BOSNIAN LEADER RENOUNCES PARTITION Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic yesterday called for a special assembly to consider the plan for dividing Bosnia. He has said he would not recommend supporting the proposal; the Bosnian Serbs and Croats have expressed support for the plan. Under the plan, the Serbs would get 52 percent of Bosnia, Muslims 31 percent, and Croats 17 percent under a weak central government. The Muslims, the largest group, want at least 40 percent. The three factions must decide by Aug. 30, according to a UN deadline; the Bo snian government session is expected to convene Friday. Meanwhile, the UN said it hoped to send by tomorrow an emergency convoy into Mostar, where 55,000 people are trapped and starving. Croats continued to block access to the city's Muslim sector. Kennedy papers released
The National Archives yesterday released thousands of documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. The documents included files from the Warren Commission, investigative panels, and congressional committees. Some 90,000 pages of classified CIA files also became public. GAO: Valdez mismanaged
Poor management has stalled environmental restoration called for in the $1.025 billion Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement, the General Accounting Office said yesterday. Four years after the spill, no final restoration plan is in place and too few projects have been started, the GAO said. Administrative costs of the trustee council set up to administer the settlement fund have taken most of the money paid by Exxon so far, the agency found.
Release of the report followed a weekend protest by Prince William Sound fishermen, who blocked tanker access to a pipeline terminal to protest spill damage to their fishing grounds. The blockade ended when Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt promised to speed up environmental restoration. UN probes Zaire's clashes
A UN team has arrived in Zaire to visit areas struck by ethnic fighting that has killed thousands in the past year. The team will visit the southern Shaba Province, central Kasai Province, and eastern Kivu Province, all ethnic hotspots. Belgium has accused dictator Mobutu Sese Seko of stirring tribal tensions to block democratization. UN and Iraq to meet
Talks between the UN and Iraq on arms control will start Aug. 31, an official at Iraq's Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
The Iraqi delegation will be headed by Gen. Amer Rasheed, chairman of Iraq's military industrialization commission. The official said the talks will cover technical problems related to the weapons section of Resolution 687, the Gulf war cease-fire resolution under which Baghdad must destroy its weapons of mass destruction and the means to produce them. A secret deal on chips
Toshiba Corp. and Mitsui & Co. agreed in 1986 to secretly provide advanced semiconductor technology to East Germany in violation of international regulations, the Sankei newspaper said yesterday. They reportedly abandoned the agreement two years later and destroyed evidence after a Toshiba subsidiary was penalized for illegally exporting advanced machine tools to the Soviet Union. Toshiba and Mitsui denied the report.
The newspaper said the two firms reached an agreement with East Germany in June 1986 to build a factory that could manufacture 256-kilobyte semiconductor memory chips. The deal would have violated bans on exports of technology to the Communist bloc. Russian miners may strike
Coalminers in Russia's Arctic north have threatened to strike next month unless President Boris Yeltsin takes swift action to save the economy. Union officials in Vorkuta said up to 20,000 miners would walk off the job Sept. 6 unless Moscow stabilizes the struggling coal industry.
The Vorkuta region has 13 pits producing about 12 million tons of coal a year, 20 percent of national output. Miners were angered earlier this year when Yeltsin scrapped government subsidies.