Embassy Row

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WARNING OF TERRORISM

Martin Indyk, the once and future ambassador to Israel, is worried about possible terrorist attacks against Israel by Palestinian guerrillas in southern Lebanon.

Mr. Indyk, now assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, expressed his fears in an interview yesterday in the Lebanese newspaper, As-Safir.

He warned that terrorists in southern Lebanon have ready access to arms and explosives and have the ability to carry out attacks.

"It is very important for all parties to respect the terms of the April 1996 understanding because failure to do so could destroy the peace process,"

he was quoted as saying.

The "understanding" reached with Israel, Lebanon and Syria ended Israel's "Grapes of Wrath" offensive in southern Lebanon against Hezbollah guerrillas. It called on Israel and Hezbollah to avoid attacks on civilians.

Mr. Indyk said civilians in southern Lebanon and northern Israel have "both been victims of the escalating violence."

President Clinton has nominated Mr. Indyk to return to his former post as ambassador to Israel, where he first served from 1995 to 1997.

VELVET RESOLUTION

The Senate, praising the democratic transition of the Czech and Slovak republics, has issued a resolution that both commemorates the 10th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" that brought down communism and urges NATO to admit Slovakia.

"The people of the Czech and Slovak republics have established a vibrant, pluralistic, democratic political system based upon freedom of speech, a free press, free and fair open elections, the rule of law and other democratic principles and practices," the resolution says.

Communism collapsed in 1989 in the old Czechoslovakia, which was peacefully divided in 1993 to create the Czech and Slovak republics.

"The people of the United States and the Czech and Slovak republics have maintained a special relationship based on shared democratic values."

The resolution, sponsored by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican, and Joseph R. Biden, Delaware Democrat, also urged the European Union to admit both countries as new members. …