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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE IFTHBRincn HERALD Friday, Onccnibrr 4, 1970 gives BRUSSELS' (CP) Foreign ministers of the NATO alliance today offered the Soviet bloc ex- ploratory talks on a full-fledged, East-West security conference as soon as talks on Berlin reach a satisfactory conclusion. A communique issued at the end of the alliance's two-day ministerial meeting expressed disappointment that contacts al- ready opened have not achieved greater progress. Informed sources said this was a reference to the slow pace of ambassadorial-level talks that have been going on for several months between the Soviet Union on one side and Britain, the United States and France on the other, aimed at New act ass OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment's public order bill, which will replace regulations under the War Measures Act, was given royal assent in the Senate chamber Thursday and immedi- ately became law. Assent to the Public Order (Temporary Mea- sures) Act, given by Gerald Fauteux, chief justice of Canada, acting as deputy to Governor-General Roland Mich- ener. The public order bill was given final approval by the Se- nate earlier in the day. It was approved by the Commons Tuesday after almost a month of debate. settling the thorny Berlin q tion. The communique made cleai that the movement toward East-West understanding has not progressed to the point whore active preparation for a security conference can begin. ROW DEVELOPS After agreeing on the sub- stance of their final statement the ministers got into a row over Portugal as the site of their next meeting. Canada, Denmark and Norway expressed strong views about the wisdom of meeting in a country accused of involvement in an invasion of Guinea. They had to go into secret session to iron out the difficulty. The United States and Britain sided with Portugal and the next meeting was affirmed for Lisbon on June 3 and 4. In their final statement, the ministers expressed satisfaction with the letter from President Nixon Thursday promising that the United States will maintain its present strength in Europe until the Soviet Union reduces its forces. The ministei's also welcomed the resumption of talks between the United States and the Soviet Union on restriction of strategic nuclear missiles and the treat- ies made by West Germany with the Soviet Union and Po- land. x HALE OPTICAL 3 COMPANY LTD 1 Gary Martin Dispensing Optician 307 6th St. S. 327-7132 Captain suspended for 15 months VANCOUVER (CP) A three-man federal inquiry sus- pended Capt. D. G. Crabbe of Victoria, pilot of the Sergey Yesenin, for 15 months in the wake of the collision Aug. 2 between the Soviet freighter and a British Columbia govern- ment ferry three lives. which claimed NEWSPAPER SOLD DAUPHIN, Man. (CP) Sale uf the Dauphin Herald Co. Ltd. to a group of businessmen has been announced by Helen F. Marsh, president and pub- lisher. THE COMPANY OF HIS PLEASURE James Cross (right) points to television that was his only componion while held by kidnappers in Montreal. He is talking to Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa. Mr. Cross, British trade commissioner to Montreal, was kidnapped from his home Extraordinary measures taken to save Cross Oct. 5 and released Thursday after his kidnappers were to Cuba. This is on exclusive photo taken by Associ- ated Press photographer Walter Green for the Canadian Press. Tight security broke kidnap ring By PIERRE VENIOT MONTREAL (CP) What was the price of breaking a kid- napping ring Thursday? "Extraordinary security mea- sures in order not to jeop- ardize a human Justice Minister Jerome Choquette told Cross, the a news conference. James (Jasper) kidnapped British envoy, had to "enjoy the freedom we have fought for and enjoyed in this country." Mr. Choquette said that while police North suspected a Montreal duplex for about 2U weeks, they were not really sure until Wednesday night. The stakes were too Mr. Cross' rcove in ear- er. As it turned out, the three persons holding the 49-year-old envoy got wind of the police >resence and threatened to kill rim if any attempts were made to rescue him. 1'HROW OUT NOTE After police had encircled the off now for an in- definite were ready o move in Thursday morning, someone threw out a lead