Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, JapanPACIFIC STABS AND STRIPESTUESDAY, HAY 20,
MOSCOW — French President Jac-
ques Chirac stopped off to 3ee Boris
Yeltsin on the way home from China on
Sunday and paid tribute to his Russian
counterpart for reaching an agreement,
with NATO.Both sides said the two leaders' brief
talks focused on last week's accord that
Yeltsin is to sign in Paris pn May 27."This is a great victory for Russia, and
,1 would say that this is a personal vic-
tory of President Yeltsin," Chirac said at
the airport before departing for Paris.He called the NATO-Russia agreement
-• historic.^ , . • .•",'.. .*'...'• ;,;'x '•.'. •' *.,: 'Talks took place at Novo-Ogarevo, one
of Yeltsin's (private residences outside
the capital.The Kremlin issued a brief statement
saying the meeting took place in "a spir-
it of sincerity and mutual understand-
ing" and focused on the NATO agree-
ment and bljateralissues.
* Falestmian leader, disappoint-
ed'with U.S. envoy Dennis Ross, ;
' asks the' president to intervene.
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The Associated Press w
JERUSALEM •-- Yasser Arafat hasappealed to President Clinton to inter-
vene personally to save Israeli-Palestin-
ian peacemaking, a senior Palestinian
negotiator said Sunday.
U.S. envoy Dennis Ross left the Mid-
dle East on Friday with no prospects of
breaking a two-month deadlock in peace
talks. Arafat wrote Clinton a letter ex-
pressing hfs disappointment with Ross,
negotiator Saeb Erekat said.
"Only your personal, official and im-
mediate intervention will save the peace
process," Arafat wrote Clinton, accord-
ing to an excerpt published in Israel's
Yediot Ahro%)t newspaper Sunday.It was unclear how much Arafat want-
ed Clinton to do, but the newspaper said
Arafat asked the president to send Sec-
retaryof State Madeleine Albright to theregion instead of JRoss.
But the White House said Clinton iswilling to give Ross more time to get
aifotiations started again.
"The president has the fullest confi-
dence jjLvDennis Ross," spokeswoman
Mary plenGlynn said Sunday.Palestinians are angry that Ross did
not speak out against Israel's construc-
tion of Jewish housing on disputed land
in tie West iBank, Gaza and Jerusalem.
The United States has condemned the
home-building in the past, but Palestin-
ians say Ross has not pressured Israel to
freeze settlement construction. Until the
construction is stopped, they refuse to
resume negotiations with the Israelis.
Israel Radio reported, Sunday that Is-
rael intends to destroy hundreds of un-
authorized Palestinian houses in theWest Bank — news that^further angered
Palestinians and could cause new vi-
olence. . .'•; .•'•-.; . •.; / .,., ' ' ^: .; ..israel's mili|ary government in the
West Bank, Which has ceded control ofabout 30 percent of the area to Palestin-
ians, often demolishes Palestinian
houses that lack permits. About 140
houses were reportedly destroyed in He-
bron in 1996.The Israel Radio report said as many
as 500 unauthorized homes were slated
for destruction in the Hebron area, Pal-estinians say they are forced to build
illegally because Israett officials fail to
issue enough permits to keep up with
ROME — Pope John Paul II celebrat-
ed his 77th birthday Sunday, teiliiig
well-wishers gathered on a gaily deco-
rated field m Rome that he was ap-
proaching the "sunset" of his life.John Paul, who has been slowed by
illness in recent years, appeared upbeat
as he celebrated an open air Mass andreflected on his birth in Wadpwice, Po-
land;on May 18,1920."These are historic moments, in the
sense that each of us has a personal his-
tory," he said. "This(personal history iswritten in the great history of salvation,
which leads:'to, eternal life." '"After 77 years, I am-closer to this
sunset," John Paul said. —Red, yellow and blue streamers fes-
tooned the bell tower of the Saht Atana-sio Church and stretched to the sports
field where the popespoke tothe crowd.
The children of the parish greeted hiinwith a traditional birthday tune from his
native Poland. "May you live a hundred
yearsi" they sang. '"This means I have 23 more to go,"
the pope replied. "Let's hope for the best
— time flies." •:/.
• - • • - .• <•„ •__.,'•'-•Channel tunnel fire cause
• ' • ' • .•-••'., : . '.'-•'• " - '.likely arson, French say
LONDON — An official French inqui-
ry into Hie cause of the fire in the Chan-
nel tunnel between England and France
last November is expected to conclude
that arson was most probably to blame.
