New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Shultz questions Castro's sincerity about peace
WASHINGTON (AP) -Dismissing overtures from Cuba’s Fidel Castro as “a lot of rhetoric,” Secretary of State George P. Shultz says a peaceful settlement in Nicaragua is possible only if the Sandinista government takes a democratic turn.
In an interview Wednesday in his office, Shultz adopted a tough stance toward both Cuba and Nicaragua even while defending an expanded U.S. dialogue with the Soviet Union, with which the two Marxist countries have close ties.
He called U.S. negotiations with Moscow “a damage control operation” essential to reducing tensions, but brushed aside recent statements by Castro that U.S.-Cuban relations could improve in President Reagan’s second term.
“It’s a lot of rhetoric,” Shultz said in an interview to be broadcast Saturday by the Voice of America on its 30th anniversary. “What we look
Ifs a lot of rhetoric,” Shultz said in an interview to be broadcast Saturday by the Voice of America on its 30th anniversary. “What we look for is some change in his behavior. ”
for is some change in his behavior. And his behavior is to continue to try to export revolution all over the hemisphere.”
Similarly, Shultz said Nicaragua “doesn’t show any signs at all of an inclination to live up to the stated aims of its own revolution.” He accused Nicaragua’s leftist government of holding a conscientious obiector hostage and said the action
“belies the words they like to use.” Shultz said the incident involving Jose Manuel Urbina Lara prompted Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador to refuse to attend a meeting on settling the conflicts in Central America.
“We’re ready to help in the Con-tadora process in any way we can,” Shultz said. “We tried. But we don’t see the talks with Nicaragua getting any where.”
The Contadora group, a collection of Latin American nations seeking a peaceful resolution to Central America’s conflicts, announced cancellation of the meeting Wednesday in Mexico Qty. Victor Hugo Tinoco, Nicaragua’s deputy foreign minister, said “the political will of the United States is behind this boycott.”
Shultz said the adminstration was ready to talk to Nicaragua, “but it’s a question whether Nicaragua will agree to, and live up to, the pledges it
made to the OAS (Organization of American States), namely to have a country governed in a democratic way.”
In the interview, in which an Associated Press reporter participated, Shultz denounced Evan Galbraith, the U.S. ambassador to France, who was quoted in a New York Times article as saying “there’s something about the foreign service that takes the guts out of people.”
Shultz said that when a U.S. foreign service officer was killed a few years ago in a terrorist incident in Namibia in Africa, 35 other officers volunteered to take his place on the dangerous assignment.
“The guts that people display is just really inspiring,” Shultz said.
“So,” Shultz said of Galbraith, “when he says it (the Foreign Service) takes the guts out of people somebody ought to tie his tongue for him.”
Arsonists blamed in hotel fire
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -The military today blamed arsonists for a fire that killed at least 24 people in one of Manila’s largest luxury hotels and was still burning nearly two days after it broke out, the official Philippine News Agency reported.
In a typewritten note delivered to two news agencies, a previously unheard of group, The Angels, claimed responsibility for the fire as a protest of U.S. and Japanese support for President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Firefighters battled flames, heavy smoke and intense heat to try to recover more bodies from the hotel.
Among the identified dead were five Americans, three Britons, a Canadian and an Australian. Funeral home operators said several of the unidentified bodies were those of foreigners.
“All indications are that it was the job of arsonists,” the agency quoted Brig. Gen. Victor Natividad as saying. The general heads the
Philippine Constabulary’s Manila command and supervises the capital’s police force.
Natividad said his investigators were taking statements from witnesses who said the fire began simultaneously on the second and ninth floors of the 11-story Regent of Manila, although fire officials at the scene had earlier debunked such reports.
The agency also reported Natividad as saying probers were investigating reports that “subversives” had infiltrated the hotel’s employees’ union.
The fire broke out about 12:30 arn. Wednesday (10:30 arn. CDT Tuesday) in the 11-story, 464-room hotel.
Authorities said the death toll could go higher because of fear some of the 370 guests and an undetermined number of employees may have suffocated after becoming trapped in the smoke-filled Regent of Manila hotel in suburban Pasay.Vietnamese troops destroy major Khmer Rouge camp
KHAO SARAPEE, Thailand (AP) — Vietnamese troops, in their fiercest offensive this year, toppled one major Communist Khmer Rouge base and seized part of another today in the hills of western Kampuchea, Thai military officers said.
