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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1974 15 Cents 24 Pages Greek elections shaping up despite Cyprus By STEVEN V. ROBERTS New York Times Service ATHENS Elections will almost certainly be held in Greece within the next two months, even if little progress is made toward settling the Cyprus situation. Last week, the cabinet of Premier Constantine Caramanlis approved a basic election law, providing for a single legislature of 300 seats selected through a system of "reinforced proportional representation." The complex procedure gives more power to small parties than a simple majority system, but less than straight proportional voting. This week the government is expected to publish a decree legalizing the Communist par- ty for the first time since 1936, as well as suspending martial law provisions that now hinder public meetings. The election date is still uncertain, but most analysts predict mid- November. Political parties active Political parties have already started to function, however. On Friday, before Foreign Minister George Mavros left for the United Nations, he was elected leaders of the Centre Union Party, the liberal coalition which won Greece's last elec- tion in February, 1964. The decision to call elec- tions represents a change in thinking by Caramanlis, who took office in July after the military government collaps- ed and handed power back to the civilians. Since then the premier has insisted that Cyprus had to be resolved before elections, because only a government of national un- ity, above politics, could deal with the issue. But when Mavros was asked last week if the move toward elections meant that Greece was abandoning Cyprus, he replied that a "government formed in accordance with the will of the people would have greater power to handle the crisis." Several additional factors have influenced the government's decision. At the cabinet meeting last week, Caramanlis said that elections were necessary because the present government was a "transitional" one, and could not embark on "creative programs" without a popular m; idate. Still not democracy Moreover, he asserted, Greece was still not a democracy, and could not re- join such organizations as the Council of Europe and the European Economic Com- munity until elections had beer. held. The resignation last week of Turkish Premier Bulent Ecevit gave Greece some "breathing room" to deal with internal problems, as one of- ficial put it. The Turks are less likely to make any further agressive moves on Cyprus with its government in tur- moil. In addition, there was a growing realization here that the Cyprus issue could drag on indefinitely, and that the Greek people were beginning to demand changes that Caramanlis felt could not be made by a transitional ad- ministration. It is still uncertain when and how the Greek people will be asked to decide on the future of King Constantine, who has been living in exile near Lon- don. The monarchy was fraudulently abolished by the dictatorship, but when con- stitutional rule was restored here, all royal powers were temporarily vested in the president, Gen. Phaidon Gizikis. Rescuers aid children young, homeless survivors of Hurricane Fifi are helped ashore. Kennedy not entering '76 race for president BOSTON (AP) Senator Edward Kennedy said today he will not be a candidate for president or vice-president in 1976. "I will not accept the nomination. I will not accept a he said, adding: "My primary responsibilities are at home." The Massachusetts Democrat said his decision is final and unconditional. Alaska oil pipeline gets top construction priority New York Times Service WASHINGTON The U.S. government has decided to in- voke the defense production act to make sure that construction of the oil pipeline across Alaska does not fall behind schedule this winter, informed sources report. An order signed Friday and to be published this week will give the pipeline consortium, the Aleyska Pipeline Service Co.. priority in obtaining from steel mills certain critical items, such as control valves, temporary housing for work crews, silos for cement and electrical equipment Ford warns Arabs about artificial oil pricing DETROIT (AP) Raising a warning flag for Arab oil producers. President Ford said today: "Sovereign nations cannot allow their policies to be dictated, or their fates decided by ar- tificial rigging and distortion of world commodity markets." In remarks prepared for the ninth annual World Energy Conference here. Ford added: "It is difficult to discuss the energy problem without laps- ing into doomsday language. The danger is clear. It is severe. I am nevertheless op- timistic. The advantages of co-operation are as visible as the dangers of confrontation. And that gives me hope as well as optimism." Ford underscored the strongest language yet used by an