Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
J2 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 20, 1973 Submit brief Chamber urges foreign investment bill tcithdrawal OTTAWA (CP) Cana- dian Chamber of Commerce moved into Phase 2 of its cam- paign against the foreign in- vestment bill, telling the Com- mons finance committee it should be withdrawn since "short-term political considera- tions are being given priority over the long-term national in- terest." In a statement to be read to the committee, chamber Spokesman A. 0. Wolff also said it is difficult to understand government inflexibility on the bill. In Phase 1 of the chamber's campaign, a delegation met In- dustry Minister Alastair Gil- lespie and his officials last week to object to provisions in the bill. They gave him a brief saying that proposed restrictions on foreign investment would ham- per economic development. 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New ceasefire pact does little to ease fighting SAIGON (CP) The commu- nique signed in Paris last Wednesday by negotiators Henry Kissinger of the United States and Hanoi's Le Due Tho, aimed at strengthening the Vietnam ceasefire, has done little to ease the fighting and nothing to break the deadlock in the international peace-super- visory team. Sources in the truce commis- sion say the new agreement may have worsened the im- passe. By making no direct refer- ence to the presence of North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam, the document appears to have hardened the resolve of Hungarian and Polish delegates to the four-country commission to prevent any further consider- ation of this issue. Canadians and Indonesians on the International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) are equally unwavering in their determination to present for- mally documented reports of North Vietnamese infiltration of the South since the Jan. 28 ceasefire. As a result of the standoff, heads of the four delegations have not met in regular session for nearly three weeks. ICCS field officers, however, Centurion tank to be retired OTTAWA (CP) The Centu- rion tank, which dates back to the Second World War, will be retired by the Canadian forces by 1976, Defence Minister James Richardson said. He told the Commons the gov- ernment has no interest in keeping the Centurion in service beyond that date. About 80 Centurions are in service, roughly half of them in West Germany and the remain- der at the combat anas school at the Gagetown base in New Brunswick. BUM member NORTH BAY, Ont. (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau is a BUM. People who work at the underground air defence fa- cility here call themselves Broterliood of Underground Mushroomers. So when Mr. Trudeau, ac- companied by his wife, vis- ited the military facility last Suhday he was given a certificate declaring him a BUM. Word of the prime minis- ter's unannounced visit leaked out today. still go through the motions of making reports of investigations and forwarding them to Saigon where they lie in piles, awaiting to be considered by the am- bassadors. Basic cause of the deadlock is the insistence by the Canadians and Indonesians that the com- mission should agree to forward to the Joint Military Commis- sion their reports of North Viet- namese army operations in the South in the regular manner. The military commission is made up of Saigon and Viet Cong officials. The Hungarians and Poles re- fuse to take this action because they say the question of Nordi Vietnamese infiltration is out- side the scope of the commis- sion's mandate. Both the original Paris agree- ment and the latest commu- nique are vague on this ques- tion but they do call on both Saigon and the Viet Cong to re- frain from accepting troops from any outside country. The Canadians and In- donesians fear that to let the Poles and Hungarians veto con- sideration of their reports would set a crippling precedent which could be used anytime to stifle ICCS activities. But the implications of deadlock are making them- selves felt in areas outside the commission, sources say. For one thing, it is seriously eroding the confidence of the Vietnamese people in the use- fulness of the ICCS. For another, it apparently is increasing the difficulty of find- ing a country to take Canada's place when it withdraws from the commission at the end of July. Some sources indicate that unless a substitute country is found, Saigon will refuse to rec- ognize the ICCS as a legitimate agency and it will have to be dissolved. Finding a replacement for Canada is basically the respon- sibility of the United States and South Vietnam. But wry country chosen would have to be accept- able to the other two parties to the Paris Vietnam and the Viet Cong. Sources say Saigon would only be completely satisfied if a strong West European country took Canada's place. Most observers believe that if ,inv renlcement is found it will likely be a less-developed coun- try over which the U.S. wields strong influence. But if this happens, the South Vietnamese would likely fear that the Hungarians ano! Poles would have too much control and perhaps be able to use t'-o ICCS in support of the Viet Con? and North Vietnamese. As a result, many sources be- lieve, the ICCS may slide grad- ually into obscurity.