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Officials: Plan to request rebel aid
may prompt U.S. policy quarrels
dent Reagan plans to ask for a wa
tered-down military aid package for
Nicaragua’s Contras, but congressio
nal Democrats said Thursday that
even the scaled-back request will
provoke a confrontation over U.S.
policy when it votes in two weeks. A
senior administration official said
Thursday that the aid request which
Reagan will argue for in his State of
the Union speech Monday will be
close to $50 million, with the bulk of
that amount earmarked for non-le-
thal items for Contra rebels.
But White House spokesman
Marlin Fitzwater said no final deci
sion has been made on the amount
to be sought, and he cautioned re-
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porters against using a $50 million
Any such amount would be far
less than the $270 million military
aid package the administration had
prepared last year but abandoned in
the face of a five-nation Central
American peace accord signed Aug.
Congressional strategists of both
parties said the White House ap
pears to be searching for a package
that will sustain the rebels hut will
appear innocuous enough to win a
majority vote. The issue of whether
to support the Contras is one of the
most closely divided matters Con
gress has dealt with in recent years.
“We want to tailor our request to
the situation we find ourself in in Ni
caragua,” Fitzwater said, “so we
would be tailoring ourself to keep
the (Contra) resistance as a viable
force and would seek to do that with
as much humanitarian aid as possi
ble and as little lethal aid as possi
In a speech to backers at the
White House on Wednesday, Rea
gan said: “The majority of the aid
that I will be requesting from Con
gress is for non-lethal assistance to
keep the freedom fighters a viable
force until democracy is irreversible
in Nicaragua.”
Both Republicans and Democrats
are focusing lobbying efforts on a
“swing” group of about 30 to 50
members of the House and about
half a dozen senators, who would
vote the following day if the House
approves the package.
Rep. Tony Coelho, D-Calif., third
ranking member of the house lead
ership, said the administration aid
request is “a moving target. As they
count their votes and they’re short, I
assume they’ll change their request.”
But he said no matter how much
aid is requested, it will still precip
itate a showdown on U.S. policy in
the region.
In a related development, U.S. in
telligence sources said Soviet arms
shipments to Nicaragua"m 1987 pro
vided that government with weap
onry valued at over $450 million.
Date set for cease-fire talks
with Contras, Sandinistas
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) —-
Contra leaders met with peace me
diator Cardinal Miguel Obando y
Bravo on Thursday and announced
they will open direct cease-fire talks
on Jan. 28 with Nicaragua’s Sandi-
nista government.
They assailed as a publicity stunt
the unexpected arrival in San Jose
Wednesday of a negotiating team
from the Sandinistas.
The Sandinista group, led by
Deputy Foreign Minister Victor
Hugo Tinoco, said it came to Costa
Rica to begin negotiations with the
Contras, although the talks were set
for next Thursday.
Adolfo Calero, a director of the
rebel group known as the Nicara
guan Resistance, told a news confer
ence following the Contras’ two-
hour meeting with Obando y Bra-
vo:“The cardinal had no knowledge
that the Sandinista commission
would be here. We do not know and
the cardinal did not know how this
confusion occurred.”
The Sandinistas may want to hold
the talks early in an effort to reach
an agreement in time to head off ap
proval of more U.S. aid for the Con
Alfredo Cesar, another Resistance
director, said Thursday of the early
arrival, “They (the Sandinistas) are
simply playing games around a se
rious subject — the gaining of peace
in Nicaragua.”
Tinoco said earlier Thursday the
Sandinistas wanted to take advan
tage of the presence of both Obando
y Bravo and the Contra leadership
to get the cease-fire talks under way.
“After trying for five months to
have a meeting with Cardinal
Obando, we had it today,” Calero
Millions of Soviets to lose jobs
MOSCOW (AP) — About 16 mil
lion Soviets will be laid off by the
year 2000 under Mikhail S. Gorba
chev’s reform drive, and some peo
ple are already worrying about a re
turn of mass unemployment, Pravda
said Thursday.
The Account in the Communist
Party d^ily gave more hints of the
widespread concerns raised by Gor
bachev’s drive for “perestroika,” or
the wholesale revamping of the So
viet economy and society.
Along with a more effective use of
the labor force, the Soviet Commu
nist Party general secretary said an
increase in retail prices is needed to
pay the real cost of producing milk,
bread and other food staples and re
duce the $97 billion the government
pays in annual subsidies.
Pravda was the first official publi
cation to publish the number of
workers authorities believe will lose
their jobs as a result of the Kremlin’s
drive for greater labor efficiency
and discipline.
Joblessness officially ended in the
Soviet Union in the 1930s under Jo
sef V. Stalin with the inauguration of
centralized economic planning, and
the 1977 constitution proclaims that
each citizen has a right to a job.
However, a new law went into ef
fect Jan. 1 that forces many state-run
factories and economic organiza
tions to pay their own way, and that
empowers local managers to trim
employment rolls. All civilian pro
duction is to be functioning under
the new rules by 1991.
The anxiety with which some So
viets regard the possible loss of their
jobs, in a society where unemploy
ment was officially eradicated more
than a half-century ago, was indi
cated by one reader’s letter to
Pra vda.
“It’s like long-forgotten times are
repeating themselves,” wrote S. So
kolov of Moscow.
Potato farmer
finds diamond
while digging
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone
(AP) — A potato farmer dug up
one of the largest diamonds ever
found in this mineral-rich coun
try, but it was broken into three
pieces in a dispute over whether it
was real, a government official
said Wednesday.
The unidentified farmer
found the 307-carat gem Friday
while digging up what he thought
was a stone in his potato patch in
the eastern Kono district.
The man and a friend broke
the stone into three pieces follow
ing an argument over whether it
was really a diamond or not.
Officials of the National Di
amond Mining Corporation con
firmed it was a diamond. The
pieces were deposited in the cen
tral bank in the capital, Freetown,
while government officials tried
to sort out the ownership claims.
The corporation said the stone
belonged to them since it was
found on their leased property.
The farmer and a third party, a
group calling itself “supporters”
of the farmer, both claimed they
were the rightful owners.
Assessors from the Govern
ment Gold and Diamond office
did not put a monetary value on
the pieces.
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