Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Spectre of war hangs over Beirut in Mideast flareup BEIRUT (AP) Tank can- nons pounded high-rise apart- ment buildings today and army- guerrilla fighting spread north of this shell-torn Lebanese capi- tal, as President Suleiman Franjieh viwed he would not tolerate a Palestinian "occupa- tion army" in Lebanon. A group of 500 guerrillas was reported battling massed army troops at a Palestinian Arab refugee camp at Dbaye, five miles north of Beirut. Witnesses said soina of the guerrillas had occupied a monastery near the camp to escape army mortar and tank fire. Attempts to enforce a shaky ceasefire, negotiated before dawn and announced again at neon, appeared unsuccessful. Shots, explosions and the rumble of tank guns resounded through Beirut's tightly-shut- tered business district. A curfew imposed Wednesday night was lifted for two hours to permit citizens to shop for food and other necessities. It was reimposed at 11 a.m. Spokesmen for both sides an- nounced the formation of "joint patrols which toured the areas of the fighting and reinforced the ceasefire." But there were reports that some guerrillas re- fused to heed the ceasefire ap- peals of their leaders. 'THIRD FORCE' Other reports spoke of a "third sniping at both the Lebanese army and the guerrillas from rooftops. Heavy fighting and shell fire clso raged at the Tel Zatar ref- ugee camp in the eastern sector of Beirut, and there were peri- odic bursts of gunfire in the southwest sector near the Cam- ille Chamoun sports stadium. In Wednesday's fighting, the defence ministry reported 12 soldiers were killed and 40 wounded. DISPUTE OVER ARREST The fighting broke out Wednesday in a dispute over the arrest two days earlier of eight bomb-carrying guerrillas. The Palestinians then seized army corporals as hostages for the release of the guerrillas. The hostages were set free late Wednesday, but the govern- ment still holds the guerrillas on charges of carrying prohib- ited weapons. Premier Amin Hafez, in office only a week, met with guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat during the night to work out- the ceasefire. Hafez was quoted as paying he wanted to remove all causes of friction with the guerrillas. The presence of Palestinian guerrillas in the country is not welcomed by a sizable number of business-as-usual, neutralist- minded Lebanese. Israeli newspapers inter- preted the developments as the possible start of a campaign to remove Palestinian guerrilla forces from Lebanon. Premier Amin Hafez and guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat met during the night, and Bei- rut Radio said they agreed to a ceasefire and withdrawal of their troops to positions held prior to the outbreak of fighting Wednesday. The outbreak of fighting Wednesday raised the possi- bility of full-scale war between the army and the guerrillas, whose presence in the country is not welcomed by a sizable number of neutralist-minded Lebanese. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 121 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 36 PAGES Cabinet ministers must show asse Canada willin to accept for new charter Farm payments in the mail OTTAWA (CD Subsidies totalling million to more than grain farmers under the govern- ment's two price wheat program were announced Wednesday by Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat beard. Payments amount to 87 cents an 2.4 cents from the last year up to 640 acres per farmer. Maximum pajmerts u'll be about a farmer; the average will be about The subsidy, goes to western farmers whether they p-ow wlicjt. or not. is based on the num- ber of bushels of wheat sold each year for domestic consumption. That amounfs to about 60 million bushels of wheat, a small r-srt of the annual average harvest of about 500 million bushels. The payments vere first introduced a year ago when the government undertook to compensate farmers for low wheat prices. The subsidy is based on the dif- ference between the former world price of ?l.95'2 a bushel and a bushel for each bushel sold for bread-making in Canada. Farm organize'ioni have repeatedly called on Mr. Lang to make the payments only to wheat fanners, rather than to all western grain farmers on an acreage basis. Mr. Lsng says a questionnaire sent to farmers ask- ing their preference shewed that most wanted the acreaga system. Cheques under the subsidy program were to ba mailed in batches of a day beginning Wednesday. Sure sign of spring It's spring and a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love. An evening walk in Gait Garden was the prescrip- tion for Janet Holmes, 946 21st St. S. and Dennis Davies of Calgary. Warrant issued for presi A Inside 'Let me begin by saying Classified 22-26 Comics........32 Comment 4, 5 District 3, 10, 35 Family.....18, 19 Local News 13, 14 Markets 27, 28 Sports 8, 9 Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather......2 Youth..........20 LOW TONIGHT 40. TIIGIf FRIDAY fi5: SLNNY EDMONTON A war- rant has been issued for the ar- rest of Albert Jasrna, president of Cosmopolitan Life Insurance Co.. Attorney General Merv Leitch told the legislature Wed- nesday. Charges were laid "some tims ago'' against Jasma con- cerning alleged violations of the Alberta Securities Act, the minister said. He added outside the legisla- ture that the warrant bos "nothing to do" with allega- tions by sharcho'ders of Cos- mopolitan and other Alberta- registered companies of a Jo- million share exchange swin- dle. BELIEVED IN B.C. Jasma is believed to be in British Columbia, Mr. Leitch said in the legislature. The minister also said, in re- ply to Grant Notley, N e w Democratic Party leader, that, he met earlier Wednesday with a steering committee of stare- holders from the companies. However, he was not in a posi- tion to grant their request for a judicial inquiry. An inquiry should rat be held where there