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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta sale greeted by Commons By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Justice Minister Otto Lang's announce- ment of a 58.8 million bushel sale of wheat to China was greeted with desk-thumping applause in the House of Commons Friday. Even Opposition MPs had to grudgingly admit that the Canadian Wheat Board and the government de- served some type of congratulation for the mil- lion sale involving 1.5 million tons of wheat. Added on to past sale commitments for this year, Mr. Lang pointed out that with half of the new 58.8 million bushel sale going to China within the next seven months a total of 145 million bushels of Canadian wheat will be shipped to that country in 1972. Ged Baldwin (PC Peace River) and the party's House leader was the first to acknowledge the sig- nificance of the new sale. Very glad Commented the Alberta MP: "I will simply say that we are very glad to note this sale and to see that the government, prodded and pushed by the opposition over the past two or three years, has finally come to realize what can or should be done." Alf Cleave said bis party too was delighted to hear of the sale. However, his praise also was tinged with some criticism. Mr. Cleave said the sale indicated that Canada's policy of recognizing Red China was a good one. He pointed out that the NDP had been in the forefront of the campaign for recognition. The Saskatchewan MP took the opportunity to also criticize the government's. recent announcement of a purchase of rail hopper cars for million. The cars are intended to get the record-breaking sales to export countries as quickly as possible. Mr. Cleave said he understood the hopper cars were still only at the order stage. He suggested it was a case of 4'the youngster who is yet only a gleam in the But despite the backhanded compliments, there was no doubt in the minds of MPs from all parties that Mr. Lang, minister in charge of the wheat board, has spear- beaded some tremendous achievements in the past few years. Ask questions A number of MPs who rose to ask various ques- tions of Mr. Lang were careful to avoid creating a negative attitude. .Prime Minister. Trudeau earlier in the week had scoffed at Opposition MPs for always being ready to criticize government actions that aid Western Canada. Mr. Lang himself, apart from answering opposi- tion questions, was content to give the bare facts of the sale, praise the wheat board and its staff, and assure the Commons that grain would get to export markets on time. Mr. Gleave took the opportunity to point out. that grains which the wheat board does not market, such as rapeseed, have not enjoyed the same record sales. The Saskatchewan MP suggested it was time to bring these other grains within the ambit of the board. Probe sales HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 85. The Lctllmdge Herald "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price IS Cents VOL. LXV No. 147 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1972 FOUR SECTIONS 68 PAGES Milestone in East-West relations East Berlin travel eased W0MANS LIS.H.4 'Dear Sir...' Protestants., RCs ready for clash LONDONDERRY (AP) Militant Protestants and Roman Catholics squared off today for a possible clash in this Northern Ireland city as the Irish Repub- lican Army threatened a fight to the finish "for Irish freedom." British troops braced for trou- ble in Ulster's second city as thousands of protestants gath- ered for a rally protesting Brit- ish failure to invade the "Free Deny" stronghold of the IRA. Troops manned an elaborate system of roadblocks around the predominantly Protestant Wa- terside district to pen the har- dliners in and prevent them coming to grips with the Catho- lics behind the "Freey Derry" barricades. The army fears that if the two rival religious groups come face to face Protestant tempers, al- ready high, could break and lead to ugly clashes. There also are fears that if the Protestants are forcibly halted .from crossing a bridge to the old walls of Londonderry, extremist groups might go on the rampage in defenceless Catholic enclaves around the Waterside zone. BERLIN (AP) The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain and France today acti- vated the 1971 Big Four Berlin accord, easing travel to and from the isolated city. The agreement, a milestone in East-West relations, goes into effect at midnight. West Germany and the Soviet Union simultaneously completed ratification of their, historic I-JL tiai.j' WiLIl all exchange of documents in Bonn, the West German capital. Both actions took place at high noon in a co-ordinated ac- tion expected to open the way to further East-West relaxation in Europe. .State Secretary William P. Rogers of the United States, Foreign S e c r e t a r y-Sir Alec Douglas-Home of Britain and Foreign Ministers Andrei Gro- myko of the Soviet and Maurice Schumann of France signed the final protocol in West Berlin. The three Western foreign ministers conferred in Bonn with West German Chancellor Willy Brandt before flying sepa- rately to isolated West Berlin, 110 miles inside