Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Even old comrades departing 80-year-old president pursues ruthless purge By CY FOX Canadian Press Staff Writer The relentless campaign by 80 year old President Tito against dissident elements within the Yugoslav Communist party seems to be reaching a crucial stage now that a num- ber of top level personalities are stepping aside. Among the latest officials to quit their positions, voluntarily or otherwise, have been the party secretary, the foreign minister and, perhaps most no- table of all, Koca Popovic, a veteran Communist and for years one of Tito's closest aides. Tito and the 64-year-old Po- povic were comrades in arms during the Second World War fight of the Yugoslav partisans against the Nazi troops then oc- cupying their country. The resignation of such per- sonalities as Popovic, who had retained a post in the state presidency, indicates the extent of the present purge. Tito declares that he must tighten party discipline and fight what he considers an in- sidious drift by Yugoslavia into a condition of decadence domi- nated by profiteers. There also is the fact that Yugoslavia Is a multi-racial state, with the antagonisms of Croats and Serbs prominent among the tension which con- stantly threaten the country's federally-organized unity. The allegations made against the dissidents have included the charge of excessive indulgence in local nationalism, with Serb and Croat loyalties seen as a special menace to the tenuous degree of national unity achieved since 1945. Beyond all that, Tito sees a decided threat in the activities of so-called "anrcho liberals" and he may also sense, rightly or wrongly, a conspiracy against himself on the part of those who publicly dispute his policies. The president has had harsh things to say as well about the press in the national capital of Belgrade, which he contends has teen feeding its readers material inspired by foreign plotters seeking to undermine Yugoslavia. As millions of tourists have discovered in recent years, Yu- goslavia, with its expanding re- sort facilities and such metro- politan centres as Belgrade, shares many of the at-least-su- perficial attributes of a capital- ist r a t h e r than a Communist society. FEAHS LIBERAL IDEAS Tito is seemingly worried that his country may tumble totally into a Western scheme of Japan to aid re-construction New York Times Service TOKYO Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira has told a special envoy from South Viet- nam, Pham Dang Lan, that Ja- pan would contribute heavily to the postwar economic recon- struction of Indochina. Japanese officials said, how- ever, that Ohira had not pledged Japan to a specific amount, and did not go into de- tail about when and how it would be extended. They said that speculation in Washington and Southeast Asia that Japan was prepared to give between 1 Banks agree on money loan, to Greek govt. TORONTO (CP) A con- sortium of 10 banks, three of them Canadian, have agreed to lend million to Greece for major development projects in that country. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto Dominion Bank and Bank of Montreal (Bahamas and Caribbean) Ltd. are members of the group. The 10-year loan is being made to the central bank of Greece. EGG MONEY PRAGUE (AP) A Czecho- slovak housewife set a steel trap for the polecat she thought was stealing eggs from her hen- house. The trap caught the thief, who turned out to be her husband. He confesed he had been stealing the eggs to pay for his drinking. billion and 2 billion was prema- ture and incorrect. Lam, who is Saigon's chief delegate to the Paris peace talks, was sent here by Pres- ident Nguyen Van Thieu to counter criticism directed at South Vietnam for objecting to the nine-point peace plan devel- oped by Hanoi and Washington. Japanese officials said Lam told Ohira Saigon could noi agree to the peace plan be- cause it gave no assurance North Vietnamese forces would be withdrawn from South Viet- nam and because the proposed tripartite "government of re- conciliation" including com- munists, neutralists and Thieu's government would take over the executve authority of Thieu's administration. Lam later met brbfly with Premier Kakuet Tanaka and Rave him a personal letter f'rom Thieu. Although it was not made public, Japanese officials said it made the same points that Lam had made with Ohira. A g o v e r n mcnt spokesman said that Ohira had "under- stood" Lam's objections, an ex- pression that in the Japanese language is but does not mean approval or accept- ance. Ohrra was said to have expressed Japan's hope for an early negotiated peace. Japanese officials said Lam had raised the question of eco- nomic reconstruction during his meeting with Ohira. They said that while Japan was commit- rcd to helping with money and technical aid, a concrete plan would have to wait until they had seen tho shape of the peace in Vietnam. LIKE FATHER Another show-biz family now li two generations in tho limoliglit, this time tho O'Noa Talum, 9, is making her film debut in tho upcoming "Pap playing o Southern orphan who becomes tho co federate of a con man ptayod by daddy Ryan, icr :on- .hings and that the loosening of Communist discipline might eventually mean the collapse of :he country's fragile unity. Thus Tito today is a rebel against powerful trends that lave taken hold in Yugoslavia Because of its exposure to Western ideas just as, 25 years ago, he rebelled against subservience to the chillingly- austere dictates of Stalinism. His latest assertion of author- ity will probably prove worri- some to Western countries, which now have a big aid-and- inveslment stake in Yugoslavia. And the Russians, with whom the president has become re- conciled in the last few years, might feel troubled as well as jratified by the anti-liberal crackdown mair.ly because Tne surges have left at large so many embittered and therefore dangerous opponents of the present Yugoslav regime. Wednesday, November 8, 1972 THE IETHBR1DGE HrRALD 45 MAJOR PORT, OF THE FUTURE? The Newfoundland city of Corner Brook Is working away from a dependence of newsprint markets and hope I to become the provlnce'i ma- jor entry port for freight. Photo shows part of city of with, the Bowater pulp and paper mill In fore- ground. 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