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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Canadians aim to speed Vietnam inspections Wednesday, May 16, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 91 By KEVIN DOYLE XUAN LOG, Vietnam (CP) A Vietnamese youth of about 18 lies stretched under a fragrant banana tree ia South Vietnam's lush Mekong Delta, his AK-47 fully-auto- matic rifle within easy reach. A flight of flamboyantly-col- ored tropical birds .swoops gaily and ageless peasant women chop with their hoes at the rich, yielding earth. In this idyllic, timeless set- ting, you have to kneel beside him, see the dark red clot of blood just behind his right ear and catch the faint, rising stench to believe he has been dead for several hours, an- other victim of the much- vaunted Vietnam peace. "Who is he" asks Capt. Ian Patten of Toronto, a field officer with the Canadian con- tingent in the International Commission for Control and Supervision "A VC (Viet re- plies the ranking South Viet- namese officer in the area; "no documents, just his gun, sir, Chinese, sir." A blue-uniformed national police sergeant places a well- aimed kick in the ribs of the rigid body. Soldiers shot About 20 miles .west of the Kiem Tarn incident, Patten, Capt. Fletcher Thomson of Ot- fellow officer at the ICCS Xuan Loc field post- two Indonesians, a trailing re- porter and an army photogra- pher trudge through swamp and tropical forest to a stag- nant ditch, colored by a pool of blood. A few minutes later, they open the doors of a rickety field ambulance and stare at the bullet-riddled bodies of two regular South Vietnamese soldiers, one 19, the other 29. The younger one is awash in blood, ripped from his shoul- der through his crotch to his foot by a blast of automatic- rifle fire. For the Canadians and Indo- nesians, this kind of activity is becoming a fairly regular afternoons work, except that this particular day also saw Patten wade waist-deep into a murky stream to lift a small girl from the cab of an over- turned transport truck. She was duly comforted, shielded from the torrential rain and driven with her father to the nearest police station. Activity grows The outburst of activity by the ICCS at Xuan Loc and most other field posts here is no indication that it has be- come any more effective than when it began three months ago. It does, however, signal an attempt by the Canadians, born out of agonizing frustra- tion, to give some value to their peacekeeping role. Military personnel have de- cided to respond immediately to as many reports of truce violations as possible, rushing to the scene, questioning wit- nesses, taking photographs and examining bodies. Later, representatives from the full commision, Canada, Hungary, Indonesia and Po- Take radio course Edda Williams, the only girl among 13 sfudertfs from Tanzania faking a special course in radio broadcasting at Humber College in Toronto, puts a record on the'turn- table as Zuber Mkali (left) looks on and Emmanuel Makere works controls. In May they ore to return to their country to join the programming staff of Radio Tanzania. Plastic pipe brings end to rope and bucket days REGINA (CP) Farmers in Saskatchewan have installed enough water and sewer pipe to reach from the Pacific to the Atlantic, says Don Lehman of the provincial agriculture de- partment. Mr. Lehman, farmstead equipment supervisor, says more than 25 million feet of in- expensive plastic pipe, the equivalent of miles, ha been sold since the start of th fa m i 1 y farm improvemen branch's water and sewage pro gram in 1960. He said about 60 per cent o the farm homes in the province now have hot and cold water a the turn of a tap compared with 1960 when less than 10 per cent Professors issue plea on auto emission control TORONTO (CP) Six uni- versity professors issued a plea today that the federal govern- ment avoid marching in "lock- step" with United States' legis- lation on auto emmission con- trols and they proposed a new strategy that would "save over billion for Canadians." The group, associated with the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of Toronto, issued a statement saying "new stand- ards need not be introduced ev- ery year to ensure continual emission restrictions." "Because cars last an aver- age of about 10 years, a reduc- tion in permissible new car emission will be felt as a con- tinuing decrease in the total for many years thereafter." The group recommended that new cars sold until 1977 con- form to the present American and Canadian standards, appli- cable in 1973. Cars sold from 1978 to 1982 should conform to the U.S. interim standards and that automobiles