Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, Oetobtr 2, 1974 Death case watched OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen said Tuesday he has not intervened in the case of a Canadian citizen under sentence of death in the U.S.S.R. because the case is still before the courts. Mr. MacEachen told Claude Wagner (PC-St. Hyacinthe) in the Commons that the Soviet lawyer representing David Geldiaschvilli of Montreal wants to appeal the conviction of committing war crimes The Canadian embassy in Moscow was closely following the case. Mr. Geldiaschvilli was con- victed of participation in the murder of more than Jews at Stavropol during the Second World War, plus other mass killings in the Crimea, the Ukraine, White Russia and Poland. He came to Canada in 1949, became a Canadian citizen in 1971 and was arrested in July, 1973, while on a visit to the So- viet Union. Mr. MacEachen said the case is complicated by the fact that, while Mr. Geldiaschvilli is a Canadian citizen, under Soviet law he is regarded as a Soviet citizen because he was born there. Mr. Wagner, Progressive Conservative external affairs critic, said Canadian passports are too easily available to persons sus- pected of war crimes. He said the Canadian government had been told by the Soviet Union that Geldiaschvilli was suspected of war crimes. The U.S.S.R. is reported to have sought his ex- tradition in 1968. Mr. MacEachen also told Stanley Knowles, New Demo- cratic Party House leader, he has been assured that impris- oned Soviet scholar Valentine Moroz is "in normal health." The assurance was made last week at the United Nations by Andrei Gromyko, Soviet foreign minister, Mr. MacEachen said he did not make representations for the release of the writer, but pass- ed on inquiries he had receiv- ed about Mr. Moroz's health. Rural policies branded inadequate OTTAWA (CP) A stronger commitment 10 rural development buttressed with better manpower policies has been urged on the federal government by the Canadian Council on Rural Development. The council, an advisory body to Regional Expansion Minister Don Jamieson, said in its fifth annual report released this week that ex- isting rural policies are inade- quate. The federal government and other agencies should move to discover what the real needs are locally and what in- dustries would benefit most the local residents, the report said. Rather than introducing mass production companies and techniques, small-scale industry should be located in rural regions. And manpower retraining plans should take into account the educational level in rural regions. The council called for new training programs for rural residents, an institute to de- velop management and other techniques for rural business- men, increased efforts by co- operatives in farming and other rural industry and government land-use guides. Migration of people to cities is expensive for Canadian society, the council said. Ex- isting homes and businesses were abandoned in the country and demands were created for new services in cities. Rural people moving into cities generally get lower-pay- ing jobs and pay less taxes than urban residents, the report said. If these economic costs were measured the trend toward concentrating development in urban areas might be slowed. The council said that the Ag- ricultural and Rural Develop- ment Act (ARDA) is a limited program mainly concerned with filling jobs rather than launching an over-all economic development effort based on local needs. 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He was commenting on a Canadian Press story last Thursday which said he is determined to give Canada a strong new activist role on the left wing of international af- fairs. Mr. Trudeau said the story, based on an interview with Ivan Head, the prime minister's special foreign af- fairs adviser, erred in stating there will be any major changes in the approach to international affairs. "I really can't lead Canadians to believe there will be a series of bold new Mr. Trudeau said. The story reported Mr. Head as saying that, with the help of Allan MacEachen as his new external affairs minister, Mr. Trudeau will seek to heighten Canada's world influence by taking a more moralistic approach to international problems. Mr. Head was reported as saying there will be emphasis on programs affecting people where ever they live and on strengthening ties with devel- oping countries. The story also reported Mr. Head as saying that the prime minister is keenly interested in learning more about the ac- tivist left-wing foreign policy of Sweden when Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme visits Canada later this month. Mr. Head was quoted as de- scribing Sweden as "the cutting edge of the active outspoken and and as saying that Canada can be expected to take a similar but not necessarily identical approach in the future. He also was quoted as say- ing one indication -of Mr." Trudeau's concern lay in his choice of Mr. MacEachen to replace Mitchell Sharp as ex- ternal affairs minister. 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