Under a heavy umbrella of artillery fire, 13,000 Vietnamese troops pushed from the south and east in a three-pronged attack that sent hundreds of Khmer Rouge guerrillas retreating to Thailand, the officers said.
The Vietnamese overran Khao Din, seven miles southeast of here, and took over half of Phnom Mala!, the main Khmer Rouge headquarters eight miles to the north, the officers said.
Col. Chettha Thanajaro, deputy commander of the Eastern Border Task Force, said he expected the Vietnamese forces to complete the takeover of the Khmer Rouge
headquarters by Friday.
Chettha said a rear guard Khmer Rouge force was trying to hold off the Vietnamese while the main force units retreated into the jungles with their ammunition, equipment and food supplies.
Hanoi’s advances today, if verified, would be the most stunning setback yet dealt to the Khmer Rouge, hard-bitten fighters who have roamed the Kampuchean countryside for the past 15 years and successfully defended their mountainous strongholds against previous bloody Vietnamese offensives.
Hundreds of Khmer Rouge guerrillas fleeing the assault on the Khao Din-Phnom Chakrey stronghold trudged northward on a dirt road near this border village about 19 miles from the key Thai border town of Aranyaprathet. The guerrillas dragged with them recoilless guns, supplies, even twoLet s talk.
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Divestiture revisited: one year later
A little over three years ago — January 8. 1982. to be exact — we were stunned by the announcement that AT AT would divest itself of 22 operating companies, including Southwestern Hell, in exchange for the federal government dropping its 8-year-old antitrust suit.
Most of us remember that moment: where we were when we heard the news, the looks on the faces around us, tile feeling In the pit of the stomach as it slowly dawned on us what it was going to take to dismember the worlds largest corporation.
We did what we had to do — all the while wondering if it would work
Hiday. it works.
Although every one of us is still analyzing divestiture’s effects on our responsibility areas and working out the glitches, we've come a long way.
Service has remained at quality levels
A year ago. when divestiture took place, some thought the Hell System breakup would cause local telephone service to deteriorate drastically. Hut it hasn’t.
And the many changes haven t always been easy — on you or on us. We still don't know where some of our longtime work friends in other departments wound up. And I can imagine the consternation of many customers who had t>een accustomed over the years to one call doing all. being told overnight they would have to get their own telephones.
lh help you with your questions, we introduced a series of informational booklets in 1984 called "We Help," And. as a result of your questions, more booklets are coming this year, including a series for small businesses.
New revenues, new services end budget cutting
One of the principal axioms of our business has always been, "to serve well, we must earn well ’ Since divestiture, that s never been truer in "texas
It s important to point out we ve managed to get through the first year on our own as a stand-alone company without any significant increase in local residence rates. In fact, flat-rate residential service increased only 30 cents per month in 1984 — and that was the result of a rate filing a year earlier,
And despite all the havoc of divestiture, our internal measurements tell us service has never been better in 'texas
But more than ever, we understand that really satisfying customers requires a great deal more than looking good on a monthly service report. We know we have some weak spots, but we re Working on them.
You see. the ultimate Judge is not what our surveys tell us. but what you tell us.
And serving you is our only business We appreciate the opportunity to do so.
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elephants. They told reporters the Khao Din-Phnom Chakrey area was basically under Vietnamese control.
The Phnom Malai area, which the Khmer Rouge have held since 1981, is in densely forested, rugged mountains which jut like a tooth into
Thailand. According to Thai officers, Vietnam’s offensive was aimed at trapping the guerrillas against the Thai border by simultaneous strikes from the east against Phnom Malai and from the south against Khao Din-Phnom Chakrey.
Thai military sources said Viet
namese gunners lobbed 50 rounds of artillery into three Thai villages. Thai gunners returned the fire, the sources said.
Maj. Gen. Salya Sriphen, commander of the Eastern Field Force, said more than 50,000 civilians from Khmer Rouge camps in the area had
fled to Thailand, and 12,000 Thai villagers were displaced by the fighting.
According to the United Nations border relief operation, 200,000 Kampucheans have crossed the border during Vietnam’s offensive.BRUNERSUnder scene Bras and Olga Bras
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