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Voice of America Digest, 6 February 1996

From: "Ioannis V. Bousnakis" <ivb19@nfi.com>

Voice of America Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] !!! VOA DIGEST - FEBRUARY 6, 1996


  • [01] !!! VOA DIGEST - FEBRUARY 6, 1996

    DATE=2/6/96
    TYPE=ADVISORY
    CONTENT=

    VOA DIGEST - 2/6/96

    THE FOLLOWING IS A SYNOPSIS OF SIGNIFICANT REPORTING BY THE VOICE OF AMERICA THAT HAD BEEN BROADCAST OR FIRMLY SCHEDULED AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION. THIS SELECTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE EXHAUSTIVE, AND DOES NOT INCLUDE LATE-BREAKING NEWS OR THE MANY REPORTS IN ALL VOA LANGUAGES THAT ARE BASED ON COMMERCIAL WIRE SERVICES OR OTHER SECONDARY SOURCES. WE REGRET THAT WE CANNOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR TRANSCRIPTS OF SPECIFIC BROADCASTS OR PROGRAM SEGMENTS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT VOA, OFFICE OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS. TELEPHONE: +1-202-619-2538. ELECTRONIC MAIL: LETTERS@VOA.GOV (FOR CORRESPONDENCE FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES); LETTERS-USA@VOA.GOV (FOR CORRESPONDENCE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES).

    REPORTS BY VOA CENTRAL NEWS SERVICE:

    BOSNIA / WAR CRIMES -- THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS IT HAS DETAINED A SERB GENERAL, A COLONEL, AND SIX OTHER SERB OFFICERS. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS THE GENERAL AND THE COLONEL ARE SUSPECTED OF COMMITTING WAR CRIMES AGAINST CIVILIANS. (2/6)

    CROATIA / CHINA -- CROATIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER MATE GRANIC SAYS CHINA CAN PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN NORMALIZING RELATIONS BETWEEN CROATIA AND THE NEW, SMALLER YUGOSLAVIA. DOCTOR GRANIC HAS ENDED A TWO DAY VISIT TO BEIJING. CORRESPONDENT GIL BUTLER REPORTS FROM THE CHINESE CAPITAL. (2/6)

    CHINA / TAIWAN -- REPORTS MONDAY THAT CHINA WILL RESUME MILITARY EXERCISES NEAR THE ISLAND REPUBLIC OF TAIWAN SENT TAIPEI'S STOCK MARKET INTO A SHARP DECLINE. THE EXERCISES ARE SEEN BY ANALYSTS AS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE TAIWAN ON THE EVE OF THE NATION'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. CURRENT AFFAIRS' NEAL LAVON REPORTS IT'S THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN A SERIOUS AND COMPLEX ISSUE THAT ALSO INVOLVES EAST ASIA AND THE UNITED STATES. (2/6)

    CHINA / US / PIRACY -- CHINA IS REACTING DEFIANTLY TO THE PROSPECT OF AMERICAN TRADE SANCTIONS BEING IMPOSED OVER CHINESE PIRACY OF US INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SUCH AS COMPUTER SOFTWARE, MUSIC, AND MOVIES. CORRESPONDENT GIL BUTLER REPORTS FROM BEIJING. (2/6)

    CHINA / US / PIRACY -- THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF A SINO-AMERICAN AGREEMENT ON COMBATTING COPYRIGHT PIRACY IS APPROACHING AND US OFFICIALS ARE PREPARING TO ASSESS CHINESE COMPLIANCE. CORRESPONDENT GIL BUTLER IN BEIJING REPORTS CHINESE OFFICIALS ARE TAKING A DEFIANT STAND OVER PROSPECTS FOR AMERICAN TRADE SANCTIONS AGAINST CHINA. (2/6)

    US / CHINA / TAIWAN -- THE UNITED STATES HAS AGAIN CALLED FOR A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF THE DISPUTE BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN. REPORTS THAT CHINA IS PLANNING A NEW SERIES OF MILITARY EXERCISES NEAR TAIWAN ARE BEING TAKEN UP WITH A SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIAL VISITING WASHINGTON. CORRESPONDENT DAVID GOLLUST HAS THE LATEST FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT. (2/5)

    VIETNAM / US / BUSINESS TIES -- VIETNAMESE OFFICIALS AND US BUSINESS EXECUTIVES ARE STRENGTHENING THEIR CALLS FOR NEW TRADE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN VIETNAM AND THE UNITED STATES. CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS THE CALLS WERE MADE TUESDAY IN HONG KONG AT A CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS TIES BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. (2/6)

    CHRISTOPHER / SYRIA -- US SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER IS IN DAMASCUS FOR TALKS WITH SYRIAN PRESIDENT HAFEZ AL-ASSAD. CORRESPONDENT RON PEMSTEIN IN THE SYRIAN CAPITAL REPORTS THE TWO MEN ARE TRYING TO DECIDE HOW TO PROCEED WITH THE ISRAEL-SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS. WORD IS STILL AWAITED ON THE OUTCOME OF THEIR DISCUSSIONS. (2/6)

    US / GREECE / HOLBROOKE -- US ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE RICHARD HOLBROOKE HAS CANCELLED PLANNED VISITS TO GREECE AND TURKEY AIMED AT FURTHER DEFUSING TENSIONS IN THE AEGEAN AFTER LAST MONTH'S DISPUTE. A US-MEDIATED COMPROMISE IN THE DISPUTE OVER CONTROL OF A TINY CONTESTED ISLAND IS NOW THE CENTER OF A POLITICAL ROW IN GREECE. CORRESPONDENT DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS. (2/5)

    RUSSIA / CHECHNYA -- RUSSIAN PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN IS TO MEET HIS INNER CIRCLE OF ADVISERS TO DISCUSS THE WAR IN CHECHNYA. CORRESPONDENT PETER HEINLEIN IN MOSCOW REPORTS THE STRATEGY MEETING COMES AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF CONTINUING DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE CHECHEN CAPITAL. (2/6)

