The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 05, 1986, Image 11

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Friday, September 5, 1986/The Battalion/Page 11 Shiites want to release hostages, Jenco says nvelope slit,) store said set. ed. tected in ab, oxes with ti - 6-C-1S-GQ shelves of th er’s was I and Drug/ x>ut 600 oilt the store Htj .‘red. Howevt up from stor trea consurct oducts for sey Health Ik t residents i;. >oup. ion 3nts yluiTt NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco said Thurs- |iay he believes that the Lebanese ihiites who held him hostage for 19 nonths want to release three re naming American hostages, but irst “they would like to get some jenefits from this whole thing.” Jenco, in his first news interview ince being freed July 26, also said e fears that tough rhetoric from J.S. officials might block progress oward the trio’s release. “When we get into rhetoric that loses doors... that’s not beneficial,” he Roman Catholic priest said. Reagan administration officials rave frequently denounced the kid- lappers as “terrorists” and insisted he U.S. government will not accede 10 terrorist demands. In the 90-minute interview with The Associated Press, the 51-year- ild Jenco — weary, quiet, but quick o smile and laugh — said he was eartened by a recent communica- on, not authenticated, saying the idnappers had scaled back their de- nands. And he told of long months n tight quarters with his fellow cap- ives, during which they recited po- :try, exercised, worked jigsaw puz- :les, argued, prayed and cried. The remaining hostages are Ferry A. Anderson, 38, chief Middle East correspondent for The Asso ciated Press; David Jacobsen, 55, ad ministrator of Beirut’s American University Hospital; and Thomas Sutherland, 55, the university’s act ing dean of agriculture. The Moslem kidnappers, who call themselves Islamic Jihad, claimed last October to have killed another kidnapped American, U.S. Embassy political officer William Buckley, 58.- But no body was ever found. The kidnappers said they freed Jenco because he was in ill health. The Joliet, Ill., priest, who has worked as a missionary since 1974, has a heart ailment, but he said Thursday his health has improved since returning home. Again and again in the interview, the white-bearded cleric expressed sympathy for the young men who imprisoned him and the three others in a 12-by-15-foot room. Jenco has even proposed that Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. church agency he headed in Beirut, eventually estab lish a scholarship fund for Shiites. this “Where are they going to go when is is over with?” he asked. “ . . . Most have had no education since age 10.” He recounted “kindnesses” shown by his guards — making and sharing popcorn with him, providing nec essary medicine, occasionally allow ing a glimpse of the sun or moon. Asked whether he thought they regretted the hostage-holding, he replied, “Very much so. “There was a certain sense — they are trying to get rid of it right now,” he said. “I really believe they are try ing to resolve it. They would like to have everyone go. But they would like to get some benefits from this whole thing.” A two-page letter delivered to the AP bureau in Paris last Sunday said Anderson and Jacobsen would be freed if food aid was delivered to the poor Shiites of southern Lebanon. But the source and validity of the communication could not be deter mined. Jenco said it “sounded like good news to me,” since food shipments would be “such an easy option.” The kidnappers’ key demand long has been release of 17 Shiites and others imprisoned in Kuwait for the bombings of*the U.S. and French embassies there. (AP) - :nt Capitol s- hursdav wfei guards ar: ! 1 asylum, i parent/v Li in Califona k a more ‘' I n official & oinplained of n their hoE| alien, nine tumt; U.S. Capit ith 20 to!; and offml ■ matter as ig the Sir-! migration i fter the ino-j ng, the fan#; police headj unclear wh U.S. may offer Soviet Union arms control compromise WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reagan administration, set to open jinother round of nuclear weapons alks with a high-level Soviet dele gation, may ease its proposal for a 50 ercent reduction in strategic: bomb ers, missiles and submarines, a U.S. official said Friday. The revised approach would be in attempt to strike a compromise nth the Soviets, whose latest nego- lating position calls for more mod- itst cutbacks in nuclear warheads and an overall cutback of 30 percent. But it would still force the Soviets to make some hard choices about neir arsenal of heavy land-based rcktilesand the destructive force, or brow-weight, of their nuclear armo ries. The official, who discussed the is sue on grounds of anonymity, said President Reagan had suggested a “less sweeping” strategic weapons cutback than 50 percent in the letter he sent to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev in July. New ceilings would be set for va rious categories of weapons, includ ing a limit of 7,500 intercontinental ballistic missile warheads and cruise missiles, the official said. The Soviets had proposed a ceil ing of 8,000, while the United States would have allowed no more than 6,000. Gorbachev has yet to reply to Rea gan’s letter. But, in the meantime, Ron Lehman, the U.S. negotiator in charge of strategic nuclear weapons, worked out the new formula, the of ficial said. The proposal was discussed Wednesday at the Old Executive Building by senior arms control ad visers and their aides from the State Department, the Pentagon and other branches of the government. A final decision has not been made by Reagan, who is on vacation in California. Hardliners in the Pen tagon object to the new “consensus,” but unless they block it, U.S. negotia tors will be instructed to present the proposal to the Soviets in Geneva later this month, the official said. In the meantime, experts on both sides will open a two-day meeting Friday at the State Department to try to smooth the way to the negotia tions, which open Sept. 18. They held a similar discussion last month in Moscow without any visible sign of progress. The official de scribed the meeting as “very neg ative” and said the Soviets continued to object to Reagan’s Strategic De fense Initiative. Known popularly as “Star Wars,” it is a program exploring the use of laser, X-ray and other futurisitic technology as part of a shield against a missile attack. Gorbachev has por trayed the program as a dangerous extension of the nuclear arms race. in 15:00 hi :00 jnced FRIST BAPTIST CHURCH Dr. Malcolm Bane, Pastor Rev. David R. 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