is a possibility of criminal charges being laid arising from a government in- vestigation, he said. An investi- gation was still under way. The shareholders are from Cosmopolitan, PAP Holdings Ltd., Seaboard Life Assurance Co.. Sioux Holdings Ltd.. and Balmoral Developments Ltd. A team of Edmonton accoun- tants, under the supervision of the RCMP. has spent more than two months examing the books of the firms. Mr. Leitch also has said he is investigating the possibility that the Alberta Securities Commission did not enforce the escrow agreement concern- ing the controlling shares of Columbia Beneficial Holding. TORONTO (CP) Canada will respond "most willingly" to the American call for a new At- lantic nations charter but the basic question remains of where Canada fits in, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said Wednesday night. In his first official response to the Washington proposal voiced last week by Henry Kissinger. Mr. Sharp said "we think v.e have a distinctive contribution to make and we don't want to be polarized around any of the main power centres.'' There had been a "potentially disturbing feature' in the state- ment by Dr. Kissinger. Presi- dent Nixon's foreign policy ad- viser, in that he had identified The United States, Europe and Japan as main power centres. That speech mentioned Canada once. Mr. Sharp, addressing the an- nual dinner of The Canadian Press national news co-oper- ative, said this country can take some comfort from the fact the U.S. is calling on it, Europe to work out a new Atlantic charter. "In that call, I have no hesi- tation in saying that we will re- spond most willingly, the more so because it is within such a framework that Canada will have the best chance of avoid- ing polarization and of achiev- ing the diversity of economic, cultural and political relations that is fundamental to the strengthening of the Canadian identity." That path is the option chosen by the government in its pol- icies on foreign ownership, trade and other matters. Mr. Sharp said. But decisions still must be made on assorted Can- ada-U.S. issues arising almost daily from energy to investment and broadcasting policy. The external affairs minister also repeated to reporters after his address that the government is sticking with its peace-obser- vation role in Vietnam despite Wednesday's episode of further firing on helicopters bearing Ca- nadian and other supervisory personnel. But the government view is that "we will withdraw if there is no improvement" in the con- ditions facing the Canadian con- tingent and "tnere has been no substantial improvement." There are another 30 days to go before the previously-author- ized extension period lapses, Mr. Sharp said. It was essential to stick with ths supervisory role while it ap- peared there was a chance of a Vietnam peace, "but it is hard to be constructive if you're fired on." Mr. Sharp said he feels that The Canadian Press, non-profit co-operative owned by 102 daily newspapers, should step up its foreign correspondents beyond thoEe now maintained in Wash- ington. New York, London, Paris and Brussels. leader predicts will be forced out ST. LOUIS (Reuter) Con- sumer advocate Ralph Nader predicted Wednesday the mush- rooming Watergate bugging af- fair would force President Nixon to resign in two or three months. "In the next two or three months the credibility of his (Nixon's) administration will be down to zero and he will be unable to govern." Nader said. "The president tolerated, con- doned and inspired this subver- sion of the 1972 election through his top appointments to the White House staff, if nothing he said. EDMONTON (CP) mier Peter Lougheed Wednes- day directed all Alberta cabinet ministers to disclose publicly their land holdings and ether business interests. Such disclosures would as- sure public knowledge of any action a minister might take which could conflict with his personal interests, the premier told the legislature. His statement also required senior civil servants whose positions might lead them to conflicts of interest to dis- close their interests to the pre- mier. Such disclosures, for the present, will not be made pub- lic. Mr. Lougheed recalled the case of D'Arcy who resigned as provincial trea- surer cf Ontario last year after it was disclosed that he owned land near Chatham. Ont, which was affected by a government zoning decision. Premier William Davis of On- tario afterwards ordered his ministers to disclose their per- sonal interests. It appeared from assessing the Ontario incident. Mr. Loug- heed said, "that such public dis- closure would significantly re- duce the probability of a min- ister inadvertently making a decision involving a proprie- tary or business interest with which he or she was involved." The premier also said he has concluded it would be desirable if a public statement on dis- closures could be expanded to include senior civil servants. "Unfortunately, this caused some unexpected complications because a number of the pub- lic servants had assumed their positions without any require- ment that public disclosure of personal interests would be a term cf employment." Mr. Lougheed said he is con- cerned about adding a new fac- tor to the employment relation- ship of civil servants with the government. "I am still not satisfied with this situation and so my state- ment today regarding the se- nior public servants must be taken as an interim position pending further discussions af- ter the spring session with se- nior members of the public ser- uce.'1 Tha statement says all cabi- neL ministers must file by July 1. 