Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, Jonuory 13, 1973 THE LfTHBRIDGE HERALD 29 Sadat strives against Moslem-Coptic feuding Br FOL'AD EL-GAWHARY Dispalch of The Times, London CAIRO Sectarian sirife in Egvpt reflects an unhealthy ai- mosphere in communal rela- tions which is harming national unity. This was one oi the main ob- Eervaiiors of a psrliamensair commission set up by President Anwar El-Sadat to invesdgaie recent Moslem-Chrisiian clash- es. The commission was formed frleion bervreen Moslems and Copts Egypt's Christian minority in Khanka. a small town near Cairo, where in VDtnixr a braiding used as a church partially burned and the property of a few Copis dam- aged. The Khanka trouble. of 12 similsr incidents which the commission said took place in Egyp: in the past tiro years, threaieced to spark of! wide- spread strife between the rwo communities. REMEDY SOUGHT Aware of such daggers, tirulariy wben all efforts were being made to rally the home front Egainsi Israel. Sadat act- ai swiftly to contain the crisis. He set up the comprising Moslems and Chris- tians, to study the friction and to seek a remedy. Sadsi also said that those found guilty of stirring up religious trouble wirjld be punished severely. National between Mos- lems and Egypt's three and a h.ilf million Copts is a msjor preoccupation oi Sadat, who WES recently quoted as saying. "I am neither the president o: Moslems nor Ccpts I am president of all Egyptians.1' In his drive to ease Moslem- Copdc tension, he conferred with leaders of bolh sides m ways of protecting na-uonal un- ity In a report, the fan-finding commission pin pointed many Plan north oil search I SAND f GRAVEL ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP SAND AND GRAVEL Centtrvction Co, Ltd. PHONE k 325-5702-327-3610 A NOME. Alaska (API .An Anchorage geological survey [inn will begin searching this spring for oil off the cosst of Alaska, ranging irom ihe Y'ak- aisga area of the Guii of Aks- ka to the Bering fea The president "of Exploration Services. Vs'illiam Osbome. says the exploration is being fuiauced by 14 oil firms and educes information gatber- and may involve "very val- uable and fertile areas." Osborne said some of the areo where the exploration '.Tin tske place include the Yak- aiaga region. Cape Dc-jglas. KiiskoJrsrui Bay and near Krt- zebue. Exploration also might take place off St Lawrence Island. King Island. Sledge Island and near the Yuroa river delta, be problems which it said caused acute differences between Mos- lems and Copts. The report also criticized elements from both sides for provoking each other. The report spoke of attempts of which it said were in- spired by hortile foreign forces drive a wedge bersree3 the J hvo communities who had lived "in peaceful co-existence" throughout history. Artoiher cause of tension be- tween the two sides was their attitude towards drawing up a co7JJtaion. the first step of Sadat's political re- form urosram which began in !S71. Moslems asked that the r.ew cons'irjLJorj should sSpu- late that Islam is the source of legislation, while the Copts -.vanied ihe constitution to guar- antes them additional prir-1 i-clniing the right ro build churches without prior: permission. I Ctae major complaint of! Egypt's Copis is the difficulty LT obtaining church building li- j craces. a procedure governed j by E decree issued in 1856 when j Egypt was part of the Ottoman Empire. This decree laid down asci complicated proce- j d'jres for giving a permit- i Tne report also 'jrged that all mosques in the ccronay shouid be put ur.der the supervisim of j the" rnin'-siry responsible for Moslem religious endowments! to ensure accurate religious: teachins v.ithoui infringe- i ment of other faiths. Christian societies inside Egyp'v' some of which are called upcc to carry out mis- sionary scfMues among Mos-; should give up fuch' scti-.iHes and direct their work j towards .Africa and other parts cf tie world, the report recom- mended. Canada recruits aerial hijack security force OTTAWA Security at air- ports in Canada wilh a special force now being recruited, to guard against hijackers, will be intensified, under special legis- lation to be placed before par- liament, the commons learned Thursday. Transport Minister Jean Marchand in response to ques- tions said the security at air- ports wtwld be stepped up in the near future. Commencing early this month all passengers preparing to board aircraft at Umied States airpots have their hand luggage searched, even including ladies' handbags. Security officers run elec- tronic metal detectors over the passengers from neck to feet in a search for" hidden knives, bombs or guns, he intensified search measures went into ef- fect shortly after the New Year in the U.S. George Hees Ed- 1 ward Hastings) asked if the fed- eral government is giving con- sideralion to transferring juris- diction over the policing oper- ations at Canadian airports from the Criminal Code to the Aeronautics Act. By this move. the increased security at the airports could be handled by' the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Mr. Marchand reminded the bouse that the speech from the throne had mentioned upcorrJng amendments to th? Aeronsutics act. "We intend to ane'id this set so Lhst we have mire power." he said. 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