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Vol. LXXXV, No. 6-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, May 14, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Ford reportedly alerts Marines
to seek release of captive ship
By AP and UPI Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were told the at a news briefing. "The President wants the ship
nt Ford reportedly alerted 1,000 Marines and United States wouldrefuse to give up anything in ex- released now."
domatic help from Mainland China yesterday change for the return of the unarmed container ship. Nessen said, however, that Ford would consult with
rt to obtain release of an American freighter NESSEN adopted a similarly tough tone earlier in Congress before he would make any military moves
crewmen held captive in Cambodia. .ESNaatdasmlrl og oeeriri against the Cambodians.
crewmn hel capive i Cambdia.the day, saying the President wanted the ship freed agisth Cmodn.
ite House, the Pentagon and the State De- y The Mayaguez was reported near Koh Tang Island
refused to say officially what military and immediately. "Immediate is immediate," Nessen said about 30 miles off the Cambodian coast Pentagn
in an effo
and its 40
diplomatic pressures were being brought to bear on
the new Khmer Rouge Cambodian government.
BUT PENTAGON sources said thePresident had
alerted 1,000 Marines on Okinawa to "prepare to de-
part soon for Thailand as a show of force against
seizure of the merchant ship Mayaguez Monday by a
Cambodian gunboat in the Gulf of Siam.
Ford also ordered the National Security Council
(NSC) to convene for the second time in 12 hours late
last night. But White House press secretary Ron Nes-
sen said that the 10:30 p.m. meeting was not being
designated as an emergency session.
Meanwhile in Kansas City, reporters traveling with
According to UPI reports, a contingent of 800 Ma-
rines arrived in Thailand early this morning.
The arrival of the Marines threatened to touch off a
diplomatic crisis between the United States and Thai-
land. The Thai government has expressed opposition
to U. S. troops using bases in Thailand to recover the
American freighter seized by Cambodia on Monday.
sources said U. S. war planes, while making no at-
tacks, had been making close passes above the vessel
all day yesterday.
Pentagon sources also said the Air Force was main-
taining a constant aerial command post above the
freighter. A prop-driven gunship remained in the area.
BESIDES the show of U. S. air power, the aircraft
carrier Coral Sea, bound for Australia, was turned
around and headed toward the Gulf of Thailand.
At least two other Navy destroyers also were re-
portedlv dispatched toward Cambodia.
In Kansas City. Kissinger told a news conference,
See FORD, Page 5
Cambodian seizure of ship
provokes cautious reaction
By GEORGE LOBSENZ
The Cambodian seizure of the Amer-
ican merchant ship Mayaguez provoked
cautious comments last night from far
Eastern and international affairs ex-
perts at the University.
"We really don't know the circum-
stances under which the ship was cap-
tured," said Eric Stein, professor of law
and co-director of International and
Comparative Studies. "If this was the
innocent passage of a legitimate mer-
chant ship outside the recognized 12-
mile limit, then the seizure was a vio-
ltion of international law and the U.S.
has the right of retaliation."
STEIN added, however, "that if other-
wise, perhaps the seizure was justified".
As to a likely American response,
Stein reasoned, "People will think twice
before doing anything radical. The logi-
cal thing to do is to negotiate through
diplomatic channels." He compared the
situation to the Pueblo incident of 1968,
noting that the present conflict was con-
siderably more inflammatory because of
Mayaguez's merchant status.
Other observers expressed the hope
that the American response would re-
main relatively calm despite the storm
of controversy. J. David Singer, a pro-
fessor in the political science depart-
ment, indicated the need for a careful,
deliberate course of action.
"YOU'VE GOT to remember, you're
dealing with a new, inexperienced re-
gime, and this isn't the time to worry
See CAMBODIAN, Page 5
PENTAGON SOURCES REPORTED last night that President Ford ordered
the aircraft carrier Coral Sea; shown here in a 1968 photo, to return to the
Gulf of Thailand as part of the U. S. military reaction to the Cambodian seiz-
ure of an American cargo ship.
Detroit Iayers, police chief to
meet with judge on layoff issue
By GLEN ALLERHAND
Special To rhe Daily
DETROIT - In an attempt to resolve
the touchy issue of Detroit police layoffs,
Federal Judge Damon Keith has asked
to meet with representatives of all inter-
Keith will confer today with city attor-
neys, Detroit Police Chief Philip Tan-
nian, and a lawyer representing black
police officers in an effort to settle angry
arguments that have arisen over impend-
ing layoffs of officers.
ACCORDING to a spokesperson for
Keith, "The judge hopes he can work
out a settlement to avoid deciding this
case at all."
On April 30, Keith issued a temporary
restraining o r d e r preventing the city
from laying off black police officers.
In a May 9 ruling that touched off
angry demonstrations by members of
the predominantly white Detroit Police
Officers Association (DPOA), another
federal judge, Ralph Freeman, ordered
that Detroit Mayor Coleman Young could
not lay off 275 police being paid with
federal funds under the Comprehensive
Employment Training Act (CETA).
MOST OFFICERS receiving CETA sal-
aries are blacks or women.
Freeman's ruling sparked sharp criti-
cism from DPOA members because it
meant that black or women police offi-
cers with no seniority would retain their
jobs while many white officers with sen-
iority privileges could loss their positions.
See LAYOFF, Page 6