1973, a statement with the clerk of the legisla'ive assem- bly. It will be open for public inspect: en. The s.element must show a legal description of all land ir Alberta, including minera rights in which the minister or his family (wife and minor chil- dren) have any direct or indi- rect interests. It must show the names of all private companies doing busi- ness in Alberta in which they or their families have a financial interest. It must describe all proprietor- ships or partnerships doing business in Alberta in which they or their families have an interest. Ministers must keep the statement up-to-date. "In addition, ministers shall not own, directly or indirectly, shares in any public company whose business might be mate- rially affcptpd by decisions of the government of Alberta. Ministers had the option, however, cf establishing a trust, provided they have no influence over the investment and man- agement decisions of the fund. Summit Gillespie sees no threat in new Common Market LONDON (CP) Trade Min- ister Alastair Gillespie said to- day Canada dees not see the en- larged Common Market "as a threat but more as an opportun- ity "We intend to go after the op- portunities see in the Com- mon Market very aggres- he said at a news con- ference following a round of talks with Prime Minister Heath and other British minis- ters. He leaves later today for two days of talks in Brussels with Canadian officials and Common Market commission representatives. His talks with Heath, Trade Minister Peter Walker and Ag- riculture Minister Joseph God- ber covered "a wide range of trade matters and transatlantic concerns.'1 His visit was the first by a Canadian cabinet minister since Britain entered the market. Premier William Davis of On- tario and Premier Dave Barrett of British Columbia will make official visits here later this month. But Gillespie rejected as "to- tally wrong" the suggestion of a reporter that this flurry of ac- tivity represented renewed in- terest in British-Canada rela- tions after a period in which the two had "drifted Both countries had bsen pre- occupied with other matters, Gillespie said, but the United Kingdom remains "our most important European our second best customer after the United States." WASHINGTON (Reuter) A summit meeting between Presi- dent Nixon and West European leaders appears likely later this year to seek political ayeement on how to resolve trade and economic differences. Nixon and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt pledged during two days of talks here to work construc- tively for international trade re- form. Brandt, expressing satisfac- tion with Ms discussions with Nixon, afterwards raised the li- kelihood that the president will meet jointly with European leaders on a trip to Europe he plans to make in the fall. Frictions over trade and mon- etary reform have become a dominant factor recently in U.S.-European relations, with the United States pressing for a lowering of barriers to its ex- ports. hite House aides visit chief prosecutor Seen and heard About town T AWYER Laurie M a c- Lcan, after a three-day siding trip, remarking how pleased he is to be back at the work which originally drove him from the office John Jolianson f part ing two an- tiqi'2 wall clocks and tho loudest gongs in Fort Mac- ieod's Pioneer Lodge WASHINGTON (AP) Out- going Whit? House aides II. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlich- iv an today visited Earl Silbert, chief prosecutor in the Water- gate bugging case. has resigned as President, Nixon's chief of staff. Ehrlichman has quit as chief domestic adviser. Both said at the tiino they resigned Monday that they had asked to talk to SilheH. The developments come rerc7ls that the two face ir.diclmsnt for their role in an alleged White House covemp of Uie Watergate wire- Haldrman Wl'i'c House chief of sioff, and Ehrlicl.man. Presi- dent Nixon's chief domestic ad- viser, have resigned. And Wednesday the White House ef- fected a realignment of respon- sibilities. Staff veterans will fill their vacancies temporarily, sources said. Vice-Pros ident Spiro T. Agnew w-as given an expanded role in forming do- mestic policy, the White House announced. Meanwhile Wednesday, flic justice department cited the Nixon campaign for not report- ing a secret cash gift from accused mutual-fund loo- ter Robert L. Vesco. CHARGE DENIED The committee, which could be fined on the alleged cLnicd it broke the law. It also noted that Vesco's money was given back to him after the Securities and Ex- change Commission sued him for siphon.ng S224 million from four overseas mutual funds. The Watergate grand jury hojrd two key witnesses Wednesday. Former Nixon campaign deputy Job Magrudcr appeared for what is thought to be his first testimony since the scandal broke open. And E. Howard con- victed, sentenced and given im- munity from further prose- cution in the brought from his jail ccli in handcuffs for a repaat appearance. Magrudcr is reported to have accused former attorney-gen- eial John N. Mi'chell and ousted White House Counsol John W. Dean HI of helping plan the bugging and later ar- ranging payoffs to cover it up. I n anc'Jier developme.it Wednesday. Egil fBud) Krogh lock sudden leave from his own job as No. 2 man in the deport- ment of transportation. Krogh, "S, had been an aide to Ehrlich- inan at the While House, and was boss of the White House news-leak-plugging team when two of the group allegedly bur- gled the office of psychiatrist who had treated Daniel El's- berg, defendant in the Pentagon papers trial. OTHER DEVELOPMENTS In other Watergate develop- ments Wednesday: George McGovern, last year's Democratic presi- den'ial nominee, said he be- lieves Nixon's denial of in- volvement in the Watergate wiretapping supports his efforts to "restore his bi't resents a reference by Nixon to "campaign abuses on all sides." Washington Post and (he New York Daily News rc- rort that in July. J950, burglars broke in'.o the Manhattan office of Dr. Eugene J. Cohen, who was treating then-Senator John F. Kennedy for Addison's cis- caso. The newspapers quote Co- hen paying a cabinet housing files of patients whose last n.'mcs begin with "K'1 was in total dibarraj. But file was secure, hidden under pseudonym.