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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 20; high Thursday 30s. The Lethbndge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 1975 VOL. LXV No. 297 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 FOUR SECTIONS 54 PAGES Canada Viet truce team decision on conference' WASHINGTON CAP) Can- ada 'will hold up its decision on joining a Vietnam ceaseiire su- pervisory commission until it learns the results at an inter- national conference that won't convene for 30 days after the fighting stops, a diplomatic source said Tuesday. The Canadian position could put a crimp in United States planning since U.S. presidential adviser Henry Kissinger wants a supervisory apparatus in place when a ceasefire goes into effect. The source, who would not al- low his name nor nationality to be used, said Canada has set several conditions on joining the peacekeeping operation. These conditions include free- dom of mobility for the four- country supervisor" commis- sion, freedom for each member to report its findings as its sees it, and a guarantee that all four parties in the fighting wants Ca- nadian participation. The source, who has intimate knowledge of Canadian diplo- matic policy and is experienced in the past Vietnam peace su- pervisory efforts, said the con- ditions result from lessons learned by Canada's participa- tion on the International Central Commission with India and Po- land. He described that commis- sion's role dating from the 1954 Geneva conference as a fnrce and said Canada will not serve on the new body unless it is as- sured the system will work. The source said Canada will serve in an interim capacity be- tween the time of n ceasefire and the determininations of the international conference, using the current Canadia ICC team of 19 members. The source in- dicated more men could be added, perhaps as many as 300. In the ICC experience, the source said, Canada felt ham- pered because it could not re- port its findings unless the other members, Poland India, also This meant if a Ca- nadian saw a violation he could not report it unless both India and Poland also were witnesses. In addition, there was no one to report to beyond the involved parties, leaving the ICC telling the violater of its violation. He said Canada has no infor- mation on the status of the U.S.-North Vietnamese peace talks in Paris other than some details concerning the peace- keeping operation. And even here the United States has not been able to give Ottawa all the assurances it wants because tha negotiations are still in prog- ress. It is not known if the other proposed commission mem- Indonesia and Hungary share Canada's con- cern or have set down similar conditions. Complications in Euromart By CY FOX Canalian Press Staff Writer The complications of trying to work out a multi- national policy for dealing with major economic prob- lems are vividly illustrated in the newly concluded plan for action against inflation by member states of the European Common Market. More particularly, the plan and the talks which brought it into existence point up the difficulties faced In the mailer of organizing concerted economic action by the Common Market, especially in the enlarged form it will assume Jan. 1. On lhat date, Britain, which has been suffering from a widely publicized inflation problem, will be joining the Market, part of a growth process talcing membership of the Market to nine states from the pres- ent six. Thus it was all the more appropriate that repre- sentatives of the current Market states, with spokes- men for the three prospective members lending their broad approval, should have dealt with inflation at the latest high-level Market meeting. Out of the sessions came an anti-inflation resolution providing, among other things, thai members should try to keep price Increases down lo four per cent. There were also statements such as the once citing moderation of the nominal growth of incomes and rev- enue from capital as essential for slowing down price increases. But spread through the resolution are clauses de- signed to allow individual countries to adopt the pol- icies they feel suitable for themselves in their individu- al situations. In fact one Market official was quoted as terming the over-all conference merely "much ado about noth- ing." Moreover, France opposed anti-inflailon tariff cuts on grounds that they would be useless in curbing the rise in industrial costs and would only weaken the Common Market's negotiating position in coming world trade talks. Tiie anti-inflation plan agreed on at Luxembourg did make concessions lo the particular needs of indiv- idual countries. But Britain made it clear that, while it agreed