    NORTHERN IRELAND / PEACE -- THE PAST FEW WEEKS HAVE SEEN A GREAT DEAL OF ACTIVITY ON THE NORTHERN IRELAND PEACE FRONT AS POLITICIANS FROM ALL PARTIES INVOLVED ATTEMPT TO MOVE THE PROCESS FORWARD. CORRESPONDENT ANDRE DE NESNERA IN LONDON LOOKS AT THE LATEST INITIATIVES AND GAUGES THE RESPONSE FROM VARIOUS GROUPS INVOLVED IN THE SEARCH FOR A LASTING PEACE IN THE BRITISH PROVINCE. (2/6)

    POPE / CENTAM -- POPE JOHN PAUL TRAVELS TO A RELIGIOUS SHRINE IN SOUTHEASTERN GUATEMALA TUESDAY TO HOLD A SPECIAL MASS ON THE SECOND DAY OF HIS TRIP TO FOUR LATIN AMERICAN NATIONS. AS CORRESPONDENT BILL RODGERS REPORTS, THE POPE IS EXPECTED TO REPEAT HIS PLEA FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION. (2/6)

    POPE / CENTAM ARRIVAL -- POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND HAS ARRIVED IN GUATEMALA, THE FIRST STOP IN A WEEK-LONG VISIT TO FOUR LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES. AS CENTRAL AMERICA CORRESPONDENT BILL RODGERS REPORTS, THE PONTIFF CALLED FOR A JUST AND LASTING PEACE TO END GUATEMALA'S THIRTY-FIVE-YEAR OLD INTERNAL STRIFE. (2/5)

    JAPAN / BUSINESS LOANS -- JAPAN'S FINANCE MINISTRY IS UNDER FIRE FOR FAILING TO TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE THE BAD LOANS OF SEVEN BANKRUPT HOME LOAN COMPANIES. AS STRINGER JACK RUSSELL REPORTS FROM TOKYO, THERE ARE GROWING DEMANDS TO REDUCE THE MINISTRY'S POWER. (2/6)

    KOREA / PARTY CONVENTION -- SPEAKING AT A POLITICAL PARTY MEETING TUESDAY, SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM YOUNG-SAM CALLED THE COUNTRY'S GENERAL ELECTIONS IN APRIL A CHOICE BETWEEN CHAOS AND STABILITY. STRINGER SHIN NA REPORTS FROM SEOUL THE PRESIDENT OUTLINED HIS PARTY PLATFORM, PLEDGING CONTINUED REFORM AND NO RETURN TO THE UPHEAVALS OF THE 1980'S. (2/6)

    LANKA / POL -- SRI LANKAN OFFICIALS VOW THE SUICIDE BOMBING BY TAMIL SEPARATISTS WHICH WRECKED COLOMBO'S FINANCIAL DISTRICT WILL NOT SET BACK EFFORTS TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE ISLAND'S ETHNIC CONFLICT. CORRESPONDENT MICHAEL DRUDGE REPORTS ON THE POLITICAL FALLOUT FROM COLOMBO'S WORST TERRORIST ATTACK. (2/6)

    KENYA / PRESS -- KENYA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL MET WITH JOURNALISTS IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEFUSE THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE GOVERNMENT'S DRAFT PROPOSALS FOR STIFF NEW PRESS MEASURES. BUT AS CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA REPORTS FROM NAIROBI, MOST REPORTERS AND EDITORS REMAIN SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT'S MOTIVES. (2/6)

    HAITI / INAUGURATION -- IN HAITI, THE INAUGURATION (FEB 7) OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER RENE PREVAL AS PRESIDENT IS SET AGAINST A BACKDROP OF VIOLENCE, ABJECT POVERTY, AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY. AS HE TAKES OFFICE, MR. PREVAL FACES PRESSURES FROM SUPPORTERS BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF HAITI. CORRESPONDENT BARBARA SCHOETZAU SPOKE WITH SEVERAL HAITI OBSERVERS ABOUT THE OVERWHELMING CHALLENGES CONFRONTING MR. PREVAL AS HE ATTEMPTS TO SOLIDIFY THE COUNTRY'S FRAGILE DEMOCRACY AND FIND A WAY TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF LIVING IN THE POOREST NATION IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. (2/6)

    THE WHITEWATER CONTROVERSY -- CURRENT AFFAIRS' TOM MAHONEY EXPLORES ASPECTS OF THE WHITEWATER CONTROVERSY. PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOW A GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICANS BELIEVE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON IS NOT BEING FULLY CANDID ABOUT HER ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH THAT ARKANSAS LAND DEAL. THIS LOOK AT PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS AND ELECTION YEAR POLITICS IS CULLED FROM CONVERSATIONS WITH JOHN DEAN III, FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL DURING WATERGATE; ELAINE POVICH, FORMER CAPITOL HILL REPORTER FOR THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE NOW COMPLETING A PROJECT ON CONGRESS AND THE MEDIA AT THE FREEDOM FORUM; AND PAUL GREENBERG, EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR OF THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTTE AND AUTHOR OF THE SOON TO BE PUBLISHED "NO SURPRISES: TWO DECADES OF CLINTON-WATCHING." (2/6)

    CLINTON SUBPOENA -- PRESIDENT CLINTON'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY IS RESPONDING CAUTIOUSLY TO A LEGAL ORDER CALLING FOR PRESIDENT CLINTON TO TESTIFY AT THE UPCOMING TRIAL OF ONE OF HIS FORMER PARTNERS IN THE LOSING CLINTON LAND DEAL KNOWN AS WHITEWATER. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT DAVID BORGIDA REPORTS THE LATEST. (2/5)