East Germany. The foreign ministers' final action on the Berlin accord is scheduled to coincide with an- other historic event in East- West exchange of ratification documents between the Soviet and West German ambassadors hi Bonn of a Rus- sian-German treaty confirming current boundaries in Europe. Chancellor Willy B r a n d t's government had demanded the Berlin accord as the price for the treaty and Moscow had in- sisted that West Germany ratify the pact before the Berlin ac- cord went into effect. The four-power agreement gives West Berliners 30 visiting days a year to East Berlin and East Germany and provides for eased Communist controls of vital overland access ways to West Berlin. The accord also sets up a se- ries of East-West German agreements and provides the green light for an all-European security conference, desired by the Russians, and a parallel dis- cussion of mutual troop reduc- tions in Europe, desired by tht United States. Berlin remains divided and of- ficially under occupation, but travel and life may become less difficult for the more than thret million people in its two halves. Treaties outlined er flees with RENO, Nev. (AP) A blonde-haired man in his 20s was being questioned by the FBI today after a massive man- hunt for a hijacker who para- chuted from a United Air Lines 727 jetliner with in ran- som, the FBI said. Sheriff's deputies at the Washoe County jail, where the man was brought after a five- hour search in remote sage- brush-covered hills about 20 miles south of Reno said the man fit the description of the hi- jacker who jumped from the plane minutes after taking off from Reno International Airport early today. In Las Vegas, FBI agent Vern Loetterle identified the man taken into custody as Robb D. Heady, 22, of Reno. BERLIN (AP) Here at a glance are the treaties signed or put into force Saturday on Berlin and between East Ger- many and the Soviet Union and Poland: Berlin rail and truck traffic will be un- impeded and processed hi simple expeditious manner. Shipments may be sealed and inspection of these limited to check of there is suspicion of misuse of access routes. Trains and bus travellers will be subjected only to identity .checks by East German authorities. Mo- torists no longer pay individ- ual fees and then: baggage and vehicles will not be searched, except in special cases. Fees and tolls for use of access ways may be paid to East Germany by West Germany in an annual lump sum. Berlin allies reaffirmed West Berlin is not a constituent part of West Germany, but ties between West Berlin and Bonn will be maintained and developed. The West German govern- ment, parliament and state- level bodies will not perform, constitutional or official acts in West Berlin. But the Bonn government will be repre- sented by a liaison agency in West Berlin. Opening of Ber- liners will be able to visit East Berlin and East Ger- many "under conditions com- parable to those applying to other person s." Additional wall-crossing points may be opened. The problem of West Berlin enclaves in East Ger- many "may be solved by ex- change of territory." West Berlin communication links with East Berlin and East Germany are to be expanded. West Berlin representation the three Western al- lies maintain their ultimate responsibility, West Germany is permitted to perform con- sular services of West Berlin- ers abroad and can include West Berlin in its interna- tional agreements and repre- sent West Berlin in interna- tional organizations. Soviet Rus- sians are authorized to estab- lish a consulate-general in West Berlin. West German-Soviet treaty treaty holds both sides to acknowledge ity of existing Einpneaat bor- ders. For the .ffrstjftjijft, since the -Second; this means Bonn recognizes the loss of German territories carved from defeated Nazi Germany. Both sides promise to solve differences through peaceful means only, in terms of the "aims, and basic principles" of the United Nations charter. West German-Polish treaty treaty, more specific than its Moscow companion piece, recognizes the line formed by the Oder and Neisse rivers as Poland's western frontier. Both sides declare they have "no territorial claims whatsoever" against each other and pledge to settle all disputes by peaceful means only and refrain from "any threat or use of force" in mu- tual relations. They proclaim they will "take further steps toward full normalization'- on the basis of the treaty, listing a broadening of cooperation in "the sphere of economic, sci- entific, technological, cultural and other relations" as being "in their mutual interest." SAD FACE IN WINDOW Looking from a window of Buckingham Palace today is the sad-faced Duchess of Windsor. She wos watching as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh rode for the trooping of the col o ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. (AP Wirephoto) Britons by the thousands pay final homage to Duke From AP-REUTER WINDSOR, England (CP) Thousands of mourners in a mile-long line paid homage today to the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward vm who gave up the throne for love. The crowds today were even B.C. areas swept by flood waters VANCOUVER