with (lie plan's ultimate objectives, it in no way felt bound to carry out any part of the package not in its best national interest. For one tlu'ng, the foiir-per-cenl limit on consumer price increases may seem too ambitious for the British, faced as they are with chronic troubles in organizing a common domestic attack by government, unions and business on inflation. The Luxembourg plan is the first anti-inflation step to be taken in this joint form by the Common Market. But even Dr. Sicco Mansholt, president of the Market's executive commission, conceded that the de- cisions as a whole were not enough to constitute a really vigorous assault on the inflation problem. Fire department is in jeopardy V RED DEER (CP) Can 43 firemen in a small Central Alberta city obtain wage parity with their counterparts in the large urban centres of Edmonton and Calgary? They can and they arc. The firefighters here have a new wage scale, which one of Ihcir spokesmen says provides salaries only about five per cent under what is being paid in Ihe province's two largest cities. Earlier this fall, a three man arbitration board granted the firemen an increase which the city said totalled 4.1.7 per cent. The firefighters' union says the increase aclually only .17 per cent. At any rale, come July 1974, first-class firefighters in Red Deer will be earning a month. For comparison, first-class firemen in Edmonton earn a month unlil their contract expires in mid- while in Calgary the rale is throughout next year. The problem now faced by Red Deer city council is how to pay the wages. "The award is such that we just don't feel we can afford the ultimate says Mayor R. E. Barrett. Council lias scheduled a meeting for Dec. 4 lo dis- cuss modifying Ihe imiracl of Ihe contract. Possibilities to bo discussed arc mincing the size of the force, tak- ing on some community volunteers or contracting out the cily's firo department, chores. Mayor Barrel! says thai not only docs Ihe arbitra- tion board award tack on another to the depart- ment's budget this year, if puts Ihe cily in a poor position with oilier city unions. Tho cily has not ralificd Ihe award yet, hut tho only way it can get relief from Ibc ruling is by asking the labor minislcr lo havo Iho arbitration board review I ho case. Or, it could move in the courts to have tho quashed. Talk of reducing Ihe force, or other measures, nro designed lo frifihlen tho firemen, says Merle Schncc, cecrctnry-l.reasurcr ot Alberta Firefighter's Association. NIXON ON PEACE TALKS: RUSSIAN WEAPON APPEARS IN BEIFAST-A Brhlsh Army officer displays a Russian- made rocket launcher and its shell Tuesday during a news conference, in Belfast. An army spokesman said the weapon was recovered when three terrorists abandoned a car in tondonderry, leaving it behind. It is bslieved to be of the type used in numerous attacks along the border between Eire and Northern Ireland and in the Belfast area, (he spokesman said. High wind Ulster violence knocks out escalates again power line Twenty-six families in the McNally district, about three miles southeast of the city, were without clccfricily for about five hours, early this morning. A Calgary power official said the shortage was caused when a tree, knocked over by 60 mph winds, snapped a ru- ral service power line south- east of the city shortly after 1 a.m. A minor grass fire was touch- ed off by the broken power line as it grounded. One Lethbridge city fire department truck, a crew of four firefighters and about 10 district volunteers ex- tinguished the wind-fanned fire in about two hours. The weatherman says a com- bination of a low pressure area in Northern Albi'rtn and an area of high pressure over Brit- ish Columbia produced the strong westerly winds over- night. The winds will drop but so will the temperature. Friday is cxpeded lo he colder with light snow flurries in Ihe early morning. 'Lot's son. Popln to Washington. Stanfiatcf to China, Lowi's to Moscow nnrl Trudoau to From AP-REUTER DUBLIN (CP) Police ar- rested dozens of supporters of the outlawed Irish Republican Army and its British-bora leader Sean MacStiofain, who lay critically ill in an army hos- pital today after breaking his 11-day fast with sips of water and tea. Anti-IRA bill headed for defeat DUBLIN (Ranter) Prime Minister Jack Lynch's tough proposals for legislation against the outlawed Irish Republican Army appeared headed for de- feat in their present form when they go before Ihe Irish parlia- ment today. This became clear after an announcement by the major op- position party, Fine Gael, that Ihcir members would oppose the bill as it now stands. The other opposition party, the Labor party, also is ex- pected to vote against Ihe bill, which puts the onus of proof