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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, August 28, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD-43 Bear barrel polka "Frankie" a 15-year-old polar bear in the Denver Zoo is no dummy on figuring out how to get his beer barrel from one end of his swimming pool to the other. With it cradled in his huge paws he makes his way, but then sinks in the middle. "Frankie" finally gets the hang of it by pushing it along. The aluminum barrel is a new play thing for him, and he's having a fun time with it. Plodding sea law conference makes headway By PAUL WHITELAW Herald Washington Bureau CARACAS. Venezuela When the summer-long Uited Nations Law of the Sea Conference adjourns later this week, there will be no com- prehensive draft treaty safeguarding against marine pollution, settling ownership of ocean resources, or setting new territorial limits Still, the meeting is considered a success By the plodding standards of the United agreement on even the most simple issues can take years, or movement toward consensus on several new, important concepts of sea law has been both surpris- ing and encouraging. There is broad, informal agreement among most of the 150 nations at the conference in favor of international ratification of a 12-mile limit of exclusive territoriality, such as already claimed by Canada and a majority of the world's coastal states. Beyond the 12-mile limit, for a distance of 188 nautical miles, most states agree there should be an economic zone. Coastal states would have ex- clusive ownership of seabed resources within this 200-mile boundary They would also have rights to fish and other marine species, although there would be some obliga- tion to allow other nations to fish in these waters if there were no danger of over-fishing or other damage to marine life. On the critical issue of pollution control in this economic zone, there is some disagreement on the un- ilateral action a state might take. This general consen- the remaining points of be contain- ed in a draft report of the proceedings at the Caracas conference When the conference winds up Thur- sday, delegates will take the report back home to their governments for further dis- cussion and instructions. J Alan Beesley, Canada's ambassador to Vienna and senior diplomat on the Cana- dian delegation to the conference, is hopeful this could lead to a drafting of a treaty when the deliberations resume next February Although there has been no agreement yet on the site of the conference's next session, there is betting among delegates here that it will take place in Vienna. Another strong contender as a conference site is Geneva. It is anticipated that delegates would return eventually to Caracas to sign any treaty that might result. In an interview here, Am- bassador Beesley expressed surprise at what he perceives as an impression the Law of the Sea Conference has been less than successful. "We are involved here in the progressive development of international he noted The conference was not merely codifying existing international law. "Part of the task we have is convincing people that these new concepts (of sea law) should be the basis of a new body of law." Mr. Beesley pointed out that only three years ago the pro- ,posal of a 200-mile economic zone, originally put forward by a number of Latin American states, was a radical idea. The fact that there has been such a rapid development of a consensus in favor of such a despite remaining disagreement about a number of its specif- surprising to say the least. Budget office target of Ford advisers WASHINGTON (CP) With almost lip-smacking relish, official Washington is awaiting the day when Roy Ash and his Office of Manage- ment and Budget (OMB) get their comeuppance. The team of advisers guiding President Gerald Ford through the days of tran- sition from the Nixon presidency are reported to have made a special target of the OMB Led by Interior Secretary Rogers Morton, who had am- ple reason to appreciate the power that budget director Ash and his mini-empire wielded, the team has suggested that the OMB no longer be permitted a stranglehold on American pol- icies and spending. 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