    GETTING RID OF ACCENTS -- US IMMIGRANTS SPEAK AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH WITH VARIOUS DEGREES OF FLUENCY. SOMETIMES NATIVE SPEAKERS HAVE DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS WHOSE ENGLISH IS VERY GOOD. CURRENT AFFAIRS' ZLATICA HOKE REPORTS ON SERVICES THAT HELP PEOPLE GET RID OF ACCENTS. (2/6)

    CAROL BURNETT / AN AMERICAN PROFILE -- BEST KNOWN FOR HER ELEVEN YEARS (AND 286 PROGRAMS) HOSTING HER OWN VARIETY SHOW ON TELEVISION, CAROL BURNETT IS NOW STARRING IN A WACKY PLAY ON BROADWAY: "MOON OVER BUFFALO." CURRENT AFFAIRS' TED LANDPHAIR LOOKS BACK AT HER LIFE AND CAREER. (2/6)

    US / WOMEN'S CONFERENCE -- MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND AMERICAN WOMEN FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY GATHERED IN WASHINGTON, DC, LAST WEEK-END FOR A CONFERENCE THAT'S BEING CALLED THE REBIRTH OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT. CURRENT AFFAIRS' MARILYN SILVEY WAS THERE, AND REPORTS THAT ISSUES OF WOMEN'S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POWER DOMINATED THE MEETING. (2/6)

    US / PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN -- CURRENT AFFAIRS' NANCY BEARDSLEY REPORTS ON "PRIMARY COLORS," THE ANONYMOUSLY PUBLISHED NOVEL ABOUT THE 1992 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN THAT'S FUELING INTENSE SPECULATION AROUND WASHINGTON. (2/6)

    ATLANTA / OLYMPICS -- THE SPIRIT AND PRIDE IN HOSTING THE ATLANTA OLYMPICS IS EVIDENT ACROSS GEORGIA AS RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTHERN STATE PREPARE TO WELCOME VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. CORRESPONDENT ROY CLARK REPORTS ON THE LEGACY OF SOME FORMER OLYMPIANS. (2/6)

    VOA REPORTS IN INDIVIDUAL LANGUAGES:

    INSIDE USA:

    ORGAN TRANSPLANTS / TALK TO AMERICA -- THOUGH HUMAN TO HUMAN ORGAN TRANSPLANTS MAY TRANSFORM TRAGEDIES INTO BLESSINGS, THEY ALSO RAISE SOME SERIOUS ETHICAL, RELIGIOUS AND LEGAL QUESTIONS. 'TALK TO AMERICA' WELCOMES DR JAMES BURDICK AND HEART RECIPIENT LARRY SWASEY TO DISCUSS THE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES OF ORGAN TRANSPLANTS. (ENGLISH 2/6)

    US ECON / WELFARE POLICY -- REPORTER ANDREW BAIRD SPEAKS WITH BRUCE BARTLETT, SENIOR FELLOW AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS ON THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL WELFARE PROGRAMS ON US POVERTY RATE, AS WELL AS THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS TO DEVOLVE WELFARE TO THE STATES IN TERMS OF BLOCK GRANTS. (ENP 2/5)

    CRIMEAN TATAR COMMUNITIES / US -- FIKRET YURTER, CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL CENTER OF CRIMEAN TATARS, COMMITTEE FOR THE RETURN OF EXILED CRIMEAN TATARS TO THEIR HOMELAND, INC. AND THE CRIMEA FOUNDATION IN NEW YORK, TOLD STAFFER ABDUL MANNAN KAISKEN THAT CRIMEAN COMMUNITIES IN THE US AND ELSEWHERE ARE ASSISTING THE CRIMEAN TATARS WHO HAVE RETURNED TO THEIR HOMELAND, BUT THEY NEED AT LEAST HALF A BILLION DOLLARS IN AID. (UZBEK 2/6)

    PRAYER FOR PEACE -- THE GROUP MIR-PEACE OF HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, ORGANIZED A PILGRIMAGE TO WASHINGTON'S NATIONAL SHRINE OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. ABOUT TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE CAME TO PRAY FOR PEACE IN CROATIA AND BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. STAFFER KATARINA SKODA REPORTS. (CROATIAN 2/3)

    TREATING GUM DISEASE -- STAFFER ANDY NEWENS TALKS TO WASHINGTON DENTIST NGUYEN NHAT THANG ABOUT GUM DISEASES AND RELATED AILMENTS. (VIETNAMESE 2/6)

    INSIDE AFRICA:

    NIGER / NEW REGIME -- FRENCH TO AFRICA REGIONAL STRINGER MOHAMED ELBOU REPORTS THE NEW MILITARY REGIME IN NIGER IS SENDING SEVERAL DELEGATIONS TO AFRICAN AND OTHER COUNTRIES TO EXPLAIN THE REASONS BEHIND THE RECENT COUP THERE. COLONEL MAINASSARA OVERTHREW THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OUSMANE SOME TEN DAYS AGO, SAYING THE COUNTRY WAS IN A POLITICAL STALEMATE AND HE HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF NIGER. (FRENCH 2/5)

    CAR / SUDAN / CHAD -- STRINGER ALSENY BEN BANGOURA INTERVIEWS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. PRESIDENT PATASSE HELD RECENTLY A MEETING WITH THE LEADERS OF NEIGHBORING SUDAN AND CHAD ON ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND SECURITY IN THE REGION. HE SPOKE OF THE DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING THE INFLUX OF REFUGEES FROM BOTH SUDAN AND CHAD INTO CAR AND WHAT STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO ENCOURAGE THEIR REPATRIATION. (FRENCH 2/5)

    BENIN / MILITIAS -- STAFFER MAIMOUNA MILLS INTERVIEWS TAOFFIKI AMINOU, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE RESEARCH AND STUDY GROUP ON DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. SPEAKING FROM COTONOU, BENIN, MR AMINOU SAID THERE ARE PRIVATE MILITIA WHICH MAY BE PLANNING TO DISRUPT THE CAMPAIGN LEADING TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH IN BENIN. (FRENCH 2/5)

