Medicine Hat News in Medicine-Hat, Alberta 8 Mar 1980
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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Iranian students fail to hand Over americans by Doulong Tehran up american hostages remained the unwilling pawns today in a tense game of political chess Between iranian government officials and militants holding the . Embassy in Tehran. A Deal to hand Over custody of the hostages to the ruling revolutionary Council at 5 . Local time 8.30 . Est fell through when the militants objected to the representative chosen by the Council foreign minister Deg Ghotb Zadeh. They accused Ghotb Zadeh lying to them by saying that Rev monary Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Hli Meini had ordered the american transferred to the control of the a cil. The last minute Snag was on a o w a a a it i i for it l ii a Loro a f �?�c5 1 y o cd t. A a so o a o. O i it o o co accompanied by apparently conflicting statements from militants who have been holding the approximately 50 hostages since nov. 4. And a major demonstration of support for their actions outside the occupied embassy building. In one interview the militants said they Are still prepared to hand Over custody of the hostages and in another they warned that they might refuse the Transfer if the demonstrations of support continued. The militants objections kept Ghotb Zadeh in his office As the deadline passed and he refused immediate comment on the matter. One spokesman for the militants said the Transfer might still take place tonight or later As Long As a new Council representative takes Over the arrangements. Hie spokesman also said in a Telephone interview that All of the hostages have been examined by a doctor to certify their health is Good at the time of Transfer. They have also been filmed and photographed for a possible television broadcast. However another spokesman warned in a separate interview that if the size of the demonstration increased a probably we would not give any of those hostages to the revolutionary Council. A a spokesman for the state run television network confirmed that film of the hostages had been delivered to the Tehran station. But he could not say whether it would be televised tonight or in the near future. Here was no indication from iranian authorities whether a new representative will be sent to the embassy. A crowd of More than 10,000 was gathered outside the embassy to demonstrate support for the militants. Many offered prayers that the hostages would not be released and plastered the area with pamphlets urging the militants not to Compromise their position. Many denounced Ghotb Zadeh who has been sharply critical of the stand taken by the Young radicals. The crowd filled the Street in front of the walled compound and it was obvious that any plan to move the hostages would have to be carried out through a rear Entrance. Saturday March 8, 1980 Medicine hat \ 5/per copy delivered 75�?~/week militants still in charge a iranian militants holding the . Embassy in Tehran demonstrate in the compound today but refused to hand Over the hostages to Iran s revolutionary Council. Map laser photo weather sunny High -3 Low -15 see weather mop Page 10 poll reveals Uphill fight for Levesque water waders a Brian Vaniderstine left and Dave Bucilla of in verb Menf Canada s water Survey Branch search the South Saskatchewan River Friday for d Frozen water line. A build up of ice during this week s cold snap froze the line causing erroneous water level readings on a nearby recorder. The team keeps a constant Check on the volume of water flowing from Saskatchewan. An inter provincial agreement restricts the amount of water that can be taken for irrigation. A news photo Frank Webber few Whites in Mugabe Cabinet by Christopher Munnion daily Telegraph London Field new service Salisbury prime minister designate Robert Mugabe a new zimbabwean Cabinet to be announced tuesday will include a one or two Whites but not necessarily from Ian Smiths rhodesian front Eddison a Ogbo Mugabe a chief spokesman firemen end strike Chicago a about 4,-000 striking firefighters Early today ratified an interim agreement to resume full fire Protection for the second largest . City a 23 Days and 22 deaths since the first such strike in the history of Chicago began. Unanimous ratification of the agreement came shortly after Midnight following Marathon bargaining sessions mediated by Rev. Jesse Jackson Leader of the self help organization operation push. When both sides were in agreement Jackson said he left the talks to see mayor Jane Byrne and returned with her signature on the pact. However there was no immediate word on her reaction. The no strike no lockout agreement is to i e in Force from today through dec. 31. It was designed to get the men Back to work under a stronger amnesty provision than those turned Down previously. The agreement also sets guidelines for negotiations of the firefighters first full written contract assures firefighters of All benefits they had before the strike began feb. 14 and provides for fac finding and binding arbitration for items still in dispute said Union lawyer Dale Berry. Although the agreement provides for amnesty it Calls for All striking firefighters to work one Day without pay except for battalion chiefs who will lose four Days pay. Charges pending against battalion chiefs who had gone on strike will be withdrawn. Under the agreement items