Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbridae Herald BILL GROENEN photo Dog tired The action Saturday at the dog show and obedience trials in the Exhibition Pavilion was enough to keep spectators interested but not all the performers. While the show goes on, this pooch catches a few winks, seemingly bored with the whole affair. (Results and Photo Page Cox inquiry set today: Nixon faces new battle WASHINGTON (CP) Archibald Cox, fired as special Watergate prosecutor, appears before the Senate judiciary committee today as lead-off witness at hearings into his ouster. Meanwhile, the Nixon administration prepared to appoint a new special prosecutor despite a strong warning that a Nixon ap- pointee would be rejected by Congress. Congress this week will con- sider whether to pass a bill di- recting the courts to name a prosecutor who would be inde- pendent of the White House and not subject to dismissal by the president. More than half of the Senate New Palestinian state rumored by Beirut press BEIRUT (AP) The Beirut newspaper An Nahar says the United States and the Soviet Union have proposed the formation of a Palestinian state along the Jordan River. The newspaper savs the pro- posal also calls for inter- national supervision of the Golan Heights and the water route to southern Israel. The paper says the proposal has been communicated to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt but did not say where it obtained the information. An Nahar gives this outline of the peace plan: would withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank of the Jordan and the Golan Heights, all cap- tured by the Israelis in 1967. of a Palesti- nian state embracing Gaza, the West Bank and the Arab sector of Jerusalem. the Golan Heights and Sharm el Sheikh, which controls the water route to southern Israel and Jordan, under international super- vision. negotiations, direct or through United Na- tions intermediaries, on the question of demilitarized zones in the Sinai, the Golan Heights and the West Bank. has taken the view that the courts and not the president should appoint a successor to Cox, fired by Nixon because he refused to abandon his court battle to seek Watergate-related White House tapes. Cox said in a television interview Sunday he had the impression some people in the White House had been troubl- ed by the direction his investigation was taking. He also supported the move- ment in Congress to appoint a new prosecutor who would not be subject to the restraints Nixon has said he will place on his choice. Cox said the man who suc- ceeds him in investigating political scandals must have his independence and freedom of action guaranteed by an act of Congress. Cox said Sunday the nine presidential tape recordings he sought "were clearly only a first step in seeking a great deal of important evidence from the White House." Senator Edward Kennedy (Dem. a member of the judiciary committee, said he will seek to determine whether Cox believes he was fired because the trail in the Watergate investigation was leading to President Nixon. Bourassa leads opinion polls Quebec election today MONTREAL (CP) Quebecers head to the polls to- day to elect their next provin- cial government after a short and generally quiet campaign by the four main parties seek- ing power in the 110-seat Quebec national assembly. A record eligible voters have 479 candidates to choose from, all but 40 of them representing either the governing Liberals, the Parti Quebecois, the Union Nationale or the Parti Creditiste. Cool but mainly dry weather was forecast for voting day with temperatures ranging from 35 to 40 degrees. Two additional national as- sembly seats have been added by redistribution since the last provincial election, with the redrawing of riding boun- daries giving more weight to the urban vote. Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. The record 479 candidates includes 16 independents and 13 Communists as well as 11 candidates with no listed af- filiation. Public opinion polls held since Premiei Robert Bourassa called the election Sept. 25 have shown his Liberals with a strong lead over the second place Parti Quebecois, led by Rene Leves- que. The polls all showed a large percentage of undecided voters. At dissolution, standings in the national assembly were: Liberals 68; Union Nationale 15; Creditiste 11; Parti Que- becois 7; Independent 2; va- cant 5. After a Saturday night tele- vision and radio news confer- ence in which they all partici- pated, the four party leaders spent Sunday close to their home ridings. Gabriel Loubier, Union Na- tionale leader, told per- sons in his riding of Belle- chasse, southeast of Quebec City, that his party will be "the surprise" of the election. At a rally in Middle lies rid- ing in the Montreal suburb of Laval, Mr. Bourassa told about 400 persons the election is "the most important in the history of Quebec." About 700 supporters gathered for Mr. Levesque's final campaign meeting, held in a church basement in Montreal Dorion where he is running. The Parti Quebecois leader failed to get elected in 1970 when he ran in Montreal Laurier. VOL. LXVI 269 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1973 28 Pages 10 Cents Canadian troops to Middle East? UN seeks Ottawa help OTTAWA (CP) Canada apparently is being asked to fill the same Middle East peacekeeping role it provided in the same area 17 years ago. That is the preliminary interpretation being placed by sources here on United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's request for a Canadian component to his new peace force. AH that was known here and at the UN Sunday night was that Waldheim had asked Can- ada to provide what External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp described as the "logistic component" of the force. Britain may face rationing LONDON (AP) Britain faces the prospect of gasoline rationing by Christmas because of the Middle East war, industry sources said Sunday. They said the government has rationing books stacked in post offices ready for dis- tribution, but so far has preferred to urge the public to cut fuel use