More Rights Monitors Sought
U.S. officials urged an increase in the number of international
human-rights monitors in Haiti on Thursday, rejecting a demand by a
senator in Haiti that the mission be removed.
"There needs to be an increase in the number of monitors there
who can fully document the instances of human rights abuses that
are so appalling," said State Department spokesman Mike McCurry.
In Haiti, Sen. Bernard Sansaricq said the existing U.N.
mission, which numbers 100 including administrative help, is
illegal and should leave the country.
"The international community wants to wipe us off the face of
the earth," Sansaricq said. He was an architect of the move on
Wednesday to install Supreme Court President Emile Jonassaint as
the replacement for deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Press Control Laws Eliminated
Panama will eliminate press control laws used by former
dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega to jail journalists and close
newspapers and broadcast stations, its president-elect said
"I don't believe we should stay with a law that gives
discretionary powers to the minister of interior and justice, and I
feel anyone who thinks he has been damaged by a journalist should
use civil remedies, not penal ones," Ernesto Perez Balladares said.
Perez Balladares is a member of theo party that Noriega headed
but campaigned hard to separate himself from the toppled general.
Workers Rush Food During Lull
Relief workers rushed food to thousands of hungry refugees in
Kigali, Rwanda, Thursday when rebels slowed their bombardment.
Fierce exchanges of rocket, howitzer and mortar fire in recent
days had blocked deliveries of food to about 15,000 refugees under
U.N. protection. But combat died down early Thursday.
Civil War Appears Stalemated
Entering its second week, Yemen's civil war seemed headed for a
stalemate Thursday despite hopes in the north for a quick victory.
The war in this impoverished nation on the southwestern corner
of the Arabian Peninsula broke out after months of tension between
the conservative north and the formerly Marxist-ruled south. The
two regions merged in May 1990.
Northern forces have claimed since Saturday to be on the verge
of seizing Aden, a southern port on the Arabian Sea and the site of
key oil facilities. But U.S. diplomats say the south has put up
stiff resistance. The fall of Aden would doom the south's war
FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION
Bill Boosts Collection On Loans
President Bill Clinton signed a bill Thursday that will let the
Agriculture Department hire private attorneys to collect delinquent
loans issued by the Farmers Home Administration. …