Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 LSfHBRlDGE HERAID Tueidoy, Morth 13, 1973 Must live up to Paris agreement Post-war aid to North Vietnam depends on Hanoi co-operation By H. Al'PLE JH. NI-W York Times Service WASHINGTON Tile Wliite Houso will ask Congress to ap- prove post-war aid to North Vietnam only if Hanoi begins living up to its part of the Paris agreement, administration sources said Sunday, Specifically, one placed source said, the administration will go ahead with Hie request only if the reports of North Vietnamese infiltration into the south cease and only if North Vietnamese troops in Laos arc withdrawn. So far, according to Ameri- can officials, Hanoi has met neither these requirements of the cease-fire agreement. NO DECISION No decision on whether to press forward with Ilia contro- versial program will bo made until middle or late May, the Observers feel ICCS force has already failed its task By IIKN'ISY S. BIIAUSHEK Washington Star-News SAIGON A depressing feeling has set in among ob- servers and insiders of the In- ternational Commission of Con- trol and Supervision that the task of the four-nation force al- ready has failed after its first 40 days. The idea that a group divided between the Communist and non-Communist camps could make the cease-fire any more clfc-ctive than the Victcong and the Saigon government wanted it to be was always a doubtful one to experienced observers. "People have been to tliis as a 'peace-keeping' op- one I.C.C.S. official commented, "but that never was right. We can't keep the poace. We're observers, not po- licemen, "The trouble is that we ha- ven't even been able to do much observing or reporting on what is happening." NO CO-OPERATION Or.e reason is that neither the Vietnamese Communists nor President Nguyen Van Thieu's government appear very willing to facilitate the I.C.C.S.'s work. At times each side has ap- peared positively obstructive, although each imputes the problems to the other in re- criminations that might con- tinue as long us the I.C.C.S. exists. Another reason lies within the I.C.C.S. itself. According to informed sources, the Hungarian and Po- lish delegations have been quick to vote for investigations of incidents that reflect ill on Saigon, which the Canadian and Indonesian delegations also are willing to investigate. But complaints by Thieu's government of Communist vio- lations have not led to investi- gations because of Polish and Hungarian obstruction. One source said the chief Ca- nadian delegate, Michel Gau- vin, had complained in an I.C.C.S. meeting of a double standard by the communists. The North Vietnamese ar.d Vieteong have failed to fully staff the posts around the coun- try where all four members of the Four-Party Joint Military Commission Saigon, the Viet- cong, North Vietnam and the United States should have teams. The J.M.S. is supposed to enforce the cease-fire and co-operate with the I.C.C.S. in checking it. The Communists have blamed the South Vietnamese government for this failure. Their team members have been attacked in some places, and the pickup of additional Viet- cong staff members from their guerrilla units has been block- ed by government bombings, they say. Some I.C.C.S. sources suspect that this is primarily an ex- cuse for lack of co-operation that the Communists never in- tended to give anyway. The Saigon government has denied responsibility for ha- rassment of Communist teams. Informed observers suspect, however, that the harassment is officially organized. The government's Saigon ra- dio seemed to point at this by on Feb. 27 that attacks on teams at Hue and Ban Me Thuot were "only the first rath- er strong gusts of wind of whirlwind wliicli Uie Commu- nists, have created" by years of crimes against the South Viet- namese people. Even when the necessary J.M.S. support exists, the Hun garian and Polish delegates have been reluctant to move. sources said. That would be veeks after the deadline for the withdrawal o! all American roops from South Vietnam and he release of all American irisoners of war. Three houses win go-ahead TABER (HNS) Three new >ouses ranging in value from to accounted for nost of the building starts iiere in February. The month's permit- total lagged behind the 283 at the end of February last year. The two month totals this year is Residences are under con- struction by Metz Construction at 5009 62nd Aye for Metz Construction for John Wagner at 4627 51st Ave. for and R and D Construe lion at 4618 50lh Ave. for 000. The post-war aid plan is in considerable trouble on Capitol even before its presenta- :ion. One senator said recently ID thought tii at no more than 10 of his colleagues were prepared .0 support it, and that such senators as Hubert "H.' ihunphrey of Minnesota and George McGovern of South Da- cota, who "once supported it, lately soured on the idea. Nonetheless, the sources said, the administration is prepared to fight hard for aid. One White House staff member said that the president has "a gut commitment to this and is prepared to make a hell of a fight." Whether he docs or not will apparently depend entirely on the North Vietnamese. It is be- lieved that Henry Kissinger, the president's national security adviser, made that point clear to the North Vietnamese lead- ers during his visit to Hanoi last month. "We can't very well ask Con gress to vote money said an official who has given con- siderable thought to the prob- em, "because we'd seem to be trying to buy the freedom of the POWs. We can't ask them ,o vote it to finance a continu- ing war effort in May." DON'T LIKE IDEA "It's not only a question of congress's unwillingness to pay them to fight South Credit cards pioneer dies TORONTO (CP) A funeral service was held today for Isaac Dawson, 89, a Canadian pioneer in credit cards as man- ager of marketing acounting for .Imperial Oil, who died last week. During 40 years with the com- pany, he was responsible for its adoption of credit cards and the original computer system that led to the electronic credit tech- niques of today. He joined Imperial Oil at Winnipeg in 1910. the official continued." We don't like Uie idea much either." Kissinger stated the rationale '.or aid on his return from North Vietnam last month. Without it, ho said, Hanoi's leaders, who have known only guerrilla struggle and war, will DO far less likely to become re- sponsible .participants in a more peaceful world. The administration is pre- pared to allocate, from the mili- tary and foreign-aid budgets, several hundred million dollars a year for aid to North Viet- nam. The subject will first be explored by a joint economic commission, tlie creaticn of which was announced by Ha- noi and Washington last week. Administration experts, in- cluding those at the Pentagon and the state department, are uncertain whether North Viet- nam will inest the two condi- tions. A few of them believe that a straggle is now taking place within the North Viet- namese leadership on this ques- tion. To American policymakers he question Is crucial because they believe that the Saigon government's chances for sur- vival would be gravely un- dermined by infiltration and be- cause they think that the cease- fire in Laos can work only if :he North Vietnamese pull out. Costly error TELAVIV (AP) Pre- mier Golda Meir was speak- ing recently by telephone in Jerusalem to her ambassa- dor in Washington about an article appearing In an American paper. "Which newspaper was It asked Yitzhak Benin. Before Mrs. Meir could reply, a third voice inter- jected: "In the Washington Post." The ministry of commu- nications confirmed today that two international tele- phone operators in Tel Aviv were fired for eavesdropp- ing. Kissinger praised by WASHINGTON (AP) Sene- tor Hubert H. Humphrey (Dem said -Sunday- if he had been elected president in 1968 he would have hired Henry Kis- singer as his foreign policy ad- same job Kissinger now holds with President Nixon. Kissinger joined Nixon's staf: several months after the Re. publican nominee barely de Humphrey for the presi dency. Talking with reporters after White House religious services llrmphrey disclosed that ever be've the election he had called Kissinger to ask his as sistanco in the transition periot if he won. 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