    ZAIRE / TRADE -- IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER ELIZABETH MONNAC, DR BAUDOUIN BUASSA, PRESIDENT OF THE US-ZAIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXPLAINS HOW HE EXPECTS THIS CHAMBER TO PROMOTE PRIVATE ENTERPRISE IN ZAIRE. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT WHICH SECTORS MIGHT BE MOST PROMISING FOR ZAIREAN ENTREPRENEURS. (FRENCH 2/6)

    BURKINA FASO / BUSINESS -- THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF BURKINA FASO'S CNPF, PATRICE GUITAR SPOKE TO STAFFER JEAN-CLAUDE ANDRE ABOUT THE ASSETS NECESSARY TO A WELL MANAGED ECONOMY. (FRENCH 2/6)

    BURKINA FASO / CFA -- THE EFFECTS OF THE DEVALUATION OF THE CFA FRANC, INCLUDING SOME SURPRISINGLY POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTORS, WERE OUTLINED BY LASSINA DIAWARA TO STAFFER GNANOU YAYA TAMANI. MR DIAWARA IS THE DIRECTOR OF MABUCIG, THE REGULATORY BODY OVERSEEING CIGARETTE MANUFACTURING IN BURKINA FASO. (FRENCH 2/5)

    AFRICA / SOCCER CUP -- STAFFER CLAUDE PORSELLA AND STRINGER FRITZ KOUM DEVOTE THIS WEEK'S SPORTRAMA PROGRAM TO THE FINALS OF THE AFRICA SOCCER CUP THAT WERE HELD IN SOUTH AFRICA. THEY SPOKE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM'S SURPRISE VICTORY AND ASSESSED THE TOURNAMENT'S LEVEL OF PLAY. (FRENCH 2/5)

    GERMANY / FOREIGN NATIONALS -- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL JUST RELEASED A REPORT DETAILING ILL TREATMENT FOREIGN NATIONALS ARE SAID TO ENDURE AT THE HANDS OF GERMAN POLICE. STAFFER IDRISSA FALL ASKED JOSE LUIS, SPOKESPERSON FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'S EUROPE DIVISION TO COMMENT ON THE REPORT PUBLISHED BY HIS ORGANIZATION. (FRENCH 2/5)

    INSIDE MIDEAST:

    AFGHAN FIGHTING -- CLASHES BETWEEN ARMED UNITS OF THE NATIONAL ISLAMIC FRONT OF AFGHANISTAN AND LOCAL FORCES OF JAMIAT-E ISLAMI PARTY IN NORTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCE OF KUNDUZ KILLED DOZENS OF FIGHTERS AND CIVILIANS IN IMAM SAHEB DISTRICT. DARI STRINGER ABDUL HAI WARSHAN REPORTS A CEASE-FIRE HAS BEEN MEDIATED BY LOCAL ELDERS AND THIRD PARTY ARBITRATORS. (DARI, PASHTO 2/6)

    AFGHAN POLITICS -- A FORMER AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS THAT PREPARATIONS BY THE OPPOSITION TALEBAN MOVEMENT ARE UNDERWAY FOR A RENEWED ASSAULT ON THE CAPITAL, KABUL. STRINGER ABDUL HAI WARSHAN SAYS THAT MR MASOUD'S STATEMENT CAME IN AN INTERVIEW WITH AGENCE FRANCE PRESS IN JABULSERAJ. MR MASOUD SPOKE OF PROGRESS IN TALKS WITH SEVERAL OPPOSITION PARTIES INCLUDING HEKMATYAR'S HEZB-E ISLAMI, GENERAL DOSTUM'S NATIONAL ISLAMIC MOVEMENT, AND KHALILI'S HEZB-E WAHDAT FACTION. (DARI, PASHTO 2/6)

    US / AFGHANISTAN -- US DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION IN ISLAMABAD, JOHN HOLTZMAN TRAVELED TO KABUL FOR TALKS WITH AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTER NAJIBULLAH LAFRAI AND PRESIDENT RABBANI'S MILITARY COMMANDER AHMAD SHAH MASOUD. STRINGER ABDUL HAI WARSHAN REPORTS. (DARI, PASHTO 2/6)

    INSIDE CENTRAL ASIA:

    AZERBAIJAN / BRAINDRAIN -- IN AZERBAIJAN BRAINDRAIN HAS BECOME A SERIOUS PROBLEM. SCHOLARS AND SCIENTISTS WHOSE AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARY IS $15.00 ARE LEAVING THE COUNTRY. RECENTLY A SPECIAL "SOCIETY TO PROTECT AND HELP AZERBAIJANI SCHOLARS" HAS BEEN FORMED AND THE STRINGER RAFAEL HUSAINOV HAS INTERVIEWED ITS PRESIDENT PROFESSOR RUSHAN SALMANZADEH ON THE SUBJECT. (AZERI 2/6)

    INSIDE SOUTH ASIA:

    AFGHANISTAN / PAKISTAN -- AFGHAN PRESIDENT RABBANI'S ENVOY ABDURAB SAYAF SAYS THAT HE HAS FORWARDED TWO OFFICIAL NOTES FROM HIS GOVERNMENT TO PAKISTAN. STRINGER ABDUL HAI WARSHAN REPORTS THE LETTERS REPORTSLY CONDEMN THE SEPTEMBER ATTACK BY PRO-GOVERNMENT DEMONSTRATORS ON THE PAKISTANI EMBASSY IN KABUL AND PLEDGE REPARATION FOR THE DAMAGES. (DARI, PASHTO 2/6)

    INDIA / MISSILES -- INDIA'S EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, PRANAB MUKHERJEE SAYS THAT INDIA IS NOT READY TO STOP TESTS OF ITS SHORT RANGE SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILE, 'PRITHVI.' HE WAS RESPONDING TO CONCERNS THAT CONTINUED MISSILE TESTS BY INDIA MAY PROVOKE ARMS RACE WITH PAKISTAN. STRINGER NANDAN REPORTS. (HINDI 2/5)