sold after 1982 should be even lower in emis- sions, the particular regulations being determined "at some rea- sonable future date." Lead emissions would be re- stricted in 1976 by limiting lead additions to gasoline. The group says it's strategy would save over billion for Canadians from 1973 to 1982 in capital and operating costs, as compared to the American plan, by eliminating the need for emission control catalysts and non-lead fuels. of rural homes had water pres- sure systems. Those were the days of the rope and bucket and hand pump. Because water pipe in Saskat- chewan must be buried a mini- mum cf eight feet for protection from frosf, Mr. Lehman esti- mates more than 15 million cubic yards of earth had to be moved to make trenches. This is significant compared with the average gravel truck which hauls five to seven cubic yards, he said. Pressurized water systems have played a major role in aid- ing agricultural diversification, particularly into livestock pro- duction. There has been a "gradual in- crease in the demand for auto- matic, frost-free livestock wat- erers." A total of were supplied n 1972 bringing the total num- ber of waterers provided since 1960 to During the 12 years, the >ranch has supplied Yost-free yard hydrants, >recast concrete septic tanks and sewage jets, the )ranchs own invention for sew- age disposal. There now are water pressure systems and ewage pumps. Mr. Lehman said the total alue of material supplied dur- ng the last 12 years to farms hrough the branch is more than 817 million. land, are to return to the areas involved and conduct a formal investigation. Previously a request for an investigation would be an- swered only when the four countries unanimously agreed. Pattea says that under the old system it was becoming increasingly difficult to get the Poles and Hungarians to agree to'hold any investiga-- tions, of which so far have been requested by the anti- Communist South Vietnamese. Discounted Li cases where examina- tions were made, he adds, the East European countries would contend that evidence had been fabricated and lies had been told to malign the Viet Cong. "Now we'll invite the Poles and Hungarians to come with us on our preliminary observ- ations but if they refuse, we'll go ourselves. "Then when they argue that the evidence has been planted or distorted, we'll say: 'Look we have pictures taken an hour after the shooting; we f saw the bodies and talked to the people on the spot.' "If we still can't reach unanimous decisions, at least it should be clear that our views carry the greatest weight since our investigation will have been by far the most extensive." Patten and Thomson have no illusions about their effec- tiveness. The greatest hin- drance to their aims is the unwillingness of the Viet Cong, because of its clan- destine nature, to come for- ward and ask for ICCS inves- tigations of ceasefire viola- tions. No co-operation Added to this is the inability of the Viet Cong and South Vi- etnamese to form a function- ing joint military commission to which reports might be made with some hope of ac- tion. The danger in this situa- tion may be that the Cana- dians and Indonesians will unwittingly begin to look like the puppets of the Saigon re- gime. Patten and Thomson often drive for whole afternoons through reputed Viet Cong territory, hoping, usually fruitlessly, that some of the guerrillas will stop them and talk and contact will be estab- lished. Meanwhile, clashes in their area are increasing. More than 198 truce violations were reported in the space of two weeks in April, compared with less than 100 in March, said hefty Patten. "God, there said hefty Patten. "God, there isn't enough time in the day for all we have to do. I'm frustrated but only in the con- ference room. In the field, when I see a young boy shot dead, I think: There must be something we can do." Whether the policy of fast preliminary investigations will make any real improve- ment in the functioning of the ICCS is doubtful. But for at least two Cana- dian officers, it provides a chance to try again and in the isolation of the delta that, in itself, is important. "I'm sorry for your Patten told the South Viet- namese and from their nods and smiles, you guess they knew he meant it. Motorbike brigade They'll do in a pinch, with their smart new tunics, gloves and motorbikes. It's Paris' new police motorbike brigade successor to the old bicycle brigade. sears Save 2" gallon. It's Spring! Bring new life and beauty to your home. It's easy with our finest one coat exterior paints. But hurry! Savings last four days only. 99 tegular Gaf. 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