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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, September LETHBRIDQE HERALD-31 Cyprus refugee cost staggering NICOSIA Relief ex- perts are battling a host of problems to feed and shelter refugees of the Cyprus war. Food, blankets, beds, plastic jugs to carry water, and bags to hold dead been donated by dozens of countries including the United States, the Soviet Union, China, as well as Greece and Turkey. The government of Cyprus estimates that the refugees' "food and lodging" bill is a day. The United Nations has appealed for million to help the war vic- tims on the island. So far the United States has made the biggest contribution, pledging million, including tents, blankets and other supplies. China has given in medicine, canned food and blankets, and the Soviet Union has sent seed oil, sugar, fish and 'condensed milk. Canada, through the Cana- dian International Develop- ment Agency has sent a cash donation to the International Com- mittee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Red Cross officials say that Red Cross Societies in half a dozen nations have sent 21.5 tons of powdered milk, more than 2 tons of baby food, 150 tons of high-protem food, cots. 20 tons of medical supplies and blankets. A spokesman for the Cana- dian Red Cross says the Cana- dian branch's donation to the refugees to date has been a to- tal of in of which was received from well as blankets valued at Fate of Edmonton family in Cyprus causes concern By JOSEPH MacSWUEN NICOSIA, Cyprus (CP) The fate of a Canadian family trapped by war in the northeast panhandle area of Cyprus is causing increasing distress and it was learned today. Nicolas lonnides of Ed- monton with his wife and four young children were trapped in the isolated village of Rizokarpaso when the in- vading Turkish army captured the northern section of Cyprus in two operations in July and August. The International Red Cross and the United Nations have reported that lonnides is suf- fering from a brain tumor and urgently requires proper medical attention but their ef- forts to get the family out have been repeatedly frustrated The delaying action by the Turkish army commander in Rizokarpaso has not only baf- fled international officials and Canadians here but also ap- parently Turkish-Cypriot leaders in Nicosia. These officials say the lon- nides man and name was earlier given incorrectly as natives of Cyprus but have lived in Can- ada for 20 years lonnides is a long-time Edmonton school teacher. They were visiting their na- tive land on a 45-day air ex- cursion when disaster struck. Officials say there has been no apparent response to at- tempts by the Canadian government to put pressure on the Turkish government at Ankara regarding the lonnides family A United Nations spokesman said today he is at a loss to explain the attitude of some Turkish commanders. In some cases, refugees are allowed to pass through one village but are detained at the next. Agencies had been working actively for 12 days or more for the release of the lonnides family but a Red Cross convoy was turned back twice. On the second occasion the local Turkish commander con- fiscated the vehicles. Rauf Denktash, Cyprus vice-president and head of the Turkish-Cypriot administra- tion here, told this reporter Monday the trouble had been caused by some local fool at Rezokarpaso in defiance of orders from Nicosia. Major Thane Wheeler, Canadian staff officer with the United Nations peacekeeping headquarters here, said there had been no developments since the Red Cross convoy- was stopped. Canada has no permanent diplomatic mission in Cyprus but W. Daniel Gruer, an of- ficial from the Canadian Em- bassy in Tel Aviv, is currently in Nicosia to process Cypnot applications for emigration. Kootenai Indians still plan war BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) The Kootenai Indians are still making plans for a bloodless "war" with the United States while awaiting a bureau of Indian-affairs response to demands for im- mediate treaty negotiations. A bureau spokesman said in Washington the agency's re- sponse will be sent before the 67-member tribe's deadline of midnight tonight. An Indian spokeswoman in the tribe headquarters here said a telegram was received Wednesday from bureau com- missioner Morris Thompson. "But it just said that they had received the resolution and would look into it, it mention- ed no date or anything else." she said. The tribe, which never has had a treaty with the United States and lacks a reserve, plans to set up four roadblocks and begin taxing vehicles, homes and businesses within a 1.6 million-acre area of Idaho and Montana which il says it owns. Legislation granting (he tribe some land in trust has passed the Senate and. the White House said, is likely to pass the House. Thompson was delegated the power by Uie White House Wednesday to deal with Uhe war threat, the bureau spokesman said. "The subslative matters raised by the tribe are not things that you decide in 24 hours." he said. "The only thing that can be expected is that we will initiate action to find solutions to their prob- lems." The spokeswoman said In- dian officials met with local law enforcement and local government officials Wednes- day to discuss war plans. "The main thing is that we want no violence if it's at all possible." she said. "We'd also like the support of the local people. I don't think we had that support at first, but as we explained our aims and the fact that we don't want violence and won't disrupt their daily lives. I think we gained a large part of that support." Gov Cecil Andrus of Idaho said the state will not tolerate law violations that might result from the tribe's demands. In a statement, he said he told tribal spokesman Douglas Wheaton that state lav? violators would be arrested and suggested that the dispute be handled in the courts. TALKS TO COMPUTER ATLANTA