voluntarily. Britain relies on the Middle East and North Africa for some 80 per cent of its oil. In an attempt to pressure the United States into stopping arms shipments to Israel, the Arabs have cut their oil production by some 20 per cent from September levels. Britain has about three months of reserve oil supplies on hand, but the industry ex- perts said these reserves will start dwindling soon unless the government orders ration- ing or other conservation measures. ROME (AP) Heating oil and kerosene distributors went on a one-day strike today as Italy felt the nip of autumn frosts. They said that with higher import prices they cannot operate under the existing government-controlled prices. However, a shortage of crude oil from the Middle East did not seem to enter into the strike. Italy's national oil company said supplies of Mideast crude oil are coming in normally. Instead, it was the raised prices of refined products, mostly imported from Rotter- dam, that worried the Italian fuel distributors. Italy's refineries produce only about 75 per cent of the country's fuel needs. In confirming this in a state- ment Sunday night, Mr. Sharp said the request is being given serious and urgent considera- tion and meanwhile, a Cana- dian delegation is at the UN to seek clarification of the re- quest. Mr. Sharp said he hopes the Canadian decision will be made in a short period of time, adding "the situation is urgent." Mr. Sharp said Waldheim asked Canada to provide "the logistic component of the force including in particular air support, transport, com- munications and related logistic facilities." That virtually is the same thing Canada provided to the old United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) that was created with the help of the late prime minister Lester Pearson in 1956. And, like 1856, there is a question today whether Cana- dian front line troops would be acceptable to Egypt. But the Canadian govern- ment is giving every indica- tion of ignoring such political complications and concentrating on whether Canada can usefully provide help to the UN force that, to date, Waldheim has found dif- ficulty manning Mr. Sharp said in his state- ment: "As I have frequently stated both in the House of Commons and outside it, the government's position is that we would be prepared to con- tribute toward creation of such a force provided it is un- der the auspices of the UN, provided our participation is acceptable to all concerned and provided we can play a useful role." Sources here said it would appear that the first two of the Canadian provisos have been UN is sponsoring the force and it is unlikely Wald- heim would invite Canada without first consulting both sides of the Middle East war. If Canada's contribution to UNEF and other peacekeep- ing and observer forces is any indication, there is no ques- tion about the usefulness of the most experience armed force in the world, in terms of peacekeeping. So Canada may only be weighing the usefulness of the entire UN force, with its unhappy Vietnam experience in mind. A special armed forces plane flew to New York Sun- day carrying defence and ex- ternal affairs officials who joined the Canadian United Nations delegation in seeking clarification of Waldheim's request. Mr. Sharp said when the in- formation from this group is received and considered the government will be able to in- form the secretary-general of its decision. Inside Sixteen Claresholm district hunters Sunday chased down and shot two coyotes in a hunt organized by the Claresholm Fish and Game Association. Story and pictures on page 15. Classified........24-27 Comics............13 Comment...........4 District............17 Family.........20, 21 Local News 15, 16 Markets...........23 Sports...........10-12 Theatres............9 TV.................9 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 35. HIGH TUES. 60; MAINLY SUNNY U.S. 'forces'Israel to help trapped army New York Times Service TEL AVIV Israel has agreed to allow the encircled III Corps of the Egyptian Army to be resupplied by truck convoy. The agreement came, ac- cording to well-placed official sources, after the United States told the Israeli govern- ment the Soviet Union had threatened to save the Egyp- tian force, which is surround- ed on the east bank of the Suez Canal. Israeli censors would not allow correspondents to file information on the exact nature of the Soviet threat or details of the Soviet plan. The sources said the United States told Israel that such direct involvement by a great power raised the risk of war between the Soviet Union and the United States. The Israelis reportedly were told it was in their interest to allow food, water and medical supplies to cross through Israeli-held territory on the west bank of the canal en route to the Egyp- tians on the east bank. (A state department spokesman said in Washington he had seen no evidence that the Soviet Union had made such a threat.) Speaking bluntly about how the arrangement to resupply 'Copters downed on Sinai coast THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel reported that its air and ground forces shot down three Egyptian helicopters over the southwest coast of the Sinai peninsula early today. Israel said the air battle did not interrupt the delivery of emergency supplies of food, water and medicine to Egyp- tian troops stranded on the Sinai side of the Suez canal. Egyptian trucks with United Nations drivers were deliver- ing the supplies for the Egyp- tian 3rd Army to the west bank of the canal, an Isrzeli spokesman said, and they were being loaded there on Egyptian barges and boats that were carrying them to the troops trapped on the east bank. The spokesman said the sup- Prisoners could be exchanged TEL AVIV (Reuter) Pns- oners-of-war exchanges ap- peared today to be looming as a hot political issue in Israel that may affect the whole question ot the shaky Middle East ceasefire. The opposition Lidud party has obtained a special debate on the issue in parliament Tuesday and is demanding that Premier Golda Meir fulfil the government's commit- ment to get a prisoner-of-war exchange going