Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDQE July Britain to permit release of held Irish guerrillas Hitting the high notes The Roger Bacon High School band of took up stations in the downtown parking area while director Wes Neal was hoisted on a to direct. It was all to promote a new it made a startling sight. The British government announc- ed Tuesday it will permit the phased release of suspected guerrillas held without trial in Northern Ireland. Merlyn minister for Northern told the House of Commons the releases will be linked with a resettlement scheme. At the same the House voted to extend for another six months emergency regulations under which suspected terrorists are detained without trial in Northern Ireland. Without the the phased release program would be academic because detention without trial would be unconstitutional and all persons so detained would have to be freed immediately. Rees said the phased release program could only work if paramilitary groups on both sides of Ulster's Protestant-Roman Catholic sectarian divide show willingness to end violence. He said the emergency regulations must continue because the violence has con- tinued. The last three months has seen 909 shooting in- cidents and 178 kill- ing a total of 46 he said. The first seven detainees to be freed under the govern- ment's new resettlement scheme were released Tues- day evening. Another 620 suspected mostly members of the Irish Republican are still be- ing held. Rees did not spell out details of the resettlement scheme. There was no immediate re- action from Protestant para- military groups or from the Irish Republican Army. But militant Protestant legislators in the House of Commons condemned the move. Ulster Unionist William Ross from Lon- donderry said internment should be not re- laxed. In previous conciliation the release of detainees had failed to bring peace. 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About 70 men are in one jail and 40 women in the other. Most are serving three-to-15 year sentences for importing drugs or are awaiting trial on drug-related charges. The Canadian spokesman said his nationals are specifical- ly protesting against being kept in prison for up to a year before being as allowed under the Mexican con- stitution. He said some also are protesting because they were sen- tenced for importing drugs rather than transporting them in- side a charge which carries only a one-to 12-year sentence. Friends of the U.S. prisoners said they were also protesting violent treatment on arrest and extortion demands from police. There was no confirmation of this from the U.S. embassy. Denmark attacks Canada's law of sea plan Venezuela Some of Canada's main recommendations to the Law of the Sea Conference came under attack Tuesday from Denmark. In a policy speech to the UN Per Fergo of Den- mark said his delegation does not accept Canada's concept of an offshore economic zone for protecting fish that swim up rivers to spawn. Fergo said offshore economic controls cannot be made to include entire con- tinental shelves because of inadequate depth measures. Countries such as In- dia and Argentina support the view that marine and mineral resources be managed as an ecological to be deter mined by combined depth and distance while accepting the growing view that a 200-mile economic zone should exist. Denmark would deny Canada the right to control pollution and fisheries outside the 200-mile Fergo in- dicated. Denmark also requested guarantees on the right of free passage through international straits and narrow passages considered part of a country's territorial seas. some narrow straits there has never existed a right of free Fergo said. He indicated later that his statement applied to northwest which Canada claims is within her territorial waters and subject to her regulations. Fergo expressed dis- agreement with Canadian Environment Minister Jack Da vis's speech here last week asking exemption of salmon from the general rules being devised to govern fishing and other marine matters Davis proposed that fishing for such anadromous fish be prohibited outside the economic zone of the country in whose rivers the fish are spawned. going into the sub- stance of this complicated said would like to indicate that my delegation cannot accept this Tougher Canada seen in U.S. WASHINGTON The Liberal election victory in Canada is seen by at least one Washington newspaper as a forewarning of a stiffening of relations with the United States. The election results cap- tured much of the front page of the an evening newspaper. Under the six-column head- line majority for and alongside a pic- ture of the prime minister and his wife sharing a victory The Star-News comments in a dispatch from Trudeau majority win may mean hard bargaining between Washington and Ot- tawa in the near future. than a dozen major unresolved issues of economic and international importance have been awaiting the results of this election. plans to toughen Canadian regulations on foreign which comes mostly from the U.S. No N-safeguards WASHINGTON A senior United States official acknowledged Tuesday there are no fool-proof safeguards for preventing Egypt and Israel from converting American-supplied nuclear power technology to the production of nuclear weapons. The assertion was made be- fore a joint session of the Sen- ate and the House of Representatives foreign af- fairs by Fred director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Ikle testified that owing to the continuing unreconciled conflict in the Middle East the U.S. is insisting on stringent safeguards in the proposed sale of nuclear reactors to Egypt and Israel. But Representative Ben- jamin Rosenthal asked whether there was anything in the safeguard technology which would provide against development of nuclear weapons.