American president in discussing the consequences of massive price hikes by oil- producing countries The order was signed by John D. Sawhill, the federal energy administrator, and Leslie W. Bray, director of the office of preparedness of the General Services Ad- ministration. They found that any delay in completion of the pipeline, scheduled for 1977, might jeopardize national defense. One well-placed source said that the government had not previously used the act to assign an industrial procure- ment priority for a non- military purpose. Use of the national defense clause could be justified, the source said, if one considered that the two million barrels of Alaska oil expected to move through the pipeline every day would have reduced the effect of last winter's Arab oil embargo to negligible proportions. The Federal Energy Ad- ministration has estimated that the five-month embargo denied about 2.5 million barrels a day to this country. "I would be unable to make a full committment to a cam- paign for the he said. Kennedy, 42, brother of the late President John Kennedy and the late Senator Robert Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated, said he made the decision after discussing it with his wife. He made the announcement at a news conference. His wife Joan, who has been in rest homes twice in recent months, was at his side. Kennedy said he feels that he would have been able to win the Democratic party nomination if he had decided to seek it. Kennedy said his announce- ment "will permit others who have been interested in gain- ing the nomination the chance for exposure during this cam- paign." "The real question before the people is who's going to come up with some solutions to our economic he said. Asked what effect the Chap- paquiddick incident of 1969 had on his decision, Kennedy said: "This decision would have been made irrespective of the tragedv that happened in 1969. Were I to run, it would have been a factor that would have been raised." Mary Jo Kopechne, a former secretary for Robert Kennedy, was lulled when a car driven by Edward Kennedy went off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island off the Massachusetts coast. Kennedy said "I can live with my testimony" about the Chappaquiddick incident and why there was a delay in reporting the accident and added: "Although 1 regret the incident I would have been able to focus the campaign on other issues." The senator was reminded that he had earlier said he would not make a decision un- til the middle of next year and was asked why he had made his announcement earlier. 'I had set the middle part of next year as the outside time for a he said, "but I always felt in my own mind that when I made a firm deci- sion I would announce it. Dur- ing the course of the summer I made a firm decision. Saying that he would be un- able to give a full com- mitment to the campaign, he stated: "I simply cannot do that to my wife, children and other members of my family." He said he made the an- nouncement now "in order to ease the apprehensions of my family." Fifi toll rises, dead burned SAN PEDRO SULA, Hon- duras (AP) Rescue workers are burning the dead left by Hurricane Fifi in northeast Honduras to prevent out- breaks of disease adding to the toll of one of the worst catastrophes ever in Central American. As refugees began straggl- ing back to their devastated towns and villages and relief supplies started to arrive from abroad, officials said at least bodies had been found. They estimated today that this toll will double when all reports were in. They said the storm, which hit the region with winds of 110 to 130 miles an hour and torrential rains Thursday night, drove persons from their homes, wiped out most of the banana crop and virtually destroyed the towns of Choloma, Omoa and Tru- jillo. Floodwaters turned the rich Ulua River valley from San Pedro Sula to the coast into a lake 20 miles wide at some points. Thousands of persons were reported still stranded on rooftops or in trees, but a shortage of helicopters and fuel delayed their rescue. Col. Ruben Villanueva of the national emergency relief committee said damage from the storm was estimated at billion in the San Pedro Sula region alone. An ex- ecutive of United Brands, one of the two major producers of bananas, the country's chief export, estimated that 90 per cent of the crop was destroyed. President Oswaldo Lopez Arelland Sunday made a new appeal for food, clothes, medi- cine and vaccines. The first planeloads of emergency aid, including a complete field hospital from Cuba, arrived at nearby La Lima airport Sunday. U.S. Air Force C130 transports brought boats, lifejackets, food, drink- ing water and other emergency supplies from the Panama Canal Zone. The U.S. also has sent trucks and helicopters, desperately needed in the search for stranded persons. Mexico sent 10 planes. Costa Rica's minister