as part of the ceasefire agreement. Israel savs it has been pass- ing on lists of about Arab prisoners it holds to the Inter- national Red Cross Com- mittee in Geneva and allowing visits from its represen- tatives But it says Syria and Egypt are ignoring the Geneva convention and not providing the same facilities Mrs Meir has already said she considers the prisoner ex- change as a vital part of the ceasefire arrangement. plies were being ferried from a part of the town of Suez, at the southern end of the canal, that is still controlled by the Egyptians. "It is going slowly because they do not have enough boats, we the spokesman said. The International Red Cross Committee in Geneva an- nounced that Israel was refus- ing to let Red Cross trucks with medical supplies pass through its lines to the Egyp- tian 3rd Army as long as Egypt and Syria refused to supply lists of the Israelis they captured in the war. But this deadlock apparently had no bearing on the other supply operations. The Israelis had hinted ear- lier that Egyptian violations of the ceasefire could en- danger the United Nations supply convoys that Sunday began moving to Egyptian troops and civilians trapped behind the Israeli lines. But the communique reporting the helicopter incident said nothing about suspending the convoys in retaliation. The Israeli command said its jet fighters were sent up to intercept the Egyptian helicopters over an Israeli position a few miles south of the Egyptian 3rd Army. Advance units of the UN peacekeeping force also arriv- ed at Suez and Ismailia and began making arrangements to bring in larger units to police the ceasefire. Of the 600 troops sent to Egypt tem- porarily from the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, the 200 Finnish troops were to be based in Suez, the 200 Swedes at Ismailia, which is at the midpoint of the canal, and the 200 Austrians will re- main in Cairo as a reserve force, a UN spokesman there said. UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim hopes to complete the recruiting of the new Mid- dle East force of men from 10 to 15 countries by Tuesday or Wednesday, a UN spokesman in New York reported. He said the first of these troops should arrive by next weekend. the trapped Egyptians came about, Lt -Gen. David Elazar, the Israeli chief of staff, said in an interview on government television: "We were com- pelled to agree He added: "It was imposed on us to arrange the convoy." A spokesman for the Israeli Command. Col. Nahman Car- ni. announced late Sunday night that the first elements of the 100-truck convoy reached their destination during the day after having been inspected by Israeli forces As they arrived, Carm said, Egyptian guns within the bridgehead held by the III Corps opened fire on Israeli positions on the west bank Israeli positions were also being attacked by small arms fire from Egyptian com- mando units from the III' Corps bridgehead, the com- mand spokesman said The 100 trucks, in groups of 10 and operated by United Nations personnel, were to be directed to the Egyptian troops on the east bank. Carm said the Egyptian officer, Bng.-Gen. Bashir Sherif, ex- pressed puzzlement at the shooting of his troops and said he would take steps to stop it The Israeli officer was Lt.- Gen. Haim Bar-Lev, a former chief of staff The two generals have apparently been named to represent their respective commands in dealings with United Nations forces supervising the cea'-e fire. Ther meeting was the se- cond Israeli-Egyptian contact of the day, and the second since the aftermath of the 1956 Sinai War. Shortly after midnight, a high-ranking Israeli officer and a high-ranking Egyptian officer met under the auspices of United Nations observers to discuss the application of the cease-fire and the arrange- ment for resupplying the III Corps The Israeli military spokesman said that agree- ment had been reached to hold further such meetings, but no time or place had been set. The midnight encounter took place in Israeli-held territory on the Egyptian bank of the canal, at the milestone on the Suez-to-Cairo Highway 63 miles from the Egyptian capital The Israeli representative was Maj.-Gen. Ahraron Yariv, the former chief of military intelligence who enjoys the special con- fidence of Premier Golda Meir. The Israeli spokesman declined to identify the Egyp- tian officer who participated in the first meeting Seen and heard About town BUSINESSMAN Leonard Burbank demonstrating his skill with a pool cue Al Nelson accusing a dieting friend of wearing a girdle Closed circuit radio used in B.C. jail riot NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CP) The director of the British Columbia peniten- tiary says prisoners probably used a close-circuit radio system operated by prisoners to transmit information dur- ing an Oct. 5. riot at the maximum-security in- stitution. Richard Graves said prison authorities suspected it at the time of the riot and their suspicions were confirmed in an unsigned letter to The Columbian newspaper here. The prison director said the radio operators had no microphone during the riot but could have improvised. Mr. Graves said charges contained in letters which were smuggled to the evening newspaper were untrue. He also said there was no need to smuggle letters to the public because any prisoner can write uncensored letters to any Member of Parliament, who can make them public. One of two smuggled letters charged that Mr. Graves ordered cells locked when in- mates decided to go to the recreation yard. Mr. Graves said the charge was incorrect because he was at home at the time and arriv- ed at the B.C. penitentiary' later in the evening after a call from his staff. The letter claimed the cell lock-up led to the riot, which resulted in 44 damaged cells Windows were broken and there were fires in the cells. Mr. Graveds said cells were locked shortly after the distur- bance began not because prisoners refused to go to recreation a right of prisoners but because food trays were not returned and prisoners in two wings began throwing them. Some trays fell five leveis as they chang- ed through the tiers, he said.