on a person accused of being a member of an illegal organ- ization. Political sources also said lhat some members of Lynch's Fianna Fail party would voto against the measures. Lynch's parly has a majority of one. But political observers believe a milder form of Ihe bill could be passed if Lynch ngrccd lo certain measures, such as sel- ling nn expiralion dale for the law. A spokesman for Fine Gael called tho measures "unneces- sary, excessive and repugnant lo basic principles of justice and liberty and long-established basic rifihls of citizens." The proposals would allow n court lo find a person guilly of being a member of an illegal organization on fhe word of n senior polido officer. MacStiofain's wife Marie, allowed to visit him, said the leader of the Provisional wing of the IRA had suffered a heart attack. The Irish republican govern- ment continued its strong line against IRA violence. It ordered troops to the border with North- ern Ireland after guerrillas staged 10 attacks on police and army posts across the British province, deploying Russian- made rockets for the first time. Some of the attacks came from the republic. Tuesday's escalation of IRA violence in the North claimed five soldiers, a police constable and two suspected IRA men blown up by their own the total in three years of communal strife to 645. At least 12 British sol- diers were wounded in mine and rocket attacks. The Associated Press re- ported that arrival of the Rus- sian-made rockets is likely to bring quick action by Britain on the diplomatic front. The AP said thai military sources be- lieve Ihe launchers and shells could only have reached Ireland with official Soviet connivance, whether or no! they came directly from the Soviet Union. More protests were expected tonight when the Dail (parlia- ment) debates a bill designed to jail IRA members. 'No compromises Liquor prices rising EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta Liquor Control Board to- day announced that the price of liquor, wine and beer will be increased Jan. 2. "The increases will bring Al- berta prices closer in line with those in other provinces and re- sulted from increased distillers' prices in the past few months and requests over past years by brewers for higher the board said in a prepared statement. It pointed out that this will be the first increase in board mark-up prices on liquor since 1966 and that the price of wine will still be lower than it was in 1962. The price of draught beer will not. be affected. Canadian liquor will increase in price by 40 to 50 cents for a 25-ounce bottle while import- ed liquor, except for scotch, will increase by 15 to 30 cents a bottle. Canadian wine will increase by 15 to 35 cents 20 cents to a bottle. Liquors will be up by 20 to 45 cents a bottle, a bottle and imported wine by A five-cent refundable deposit will be charged in addition to the higher prices, in accordance with new pollution-control laws. Bottled domestic beer will in- crease to a dozen from while low-alcohol and malt li- quor "increases proportionate- ly." the board said. "Alberta brewers, who have been seeking a price increase for their product for three years, will receive an additional 15 cents per dozen and will as- sume the warehousing respon- sibilities of all beer as soon as possible." Fire blamed for crash ner WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon is expected to advise the South Vietnamese today that no further compromises are in store on the tentative ceasefire agreement reached with the North Vietnamese in Paris. Nixon and his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, were to meet at the White House at 1 p.m. MST, with a special representative of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu. Earlier this week, one official said the meeting with special emissary Nguyen Phu Due "could very well mean Nixon has decided it is time to tell the score" to the Saigon govern- ment. Underrying the importance o{ today's meeting was the pres- ence of Kissinger and his top aide, Alexander Haig. South Vietnamese ambassador Tran Kim Phuong also was in- vited. Some U.S. officials have said the current break in the talks between Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotiator Le Due Tho was intended by Kissinger to point out to .the South Viet- namese that no more con- cessions could be granted in the Paris talks. WANT FIRM PLEDGE With varying degrees of in- tensity, Thieu and his aides have objected to the absence of any firm pledge for withdrawal of North Vietnamese troops from the South. Kissinger was said earlier to believe the North Vietnamese were adamant in their refusal to agree formally to a troop withdrawal. Kissinger is to resume the se- cret peace