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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 24-THI LiTMiRIDOI HIRALO November Emphasized Mid-East role interest Home speaks for Europe in Kissinger talks appy pair Ronald sits with his sister Rosemary Lawrence of after arriving in Canada Sunday a free man. Lippert was freed by Cuban authorities after serving a third of a 30-year jail sentence in a Cuban jail for attempting to smuggle arms to anti-Castro forces. Lippert had given up hope Ont. Ronald Lippert up all of being released from his Cuban prison after six years of he said on his freedom flight home Sunday morning from Havana. Looking tired and tense at the back of the chartered Air Canada DC-9 and sipping scotch and water plane ran out of Mr. Lippert said he lost hope of his re- lease in after other cases were being and his was repeatedly rejected. Born and baptized a Roman Lippert said he prayed every day during the 10 years for something to hap- pen to bring him home. really thought it would come much sooner and then gave up all hope in When his release did come Saturday at 7 he wasn't certain what was happening. have a in relation to God. They refer to him as El the deaf one. But I kept on Mr Lippert had not at- tended mass for 10 as there is no provision for wor- ship in Cuban prisons. REPLIES CAUTIOUSLY He talked at length during the but spoke slowly and careful about answering some ques- tions and seemingly fearful his statements still could have repercussions. He declined to discuss in any detail his feelings about Cuban prison treatment was just another or the Central Intelligence Agency for whom he was al- leged to be working when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for arms smuggling in 1963. Mr. Lippert said his only conversations in English dur- ing the last 10 years were with Canadian embassy officials who visited him every three or four months. He lost 12 pounds during his and now weighs about 145 pounds. Tanned and in good he said medical and dental at- tention in prison was fair to On the he leafed through a copy of the Cuban Communist party new- spaper he had brought with him and said he had learned to read between the lines to dis- tinguish fact from propaganda in its stories. He talked briefly about the coup in Chile which he had read about in and asked about President Nixon's Watergate problems. He was surprised when told the Watergate-related revela- tions received as much or more publicity In Canada as in Cuba. Mr. Lippert said he has given little thought to his plans beyond the next few which he will spend with his family. NO IMMEDIATE PLANS haven't had time to think. For the I'll live from today until the Canadian government offi- cials have not mentioned help- ing him adjust to life outside and he doesn't feel the government has any obliga- tion to offer such assistance. don't expect He said he often despaired of getting out of prison even though he told relatives who visited him in July and his by that he ex- pected to be home by Christ- mas. Mr. Lippert said his Rosemary Lawrence of Kitch- told him his mother was determined to visit Cuba as a tourist in October or Novem- and hoped to get per- mission to see him. sister said 'She's hell bent on coming. If you don't tell her she's go- ing to come.' She's almost 80 years old. So I wrote her a very few lines saying I'd be home for Christmas. I could never have consented to her coming. I couldn't have stood seeing her there SKIPS BREAKFAST Mr. Lippert passed up the Air Canada breakfast of peached eggs and a fruit dish. He said his breakfasts at the Cuban prison were mainly coffee and powdered milk. Macaroni and spaghetti or rice were served most other meals. and rice put on but the diet is no damn good. I've often been so hungry for I could eat a Lippert ordered a black cof- fee about 45 minutes before landing then dozed as the plane began its descent to To- ronto International Airport. By the time the plane dropped to he was wide and scanned the city of Toronto and the air- port as the landing proceeded. grass is the same. The runways the same. Toronto never he said short- ly before the landing. never did look very but it feels after that black Inquiry set Nov. 19 EDMONTON A public bearing into the es- operation and financial failure of Cosmopolitan Life Assurance Co. and PAP Hokttnfs Ltd. will begin Nov. 19 in Edmon- ton. The to be headed by District Court Judge Roger will also examine whether provincial regulatory agencies properly carried out duties relating to the two com- panies and five related firms. By JOHN ALLAN MAY Christian Sdeace Moaltor LONDON Great Britain spoke for Europe when Sir Alec Douglas-Home conferred with Henry A. Kissinger as the U.S. Secretary of State halted briefly in London on his way back to Washington from Moscow and Tel Aviv. This itself is quite an impor- tant development. The nine countries of the European Community now at last are effectively concerting signifi- cant aspects of their foreign policies. Naturally Sir Alec emphasized Europe's special interest in the Middle Eas' and its readiness to play whatever role is required of it both in future peacekeeping and in the search for a settlement. AGREEMENT There has been some dis- Mexico in period of unrest MEXICO CITY President Luis Echeverria is going to the masses for sup- port of his policies as Mexico goes through a period of inflation and labor unrest with the government accused by private in- dustrialists of encouraging urban guerrillas with its left- wing policies. As foreign diplomats take special precautions against being they receive anonymous leaflets in the mail attacking President Echeverria and accusing him of leading Mexico towards socialism. One such leaflet accused the 51-year-old president of hav- ing associated with Com- munists and we are for the Allendist late Chilean line of Echeverria or we are for Mex- ico and The clash between the re- form-minded government and conservative private industry had long been building up but was brought to a head by an upsurge in urban guerrilla ac- tivity. The crunch came when Don Eugenic Garza a key founder of the Monterrey group which virtually controls Mexican was assassinated in September by guerrillas who tried to kidnap him. President Echeverria flew to Monterrey for the funeral only to hear at the graveside a scathing attack on his policies by a representative of the Monterrey Ricardo Margain Zozaya. Since the assassination of Don of Latin America's richest kidnappings involved the honorary British consul in Anthony Duncan and a millionaire in- dustrialist. The consul was freed after he convinced the kidnappers he had no money. The in- dustrialist was found dead in a car. In his clash with powerful private President Echeverria has been stressing that he has the support of the armed decisive factor in any confrontation or upheaval in Mexico. Saboteur jailed for six months WASHINGTON Political saboteur Donald Segretti was sentenced Mon- day to six months in a minimum-security institution for violating federal laws in the 1972 United States presidential election cam- paign. who was financed by Nixon campaign had pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to three federal misdemeanor counts arising from his activity in last year's Democratic pre- election test in Florida. U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell first sentenced Segretti to serve three years con- secutively but suspended the sentence on the condition that the 8-year-oM California law- yer spend six months in a min- imum-security prison. The judge called it a split sentence on the three mis- demeanor counts. Both the government and Segretti's lawyer had asked postpone- ment of but the Judge said he would not do that. quiet voiced here and in France at the appearance may be that the world's two super- powers now are agreed to carve up the world betweer themselves and to settle between them the differences of lesser powers. 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