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Gorbachev and Maxwell help launch institute

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and publishing magnate Robert Maxwell have signed onto a global research center to be located in the Twin Cities.

The $100 million Gorbachev Maxwell Institute of Technology will cope with ``problems that matter to humanity,'' officials announced during the Soviet president's Minnesota visit Sunday.

Maxwell is giving $50 million to help form the institute, and a matching sum is to be raised by Minnesota Gov. Rudy Perpich and a committee of Minnesotans. The project got an immediate lift from Dwayne Andreas, chairman of Archer Daniels Midland Co., who donated $1 million.

The institute will mix scientists from the United States, Soviet Union and Europe, Perpich announced after a luncheon with Gorbachev at the governor's mansion.

Gorbachev, speaking through a translator, said the institute represents ``yet another element of common cooperation which seems to be merging and developing between our countries, between many countries of the world, and on the human level too.

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``We join our efforts to address and come to grips with problems that are of concern to all of us,'' he said.

Maxwell, chairman and chief executive officer of London-based Maxwell Communication Corp., said the institute is a fitting tribute to the thawing of relations between the two superpowers.

``I know of no better way to show that we in Europe are grateful to President Gorbachev as well as President Bush for ending the Cold War, because what happened at Yalta was not particularly to our liking,'' he said.

Maxwell Communications' North American headquarters are in the Twin Cities.

The institute will cope with ``problems that matter to humanity,'' Maxwell said, such as global warming, communications, health and food.

Maxwell said he would come back to Minnesota to help in the planning of the institute.

``Governor Perpich has been after me for years that we should set up here a global institute of technology,'' he said. ``He finally landed me, and I am the poorer for it -- in terms of money.''

The governor has been pressing for a major research center in Minnesota for several years. He met secretly with Maxwell in London last September, seeking his help in financing the center.

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