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2 The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, March 12, 1980
May set as possible hostage release date
The Associated Pits
Iran's president said the American
hostages cannot be freed before mid-May
because the yet-to-be-elected parliament
must have time to consider their fate, a
French newspaper reported Tuesday. It
quoted him as . saying the militants,
holding the U. S. Embassy are influenced
by pro-Soviet groups.
"Unfortunately, they (the militants)
sometimes let themselves be influenced
by certain political groups favorable to
the U. S. S. R., such as the Communist
Tudeh Party, which wants to isolate Iran
on the international scene," Abolhassan
Bani-Sadr was quoted as saying in an
interview with the French newspaper he
Bani-Sadr also accused Iran's
Revolutionary Council of "weakness and
indecision" in dealing with the militants'
refusal to let members of the U. N.
investigating commission see the
hostages, the newspaper said.
The newspaper quoted him as saying:
"If the council had shown itself firm, if it
Vion't !fs mind every day under
pressure from this or that group, we
wouldn't be where we are."
The U. N. commission left Tehran
early Tuesday, after 17 days in Tehran
without seeing any of the approximately
50 hostages and without 438 pages of
copied documents Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini had instructed the militants to
turn over. The militants said the
documents would "prove U. S. criminal
activities" under the deposed shah.
In New York, the personal physician of
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi said he is
suffering from an inflamed spleen and
requires a "hazardous" operation to
remove it. The shah has lived in Panama
since treatment for cancer and gall
bladder problems in the United States
State Department- officials declined
comment on published reports that the
Carter administration was resisting the
shah's attempts to use a U. S. military
hospital in Panama
Meanwhile, Khomeini issued a
statement Monday saying: "If the panel
issues its report on the crimes of the
deposed shah and on interventions of the
invading United States in Teheran, it will
be allowed to see all the hostages."
Waldheim predicted the standoff, in its
12th day Tuesday, would be "solved in a
satisfactory way," but added: "1 cannot
give you a deadline. 1 cannot tell you
when that will happen. But 1 think that
the next few weeks will give us a clearer
Bani-Sadr's comments about the
timing of the hostages' release were
consistent with those made last month by
Khomeini, the Iranian religious leader
who said any decision about releasing
them will be made by the parliament.
The parliamentary elections begin
Friday and are expected to last a few
weeks. It is not known when the
legislature will convene, or how long it
will take to consider the hostage question.
Waldheim said he thought the
parliamentary elections "may be helpful
in this matter."
"I'm sure with the perseverance and the
patience of the United States government
and the American people as well as our
government and our people, we can
Israel seizes Arab land STOW
in reaction to resolution
resolve the problem altogether and
don't worry about it," said Iranian
Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh.
He also said "sooner or later" the
student militants will "have to abide with
In Washington. State Department
spokesman Hodding Carter said the
administration wants to consult with the
five U.N. commission members before
taking new action.
"The situation requires watchful
waiting." he said. "We intend to discuss
with the commission what it found in
Iran. What we do or don't do will rest
partly on that assessment."
The embassy captors, after setting
conditions last week for a meeting
between the hostages and the U. N. group
that the commission rejected, announced
Thursday they would give Iran's ruling
Revolutionary Council custody of the
captives and .let it proceed with the
meeting. But during the weekend they set
new conditions and demanded
Ghotbzadeh's replacement as the
council's representative in the transfer.
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News Dim loief
JERUSALEM (AP) Israel has
expropriated a large tract of private land
in the predominantly Arab sector of
Jerusalem for a Jewish housing
development, in an apparent slap at the
United Nations Security Council.
The seizure of 1,100 acres on the
northern outskirts of Jerusalem came
nine days after the council unanimously
passed a resolution condemning Israeli
settlements in occupied Arab land,
including the West Bank of the Jordan
River, Egypt's Gaza Strip and the
annexed sector of Jerusalem. The United
States supported that resolution, and
President Carter later said the U.S. vote
was a mistake.
Israel rejected the resolution and
reaffirmed its policy that the city, divided
for 19 years by barbed wire and
minefields, would remain united under
Finance Minister Yigal Hurvitz signed
an expropriation order Monday for a
wide swath of land linking the Jewish
neighborhoods of Neve Yaacov and
French Hill. A spokesman said 30 percent
of the land belonged to Jews and the rest
to Arabs or the government.
Spokesman David Bar-Haim said the
whole area was included in the Jerusalem
city limits when Israel annexed the
eastern sector captured from Jordan in
the 1Q67 Six-Dav War
Property owners will be compensated
according to the value set by the
government assessor, Bar-Haim said.
Owners can appeal the assessment to the
courts. He did not say when or how the
compensation would be paid.
From page 1
averages were 112.5 for regular, 115.8 for
unleaded and 1 18.9 for premium.
Since the DTH began conducting gas price
surveys in August, prices have risen by more
than 25 cents per gallon.
The increase of gas prices has sparked the
introduction of new digital pumps in Chapel
Hill. The new pumps can register prices of up
to 199.9 cents per gallon. Some of these new
pumps can be found at Eastgate Exxon, where
only one old-style pump remains. While the
method of "half-pricing" at other stations
caused confusion among consumers when it
was first introduced, most gas station
i attendants said there are few problems now.
But the quickly rising cost of gasoline may
be slowing this year, Dan Lundberg, a Los
Angeles-based oil analyst, said recently.