pipe containing a toughly-wordec message which read: "If you try anything gas, guns, etc. Mr. J. Cross will be the first to die. We have several sticks of dynamite with detona- tors." Mr. Choquette confirmed po- lice fears about the danger in- volved in any premature action, saying they had to "pay atten- tion" to Mr. Cross' life. "The threat of an explosion was a real threat." With the house "completely cornered" by several hundred police and soldiers, Mr. Cho- quette said, the three men hold- ing Mr. Cross had to negotiate their way out. What would have happened if the trio had refused to negoti- ate? "I can't see many Mr. Choquette said. "I can See a siege, a long drawn out or other police actions. But the problem never arose." ASK FOR NEGOTIATOR The note asked that a re- porter from Le Devoir, the weekly Quebec-Presse or law- Walker's Special Old. 3'er Bernard Mergler, who has often represented accused ter- rorists, enter negotiations. Mr. Mergler was selected and an agreement was reached about 1 p.m., with1 a total of seven persons getting safe pas- sage to Cuba in exchange for Mr. Cross, Mr. Choquette said. Robert Demers acted as nego- tiator for the Quebec and fed- eral governments. Mr. Choquette said1 it was even a tight-rope situation in getting the entire -group to the Canadian pavilion on the former site of Expo '67, where Mr. Cross was to be released on temporary Cuban- soil and the seven would be taken to Mont- real International Airport. "I don't think that they (those found with Mr. Cross) were armed" when they reached the Canadian pavilion. "But I am told there was dynamite in tie back of the car." ESCORTED BY POLICE The car, an old, beat-up Chrysler, was driven under heavy police escort by Marc Carbonneau, wanted in the kid- napping Oct. 5 of Mr. Cross and the Oct. 10 abduction of Pierre Laporte, Quebec's labor minis- ter slain Oct. 17. Mr. Choquette said, however, that despite the warrant for Carbonneau, a 37-year-old for- mer taxi driver, he vtas not in- volved in the Laporte case. Otherwise, he would never have been allowed safe passage to Cuba, since people wanted in the Laporte case are not in- cluded in the exchange offers irom Quebec and Ottawa. Mr. Choquette said Carbon- neau's "main activity" was con- nected to the Cross abduction. With Carbonneau on the flight ;o Cuba were Jacques Lanctot, nis wife and child, Lanctot's jrother-in-law Jacques Cosette Trudel, his wife and Pierre Se- ;uin, an unknown. Mr. Cross, according to Pre- mier Robert Bourassa spent most of his 60 days of captivity in a small, windowless room. As Mr. Choquette put it: "I can assure everyone that Mr. Cross seemed in excel lent physical and mental condi tion." In a brief chat with Mr Cross, Mr. Choquette found him to be stoic and courageous, ac cepting his lot, "but he was a man who had lost two months of his life." Mr. Cross had suffered physi- cally to some extent "because a man who was held in detention for two months was bound to have some marks." A videotape of the conversa tion was. shown on the CBC later. Mr. Cross said Thursday was "one of the happiest days of my life." "It's almost like being out o purgatory woulridge district have bare ravel lanes except through some towns and the following. Highway 2 south of Card- slon on the Carway hill there are small icy patches and is moderately slippery. Highway from Leth- iridge to Lundbreck, travel ancs are bare. Lundbreck to Coleman has short icy patches, moderately slippery. Coleman o the B.C. border has long latches of hard packed snow vilh some drifting. Highway 6 Twin Butte to Waterton has a thin layer of hard packed snow, wheel tracks beginning io bare. A11 highways are sanded where necessary. Highway 1 Trans Canada Highway Calgary to Revelstoka is plowed and sanded with a few slippery sections, The Banff Jasper and Banff- radium highways have occa- sional slippery sections, plowed and sanded. Molorisls are reminded that snow tires or chains are re- quired when travelling in any mountain area. PORTS OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing Coutts hours: Carway 9 a.m. lo 6 p.m. JIST. Del Bonila a.m. lo p.m.; Roosevillc, B.C. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgatc, B.7., 24 lours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m, to midnight. Chief Mountain closed, Wildhorse, 8 to 5 p.m. ;