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Saturday, February 8, 1969


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Sc-turday, February 8, 1969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Th ree

European governments await Nixon


LONDON (A') - European
governments see President Nix-
on's coming swing through West
Europe as a symbol of his. re-
solve, to revive the North At-
lantic Treaty Organization and
reaffirm the U.S. commitment
to defend Europe.
It was taken as a token; too,
of Nixon's wish to correct the
imbalance brought about by the
Vietnam war, which since 1965
has seemed to shift the focus.of
American interest from Europe
to Asia.
The last U.S. president to tour
Europe was John F. Kennedy in
Nixon's decision to make his
first stop Brussels-home of
NATO-also won the praise of
European diplomats. They in-
terpreted it as a clever way of
sidestepping the rivalry t h a t
had developed behind the
scenes between the British and
French over the privilege of
playing host to the visiting
In Brussels, London, Bonn,
Rome and Paris, Nixon's talks
with leaders seem bound to fo-
cus on fundamental problems,

such as the Middle East, Czech-
oslovakia and European de-
fense, although inevitably there
will be variations in each cap-
ital according to local preoccu-
Perhaps the key to the ulti-
mate success or failure of Nix-
on's bid for a better and more
effective U.S. role in Europe
may be found in Paris where he
meets with President Charles de
On the French side, officials
cite the warm exchanges of
messages between De Gaulle
and Nixon since even before
November's election as an au-
gury of better things to come.
But there was a feeling too
that Nixon may discover t h e
road to stronger and better. re-
lations with all Europeans -
Eastern as well as Western -
may well run through Bonn.
The German problem still re-
mains at the heart of divided
Europe's rivalries and tensions.
And the view of experts was
that Nixon's approach to the
future of Germany will condi-
tion the success or failure of his
European program.
Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesin-
ger's West German government
expressed satisfaction that the
President "is undertaking a Eu-
ropean trip so soon after his in-
auguration" and is visiting both
Bonn and West Berlin.
Sources at the Vatican in
Rome recalled that Nixon will
become the fifth American
president to meet with a Ro-
man Catholic pontiff.

news today
by The Associatcd Press and Cnlle. e Press Service

DeGaulle Kiesinger Pope Paul Nixon
...but what about Floridai



MIAMI, Fla. (1') - A govern-
ment plan to purchase 1 a n d
owned by Charles Gregory
(Bebe) Rebozo may prove poli-
tically embarrassing to his
friend President Nixon no mat-
ter how it turns out.
The land is in Biscayne Na-
tional Monument, a watgr and
islands conservation project ap-
proved by Congress last au-
Land acquisition for the iBs-
cayne monument is about the
begin unless Nixon administra-
tion officials decide they can't
afford the money.
Opponents of the monument
- hot political issue in south
Florida-already are promising
to take their case to Walter
J. Hickel, secretary of the in-
terior. As owners of land in the
area south of Miami, they have
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massive development plans in
case the government plan is
If land acquisition goes ahead
as scheduled over the next five
years, there doubtless will be
checks to see how quickly Re-
bozo's land is purchased.
More than a year ago he
wrote his congressman, Demo-
cratic Rep. Dante Fascell, com-
plaining that delays in monu-
ment plans were hurting him
The price Rebozo gets if his
holdings are sold also will be
checked. He could face the un-
happy choice of pressing in
court for a better price or tak-
ing the government's offer to
avoid political embarrassment
for Nixon. Monument opponents
already claim the government is
vastly undervaluing their land.
Although he'd lose the chance
to develop the monument land if
acquisition goes through, Rebo-
zo-and Nixon-could gain fi-
nancially on another front.
They are among principal
owners of Fisher's Island, ano-
ther' essentially undeveloped

key, between Miami Beach and
booming Key Biscayne. Putting
the string of keys to the south
into the Biscayne monument
would intensify the scarcity of
commercially developable is-
lands and almost certainly put
a new premium on the value of
keys still available for com-
mercial development.
A group of monument a r e a
property owners led by Ralph
Fossey, mayor of Islandia, has
fought the government plan,
contending that private devel-
opment would provide more re-
creation opportunities and dra-
matically increase, rather than
remove, the -tax base on the
sparsely populated islands.
Proponents say if no monu-
ment were created, conserva-
tion would suffer and Biscayne
Bay waterswould be lost to

U. S. OFFICIALS in Paris are hopeful that the
forthcoming visit of President Nixon may stimulate vis-
ible progress toward peace in Vietnam.
Nixon is expected to meet with his chief negotiator
Henry Cabot Lodge, and there is a possibility he may also
see South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky if Ky
has returned from his Tet holiday trip to Saigon.
Officials have not yet indicated whether Nixon will have
any new proposal to introduce in Paris, however. Speculation
on prospects for the Nixon visit have also been guarded since
U.S. officials expect little more than exchanges of propa-
ganda at the first official sessions of the expanded talks.
PENTAGON EXPERTS testified yesterday that the
Pueblo could have destroyed its classified information
with the equipment it had.
The ship, a Navy destruction expert said, was provided
with sledge hammers, fire axes, two paper shredders, three
jettisoning bags and an incinerator, and should have been
able to accomplish the destruction within an hour.
The official admitted, however, that the Navy has since
provided its ships with more sophisticated destruction de-
0 0
INTERIOR SECRETARY Walter Hickel yesterday
ordered a halt in oil drilling off the coast of Santa
Barbara, Calif.
The halt was prompted by the failure of the Union Oil
Company to plug a well in the area which has been leaking
for the last 11 days. The leak has now caused an oil slick
on the Pacific Ocean covering an area of approximately 800
square miles.
Oil drilling in the area had been stopped voluntarily
last Monday, but was resumed again later in the week when
oil companies assured Hickel that operations in the area
would be safe.
Hickel called the present halt because he felt the com-
panies did not have the geological knowledge to drill in the
SOME U.S. TROOPS may begin leaving South Viet-
nam as early as next summer.
The announcement, too early to include any figures on
the number of troops, was made yesterday by informed U.S.
sources concerning recent meetings between U.S. command-
er Creighton Abrams and South Vietnamese chief of staff
Gen. Cao Van Vien to discuss troop withdrawal...
Speculatjon concerning the removal of U.S. troops had
arisen after South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu
announced Thursday that the South Vietnamese army has
the capability to replace a sizable number of troops from the
American combat Units.
No announcement of final plans for withdrawal is like-
ly until early next summer when the U.S. hag had time to
assess the success of its efforts to improve the capability of
Mthe South Vietnamese military.

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A STRIKE by 400 school bus drivers in New York
has halted bus service for 30,000 children.
Among those.affected by the strike, which has now last-
ed more than three weeks, are 2500 handicapped children.
The drivers' walkout combined with the teachers' strike last
fall has caused those affected to miss a total of over 60
school days already this year.
HOUSEWIVES formed lines in the streets of Dublin
yesterday in an effort to obtain the city's remaining
Bread and other essential foodstuffs were reported in
short supply following a strike of 18 unions which had shut
down the nation's food processing plants and other factories.
Stores began rationing bread after shoppers began panic
buying of vegetables, fruits and canned goods.
The strike involves only about 3000 of the country's en-
gineers, electricians, foundrymen and other blue collar work-
ers who are seeking a raise of $10.80 per week over their pre-
sent salary of $39.60. The strike was supported by some 30,000
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