still in dispute will go to a three member fac finding Board which is to make a recommendation sept. 1. Speculation persists in Salisbury that David Smith the rhodesian front finance minister will be asked by Mugabe to hold a similar portfolio in his Cabinet a gesture that would reinforce the growing White Confidence in the new order. Zoo go confident concise and humor Ful conducted Friday nights press briefing in tones that echoed the conciliatory undo Matic and practical line adopted by Mugabe since his election Victory a week ago. Quot people must get Back to normality a he said. A we done to want to see Whites leaving this country whatever their preconceived notions of Mugabe were. There will be no need to As if to underscore his words and the remarkable Calm and Confidence that has followed the Advent of supposedly marxist Rule in Rhodesia the Reserve Bank announced a slight revaluation of the rhodesian Dollar against All currencies except the Rand. Moreover a Ogbo spoke More like the chairman of the Board than the outspoken Comrade who once produced Steath lists of collaborators from the revolutionary Headquarters in Mozambique. It was essential for the Economy to surge Forward with the co operation of every zimbabwean Black or White. A we done to want to see our Stock Exchange dancing about a he said. A nigerian journalist asked him about the future of the rhodesian police Force. A Are you suggesting we disband the police we would be out of our mind a a Ogbo said. When the journalist said he was merely asking about the demobilization of the police Reserve a Ogbo replied that this should be carried out quickly As peace was restored a he had been with police reservists into the townships and the men were tired. A we believe they should quickly return to their jobs and spend More time with their zoo go said the Central committee of the victorious Anu of party was in almost continuous session discussing the a new problems and priorities a there was a lot to learn he said and the party a 57 new maps would Start instruction on parliamentary procedure on monday. He announced that All political prisoners would be released without delay. A there will be no prisoners of conscience in any prison in this country. We want to close this ugly chapter in our a Ogbo was less Clear on the question of future sporting relationships with South Africa. The new government of Zimbabwe intended to play a leading role in the organization of african Unity the non aligned movement and among the african bloc at the United nations. There were no Laws governing participation in sports but Zimbabwe would embrace the a moral principles of the International organizations he said. Nicholas Fenn spokesman for British governor lord Soames said Friday that while Britain a responsibility for Zimbabwe would end on Independence Day Stilto be fixed but Likely at the end of this month or Early april a we will continue to have a Strong interest in and Friendly relations with the new the integration of the three armies Zapnla zip a and the rhodesian Security forces was the most urgent task. By Kevin Dougherty Sherbrooke que. Up supporters of sovereignty association face an Uphill fight. Premier Rene Levesque conceded Friday after release of a poll that shows his option trailing. The poll done by the Centre de Recherche sur in opinion pub Lique for the f Rench network of the Csc found that 52 per cent of those surveyed would vote no to sovereignty association and 41 per cent would vote yes. A we have a difficult Campaign ahead of us a Levesque said adding that internal parti que by Cois polls show the same results. After a Day of referendum campaigning Levesque was speaking at be club social de Sherbrooke to an audience drawn from the Well to do sector of this Eastern townships Centre. For the Csc poll 1,264 people across the province were asked to fill out confidential questionnaires rather than follow the usual practice of answering questions orally a a technique which crop said contributed to an unusually Low Over All margin of error of Between one and three per cent in 19 out of 20 instances. A poll commissioned by the Csc before Christmas indicated that 41 per cent of Quebe cers would vote yes but 31 per cent said then they would vote no. There were 28 per cent undecided. In the latest poll using sealed ballot boxes Only seven per cent were undecided. However most French speaking respondents a 48 per cent a backed sovereignty association against 46 per cent who said no. Among non Franco phones 81 per cent said they would vote no. The Premier argued that French speaking Quebe cers would have to stick together to overcome a bloc of anglophone voters opposed to his party a option. Earlier in Sherbrooke Levesque likened a yes vote in Quebec a Spring encounter not even close Rio de Janiero a about 50,000 brazilians hoping for a close encounter with a space ship from Jupiter jammed on to a farm near Rio today Only to have their expectations dashed when the predicted Dawn arrival time came and went without a sign of Jovian visitors. A a lot of people were frustrated of course a said Hera Mir Ramirez police chief of the nearby town of Casimiro de Abreu. A but most Are leaving calmly and we Haven to had any incidents of violence. What we do have is a tremendous traffic Ramirez who estimated the crowd at 50,000, had called in 350 state and Federal police to Deal with the mass of people flooding his tiny Hamlet of 6,000 residents. Word