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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
June 28, 1995, V3, #118
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Mubarak Blames Sudan for Assassination Try
By Laurie Kassman, Kim Reid (Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak escaped an assassination attempt
Monday in Addis Ababa where he was due to attend an African summit.
In talking about the incident, he suggested Sudan may be involved
in the terrorist attack. Sudan has denied any links but Egypt has
often accused Sudan of aiding Islamic militants who want to topple
the Egyptian government and replace it with an Islamic state.
Mubarak says Ethiopian authorities have told him the hideout used by
the terrorists who attacked him in Addis Ababa was rented by
Sudanese nationals. He told a crowd of well-wishers Tuesday in
Cairo it was not clear the government was involved but he did
not rule out links to the Sudanese Islamic leader Hassan
Mubarak then cited the confiscation last week of a pile of
automatic weapons at a hideout in southern Egypt. Egyptian
security authorities say the arms were shipped from Sudan.
Mubarak has stopped short of blaming Sudan directly for the
terrorist attack Monday and Sudan has denied any links to it.
A top Sudanese foreign ministry official has suggested Egypt
should deal with the facts and should not try to blame its
internal problems on others.
But Egypt's interior minister insists that Sudan gives terrorists
refuge and allows them to smuggle weapons and explosives across
the border into Egypt.
The hints of Sudanese involvement, from Mubarak and Cabinet
officials, underscores the continuing tense relations between
Egypt and its southern neighbor. The allegations of Sudanese
support for terrorism are not new.
Bilateral relations soured after Sudanese General Omar al-Beshir
seized power in 1989 and installed an Islamic state. Egyptian
authorities have charged that Sudan now allows terrorist training
camps to operate in its territory and supports Islamic radicals
trying to topple the Mubarak government and set up a pure Islamic
state in Egypt.
Egypt is not alone in its criticism of Sudan. The US State
Department blacklisted Sudan in 1993 as a terrorism-sponsoring
nation. Some diplomats say Sudan has become a center for many
Middle East terrorist groups.
US federal prosecutors have pursued possible Sudanese links to a
plot to blow up several New York City landmarks. Several Sudanese
nationals are awaiting trial in New York. Egypt has sent a team of
investigators to Ethiopia to help authorities in their probe into
who carried out Monday's assassination attempt.
The assassination attempt has shocked and frightened the Egyptian
people. The incident again raised concerns over the transition
of power in Egypt. Mubarak has not appointed a vice president
because he says the Constitution provides an emergency line of
succession, handing power to the Egyptian Speaker of Parliament.
But the absence of a vice-president is psychologically disturbing
to the public. Mubarak was vice-president when he took power after
Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
Ethiopian security men are searching for several escaped gunmen,
who failed in their attempt to assassinate Mubarak. Officials are
offering a large reward for any information leading to the capture
of the assailants, who are said to be of Arab origin.
Peres Thinks July 1 Agreement Can Be Attained
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres says a significant, but
incomplete, accord can be ready by Saturday's deadline for reaching
agreement on the expansion of Palestinian autonomy on the West
Bank. Peres would not give many details during a meeting with
American correspondents Tuesday morning, but he said agreement is
Officials say Israel is offering the Palestinians a withdrawal from
some West Bank cities during the next few months, with Palestinian
elections to be held by the end of the year and a further
withdrawal later. The Palestinians have been holding out for a
broader withdrawal in the first stage and a detailed timetable for
the second stage. Peres says talks on the second stage will take,
in his words, "months and months and months." Still, he says a
partial accord can be ready by Saturday, if the Palestinians will
Meanwhile, activists on both sides continued to use this last week
before the target date to press their viewpoints. Palestinians on
the West Bank staged a general strike, closing schools and
businesses in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.
The prisoners and their supporters say they should be released as
part of the peace process, but Israel is reluctant to release those
who are part of militant organizations which continue to attack
Israelis. Peres said Tuesday Israel might agree to release some of
the prisoners this week.
While most West Bank Palestinians remained at home, Israeli
settlers on the West Bank organized work crews to expand the fences
around nine settlements. Settlers' leaders say the land belongs to
the settlements, but Palestinians disagree. In one incident
Tuesday near Jerusalem, elderly Palestinians blocked bulldozers and
troops had to separate crowds of shouting Israelis and
Palestinians. The government ordered the work stopped, at least
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