    INDIA / PAKISTAN / CTBT -- INDIA AND PAKISTAN, IN A RARE AGREEMENT, EXPRESSED SIMILAR VIEWS IN GENEVA ABOUT A COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY. THEY BOTH SAID THAT BEFORE SUCH A TREATY, A TIMETABLE SHOULD BE DRAWN FOR ELIMINATION OF ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS. STRINGER REPORT. (HINDI 2/5)

    INDIAN AMBASSADOR / FAREWELL -- TWO SEPARATE FAREWELL FUNCTIONS WERE ORGANIZED IN THE US CONGRESS FOR DEPARTING AMBASSADOR OF INDIA, SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR RAY. MR RAY, A FORMER MINISTER, GOVERNOR, AND CHIEF MINISTER WHO HAS SERVED AS INDIA'S AMBASSADOR TO WASHINGTON FOR THREE YEARS, RETURNS HOME /THIS MONTH TO REJOIN POLITICS AND RUN FOR A PARLIAMENTARY SEAT FROM CALCUTTA. STAFFER NIRMALA JOSHI REPORTS. (HINDI 2/3)

    INSIDE EAST ASIA:

    CHINA / CROATIA -- IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CROATIAN FOREIGN MINISTER'S REMARK ON CHINA'S ROLE IN NORMALIZING RELATIONS BETWEEN CROATIA AND YUGOSLAVIA, LIN CHANGSHENG, RESEARCH FELLOW AT CLAREMONT INSTITUTE, DESCRIBED TO STAFFER CHIEN WEI CHINA'S POSITIONS BEFORE AND AFTER THE DISINTEGRATION OF FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, AND SPECULATED HOW CHINA MIGHT APPROACH THE REGION IN THE FUTURE. (MANDARIN 2/6)

    CHINA / TAIWAN / DIRECT LINKS -- TAIPEI STRINGER FAN DAOZHUANG INTERVIEWED LIU ZHAOQIANG, TAIWAN'S TRANSPORTATION MINISTER, JIANG BINGKUN, TAIWAN'S ECONOMICS MINISTER, AND LI YONGJIN, MAYOR OF DALIAN, CHINA, ON CHINA'S RECENT CALLS FOR DIRECT LINKS WITH TAIWAN IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TRADE AND SEA TRANSPORT. (MANDARIN 2/6)

    CHINA / DEATH OF LI PEIYAO -- HONG KONG STRINGER INTERVIEWS TAN ZHIQIANG, EXPERT ON CHINESE SECURITY ISSUES, AND LUO FU, VETERAN JOURNALIST, ON THE MURDER OF A HIGH-LEVEL CHINESE OFFICIAL. LI PEIYAO, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF CHINA'S NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS, WAS KILLED BY A MEMBER OF THE ARMED POLICE. (MANDARIN 2/6)

    TAIWAN / INTERNET -- ON THE SAME DAY THAT BEIJING ANNOUNCED IT WILL REGULATE ACCESS TO INTERNET, TAIWAN PRESIDENT LEE TENG-HUI ANNOUNCED THAT THE TAIWAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE INFORMATION NETWORK JOINED THE INTERNET. LEE ENCOURAGED USE OF THE GOVERNMENT NETWORK. THE OFFICIAL NETWORK CONTAINS SEVEN CATEGORIES OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING SCRIPTS, PICTURES, INTERACTIVE CONCERT, AND A FORUM FOR NATIONAL AFFAIRS. HONG KONG STAFFER CHOU YOUKANG INTERVIEWS LIAO YAOZHU, REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PEOPLE'S CONGRESS OF CHINA IN HONG KONG, FOR THE REPORT. (MANDARIN 2/6)

    HONG KONG / PORNOGRAPHIC COMIC BOOKS -- ACCORDING TO A SURVEY BY THE DISTRICT COUNCIL IN TSUEN WAN, HONG KONG, READING OF PORNOGRAPHIC COMIC BOOKS AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN IS WIDESPREAD. THIS LED THEM TO VARIOUS KINDS OF SEX FANTASIZING. NEWSPAPERS ENGAGED IN THE RECENT PRICE WAR HAVE TRIED TO BEAT COMPETITORS BY CARRYING MORE PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL. EDUCATORS AND YOUTH ADVOCATES CALL ON PARENTS, SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY AT LARGE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT GIVING CHILDREN THE RIGHT KIND OF SEX EDUCATION. STRINGER LAWRENCE NG INTERVIEWED CHAN YUN SEN, DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER; CHIN KA HU, DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPOKESMAN; WONG YU CHEUNG, PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, HONG KONG UNIVERSITY. (CANTONESE 2/6)

    HONG KONG / TAX EVASION INCREASING -- TAX EVASION BY COMPANIES IN HONG KONG TOTALED HK$1,600,000,000 IN 1995, ACCORDING TO FIGURES OF THE GOVERNMENT'S INLAND REVENUE SERVICE. IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS, MORE THAN 4,000 TAXPAYERS WERE AUDITED AND SOME 4 BILLION DOLLARS WERE PAID TO THE REVENUE SERVICE IN BACK TAXES AND FINES. THE MOST FREQUENT OFFENDERS ARE THE RETAILERS, IMPORTERS/EXPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS. IN 1994, 95 PERCENT OF PRIVATE-PRACTICE PHYSICIANS WERE FOUND TO HAVE EVADED TAX. QIDE HE AND MICHELLE YEUNG INTERVIEW APPLE DAILY, MING PAO, RTHK. (CANTONESE 2/5)

