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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Forecast high Saturday near The LetKbtidge Herald MARCH 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES LXIV I 7 I Battieweary Storm breaks out over PelUtier book rrv offioo checked the book to their views as well as those wh Saigon may seek peace By JAMES PRINGLE SAIGON Reuters If North Vietnamese troops could fight so ferociously in Laos that Saigons op eration there ended in retreat more than a month Be fore the rainy season what are the prospects for the South Vietnamese forces once the Americans pull out This is the question being asked here as the im plications of the which has ended in dis array begin to reach the South Vietnamese public The bitter sobbing and wailing of women and chil dren at the rows of coffins at the Bien Hoa mili tary cemetery near here Wednesday soon may have an answering echo throughout warweary South Viet nansome observers here believe North Vietnam has emerged as the clear psychological victor front the campaign in no matter how bravely the South Vietnamese fought in unfamiliar territory during the early stages of the Not likely again The apparently precipitate end to the incursion suggests to many observers that Saigon is unlikely ever again to attempt to attack the Ho Chi Minh sup ply network of the North Vietnamese in Next year there would be less American air power and helicopter plus fewer combat troops to cover an operation the size of the Laos Independent military observers here have been surprised to discover that the South Vietnamese army still is fighting a conventional Westernstyle war which has little application against the battletested guerrilla army of Hanoi has always been prepared to accept high casualties that would be unacceptable in a democratic South Vietnams casualties have also been and American advisers on the battlefront in Khe Sanh do not accept President Nixons ex pressed Monday that South Vietnamese soldiers are coming out of Laos with higher confidence and South Vietnamese newspapers do not cover the batUefronts with their own but news travels quickly by the and returning soldiers soon will be recountingtheir experiences hi What thev have to say will not point to an easy military solution to the Elections coming The implications for the countrys internal politi cal scene are still President Nguyen Van Thieu faces presidential elections this year and it is possible the outcome of the Laos incursion may af fect his chances for Some observers here believe it is possible South Vietnams reverses in Laos may shorten the Hanoi has proved it can hold on to its infiltration routes into the South at a time when the Saigon government continues to expand its control throughout South Relying on American helicopters for the Saigon troops in Laos lacked the mobility of the North The speed with which the North Vietnamese under Le Quang regrouped to counterattack the Saigon forces after the thrust into Laos surprised senior American and South Vietnamese Laotian Premier Prince Souvanna Phouma said Tuesday in Vientiane that the side which controls the Ho Chi Minh Trail has the best chance of winning the Indochina Although most observers here do not accept such a categorical few agree with Australian De fence Minister John Gorton who said Tuesday that North Vietnam would never know when a similar raid would Pressures to seek a settlement to a war which seems endless may come from new Last in the ruins of the Khe Sanh a South Vietnamese major told a Heuter news agency correspondent When 1 was a young I commanded a com pany It was a beautiful little town and the people worked on a local coffee Now it has all and where has it got Fpeaking thiough the roar of bombs and the major saw the only apparent answer is an open ing of real dialogue with North Vietnam with a TOW to ending a war which has gone on too long Demilitarized zone heats up From APREUTER SAIGON CP South Vietnam sent reinforce ments to the northern front today amid reports of a buildup of North Vietnamese troops and longrange artillery in the socalled demilitarized zone dividing North and South The command announced 20 American figh terbombers attacked a new North Vietnamese surface to air missile site Thursday in the Laotian panhan dle one mile northwest of the Artillerv duels were reported across the and military sources said the North Vietnamese bad moved longrange artillery into the northern half of the sixmilewide zone for the first The U S command said enemy activity in the Ins 50 per The Saigon government announced that several battalions of fresh troops were flown to the northern front Tian Van chief spokesman for South Vietnamese military said there are now more than Saigon troops in Quang South Vietnams northernmost OTTAWA CP The govern ment was placed on the defen sive Thursday as the Commons opposition attacked publication of State Secretary Gerard Pelle tiers book The October The Conservatives and New Democrats tried to force emer gency debate on subject and Ktew Democrat Leader Douglas called for a royal com mission into last falls Douglas said there were serious discrepancies of fact be tween Pelletiers written account and statements Parliament last October at the height of the FLQ terrorist cri sis in The which ate up most of Thursdays 40minute ques tion was expected to continue Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield said Pelletier shouldnt have published his ac count of events leading up to the War Measures Act when he had been