of the forthcoming a a visit had been hot news in this nation of 120 million since last weekend when a brazilian Farmer told a National television audience he had Learned by a a telepathy that the space ship from Jupiter would be Landing Wonhi farm today at5 20a.m. 320a.m. Est. That news brought tens of thousands to the farm about 120 Kilometres East of Rio. They kept watch through the night Many sitting in cars and others sprawled across the rolling Valley ringed by mountains. Temperatures hovered around 20 degrees celsius As Dawn broke and the arrival time passed with the Sun the Only visible orb in the sky. Edi Licio Barbosa the Farmer and Long time ufos aficionado who first announced the coming was no where to be seen after the Jovian fiasco. Authorities said they did not know where he was. Referendum to a strike vote and promised a retroactive pay Quot once a settlement is reach i with the rest of Canada. A pealing on an open line program on radio station cult a vestaue said a exactly Quot when Mcxie Rator Reynard Frechette asked Iii if the he hoped to carry out after the referendum will a Quot like a a a collective agreement the Exchange came after a woman caller asked the Premier whet Lier old age pensioners would still get their cheques if Quebec becomes Sovereign i Vesque explained negotiation taking about two years would follow a yes vote. Once a new agr ment to tween Quebec and Canada is Burkwi out a second referendum would be held to approve it. He said pension cheques paid by the Federal government to quix ears come out of tax revenues pan by quell cer Salberta projects delayed Edmonton up Only a of 2 a a groups which submitted projects to help celebrate Alberta s Toth anniversary this year have received Money from the provinces anniversary commission. Hob Dowling commission chairman said Friday. Other projects May not be completed this year because their budgets have not been completed but it is their commitment to the Celebration that counts Dowling told a news conference. The conference was called to report on the apparently confused organization of the events. Most groups will be reimbursed for their expenses Dowling said. He said municipalities had been clearly informed their $20 per capita Grants could be matched with funds from other government programs. He said he could not understand confusion reported recently Over terms of the Grants. Referring to reports Many groups have not been informed about approval of their projects or about size of the budget approved he said the commission could probably do a better promotional Job. A when 1 have to counter these stories in the press maybe it Means we re not doing our Job Dowling former Alberta tourism minister admitted the late Start of the commissions operations last year has meant delays for municipalities and Public groups organizing projects. Hostage talks stall inside Van in Bogota Bogota apr efforts to free the hostages held at the dominican republics embassy appeared stalemated today after a third round of face to face talks did not yield a Compromise Between the colombian government and the guerrillas holding the captives. As in the previous negotiations since the embassy was seized 10 Days ago the talks Friday took place in a Van parked near the front of the building. The rear doors of the Van have been removed so the guerrillas inside the embassy can watch the goings on. Once again a woman her head masked by a Hood represented the guerrillas. She was accompanied by mexican ambassador Ricardo Galan one of the 14 ambassadors and acting ambassadors still held hostage along with at least a dozen other captives. Galan appears to be acting As a go Between. Deputy foreign ministers Camilio Jimenez and Ramiro Zambrano again spoke for the government in the one hour 13-minute session the shortest to Date. A government statement said the officials a presented a detailed layout of the government contentions and for her part the representative of the occupants of the diplomatic seat reiterated those demands of her Ilie statement said talks will resume sometime next week. Piliere was speculation they will not be held before monday because of local and regional elections scheduled for sunday. Observers said the talks appear to be snagged on the guerrillas demand that the government release 311 persons the militants say Are political prisoners. The government says the 311 persons Are not political prisoners but were jailed for civil crimes. Spokesman say the government does not have the judicial Power to release them. The other major guerrilla demands included Safe conduct out of the country for themselves and their hostages and payment of a 150-million Ransom. Informants have said agreements May be near on both issues including a scaled Down Ransom payment and Asylum for the guerrillas. The guerrillas members of a group known As m-19, took Over the embassy during a diplomatic reception on feb 27, capturing 19 foreign envoys including us ambassador Diego Asencio and a number of other persons. They have since freed 24 persons most of them no diplomats. The austrian ambassador freed thursday because his wife is gravely ill told reporters Friday that the remaining hostages were in a an extremely dangerous situation that might end in a a catastrophic massacre a Edgar Selzer who returned to Vienna to be with his wife urged both sides to work for a peaceful settlement
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