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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thurtday, June LETHBRIDGE HERALD-9 Albertan captured by accident Then there's the one about. Mitchell Sharp and Joseph Luns appear in good spirits. NATO declaration toasted CALGARY (CP) It was an accident that a second Canadian helicopter pilot was captured by Ethiopian guerrillas, and it was probably another accident which resulted in the death of a Dutch nurse, the vice- president of Canwest Avia- tion Ltd. said Wednesday. Jonathan Pridie returned here Tuesday after a business trip to Ethiopia that included negotiations with guerrilla of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) who are holding the company's president, Don Wederfort, 27, of Calgary. Mr. Wederfort and four geologists were captured in the northern Ethiopian province of Eritrea when their helicopter was forced down by a storm March 26. The others held with him are Cliff James, 27, Walkerton, Ont; Powers Cayce. 36, Plainview, Tex., William Rogers, New York. and "Matti Tavela, 52, an American with landed- immigrant status in Canada. The Wederfort party was on an aerial survey mission for Tenneco Oil Co. of Houston, Tex. Canwest has a flying con- tract with Tenneco. A second Canwest pilot, Grant 30, of Calgary, was captured while on a secret rendezvous arranged between Tenneco and the guerrillas to obtain the Wederfort party's release, Mr. Pridie said. Earlier, it was reported the guerrillas attacked an Ameri- can missionary hospital at Ghinda, a village near Asmera, provincial capital of Eritrea, May 27. But Mr. Pridie said his in- formation indicates the guerrillas went to the hospital to seek medical help after a skirmish with Ethiopian government troops. "They wanted medical help, the doctor specifically, but the doctors locked themselves in a room and the ELF were forced to take two nurses, one of whom was shot. No one knows why they shot the nurse but speculation is that it was an accident." The nurse killed was Anna Stickwerda. 54. Mr. Pridie said Mr. Wyatt had a helicopter land nearby at about the same time and he made contact with the guer- rillas, thinking they were the people he was supposed to meet. It turned out the Tenneco deal "wasn't arranged by an authorized representative (of the ELF) and he was cap- Mr. Pridie said. Mr. Wyatt also arrived at a time when the guerrillas wanted to get away so they forced him and the another nurse, Deborah Dortzbach, 24, of Freehold. N.J to fly to guerrilla-occupied territory. Mr. Wyatt was released June 4. At the time of his release, he said the others would be released soon, but Mr Pndie said he doesn't know when it will happen. Mr Pridie said negotiations with the guerrillas were time- consuming Hear more clearly without irritating background noise. THE FINEST OTTAWA (CP) NATO foreign ministers toasted their new Atlantic declaration with champagne Wednesday, but it is doubtful whether Prime Minister Trudeau will join other leaders to sign the document in Brussels next week. As expected, the declaration contains a general restate- ment of NATO aims whose fulfilment, it says, requires "the maintenance of close consultation, cooperation and mutual trust NATO Secretary-General Joseph Luns called it the main dish of the two-day conference, held in the 25th anniversary year of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, stressing that no document can compel a country to consult its allies, told reporters it "states the asporations of the alliance." External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said the declaration is especially im- portant coming at a time when most international agreements "show signs of weakening." Its approval in Ottawa showed Canada's continued in- terest in the alliance. But he and Mr Trudeau would decide today whether either of them will attend the Brussels signing. The conference, first in Ot- tawa since 1963, also issued a standard NATO communique, reaffirming the need for a strong military defence and the hope of the allies for detente with the Soviet Woe. The 15 ministers did not really sign the declaration. They just voiced oral approval and toasted its publication. Although it is to be signed in Brussels next procedure that had not been welcomed by the Canadians- Mr. Sharp said he_ hoped it would be known as the Ottawa declaration anyway. Mr. Kissinger, who propos- ed the original idea last year, politely referred to it as the declaration of Ottawa, as did Mr. Luns. At the request of President Nixon. Mr. Luns proposed last Friday that heads of govern- ment formally sign the declaration in Brussels, where Mr Nixon stops on his way to Mnsonw Canadian officials imme- diately expressed doubt that Mr. Trudeau would attend, be- cause of the pressure of the election campaign. But it also has been learned that the gov- ernment did not want the Brussels ceremony to detract from the Ottawa meeting. The main element of the Landlords can't remove vote signs WINNIPEG Landlords may not remove political signs from windows or balconies of their tenants" apartments unless there is provision in the lenacy agreement for such removal. Thr statement came in the of a landlord tenant dispute Jast week in which a landlord threatened to use ladders jf necessary lo Jake down political signs displayed on 1he balconies of his tenants' apartments Manitoba Consumer Affairs Minister Ian TurnbulJ said ihe Jenanl has Ihe right to display signs on or in his rented premises provided 1he signs cause no damage to ihe premises and prescnl no physical hazard called the declaration on Atlantic the call for alliance consultation, which is supposed to be an integral part of NATO anyway. But Mr. Kissinger said that the United States and other members still have the right to take military measures on their own in an emergency, as Washington did during the Middle East war last October. He said, however, that Washington will "meticulous- ly implement the principle of consultation." European NATO members complained last fall that the United States had not con- sulted the alliance when it put its forces on alert. After the close of the NATO conference and a farewell lunch, Mr. Sharp met Italian Foreign Minister Aldo Moro and British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan, representa- tive of the other Com- monwealth NATO member. While most of the ministers quickly left Ottawa for home, some planned a longer Cana- dian stay. Mr. Moro was to visit Toronto and Sudbury, while Portuguese Foreign Minister Mario Scares was staying in Ottawa until Friday RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind Bay, B.C., 50 miles east of Kamloops on Trans Canada Please mail me a free brochure. NAME ADDRESS PHONE LH Zenith's new Directional Hearing Aid. 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