as a cabi net for its invocation Charges had been placed under the Stan field This matter so concerns our constitutional regarding both the Parliament and the that it must be urgently in another mo tion for an emergency said the book called into ques tion the grounds on which Par liament was asked to enact the Public Order Temporary Mea sures Act Douglas said the House should debate immediate repeal of the public order which is to lapse April 30 unless repealed earlier or Speaker Lucien Lamoureax both motions on there would be opportu for debate Prime Minister Trudeau later repeated Ms assurance that the issue of public order soon will be pLced before the Me he bore the brunt of opposition questions as Pelletier sat silently in the row behind Across the former prime minister John Diefenbaker thumbed through the Pelletier marking pas I ensured that someone in office checked the book to determine thai no erroneous facts were stated far as we could Trudeau told I did nothing to prevent pub lication of the He insisted there should be no objection to a minister publish ing his views unlcss they in fringed the concept of cabinet think it is normal for those who want to support pub he order in Canada to express their views as well as those who want to distillb Truneau turned away frivolous Mr Douglass call for a royal He challenged Mr Douglas to point anything in the book that was repugnant to the prin ciples of cabinet solidarity or the oath of He refused to concede Douglass allegation that there were serious discrepancies be tween Mr Pelletiers account of the October events and the gov get big haul Pakistan bans litics as civil war breaks out LONDON AP Masked raiders carrying shotguns am bushed an armored money truck today and police said they escaped in a fast car with It was described as the big gest cash haul in Britain since the Great Train Robbery in Police were puzzled that there weie no marks of forced entry on the yellow security One report said the eightton truck had parked at the side of the highway in the south London suburb of Croydon while its crew spent a Brit ish term for going to a public The said others pounced from a large marooncolored truck and forced its crew at gunpoint to open They bundled 28 green sacks of notes into a red limousine and sped leaving their ma j on truck blocking the A reward of was swiftly posted for their cap Police said at first million was but it was found to be less when finan ciers checked their Detectives it still could be the biggest cash haul since the million sto len in the Great Train i Strom slams door EDMONTON CP Prem ier Harry Strom reiterated Thursday that municipalities will not be given an opportunity to make their views known to the Alberta Legislature about government intentions to place a ceiling on grants to munici He told Dave Russell PC Calgary Victoria Park that the government does not intend to delay or hold public hearings on Bill which would freeze grants to municipalities at million a Russell said outside the house he is at the governments attitude Municipalities now get one third of the royalties from oil and natural which the gov ernment estimates will amount to S170 million in the nest fis cal year which starts April Premier Strom has said the rioney will go for bin municipal spokesmen are unhappy because the reduction in grants will probably force them to increase property TIBETANS ARRIVE An elderly Tibetian looks hap pily into the eyes of a younger countryman In Montreal Thursday when they landed at Dorval airport and the start of a years orientation to Canadian The two were among a group of 16 that took the journey across the Part of the contingent is scheduled to locate in the Lethbridge They are to arrive this Railway bookoff poses problems Peace search stalled UNITED NATIONS Reuter The search for peace in the Middle East was stalled again today with UN envoy Gunnar Jarring heading back to his dip lomatic post in and Is rael and Egypt blaming each other for the A UN announcement said Thursday night that the Swedish ambassador would be in Russ a at least until the latter half of but would return if develop ments Diplomats said privately that while Israel hclds firm in its re fusal to mate a cornmitment to troop withdrawals from occu pied there is little hope of a break in the current Israel and Egypt both are saying the other must make the necessary moves before peace talks could and Egyptian Ambassador M u hammed al HZayyat an nounced he will leave New York later this week because I have nothing more to do Greek premier absent ATHENS AP The ab sence of Premier George Papa dopoulos from Independence Day celebrations aroused new speculation today that he is ill or on the outs with other mem bers of the ruling army Papadopoulos has been consi dered the strongmanleader of the group of colonels who seized power in But he has not been seen in public since 22 NEW DELHI fCP President Aga Mohammed Yahya acting under martial banned all political activity in all of Pakistan and outlawed the Awami League in East where civil war broke Yahya Khan denounced Sheik Mujib lead er of the Awami Legue as a With heavy fight ing Sheik Mujib proclaimed independence for 8 r his eastern BLAMES LEAGUE The Pakistani president said in a bioadcast on Pakistan radio monitored here that the Awami which won an overwhelming majority of seats in the December National As sembly would be com pletely The 54yerold soldierruler who promised to restore Paki stan to civilian said that events in East Pakistan had taken a very serious He blamed