssein, and Carter administration officials said
they were preparing to fill his request for emergency military spare parts and ammunition to help his forces counter the 50,000 Syrian troops and 1,200 tanks massed on his border.
Hussein has deployed an estimated 30,000 troops and hundreds of tanks on his side of the frontier.
“The situation is very dangerous and anything might happen at any minute,” a Jordanian colonel told Associated Press correspondent Alex Efty on Monday at the main border crossing point of Ramtha, about halfway along the 120-mile highway between Damascus and Amman and 30 miles east of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
“There are thousands of troops massed on both sides of the border and fighting may even break out by accident in a situation like this.”
High-flying jets flew back and forth over the border on reconnaissance missions.
“Some of these jets are Israeli. They are anxious to know what is happening. But some of them may also be Syrian,” the colonel said.
However, the troop buildup did not affect traffic back and forth across the border at Ramtha. Syrian and Jordanian customs and immigration officials worked side by side, and the Syrian and Jordanian flags flew side by side
on top of the border post.
A customs official said traffic was normal.
Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister and national guard commander, Prince Abdulla Bin Abdul-Aziz, had been expected to visit Amman Monday on a mediation mission but returned home after a three-hour meeting with Assad in Damascus.
Abdullah said he believed the tension between Syria and Jordan was receding, the Saudi state radio reported. But observers in Damascus said he delivered “threats” to Assad that apparently negated his peacemaking efforts.
What Saudi Arabia threatened was not reported, but it is a major financial supporter of Syria.
Jordan’s prime minister, Mudar Badran, told his Parliament in Amman, an attack by one Arab country on another “would be incomprehensible” and Jordan would “not shoot first.”
“But we shall defend our country against whatever attack or whichever enemy,” he declared. “If anyone attacks Jordan, then Jordan will be transformed into a ball of fire that will consume whoever attempts such a thing.”
Congress moves to help earthquake survivors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress, heeding a Carter administration plea to help a friend in need, is moving swiftly to send $50 million to earthquake victims in southern Italy. One U.S. official said even that much money may not be enough.
The disaster relief bill was rushed through the House with no opposition Monday as Democrats and Republicans put aside partisan differences in their iame-duck session to beat Friday’s scheduled adjournment.
Sens. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., and Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., were adding their support today as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepared to whisk the bill to the floor.
The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Massachusetts Democrat Edward M. Kennedy and strongly supported by President Carter, who called the quake “the worst natural disaster to strike Western Europe in half a century.”
The bill authorizes $50 million for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance for victims of the earthquake that struck a remote part of southern Italy Nov. 23.
Joseph A. Mitchell, director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, said $3.5 million in immediate U.S. relief already has gone to Italy.
Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which approved the bill only hours before the House acted Monday, Mitchell said the total U.S. aid would be about $53.5 million. But that may not be enough once the loss of life and property is calculated, Mitchell added.
The earthquake left more than 3,000 dead, 2,000 missing, 8,000 injured and 200,000 homeless, said Richard N. Gardner, U.S. ambassador to Italy who came to Capitol Hill to recount the tragedy. He pledged to return to Italy immediately and be “personally responsible” that the aid reaches its destination.
“The human suffering — from the anguish of families buried under rubble to the misery of homeless survival in the face of cruel winter storms — is incalculable,” Gardner said.
“Italy has stood with us on issues of common defense, from the strengthening of NATO to a united response on events in Afghanistan and the taking of U.S. hostages in Iran,” he added. “The Italians have a saying that translates: ‘You know a real friend in time of need.’...I respectfully contend that we must stand by her in this time of need.”
Gardner said other nations, private relief groups and others also have responded with money and goods.
Reagan keeping leisurely schedule
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From all outward appearances, preparing to be president, Ronald Reagan-style, is a leisurely undertaking.
While his transition staff assembles a government in the nation’s capital, the president-elect has spent the last IO days visiting doctors, vacationing at his ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., and appearing at charity benefits. Usually, only one such event is scheduled per day.
Whenever he encounters reporters, the former California governor is asked about the Cabinet he is in the process of selecting. He always maintains progress is being made but says he doesn’t know when he’ll have things to announce.
Yet Reagan has not met with his advisers in more than a week, and no prospective Cabinet secretaries have appeared for a personal once-over at his Pacific Palisades home.
While he is said to be dictating correspondence, reading reports and conferring on the telephone, Reagan’s only public appearances have been unofficial.
l^ast week, for instance, he was presented with two live turkeys in his backyard. On separate days, he has made three trips to nearby Beverly Hills, his motorcade blending into the daytime traffic.
First, he visited his allergist. On another day he got a haircut. On Monday, he went to the dentist.
The president-elect has sat for an artist hired by Time Magazine who drew sketches one day and mapped photographs a second. Today, Reagan had a date with a sculptor.
There also have been social engagements for Reagan and his wife, Nancy, who seem to like parties. They traveled to Palm Springs, Calif., over the weekend for a benefit for the Eisenhower Medical Center. Monday night, they attended a benefit for the Los Angeles Music Center. Tonight and Wednesday night were reserved for private dinners with friends.
At the Music Center gathering, Reagan told about 700 wealthy patrons of the arts that “our people do hunger...once again for a boldly optimistic and prosperous America. We can have prosperity. Prosperity is created by businessmen and women. Politicians just take credit for it.”
Staff photo by Bill Snead
Carlos Acosta (left) seems to be taking a keen interest in a toy on the shelf at a local store. That's Hector Molina (center) and Denise Acosta looking on. This scene undoubtedly will repeat itself all over town in the next few weeks, as Christmas shopping begins for most families.
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