Supply has overtaken demand for the first time
since gasoline shortages began last spring,
Lundberg said, as consumption of gasoline has
continued to decline.
Lundberg aid American motorists bought
1 1 percent les gas in the last three months than
they did during the same time last year. At the
same time, world crude oil supplies are rising,
"It's doubtful that (the prices) would
actually fall in March, but the past accelerating
rate of price increases may be slowed or even
stopped," he said. .'.?;
that letter was approved, the dorm could
be dropped from the process. Kenan
dorm went before the council Feb. 28,
with a request to be taken out, but their
request was rejected. The second way
would have been through the dorm
executive representatives' voting down
the proposal, but it was approved
Monday. The only way the dorms can
avoid becoming a residence college now is
by voting the upcoming referendum
"I'm worried that if we don't get
publicity out that this thing is going to
pass by a very small majority of the
people. If Old East and Kenan vote
totally against it, then it could still pass,"
Jeremy Farber, vice president of Old
West, said he was unable to attend the
Monday meeting, but had he been there
he would have voted against it and tried
to convince everyone else to do so.
"It seems like this whole thing has been
pushed on us from the outside. We've
gotten all these little papers saying all
these good things about STOW," he said.
"1 am an executive, I'm a vice president
and we hadn't seen any constitution until
a paper was slipped under my door saying
that all the executives had seen the
for the record
In the March calendar, the DTH
incorrectly listed the date of the forum
with Chancellor Fordham. The forum is
scheduled March 18 and is to be held in
Paul Green Theatre. The DTH regrets the
constitution and they like it.
"None of the guys in the dorm have
come up to me and said. 'Hey. I really like
STOW.' I haven't heard any enthusiasm.
It's just been pushed from the outside,"
RHA president William Porterfield
said in response to the residents'
accusations that he believed the students
involved have been made aware of the
"I think that the process that has been
going on now for several months has been
fair, has been equitable, and has had the
support of a good number of interested
students there." he said.
"The role of the RHA is to make the
information available to the residents and
it's up to the -residents to take advantage
of the information available to them," he
He said he believed the residence hall
officers have done a good job of passing
along information to the residents.
"I think it's foolish to conjecture
whether the residents have enough
information to make the decision,
particularly when the process has been
this long." he said.
"The officers are elected to a decision
making body to a decision-making
position. I think that if anyone was
unbiased on the issue, I probably would
be concerned because, to be unbiased
would mean they haven't been given
enough information to make a decision,"
' he said.
Reagan expected to get added support
RALEIGH (AP) Leaders of John Connally's North Carolina campaign
said Tuesday they saw a majority of Connally supporters shifting to Ronald
Reagan, solidifying Reagan's apparent lead for the state's 40 GOP delegate
Some leading Connally supporters said they were withholding their support
trom any candidate until a few more primaries are held.
But most said Connally's withdrawal, combined with an endorsement of
Keagan by Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C, has virtually locked up the state's
primary for the former California governor unless he falters before the North
Carolina primary May 6.
Carter rules out military action in Iran
i,S?lGTON (Ap) The Carter administration clung Tuesday to a
United Nations commission as the best avenue for winning the release of the
American hostages in Iran. Military action against Iran still appeared to be
But with the U.N. panel's mission in Tehran aborted. President Carter and
his principal policy-makers were casting about for a new strategy that could
lead to freedom for the approximately 50 Americans held hostage for more
than four months.
Civiletti: no special prosecutor
WASHINGTON (AP) Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti said
Tuesday he cannot appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Treasury
Secretary G. William Miller in connection with improper payments made by
"None of the assertions that Secretary Miller has committed a criminal
violation has been substantiated by the Justice Department investigation
conducted since early 1978," Civiletti said.
The appointment of a special prosecutor had been requested by several
members of Congress to investigate Miller's connection with improper
payments to foreign officials by Textron, a firm he headed before joining the
Soviet newspaper offers different view
M OSCO W (A P) - The Soviet army newspaper, striking out at "mountains of
lies" in the West about Soviet troops in Afghanistan, gave a glowing account
Tuesday of the Red army soldiers giving presents to Afghan children and
sprucing up villages in the countryside.
The lengtny report in the newspaper Red Star excluded any mention of
Soviet troops in combat, suffering casualties or encountering hostility from
Afghans. It said all "honest Afghans" greeted the Red army with joy and
From page 1
"Due to effective conservation measures,
most state universities have been successful in
keeping energy costs down over the last year,"
Swecker said. "We have also been lucky with a
very mild winter."
Besides following energy guidelines issued
by the N.C. Division of Instruction, physical
plant directors from state universities have
formed an energy task force to communicate
new ideas on conservation, Swecker said.
Because of UNC's energy program. Swecker
said the University has cut consumption by
implementing the following steps:
The formation of an energy conservation
committee composed of members of the
faculty, students, and utilities. ,,.P.
Time clocks on many buildings to switch
heating and cooling systems on and off.
Replacing incandescent with fluorescent
Setting thermostats in accordance with
President Carter's 65 degree maximum
temperature in the winter and 78 degree
minimum in the summer.
A computerized monitoring system to
regulate energy use in all university buildings.
Largely due to these conservative measurei,
the University's 1980 energy budget will only
face slight increases over last year, said UNC
Budget Officer Victor Bowles. "Overall, we
have reduced (consumption) considerably,
and we are going to be in pretty good shape for
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