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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tvmdov, July 3, V973 THI IBTHBRIDOI HBtAlD 7 Saigon gives deaf ear to housing request By TED BARTIMUS SAIGON (AP) Viet Crag and North Vietnamese negotia- tors who left home to come to Saigon and bargain live in a rundown fortress guarded by barbed wire. They hear the bustling nouV; and sniff the tantalizing smells of the metropolis they call Ho Chi Minn City. But the 220 offi- cers and soldiers including a sprinkling of women who have spent the last four months hi the heart of the enemp's cap- ital have been forbidden to sample its life. "We shall never accept the conditions the other side is try- ing to impose on us to make our life very tense and unreason- said Col. Duong Mnh Tbao, chief Viet Cong spokesman in Saigon. "The Saigon administration must let our delegation be sta- tioned in downtown Saigon and stop this confinement we will not be silenced from the peo- said the colonel as he ges- tured around his barren home. Yet the housing demands of the Communists so far have fallen on deaf ears. Under the terms of the Paris peace agreement, President Nguyen Van Thieu's South Viet- namese government is respon- sible not only for the care and feeding of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese in Saigon, but also for the safety and sa- curity of the Communist "guests." By installing them on the mil- itary side of Ton Son Nhut air- port, the visitors who comprise half of the two-party Joint Mili- tary Commission automatically are ensnared in the air base's snug security girdle. Thousands of feet of barbed w're were installed shortly after their arrival and now rust along the camp's perimeter. As a final precaution, the South Vietnamese army nightly stations scored of armed troops around the former American forces camp. The security imposed on toe compound would discourage even Saigon's most romantic al- PARAMOUNT "Mary Poppins" Last complete show Family PARAMOUNT CINEMA "Emigrants" Last complete show Adult COLLEGE CINEMA Snort "High Plains Drifter" Last complete show Restricted Adult GREEN ACRES DRIVE-IN "Easy Rider" "Shot Gun" One Complete Show ley cats from nocturnal forays in and out of the Communist compound. Composed of ramshackle bar- racks, a pock marked basket- ball court and some dilapidated office buildings, the facilities are barely distinguishable from the other paint peeling struc- tures at Ton Son Nhut which now serve only as ghostly re- nindsrs of the United States presence there for a decade. Eight automobiles are parked in the area but the Viet Cong say Thieu's government allowed them only enough gaso- line for four. Vu Dung, 26, a Viet Cong in- terpreter, said most daj t in the compound are the same full of work, exercise, study, tneals and steep. Both he and Thao complained that sleeping was 'often impossible "because of the noises from the helicopters and airplanes." The Communists are lodged next to the airport's runways Thao said repeatedly the camp "cannot IK made in any way comfortable" for the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. But he also reitercated the Commu- nists' intention of living there as long as necessary, if the Tbieu government continues to refuse their request to move into Saigon's downtown section "Four months is not a vary long time in comparison with our long struggle for peace and Thao said. "We are always ready and willing to grow fruit trees so that our comrades who come after us will be able to enjoy frtrif." Locomotive improvements odd safety to trains EDMONTON (CP) The first of 50 new diesel locomo- tives said by Canadian Nation- al Railways to embody "fre most sweeping changes and improvements in locomotive cab design since the steam en- gine" was unveihd at the CNR station here last week. In a brief ceremony J. H. Spicer, vice-president of the railway's mountain region, ac- cepted the locomotive from F. W. Walker, vice-president of General Motors