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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, 29, 1971 Thant winds up career popularity i'NITED NATIONS. N.V. _ Knrcly has a high in nr.tional figure wound up hi-s carra- on such a wave of popu- larity as U Thant hns enjoyed during lii.-. final months as sec- retary-genera! of the United Na- tions. The Burmese teacher-journal- ist is returning to private life this week after 1" years in the job Ti-ygve Lie once called the most impossible in the world. As he steps rioun, 62 Nations diplomats have nothing but good to say of him. He has predecessors. Lie and DaB Hammnrskjuld. He came under extreme pressure to stay on for five-year term, least (or a temporary extension. Hammarskjold had unusually high prestige and many consi- dered him irreplaceable, but neither he nor Lie was able to maintain the support of all the big powers for most ot their terms as Tliant has done. Lie and Hammarskjold ran into trouble with the Soviet Union. Lie finally resigned in 19 i. Hammarskjold died in an Jiican plane crash in while Russians were trying to replace him with a three-man so-called troika plan. Tliant was little known outside UN circles when he was chosen acting secretary-general Nov. 3, 1961. There was widespread U THANT Return to private life the confidence and esteem of small and large countries alike without regard to ideology. He occasionally has angered member countries by blunt pro- nouncement ar.d WES briefly at odds with trio Soviet Union and tho United States. Lyndon B. Johnson depicted Thant as med- dling in the Vietnam war and spoke out strongly against him for witlx'rawing the UN Emer- gency Force from Egypt in 1967. Thant managed, however, to doubt that he or anybody else could survive the Soviet attack on the office. Hut the troika idea was soon forgotten and Tliant stayed on to become a world personality. He reluctantly took a second term in 1966, after laying down a condition that he be permitted to speak his mind on questions of war and peace. Thant's refusal to accept third term was based mainly on conviction that no individua ib indispcnsible and that he hac served long enough. Me also MS physically exhausted. Ills recent ulcer attack came aftei he had made his decision, but it served to convince the final doubters that he would not ac- cept re-election. What does he have that his predecessors lacked? Diplomats who him over the yea: combination of a disarming per- sonality and underrated diplo- matic skills. That's major objective was to serve as a bridge between the Soviet Union and the West. In this he succeeded where his predecessors failed. Throughout his 10 years in of- One of Thant's biggest per- sonal initiatives was in his ef- 'orts to prevent and, later on, to end Die Vietnam war, Many diplomats, as well as political leaders and commenta- :ors, believe Thant made a jnajor mistake in judgment in May, 1967, in bowing too quickly o a demand by the late Egypt- ian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, that the UN Emergency Force be withdran from Egypt. Thant's critics charged that this opened the way for the six- day war with Israel two weeks later. They contend that Thant should have referred the ques- tion to the Security Council or at least tried to get Nasser to change his mind. Thant's reply was that any at- tempt to keep the forces in Egypt, against the will of that government, would have been disastrous. First, he said, the whole legaJ basis for their pres- ence was Cairo's consent. He noted that the UN troops were not armed for combat and that they were threatened by Egypt- ian forces. Thant, a Buddhist, is an in- tensely-religious man and he often injected religious notes in has remarks. Thant saw the United Nations as a universal organization, anc backed the seating of Peking's representatives as the righUu' Chinese delegation. This finally was resolved two months ago. For the time being Thant will remain in New York and may do some writing. He draws pension equal to half his salary of a year. scrve longer than either of his find a solution. eo: have observed ft DCl'SOllS irs say it is a JL charged in hotel fire fice he had the problem cf find- ing a formula to get the United Nations out of its financial prob- lems. One of his chief regrets was that he was never able to re going to learn fertuguese in your life inay we Makes dining a special occasion. Serve, SEOUL (AP) Police charged eight persons Tuesday with negligent homicide and other offences in connection with a Christmas Day hotel fire which took 162 lives. Among those arrested were Im Yong-san. 50, president of the Taeyonkak Hotel, who was charged with negligent homi- cide, and three city officials who were accused of overlook- ing defects in the hotel's fire escapes and firefighting facili- ties. The chief cook at the seccnd- floor coffee shop and the hotel's general manager, Song Yung- chan, were also arrested. The fire started when a propane gas burner exploded m the coffee shop. Among the 162 dead were 15 foreigners. 10 Japanese, two Chinese, one American, one In- dian and one Turk. Romanian car to compete on auto market DETROIT (AP) Romania is joining other European coun- tries and Japan in the competi- tion for the U.S. auto market. The Romanian entry hi the market is a Jeep-like four- wheel-drive vehicle called the Aro. It was shown to reporters today. The two-door convertible vehicle is powered by a 2.5-litre engine giving it a maximum speed of about 70 m.p.h. It has a retail price of Men's Sizes 15 ft to 17! washable shirts o Eiderdown flannelette in popular work colours. Reg- ular collar, long sleeves-with buttoned cuffs. Sizes Men s COTTON'DRILL WHY HAVE A THIEF FOR A BUSINESS PARTNER? Last year the majority of the nation's retailers have shared as much as two thirds of their net profit with unknown thieves through pilferage and shoplifting losses. Foto Vu with new space age developed optic electronic equipment custom engineered to individual needs of each busi- ness can prevent up to 80% of all pilferage or shoplifting losses an accomplishment proven in hundreds of retail installations acro'ss the United States and Canada. An attractive leave program makes the thief pay for the required protection. For Detailed Information Write: SECURITY SYSTEMS LTD. 914 5th AVENUE NORTH, LETHBRIDGE or TELEPHONE 327-4755 I long-sleevsti with regular collar, two-button breast pockets. Heavy forest green coHon drill in sizes 14V? to, 17. Sizes 30 to 42 ;WORK SLACKS Fully washable cotton utility i I bai-tackeii ai iioints or stress. s ets treat and back, tunnel-style 1 loops. Forest srsen. size; 3C_tp_ For x DUO-TANG FOLDERS 5 FOR 68C Standard size. Choose front colours. Stick-on labels included. "BIG BIG BUY" FILLER PAPER 250-SHEET PACK krt. j 77 C PUCK .'.250 Sheets o! loose-leal paper lor ring binders, duo tangs, Harrow ruled, wide ruled rjr plain TTBATTERIES long lasting, economy-priced rj size batteries, now on sile! Our own "Zelco" brani! 'BOXED 'STATIONERY i Eacli boil contains :12 white sheets Mill matching n ivelcpos Assorted ite cover desings INFANTS'STRETCH NYLON SLEEPERS Crew-neck or collar style in jacpard pattern. Dome fastening lor easy diapering. Footed bain colours. S.M.I Jt's Washable t Just Rinse Sanitized Insert FURNACE FILTERS Colourful Mix 'n'Match TOWEL ENSEMBLES WASHCIOTH. HAHO TOWELS BATH TOHHIS 58s 11' 1V Soil, luxurious sheared cotton terry. Fantastic selection in a rainbow ol solids and llorjl patterns. Ail in generous sizes! "Polar" Cosy "Polar" flannelette sheets in your choice ol 3 SIMS. Natural colour with multi- striped border, coloured whipped edges. Machine-washable. Cut to fit any size! Hygienically clean, non- toxic, non-allergenic. Reduces costs. Needs no oiling, lasts for years. FIBERGLASS FURNACE FILTERS All fiberglass. All sizes available. Filters out dust and grinie lor cleaner operation. Located In tho South lothbridge Shopping Centre on Mayor Magrath Drive Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 o.m. to 9 p.m. Telephone 328-8171 ;