    SOUTH KOREA / RULING PARTY CONVENTION -- PRESIDENT KIM YOUNG SAM TUESDAY STRESSED POLITICAL REFORM IN SOUTH KOREA AND SAID ONLY HIS RULING NEW KOREA PARTY CAN BRING BOTH REFORM AND STABILITY. IN A SPEECH TO HIS PARTY CONVENTION, MR. KIM SAID CONTINUING REFORM CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED IF HIS PARTY WINS A STABLE MAJORITY IN THE APRIL GENERAL ELECTIONS. THE PARTY FORMALLY CHANGED ITS NAME FROM DEMOCRATIC LIBERAL PARTY (DLP) TO NEW KOREA PARTY. DLP WAS FORMED FIVE YEARS AGO WHEN THEN-PRESIDENT ROH TAE WOO' S RULING PARTY AND TWO OPPOSITION PARTIES LED BY KIM YOUNG SAM AND KIM JONG PIL MERGED. KOREAN STRINGER TAE SOO KIM REPORTS FROM SEOUL WITH ACTUALITIES. (KOREAN 2/6)

    SOUTH KOREAN RED CROSS / NORTH KOREA -- THE SOUTH KOREAN RED CROSS SOCIETY PLANS TO PROVIDE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TO NORTH KOREA TO HELP REHABILITATE FLOOD-STRIKEN AREAS. IT SAID IT WILL CONSULT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS ON HOW SOUTH KOREAN RED CROSS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO REHABILITATION PROJECTS IN NORTH KOREA. PYONGYANG REPORTEDLY ASKED THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS TO CONSTRUCT 3,500 HOUSES IN THE DEVASTATED AREAS. STRINGER TAE SOO KIM REPORTS SOUTH KOREANS INITIALLY CONTEMPLATE SENDING CEMENT TO THE NORTH. (KOREAN 2/6)

    KOREA / WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR -- NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TO THE US PRESIDENT ANTHONY LAKE WAS REPORTED TO REAFFIRM CLOSE US - SOUTH KOREAN COOPERATION IN DEALING WITH NORTH KOREA IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS IN SEOUL AND CHEJU. MR. LAKE REPORTEDLY STRESSED THAT $2 MILLION THE US GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO DONATE TO A UN FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IN NORTH KOREA IS A LARGELY SYMBOLIC GESTURE AND HAS NO PLAN TO PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE. IN A MEETING IN CHEJU ISLAND, MR. LAKE AND HIS KOREAN COUNTERPART ALSO REPORTEDLY REAFFIRMED THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN PRESIDENT CLINTON AND PRESIDENT KIM THAT SOUTH KOREA WILL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN ADDRESSING THE KOREAN PENINSULA AFFAIRS WHILE THE US PLAY A SUPPORTIVE ROLE. STRINGER TAE SOO KIM REPORTS FROM KOREA. (2/5)

    KOREA / CHINA / UNDERSEA CABLES -- THE PRIME MINISTERS OF SOUTH KOREA AND CHINA SATURDAY WILL HOLD A 10-MINUTE DIALOGUE WHILE SEEING EACH OTHER ON THE SCREEN TO MARK THE INAUGURATION OF UNDERSEA OPTICAL FIBER CABLES BETWEEN SOUTH KOREA AND CHINA. STRINGER TAE SOO KIM REPORTS FROM SEOUL. (KOREAN 2/6)

    SUMMIT / ASIAN NATIONS / EUROPEAN UNION -- FROM BANGKOK, CORRESPONDENT LE LAI REPORTS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PREPARATORY MEETING IN PHUKET OF THE ASIAN NATIONS WHO WILL MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION THIS SPRING. THE EMPHASIS WILL BE ON ECONOMIC ISSUES; EU TRADE WITH ASIA IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING THE VALUE OF TRADE WITH THE US. (VIETNAMESE 2/6)

    CHINA US / TRADEMARK PIRACY -- REPORTER SUSAN YACKEE SPEAKS WITH DARTMOUTH COLLEGE PROFESSOR JOSEPH MASSEY ABOUT TRADEMARK PIRACY IN CHINA. A US TEAM IS PREPARING TO ASSESS CHINA'S COMPLAINTS WITH AN ACCORD AGREED TO A YEAR AGO ON THE ISSUE. PROFESSOR MASSEY FEELS CHINA HAS CUT DOWN ON SOME PIRACY, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. (ENGLISH NEWS PROGRAMS 2/5)

    INSIDE EUROPE:

    CHRISTOPHER / MILOSEVIC -- THE SERBIAN MEDIA DESCRIBES THE VISIT OF US SECRETARY OF STATE W CHRISTOPHER AND HIS TALKS WITH SERBIAN PRESIDENT S MILOSEVIC AS VERY IMPORTANT. MEDIA ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON THE OPENING OF AN OFFICE IN BELGRADE OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR WAR CRIMES, AND THE US INFORMATION CENTER IN PRISTINA. STRINGER MILICA KUBUROVIC REPORTS FROM BELGRADE. (SERBIAN 2/5)

    BOSNIA / PEACE ACCORD -- THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DAYTON PEACE AGREEMENT IS ON SCHEDULE, EXCEPT FOR THE PRISONER EXCHANGE, SAYS UN SPOKESMAN MARK RYNARD. STRINGER VLADIMIR BILIC QUOTES MR RYNARD AS SAYING THAT FOUR THOUSAND CIVILIANS ARE ON THEIR WAY FROM BANJA LUKA TO AREAS OF SIPOVO AND MRKONJIC-GRAD, REGION RECENTLY TURNED OVER FROM BOSNIAN CROATS TO BOSNIAN SERBS. (CROATIAN 2/5)

    BOSNIA / PEACE ACCORD / OPPOSITION -- THE OPPOSITION LIBERAL-BOSNIAN ORGANIZATION ASSESSED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DAYTON ACCORD AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING AUTHORITY IN THE SERB-HELD SECTORS OF SARAJEVO. STRINGER VLADIMIR BILIC REPORTS THAT AN OFFICIAL OF THE ORGANIZATION STRONGLY CRITICIZED THE DECISION BY CARL BILDT ABOUT THE STAY OF SERBIAN POLICE FORCES IN THESE QUARTERS FOR THE NEXT FORTY FIVE DAYS. (CROATIAN 2/5)