talks with the North Vietnamese in Paris Monday. Another potential snag in any ceasefire agreement arose when Canada decided not to commit itself in advance to serve on a commission to police the pros- pective ceasefire. In Saigon, meanwhile, For- MOSCOW (AP) An engine fire during the first critical 400 feet of climb after takeoff ap- peared to have caused the Ja- pan Air Lines DC-8 to crash and burn at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, airline officials said to- day. The death toll n-as pegged by the Japanese embassy at 61 persons who were bound for Tokyo from Copenhagen Tues- right afiv a stopover in Moscow. Sixty badly burned bodies had been counted, a 61st passenger was missing and pre- sumed by officials lo be dead. There were 15 survivors. No Canadians were aboard the plane. A JAL official at the airport said a starboard engine caught fire less than a minute after the DC-8 left a main runway. The plane, struggling for the speed and altitude, plunged to earth before the pilot could radio an alarm. Minoru Kawabata, the JAL station manager at Sheremet- yevo, told The Associated Press: "It is really wrecked be- cause it is burned. Debris is" scattered around and the main parts are burned. The casu- alties were caused by fire. Iden- tification will be very difficult." eign Minister Tran Van Lam rvrvir of Due's meeting today Uf 1 program being planned Land use hearings lime set CALGARY (CP1 Hearings into land use on the eastern slope of the Rodres and in the foothills will begin in March and continue through most of next year, the chairman of the Alberta Environment Conser- vation Authority said Tuesday. Dr. Walter Trost said general briefs are being sought from in- dustry, public groups and in- dividuals concerning use of the 40.000-square-mile region. The hearings, which have yet to get specific dates, would be held in cities and foothills towns to give urban and rural residents equal opportunity. said that there have been some "changes and re- sulting from the Paris talks. Saying many points remain to OTTAWA (CP) Indications be settled, Lam said there is no timetable yet for signing of a ceasefire agreement. Principal among the points to be resolved, he said, is the de- mand by the South Vietnamese for a withdrawal of North Viet- samose troops. Lam became angry when asked about the reports that Nixon would tell Due the south- ern allies have got all they can from the North Vietnamese. "I don't agree with he said. "Totally, I don't agree." Lcm said Ihe moeling bo- fwecn Due and Nixon would be "a common discussion lo co-or- dinate our actions politically." SAIGON (AP) President Nguyen Van Thieu is asking President Nixon to meet with him to discuss face-to-face the problems of achieving a Viet- nam peace settlement, diplo- matic sources said today. No sile for the proposed meet- ing was mentioned. are the 1973 Opportunities for Youth program will be an- nounced before Christmas. OFY officials completed a three-day briefing session today for provincial representatives who will bs administering the new program. Seen and heard About town POLICE Constable Norman Whclpley ham- mering and sawing through a wall at (i a.m. to rescue a local resident's stuck cat Dale Sluckpy crying for snow because his arm is getting sore just waxing his skiis Margaret Cook astounding boyfriend by gelling a 29- hand in just her fourth game of cribbagc. Bangladesh baby arrives in Edmonton Babul is resting comfortably EDMONTON (CP) Tho youngest of eight Bangladesh children who arrived in Canada Mondav was rcsling comfortab- ly in Miscricordin Hospital to- day, recovering from pneumon- ia and malnnlrilion. l-'ighl-mitnth-old Babul was mot hy his adoptive parents Mr. and Mrs. William Watson of Calgary "and Ihe doctors immediately decided ho need- ed hospital care for a bil." Seven months ago, Ihe Wai- sons, who have three children of Ihcir own, Iried lo adopt an- other through Ihe provincial cial services depart menl hnl, said Mr. Wafson, "some guy down there (old us there was a two-year wailing list." 'They wouldn't even check our home to see it we wcro OK because we already have three children. Then we saw an ar- liclc about Ihe Ontario woman who was trying to ar- range lo adopt children from Bangladesh so we called her and she helped us oul." Mr. Walson said Babul would he in hospital until at least next weekend. The Watsons said political sympathies for war-ravaged Bangladesh had nothing to do with Ihcir wanting to adopt a baby from lhat country. "It was jiiFl a question of our wauling anolhcr child and their children needing help. It's that simple." Of the- .seven other children who arrived in Canada hy air Monday, five will remain in Ontario and Iwo will CO to British Columbia. ;