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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta s2 - THf IITHBRIDCS HERAID - Wednosday, February 14, 1973 Support all the bad, tilings Cambodians blame corruption on U.S. By JIENTIY S. BRA.DSHISR Washington Star-News FHNOM PENH, Cambodia- One government official talks privately about the inefficiency and unpopularity of President Lon Nol's regime, another concedes that corruption is rampant, a third feels sadly that the United States has compromised itself here. 'Two or tlu-ec years ago," the third one said, "the United States was respected for helping us. But it's just kept pouring in the money while things get worse, and now "lot of people think it's corrupting us. The United States seems to be sup- porting all the bad things , . ." The official has an impressive title but. like dozens of others with high government rank, he has little authority. That is tightly held by a small clique around the ailing President, Marshal Lon Nol, and Ls not used effectively to check the continued deterioration in Cambodia's political, military and economic situation. "Don't forget that the other side lias problems too: Internal conflicts, conniption, dissatisfaction of the people they tax," another official said defensively about the Communist-led rebels who oppose Lon Nol's government. It has been almost three years since Lon Nol, with board popular support, ousted Prince Norodom Sihanouk from power here, but the rebels have grown stronger since then and the government's support and solidity have waned steadily. CONCERNED The U.S. government is becoming increasingly concerned about this situation, apparently because of the new efforts being made to stabilize Indochina in the wake of the Vietnam cease-fire. After providing military and economic aid, which has kept Cambodia going for almost three years but trying to avoid getting drawn too deeply into rinmcslic affairs, the United Stales is changing its attitude slightly. There is a somewhat greater willingness on the part of Washington to use pressure, but Vice President Spiro T. Agnew reportedly got nowhere when he came here recently with a carefully prepared, brief designed to get Lon Nol to improve Ins government. Polite American suggestions have failed so far to produce any noticeable reversal of the long downward trend in Cambodia's internal situation, and there is no sign that improvement can be expected in the future. Women PoWs to be freed . SAIGON (Reuter) - The South Vietnamese government plans to free 1,000 Communist women prisoners of war in the next few days. The women, most of them troops and support personnel, were captured in combat, Hien said. QU/XLiTY% VALUE # SER VICE # SELECTiOtf vt/rBetter Buy/s ff&e (>9t 99 79* Blue Bonnet 0� J% Margarine *Jh'J�. 5JJJ Cracker Barrel Cheese T 2 oz. net wt. 0 ROUND STEAK OR RUMP ROAST HAMS Ready to eat linillV Whole, Half, Quarter ................................ � WHITE FISH - ,69' RIB STEAK CANADA GRADE 'A'........................ MINUTE STEAKS _G,deA, T Canada Grade 'A' lb. 1 .19 Vietnam souvenir s Lt. Cmdr. Edward A. Davis of Leola, Pa., cuddles his four-month-old puppy "Ma-Co" while being flown back to Clard AFB after his release Monday from a North Vietnamese POW camp. Davis was held captive for 7Vi years and is now undergoing medical treatment before his return to the U nited States. Urgency of report stressed Drug report delayed again By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - There will be another delay, again of several months, in the publication of the final report of the Le-Dain Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in Canada. And Federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde, in revealing the latest of a history of delays Monday, said he has personally pointed out to Law Professor Gerald LeDain, Chairman of the commission, the urgency of the final volume being finished as soon as possible. He added that the government will be giving it high priority in terms of translation and printing-something that history has shown is required if the volume is to take less than months more to reach the public eye officially in both languages. Mi'.. Lalonde said outside the Commons that he noted in his conversation with Professor LeDain that the commission had not met many previous deadlines on the previous reports. The government and the public could not be expected to put up with any more delays, he added. But he also made it clear he did not threaten Proofessor Le- Dain, for example by threatening to cut off funds after a certain date if the report was not finished. By the time this last report will be published this spring, assuming more delays it will be almost exactly four years since the Federal government established the LeDain commission on May 29, 1969. Since that time, the commission has published one interim report and two of three volumes of its final report, on drug treatment and on cannabis. This last report will deal with drugs other than cannabis, such as heroin, LSD and amphetamines, and make general recommendations to the goovern-ment on ways to combat drug abuse. Mr. Lalonde said he would not sit on the report once he receives it, but that he will make it public within a matter of days at that point in time. On the subject of heroin abuse in Canada-a problem raised in the Commons-Mi'. Lalonde said there is no indication that the heroin abuse problem has "suddenly come to a crisis stage in Canada" in recent months. The problem, he said, remains serious today, as it was a year or two years ago. He said that the government has recently doubled the funds for its non-medical use of drugs directorate, and that some of these funds are being used for research and innovative services for heroin. r. forecast OTTAWA (CP) - Canadian National Railways forecast a $25-million deficit for 1972 after meeting its usual heavy obligations for long-standing debt. It forecast interest payments on that debt of $68.3 million against a potential profit of $43.3 million. The details were contained in the annual CNR budget tabled in the Commons. The Canadian Press erroneously said the figures are final-not forecasts-and that they were contained in the annual, report. The estimates were approved last August by the cabinet. KINGSTON'S ANNUAL Begins Thurs., Feb. 15th Ends Sat., March 3rd ALL MERCHANDISE IN THE STORE 0 REGULAR PRICES CLEARANCE OF ALL KINGSTON'S MOCCASINS CHINA SHOP LTD. AND SEAL SKIN BOOTS r 50% OFF FORT MACLEOD J Phone 234-3111 1 ;