The inquiry, carried out by a judge in
northern France, is understood to have
ruled out a fault on the freight shuttle or
on the lorry which was at the (center of
the blaze. 1Spokesmen for Eurotunnel and the
judge's office said they had not seen theresults of me inquiry but that it was un-
derstood to conclude that the fire was
started deliberately.Eurotunnel is the company which op-
erates the tunnel.On the day of the fire, Eurotunnel
* staff were demonstrating against layoffs
at the Calais terminal in France* French
truck drivers involvedina separate la-
bor dispute were also present at the ter-
minal One suggestion made shortly af-
ter the fire was that a flare had been
fired at the train.
From wire reports
The Associated Press
NABI MOUSSA, West Bank — A PaKestinian land dealer killed after he alleg-
edly sold land to Jews was finally buried
Sunday in a hasty: ceremony at an outrof-
the way cemetery in"the West Bank."
The burial of 70-year-old FaridBa-
shiti ended a nine-day ordeal that had
highlighted thestrong emotions over thelano" issue at the center of the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict.Palestinians see their hopes of estab--
lishing an independent state in the West
Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem dwin-
dling as Jewish settlenients expand -7-
sometimes onland sold by Arabs.
Bashiti;a resident of East Jerusalem,
was ^jund dead May ^ Jin the Paiestin-
iah^coVtoiled ci^r of Rainallah, his skull
crushed^ hands tied behind his^^ back and
?mouth sealed with plastic tape.
Bashiti was lolled just days after Pal-
iejn said Palestinians" caught selling
laiid to Jews would face th^ death^^ penal-
ty.Israeli authorities accuse the" Pales-
tirn'aMecuriiy forces of complicity in
•• the cMef Muslim cleric in Jerusalem
declared Bashiti an infidel for allegedly
selling land to Jews and said he could
riot b£ buried ma Muslim cemetery in
Jerusalem. But BasWti*s fainily said Is-
raih" authorities pressured^^ them; to bury
him in the city, revising theni[permis-
sion to bury him instead iii Jaffa, ah
Arab neighborhood of Tel Aviv.
Ini the end, the family decided to bury
him in Nabi Moussa, in the We$t Bank
desert east of Jerusalem. Thp burial took
place Sunday afternoon, with only the
family present — no MusUm clergy.:• ••--••:-.• f'•••'•'••-. .--••"•'.',: ••:'.: -;.- :
>The Associated Press- £j
CANNED France — In a ceremony
|ull of surprises, the 50th Cannes Film
Festival awarded Golden Palms on .Sun-'
day to inovies dealing'.'with suicide: "Un-
agi" (The Eel) by Japanese director Sho-
hei Imamura and "The Taste of Cherry"
by Iran's Abbas Kiarostami.
Sean Penn took best actor as a pas-
sionate low-lifer in "She's So Lovely"
and Kathy Burke best actress as a bat-
tered wife in "Nil by Mouth," the direct-
ing debut by actor Gary Oldman.
Best director went to Wong Kar-waifrom Hong Kong for "Happy Together,"
one of the few Asian films to addressfrankly the topic of homosexuality.
Wong is especially inspired by French,
New Wave filmtechniques.The prize for Kiarostami carried a
particular political charge. "The Taste of
Cherry" was only added to the competi-
tion at the ilth hour when Iran allowed
the movie to travel. The film deals withsuicide, considered a taboo subject in
Muslim countries,The 70ryear>oid Imamura became the
fourth director to win a second Golden
Palm, though he was not in Cannes to
receive the prize.
Imamura won the film festival cir-
Tbe Associated Press
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, right, and Japanese actor Koji Yakusho, accepting
for Shohei Imamura, hold Golden Palm awards Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival.
euit's most prestigious prize in 1983 for
"The Ballad of Narayama." He joins
Francis For4 Coppola^ We August and
Eniir Kusturica as a two-time Golden
Imamura's film also deals with sui-
cide. It is the story \of a roan paroled
from prison after killing his wife and
whose closest companion is his pet eel.
His life changes when he saves a young
woman from trying to commit suicide.
But no movie this festival dominated
the 12-day jamboree the way that "Se-
crets and Lies," "Fargo," and "Breaking
the Waves" all did last year. And where-
as the 1996 Cannes provided a pointer to
this spring's Academy Awards, it is diffi-
cult to imagine the current winners
cropping up at next spring's Oscars.
The Grand Prize, considered the run-
ner-up, weait to Canadian fihnmaker
Atom Egoyan for "The Sweet Hereaf-
ter," a haunting study of a cbmmimity
coping with the aftermath of a disaster.