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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. - • -'''"• " ' ' • --, ".:• - - " • ' 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 population growth. 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- estinian Justk^l^im^ 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 Bashiti's death. •• 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'•••'•'••-. .--••"•'.',: ••:'.: -;.- : at Cannes >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 Palmwiriner. 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. ;