of health brought a field hospital. Venezuela, El Salvador and Guatemala sent medical aid and rescue workers. Villanueva said Choloma, a town of was 95 per cent destroyed; Omoa, a town of on the coast, was 90 per cent destroyed; and the port of Trujillo, which had people, was totally destroyed. Two offshore and Jose Santos Guar- had not been heard Inside Classified........20-24 Comics............11 Comment...........4 District............15 Family............19 Local Markets...........18 Sports............8-10 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH TUBS. 70; MAINLY SUNNY. from, Villanueva said. He said a third, Roatan, with a popula- tion of was 80 per cent destroyed. Rescue workers in Choloma said they had counted bodies. Their faces masked against the stench, they searched the wreckage for corpses, then poured gasoline on them and set them afire. The sun came out Sunday for the first time in a week, and hundreds of persons returned to the wreckage of their homes to look over the damage and start rebuilding. A CCIDENT RES UL TS IN FAMILY REUNION PRAGUE (AP) An elderly man disregarded the red signal and rushed across the street. A car braked to avoid knocking him down, skidded, the back door opened and a shopp- ing bag followed by a young girl spilled out. A spectator cried out and rushed towards the car which landed undamaged at the curb. The old woman was crying in the car. The careless pedestrian turned out to be the father of the driver, the girl who fell out was his daughter, the spectator another son and the lamenting woman inside the mother of one and the same family. All ended well. The car was unscratched, the girl got up on her own, they picked up the spilled purchases and piled into the car. Jordan boycotts Mid-East talks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jordan has said it will boycott the Arab-Israeli peace talks in Geneva following agreement by Egypt and Syria to work for an independent Palestinian state on former Jordanian territory. Jordan's decision was an- nounced Sunday, the day after Egypt, Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced they agreed that an "independent national authority" would be establish- ed on Palestinian lands freed from Israeli occupation. Their goal is the West Bank of the Jordan River and East Jerusalem, both held by Jordan from the 1948 Palestine War until the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, and the Gaza Strip, which was ad- ministered by Egypt until the 1967 war. Jordan insisted it must first retrieve its former territory and then would allow the Palestinian population to determine its future in a plebiscite. Many West Bank Palestinians are known to sup- port Jordan's King Hussein and might vote for an autonomous state federated with the rest of Jordan. "The government will as of today freeze its political ac- tivities connected with the Geneva conference." a government spokesman said in Amman. The spokesman indicated, however, that the decision was subject to change if the other Arabs changed their stand at a summit conference scheduled to open in Rabat. Morocco. Oct. 26. Egypt Information Minister Kamal Abu Magd insisted Sunday that there had been no basic change in Egypt's views on the issue. He said Egypt in- sists on self-determination for the Palestinians in the West Bank, "which Jordan holds in trust, the same way we hold the Gaza Strip." Last August, Egypt agreed Hussein was the legitimate representative of Palestinians living in Jordan, but the state- ment then left unclear whether this included the West Bank. Nixon enters hospital LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former president Richard Nixon, ailing with phlebitis, checks into a new hospital wing today. Preserving the same secrecy which surrounded him in the White House, Nix- on, his aides and hospital staff declined to reveal his ex- pected check-in time. A bloc of eight private rooms at Long Beach Memorial Hospital Medical Centre was cleared of patients Sunday in readiness for Nix- on's arrival. CIA accused of meddling in Australia CANBERRA (Reuter) An Australian journalist says millions of dollars from the United States were poured into opposition campaigns against Australia's Labor par- ty government during last May's general elections. Ray Aitcheson. former Can- berra bureau chief of the Aus- tralian Broadcasting Commis- sion, says in a book to be pub- lished Sunday that some of the money may have come from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Sean and haard About town Tennis player Reed Blvmel of MagraUi getting a boxful of grasshoppers from a losing female opponent with a note saying, "Now I'm one jumr ahead of you" George Taylor approving his son's plan to dispose of surplus kittens by passing them out in a shopping mall parking lot. Justice jolted Coup attempt would not surprise Spinola gov't WASHINGTON