    BOSNIA / HUMAN RIGHTS -- UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL ELISABETH REHN SAYS SHE FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT SERB FORCES STILL HOLD MUSLIM PRISONERS FROM SREBRENICA. STRINGER ZDRAVKO JAVOR QUOTES MS REHN AS SAYING THAT MOST LIKELY ALL PRISONERS WERE KILLED AFTER THE FALL OF THE CITY LAST JULY. (CROATIAN 2/5)

    RHEN / BOSNIA -- UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, E RHEN HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN TUZLA ON HER VISIT TO SREBRENICA. SHE ALSO MET WITH A GROUP OF WOMEN REFUGEES FROM THE SAME AREA. STRINGER KONSTANTIN JOVANOVIC REPORTS FROM TUZLA. (SERBIAN 2/5)

    UN / MISSING PERSONS / BOSNIA AND CROATIA -- PROF. MANFRED NOVAK OF THE UN COMMISSION ON MISSING PERSONS VISITED SOME MASS GRAVE SITES IN CROATIA AND BOSNIA. ALL THREE SIDES IN BOSNIA SUPPORT HIS PROPOSAL FOR ESTABLISHING MULTILATERAL HIGH LEVEL COMMISSION FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION ON MISSING PERSONS. AROUND THREE THOUSAND PERSONS ARE STILL MISSING IN CROATIA. STRINGER LINDA MILISA REPORTS FROM ZAGREB. (CROATIAN 2/5)

    CHRISTOPHER / YUGOSLAVIA -- STRINGER JADRANKA KRONJA REPORTS ON THE NEWS CONFERENCE OF US SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER AND SERBIAN PRESIDENT SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC IN BELGRADE. THEY DISCUSSED THE PROGRESS OF THE PEACE PROCESS. MR.CHRISTOPHER ASSESSED THE RESULTS OF HIS VISITS TO ZAGREB, SARAJEVO, AND BELGRADE, SAYING THAT HE IS PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS MADE IN IMPLEMENTING DAYTON AGREEMENT. HE URGED THE SERBIAN PRESIDENT TO COOPERATE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COURT FOR WAR CRIMES, AND ALSO PRESSED SERBIA TO FIND SOLUTION FOR SITUATION IN KOSOVO. (CROATIAN 2/4)

    CHRISTOPHER / US DEATH -- STRINGER LINDA MILISA REPORTS ON US SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER'S COMMENTS ON THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN SOLDIER NEAR TUZLA. (CROATIAN 2/4)

    TUZLA / CHRISTOPHER -- STRINGER ZDRAVKO JAVOR REPORTS ON SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER VISITING WITH AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN TUZLA. MR CHRISTOPHER THANKED THEM FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE PEACEKEEPING MISSION AND SAID THAT HE DEMANDED FROM BALKAN LEADERS A FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BOSNIAN PEACE AGREEMENT. (CROATIAN 2/4)

    SARAJEVO / CHRISTOPHER -- STRINGER VLADIMIR BILIC REPORTS THAT SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER MET WITH BOSNIAN PRESIDENT ALIJA IZETBEGOVIC. MR CHRISTOPHER EXPRESSED SATISFACTION WITH MILITARY PROVISIONS OF DAYTON AGREEMENT BEING IMPLEMENTED. THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT EXPRESSED ITS CONCERN REGARDING THE CONTINUING PRESENCE OF BOSNIAN-SERB POLICE IN SARAJEVO SUBURBS. (CROATIAN 2/3)

    SARAJEVO / POLICE -- SARAJEVO STRINGER VLADIMIR BILIC REPORTS THAT THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT HAS PROTESTED THE CONTINUING PRESENCE OF BOSNIAN-SERB POLICE IN SARAJEVO SUBURBS. THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT DIRECTLY CRITICIZED CARL BILDT, EUROPEAN UNION REPRESENTATIVE FOR FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, SAYING THAT THE PERMISSION GIVEN TO THE SERBS WAS ILLEGAL. (CROATIAN 2/4)

    ITALIAN RED CROSS / BOSNIA / CROATIA REFUGEES -- TWO MERCHANT SHIPS BROUGHT ITALIAN RED CROSS AID TO REFUGEES IN BOSNIA AND CROATIA. THIS IS THE BIGGEST INDIVIDUAL SHIPMENT OF AID EVER ARRIVING IN THE CROATIAN PORT OF SPLIT. IT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN DUBROVNIK, SARAJEVO, TUZLA, AND ZENICA IN BOSNIA. STRINGER LINDA MILISA REPORTS. (CROATIAN 2/5)

    CROATIA / EASTERN SLAVONIA / REINTEGRATION -- THE MAYOR OF OSIJEK, ZLATKO KRAMARIC TALKS ABOUT THE REINTEGRATION OF EASTERN SLAVONIA. HE SAYS THE RESIDENTS OF OSIJEK ARE WILLING TO START ANEW TO LIVE WITH THEIR SERBIAN NEIGHBORS, DESPITE HARDSHIPS THEY HAVE ENDURED FOR ALMOST FIVE YEARS CAUSED BY SERBIAN REBELLION IN CROATIA. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER IVANA KUHAR, THE OSIJEK MAYOR SAID ECONOMIC RECONSTRUCTION IS NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT TASK. (CROATIAN 2/5)

    CROATIA / EASTERN SLAVONIA -- REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SAY THAT RECONCILITAION OF CROATS AND SERBS IN EASTERN SLAVONIA IS ONE OF THE MAIN GOALS OF THE PEACE MISSION IN THE AREA. AT THE SAME TIME, BOSNIAN CROAT LEADERS CONSIDER THAT SOME ELEMENTS FOR RESOLVING MOSTAR CRISIS ARE NOT CONTAINED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE BOSNIAN-CROAT FEDERATION. STRINGER STEVICA SUSA REPORTS FROM ZAGREB. (SERBIAN 2/5)

