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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, May S, 1973 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Peace team tries to outgrow paper kitten image Im i i i ______L ______ri: _.t- i Stuck in tree Firefighters sawed and chiseled gingerly around Jean Wnitworih's arm at a Cincinnati park after the 11- year o'd girl put her arm into a hole in a tree and couldn't get it cut without help. She wcs freed by the emergency "woodworkers." Amid questions of whether Canadians will stay or go, (lie four-country truce observers team can look back on three months cf frustration, dissension and ineffectiveness. The prospects are painful, if the Canadians stay, including the danger of flying over Viet Cong territory. By KEVIN DOYLE SAIGON (CP) More than three months after its birth, the international peace super- visory force in Vietnam is still struggling to outgrow the image of a paper kitten. Its much sought-after free- dom of movement is being gradually throttled, in one in- stance fatally. Internally, the four-country body is riddled with dissension, leading to of- ten-ludicrous disputes about even the most trivial issues. Maior questions still sur- round the fatal April 7 crash of a peacekeeping helicopter and it is doubtful whether some of these will ever be an- swered. In the malarial region of Due Co, the International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICS; even had trouble evacuating its teams because of the difficulty of ob- taining full Viet Cong clear- ance. Five of the 26 ICCS team sites now stand vacant. In at least two other areas, Ben Het and An Loc, In- donesian delegates say secur- ity and hygiene conditions border on ths intolerable and they are seriously considering withdrawal. The recent ex- plosion of a land mine in the Vet Cong's Ben Het com- pound has heghtened con- cern. VIOLATIONS UNCHECKED Roughly truce viola- tions have taken place during the last three months but only about 200 have been in- vestigated by the ICCS. Of these, about 60 have reached the stage of completed re- ports and the vast majority have not been unanimous. The two-party Joint Mili- tary Commission, the "contin- uing political authority" to which the ICCS reports, has never really begun to function at all. with Saigon and the Viet Cong apparently as far apart as ever on major is- sues. So far. there is little con- crete evidence that any of the ICCS members, Canada. Hun- gary, Indonesia and Poland, are preparing to withdraw completely, although Cana- dian External Affairs Minis- ter Mitchell Sharp said Anril 3 that ''if saw evidence that any of the parties to the peace agreement had broken it. we would be cut imme- diately.'' Despite its dismal record, there is general agreement among observers here that any the word must be used which the ecmnihsion has en- jcyed has been due largely to the efforts of the 290-man Ca- nadian delegation and its policy.' FIGHTING COOLfl) Its main achievements so far appear to be negative ones: the commission has avoided falling into the ob- scurity and futility of the old Internatioral Control Commis- sion (ICC) in Indochina a-nd its presence may have de- terred the Viet Cong and Sai- gon from even more truce violations. The main reason for this, most observers believe, has been a successful attemot by Canada's ICS Ambassador Michel Gauvin and Maj.-Gen. Duncan McAlpine, Canadian military commander, to make public their policies, and to disclose the obstacles faced by the commission and the more glaring infractions of the truce. One deeply-concerned ICCS delegate commented recently: ''It was probably a hell of a mistake for Canada to get in- volved here in the first place but nobody can deny that its delegation has made the best of a bad situation.'' Canadians themselves seem to feel they have made some headway in exposing the massive difficulties stand- ing in the way of a lasting po- litical settlement in Vietnam. Th.3 "open-mouth policy'' may also have been in- strumental in making known what appears, even to the most sympathetic observer, as sometimes infuriating cb- s'ructionism on the part of the Poles and Hungarians in their efforts to block charges against the Viet Cong. UNDERPINS EVIDENCE In addition, the Canadians and Indonesians, by forcing some investigations, can sometimes provide the side "sirned against" with firm cviderce cf a truce violation which can, in turn, be made public. But even the Canadians readily admit that most cf these are peripheral achieve- ments, unrelated to the stated purpose of ths ICCS: to in- vestigate and report on all violations of the truce. Huge and unyielding ob- stacles stand in the way of i eny real progress. Perhaps the mcst imDortant is a basic distrust of tha ICCS, accord- ing to knowledgeable sources, on the part of the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government The PRG, these sources snj. fears that the commis- the Canadians trd nothing more than an extension of imperialism. The fear is expressed in many ways, the mcst obvious being the PRG's reluctance to allow peace-obssrving helicop- ters to fly over its territory and its attacks on what its members say is Gauvin's bias in favor of the Saigon regime. VIET CONG GUILTY It is generally assumed the Viet Cong are resporsible for shoaling down ICCS heli- copter April 7, killing all nine persons aboard. It is also fairly certain they opened fire on other commission helicop- ters near Quar.g Tri May 2 and in the Mekong Delta Sun- day. The Viet Cong's reluctance to grant overflight permission to the ICCS aircraft appar- ently springs from their con- cern that these might be used for spying purposes, a fear likely to be fueled by the knowledge that the helicopter shot down April 7 had made a ISO-degree turn off a carefully pre-arranged route and de- nearly 15 miles. The American pilots had been thoroughly briefed on the route and had Viet Cong na- vigators on board. Old autos auctioned FARMINGTON, Mich. (AP) A 1951 English Daimler which went for and a 1935 Ford "owned by an old maid who didn't drive it much'' were Canaan also paid for a 1953 Bentley. One of Detroit's mistakes, however, proved at the auction it still retains its original mys- two of the autos auctioned off I tique, despite the growing num- here before a crowd of I ber of collectors attracted to it. about 450. One bidder handed over v it c H. -n for a 1958 lowest Less than half of the 70 cars id d put up tor aucuon actually were r sold, with 45 remaining -with their owners. Among the autos which didn't get new homes was a 1961 Rolls-Royce, on which a minimum bid of FIGURES RELEASED OTTAWA (CP) Statistics was set. The paid for the Daim- ler by Dick Canaan of Pontiac was the top offering. "Ths Daimler looked so good and went so cheap." Canaan said. "Ive been to auctions be- fore and seen cars like that go for Canada recently released fig- ures en the number and wages of federal workers for the year from September, 1971 to Sep- tember, 1972. The number of civil servants increased in that j ear by six per But in the same period their pay increased from mil- lion to S184.9 million, an in- 1 crease of 19.4 per cent. RCMP best police unit in BANFF (CP) The RCMP has became "probably the bast police force in the dar- ing the lest 100 yeais. says KCMP Commissioner Vf. L. Hisgitt. And in the next 100 years, j force will get, "much, much better.'1 Commissioner Higgitt made his assessment and predictions during a special HCMP week- end that was part of celebra- tions for the forees's 100th an- niversary. He said the most remarkable thing about the force is that it "has the widest jurisdiction of any police operation I know of, both in terms of area and in types of poking activities.'1 It recruits about 800 n e w members annually to maintain the uniformed and non-uniformed personnel. "Today we're getting the best quality of recruits we've ever seen and wa have no difficulty in finding interested people." Major changes in the force in the next few years would in- volve "keeping up with the sci- entific age'' through such ad- vancements as computer stcr- ?ge fcr criminal and other rec- ords. sart of thing is going to explode in tha next 20 years.'' The force's centennial cele- brations are getting good sup- port from outside and inside the force, he said. 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