Arms Talks to Resume
WASHINGTON - Top presidential advisers, following up on President Reagan's assessment thatan arms control breakthrough is still within reach, said high- level discussions with the Soviet Union will resume next month.Secretary of State George Shultz said he will meet with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze when the two attend an international conference in two weeks in Vienna, Austria. Meanwhile, Donald T. Regan, presidential chief of staff, said the arms-control process will start again."
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Prime Minister Wilfried Martens offered the resignation of his center-right government after the coalition parties failed to agree on the political consequences of a linguistic squabble.
King Baudouin, who rules this bilingual nation of some 5.5 million Dutch speakers and 4.5 million French speakers, held the resignation under consideration, Mr. Martens said. The monarch has the right to refuse the offer.
Mr. Martens' offer to resign followed a split in his coalition of Christian Democrat and Conservative parties - each divided along linguistic lines - early Tuesday on whether to reappoint a mayor who refuses to speak Dutch in a hamlet on Dutch-speaking territory.
Job Swap Threatened
JERUSALEM - Caretaker Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir arranged to meet in an attempt to defuse a dispute over political appointees that threatens their planned job swap.
The transfer of power from Mr. Peres to Mr. Shamir was planned for earlier today, but was delayed to this evening by squabbling between their two rival political parties, Mr. Peres' left-leaning Labor Party and Mr. Shamir's right-wing Likud bloc. Under a power-sharing pact, Mr. Shamir is to become head of government and Mr. Peres the foreign minister.
Uzi Bar-Am, Labor's secretary-general, warned his party would block the swap if Likud refuses to meet Labor demands regarding political appointments.
Surplus Dairy Output
LUXEMBOURG - Split by national interests, European Community farm ministers failed to agree on proposals to reduce the runaway cost of surplus dairy production.
The European Commission, which proposed the saving measures, said the outcome was disappointing.
The commission said that at current production rates, the EC will add more than 25,000 tons of butter to its 1.5 million ton surplus stock by the end of this year.
It costs the trade bloc the equivalent of about $341 each year to keep one ton of butter in storage.
The agriculture ministers from the 12 EC countries will further discuss the issue next month.
PEKING - Chinese, U.S. and Japanese scientists will meet in Peking next June for a symposium on applying space technology in the Pacific region, the official Xinhua news agency said. The symposium is aimed at promoting technical exchanges and cooperation between various countries, Xinhua said the Chinese Astronautics society reported.