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U.S. Steps Up Pressure on Milosevic

The Washington Post
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia

The United States raised pressure on Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic Thursday, accusing him of carrying out "state terrorism" in Kosovo despite Western demands that he end a police crackdown in the embattled southern province or face more economic sanctions.

In Belgrade Thursday, Milosevic told the foreign ministers of France and Germany, Hubert Vedrine and Klaus Kinkel, he would withdraw Serbian paramilitary "special police" from Kosovo. They have been used to attack villages suspected of harboring ethnic Albanian insurgents, causing dozens of casualties in recent weeks, including women and children.

However, a similar pledge was made earlier this week by Serbian authorities. And as time ran out Thursday on a deadline set by major Western powers and Russia for Milosevic to end the bloody repression, there was no sign of any police redeployment on the ground.

Clinton to Loosen Restrictions on Money, Flights to Cuba

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON

President Clinton has decided to allow Cuban Americans to resume sending money directly to relatives on the island and to permit charter flights from the United States to Cuba in an effort to capitalize on a changed atmosphere in Cuba inspired by the visit of Pope John Paul II, senior administration officials said Thursday.

In addition, the president will instruct the Treasury Department and other agencies to simplify licensing procedures for exporting medicine and medical devices to Cuba and to expedite the processing of license applications.

The White House is expected to announce the changes Friday, senior officials said. They described the president's decision as an effort to bolster the status of the Roman Catholic Church in Cuba and decrease the dependence of the Cuban people on state organizations.

Officials insisted, however, that the moves do not signal a weakening of the long-standing U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba.