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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta It THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Dtctmtwr 1973 News analysis Egyptians want UN umbrella By HENRY TANNER New York Times CAIRO Egypt expects American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's visit to the Middle East later this week to give a new impetus to the deadlocked military talks between Egyptian and Israeli generals on the Cairo-Suez road. Egypt suspended the talks Nov. 29 when Israel refused to accede to an Egyptian request for an initial unconditional withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Suez City area which they reached after the cease- fire of Oct. 22. Egypt has said it would return to the military talks only if there were signs that Israel was willing to give on this point or to make new proposals for a wider Israeli withdrawal east of the canal. This is one of the major issues at stake in intensive consultations between Cairo and Washington in prepara- tion both for Kissinger's visit and the Arab Israeli peace conference that is scheduled to open in Geneva on Dec. 18. In these consultations Egypt is seeking satisfaction for her demands that United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim be named chairman of the Geneva conference with the right to intervene in the negotiations and if necessary to direct them. Egypt would like to see Bri- tain and France at the conference table in addition to the United States and the Soviet and to the countries directly involved Egypt. Israel. Syria and Jordan and. in a later the Palestine Libera- tion Organization. Egypt also is seeking to determine the exact role that the United States is willing to play in guaranteeing the negotiated settlement that is the goal of the Geneva conference. Egyptian officials are known to have sought an ex- planation of what Kissinger meant when he said at a news conference last week that the United States no longer ruled out the possibility of station- ing a. joint Soviet-American peace-keeping force in the Middle East. In the Washington has emphatically opposed this idea. The Egyptian foreign minister. Ismail has been meeting almost daily on these issues with ambassador Hermann F. Eilts of the United States and Vladimir M. Vinogradov of the Soviet Union. In addition to the intensive U.S.-Israeli Egyptian consultations are being con- ducted at the United in Washington and in Moscow. One of Egypt's main concerns is to put the Geneva conference squarely under a United Nations rather than have it dominated by the United States and the Soviet Union. The Egyptians argue that the work of the conference must be based on fundamental United Nations actions such as security council resolutions 242 of Nov. 22. and 338 and of last Oct. 22 and 23. respectively. Egypt arid the other Arab countries take the position that the Geneva conference must lead to a carrying out of the 1967 resolution. in sharp proposes a give-and-take involving part of the occupied territories in exchange for a lasting peace. The whisky a man saves for himself ...and his friends. It's a matter of taste. So we take the time to blend together 29 aged whiskies into one great taste. Adams Private Stock. Do your friends a flavour. Thomas Adams DISTII.l-F.RS ITU. 'Rich nations league' as measured in dollars worth of output per person per year British prosperity starts downward dip England Are the British going to become the peasants of Looking one is tempted to reply instantly with a Churchillian sen- Some This remains a power- and busy country. There is visible evidence of it everywhere. And yet Suddenly the warnings of many experts sound a good deal more ominous. Crisis measures have had to be taken to stem Great Britain's worst-ever its worst-ever trade its worst-ever trend in industrial and an energy crisis precipitated by the Arab oil cutbacks. In 1972 Britain fell to the bottom of the relations with 24 million working days lost through compared with 2 million just 10 years ago. if you need a loan from your the. In the days of Queen Vic- used by Lord Rothschild as the benchmark for his the British and the By ALLAN MAY Christian Science Monitor minimum rate they will charge you now is 18 per which used to be called Lord head of Prime Minister Edward Heath's has warned that if Britain goes on behaving as if it still were the richest of all it could become instead one of the poorest. Nor can there by any doubt that and statistically Great Britain does appear to be falling behind. Beny's at PRE- 1973 Domonstrator We want to clear these cars before Here's a great us an offer. No reasonable offer refused on one of these fine cars CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE Main Garage OK Supermarket Lot Phone 328-1101 CONVENIENT TERMS GMAC BENY EXCELLENCE American standards of living in material terms were about equal. After. World War I the average American was already about 25 per cent better off than the average Briton. Today the average Briton is only half as well-to-do as the American. And by if pre- sent trends he will be only one-third as well off. Immediately after the Se- cond World Great Bri- tain was by far the richest country in except for the neutrals Sweden and Switzerland. Today in terms of output per head Great Britain is not even half as wealthy as West Ger- many and ranks far below France. the Norway and Austria. Yearly average output per head here at pounds is only just above the poverty line for a family is rated at pounds in take-home pay. Many foreign firms will not invest here any more. Some of those already here will not increase their investment. The Chrysler Corporation has been on the brink of leaving. Averages are as tricky to handle as gelignite. In spite of the figures for output per head it still takes a West German worker longer in terms of years of work to buy his own home than it takes the average Briton years as against A washing machine for the home costs a Briton on average 118 hours of work. It costs a Frenchman 187.5 hours. And rates of exchange do not or reflect accurately the relative costs of living in different countries. Rates of tax differ. The numbers of people who are below average or above average also as does the extent of the differences between them. In the City of Bri- tain has a wonderful wealth machine. Britain s Wall has an annual balance-of payments surplus with overseas countries of nearly billion a year. Tourism alone last year earned British firms 721 million pounds The tourist industry now employs one and a h.ilf million nnonlp mflkinu it one of the biggest industries in the country. In terms of turnover Britain also still has 170 of Europe's top 500 firms. Of Europe's 100 most profitable companies no fewer than 67 are British. There is also the North Sea bonanza to come in. Whatever else it may or may not the opening of the North Sea oil field will certainly help tran- sform the British balance-of- payments situation. It will probably also supercharge the .economy of Scotland. Added to this will also be regional development aid from Britain's partners in the European community. It thus is conceivable that what Great Britain is going through may be a period of change. It is possible that the whole industrial world is entering a new age when the whole concept of a continually ex- panding material growth rate is challenged. It may even be rejected. Sex shop ruling requested EDMONTON An op- position MLA asked the government this week how it can allow a to operate in Calgary and another to open in Edmonton when a 1972 court decision slated that the sort of merchandise being sold is obscene. Attorney-General Merv Leitch said in the legislature that if there is an apparent breach of the it will be dealt with the same as any other alleged crime. The 1972 case will no doubt a very important prece- dent when the members of the department are considering whether charges ought to be the minister said. The question came from Art Dixon who said outside the legislature he had been referr- ing to a case in Calgary in which the proprietor of a was convicted for sell- ing obscene material. His worth was seized by Mr. Dix- on said. The MLA asked in the legislature if the man's merchandise would be return- ed if the attorney-general's depdilinenl does not press charges against the new Calgary store and another store to be opened in Edmon- ton. Mr. Leitch did not reply saying question is simply whether there is a ;