    HUMAN RIGHTS / REFUGEES / CROATIA -- THE CROATIAN HELSINKI WATCH CHAPTER OPPOSES THE FORCEFUL RETURN OF BOSNIAN REFUGEES FROM CROATIA TO BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. STRINGER ZELJKO MATIC REPORTS. (CROATIAN 2/4)

    CROATIA / EUROPEAN UNION -- ZAGREB STRINGER LINDA MILISA REPORTS THAT HANS KOSCHNIK, EUROPEAN UNION ADMINISTRATOR OF MOSTAR, MET WITH IVAN JARNJAK ,CROATIAN MINISTER OF INTERIOR. THEY DISCUSSED SENDING ONE HUNDRED CROATIAN POLICE OFFICERS TO MOSTAR AS A PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE FORCE. (CROATIAN 2/3)

    CROATIA / CRIME -- CROATIA'S RULING PARTY, THE CROATIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION, IS WAGING A CAMPAIGN AGAINST ABUSE OF POWER AND CRIME IN THE COUNTRY. CROATIAN VICE PRESIDENT VLADIMIR SEKS DENIED ALLEGATIONS THAT THE RIGHT WING IN THE RULING PARTY IS USING THIS CAMPAIGN AS AN EXCUSE TO SILENCE THE LIBERALS WITHIN THE PARTY, AND THE OPPOSITION. (CROATIAN 2/5)

    MACEDONIA / RESIGNATION -- MACEDONIAN MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO D ISMAIL HAS RESIGNED IN PROTEST OVER THE REMOVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF STATE TELEVISION. IT IS BELIEVED THAT BOTH MOVES ARE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED. STRINGER ZELJKO BAJIC REPORTS FROM SKOPJE. (SERBIAN 2/5)

    SARAJEVO / MEDIA -- IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER DZEILANA PECANIN, ADIL KULENOVIC, OWNER OF THE FIRST BOSNIAN INDEPENDENT TV STATION NTV 99 SAID THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED TO GIVE APPROVAL FOR HIS STATION TO SET UP A BROADCAST NETWORK ACROSS BOSNIA. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THERE ARE NO FREQUENCIES AVAILABLE, BUT MR KULENOVIC BELIEVES IT WAS A DECISION OF THE RULING PARTY IN FAVOR OF THE STATE RUN TV IN BOSNIA. (CROATIAN 2/3)

    INSIDE EURASIA:

    CHECHNYA / PRESS CONFERENCE -- CHECHEN REBEL LEADER DZHOHAR DUDAYEV AND SHAMIL BASAYEV, THE CHECHEN COMMANDER WHO LED THE RAID ON BUDENNOVSK, MET WITH JOURNALISTS TO DISCUSS THEIR DEMAND FOR RUSSIAN TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM THE REGION. THEY ALSO MET WITH MOTHERS OF PRISONERS THEY TOOK DURING THE RECENT HOSTAGE CRISIS IN DAGESTAN. CORRESPONDENT ALEC BATCHAN REPORTS FROM MOSCOW. (RUSSIAN 2/6)

    HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ABANDONED -- WITH THE DEPARTURE OF FORMER HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER SERGEI KOVALEV AND FOUR OTHER KEY MEMBERS OF THIS PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION, THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES DISBANDED. ALEC BATCHAN REPORTS FROM MOSCOW. (RUSSIAN 2/5)

    CRIMEAN TATAR SITUATION -- MUSTAFA DZHEMILEV, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MEDZHLIS, THE CRIMEAN TATAR PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SITUATION OF RETURNING REFUGEES IN AN INTERVIEW WITH UZBEK STAFFER RANO HABIB. (RUSSIAN 2/5)

    INSIDE LATIN AMERICA:

    GUATEMALA / POPE JOHN PAUL II -- POPE JOHN PAUL II CALLED FOR THE END OF GUATEMALA'S CIVIL WAR IN THE FIRST DAY OF ITS VISIT TO CENTRAL AMERICA AND VENEZUELA. STRINGER DIETER ERLANGER REPORTS FROM GUATEMALA CITY. (SPANISH 2/5)

    GUATEMALAN AMBASSADOR / UN -- GUATEMALA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, JULIO MARTINI HERRERA, TALKED ABOUT THE PEACE PROCESS, HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND THE ROLE OF THE ARMY IN HIS COUNTRY'S POLITICAL LIFE DURING AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CORRESPONDENT LUIS TAMAYO IN NEW YORK. (SPANISH 2/5)

    UN / REFORM -- THE SEVEREST ECONOMIC CRISIS SINCE ITS CREATION WILL FORCE THE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS TO DRASTICALLY REDUCE ITS STAFF AND SOME INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS. CORRESPONDENT LUIS TAMAYO REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (SPANISH 2/5)

    HAVANA / CUBAN CARDINAL RETURNS -- CUBAN CARDINAL JAIME ORTEGA ALAMINO RETURNED TO HAVANA AFTER SAYING A MASS IN TAMPA, FLORIDA, FOR CUBANS WHO DIED STRUGGLING FOR FREEDOM IN THE ISLAND DURING THE LAST FEW DECADES. CORRESPONDENT JORGE WEHBY REPORTS FROM MIAMI. (SPANISH 2/5)

    COLOMBIAN CRISIS ANALYZED -- COLOMBIAN POLITICAL SCIENTIST JAVIER PINEDA CRITICIZED WHAT HE CALLED POORLY-INFORMED CITIZENS IN HIS COUNTRY, WHO ATTACK OR DEFEND PRESIDENT ERNESTO SAMPER OF CHARGES OF LINKS WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING WITHOUT KNOWING THE FACTS. CORRESPONDENT HECTOR VELAZQUEZ MEJIA REPORTS FROM LOS ANGELES. (SPANISH 2/5) 06-Feb-96 5:44 PM EST (2244 UTC)
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