Sneik Mujib and his Awami League for the cori stitutional crisis facing the nfe Quoting authoritative reports reaching agency said Yahya Khan had called on the martial law authorities to crush the movement led by Inhisbroadcast Yahya Khan said he remained committed to his previous niCreaSe pledgesfirst made when he took over power from President Ayub Khan March transfer power to the elected representatives of the As soon as the situation per Iflllil iFPllfS take steps lo lUllUs I KIllO achieve this he But the president did not ex plain how he proposed to bring SHEIK RAHMAN branded traitor increase in Waterton rents CALGARY CP Land rents in Banff and Jasper national parks will not be increased April acting western region di rector of the national parks said will not be applied later this The land rental appeal board still is hearing petitions from he and if new rents are applied before the board completes its adjustments will be made at a later What did we do with jny working honey VANCOUVER CP A work stoppage on CP Rail and CNR lines in the Vancouver area continued for the second straight day today and spread to Kamloops in the British Co lumbia There is no sign of anyone going back to work here and men are out in a CP Rail spokesman A spokesman for the CNR said the situation is the same for About 196 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive En gineers in Vancouver booked off as unfit to work starting late A union spokesman said they were pro testing prolonged contract ne gotiations in The firemen and locomotive engineers had been expected to resume work today but the morning hookinpon period with no sign of a re turn HIP wmk stoppage spread to Kamloops where more than 50 firemen and lo comotive engineers started boriing off Thursday A prolonged work stoppage would bring the movement of Prairie grain through comer harbor to a More than 7110 grain cars am in Vancouver freight wailing to to moved to terminal elevators for un loading and another 2 300 grain cars are en route to this west coast poi CP Rail said two of its trans continental passenger trains were cancelled Thursday and other transportation was prov ided to and from Calgary for stranded The CNR was also but supervisory personnel were handbng its transcontinental passenger trains in and out of Vancouver Autopsy slated at Calgary CALGARY CP An autopsy was scheduled today after two persons died Thurs day in what police believe was a City police said the bodies of Roderick and Irma were found in their basement suite in southeast about a civilian government when the Awami League had been I should have taken action against Sheik Mujib Rahman and his collaborators weeks Malis said in a statement but I kept on tolerating one that this doesnt mean increases illegal action after another be cause of my keenness to arrive at a But Sheik Mujib failed to re spond in a constructive man Yahya Khan said in his nu merous talks with Sheik Mujib in Dacca in the last week the Awami League leader kept in sisting on issuing an interim proclamation lifting martial The proclamation he pro posed wasnothing but a the president He knew it would not be worth the paper it was written REAL birthday surprise for Annie Kobinson Thurs 1 itO 1113V VISll day as the city was plunged J into darkness and silence so everyone could listen to the greetings on her 82nd birth day Jill Kotkas rush ing out of a meeting at city hall to answer a ringing tele but being unable to find iSeen and heard About town BELGRADE Reuter President Tito of Yugoslavia is likely to visit the United States and possibly Canada late this reliable sources said here today Faulkner fails to cool hot Ulster From APRcutcr BELFAST CP Prime Minister Brian who successfully wooed a rightwing hardliner and a moderate into his new failed todav to qinol Iho cures in rsorlhern tiebnd lie is attempt ing to An explosion rocked the head quarters of the Un ionist party within minutes of the announcement of a new cab inet Thursday A group of reporters covering the cabinet announcement later found a dnamite bomb dis as a bunch of flowers lying imderncjlh a car near the headquarters The homh later taken Troops and police sealed off part of the city centre after the explosion at the part headquar Damage to the building was reported slight although mam windows were There were no inunics Minutes before the who look office Tues announced sweeping cabi net changes in his drive to cure Ulsters ONLY FIVE STAY Only five members of the pre vious administration retained their jobs in the 12man and the prime minister went uulMde both his prt and par liament for his minister of com munity Political sources said Faulk who also took the home af fairs post in the aroused shock and consterna tion among both rightist and leftist poles of the Northern Ire land political spectrum bv nam ing longlimo ProUstsnt hardli ner Harry West as agriculture I worder if there is prin ciple left in Ulster said extremist evangelist Ian in his third day in handed an olive branch to the hardline forces which brought down his prede James by giving the 52yearold West an important job in agrarian He also gestured to the left by naming David a respected middleloader to tho key job of community relations with quelling historic hatreds between Roman Catho and Ihe mainntj Protes an is a former Labor party member of the British House of Com KEEP POSTS The fne members re taming their were Deputy Prune John Finance Minister Herbert Health Minislii William Fit Education Minister William Long and Deputy Homo Affairs Minister John ;