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London / Libyan Embassy Siege #89503

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 18, 1984
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(Studio) Contd. siege of Libya's embassy in London, England, following uniden. gunman's attack on demonstrators outside noted; possibility that murderer will escape prosecution by pleading diplomacy immunity mentioned. British embassy staffers in Tripoli reported released by troops there.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(London, England) Status of police siege of Libyan embassy here examined; films shown. [PoliceCommander Richard WELLS - claims negotiations are proceeding.] Role of unnamed Libyan diplomacy as liaison between embassy and police described. [Voice of embassy SPOKESPERSON - denies gunfire came from within embassy; remarks transcribed on screen.] Public reaction over murder of police ofr. Yvonne Fletcher illustrated by newspaper headlines. [Law professor Michael ZANDER - notes Britain's impotence to prosecute killer.]

(Tripoli, Libya) British embassy staff here said allowed to leave surrounded building [Voice of British ambassador Oliver MILES - describes scene at present.] Libyan news agency said blaming British for London killing; details given; letter from Libyan official to United Nations Secretary General quoted on screen.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Studio) Libyan official at embassy in Madrid, Spain, reported claiming Libyan ntls. are possibly in Europe to liquidate certain indivs.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Prior to machine gun attack on anti-Kadhafi demonstrators United States spy satellite reported intercepting message to Libyan embassy in London not to remain passive during protest; United States said warning British authorities too late. United States noted considering military action if indications of terrorist threat exist. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - calls for defense measure although he considers such moves alone inadequate.] USS Saratoga reported en route to Libyan coast; details given. Downing of Libyan planes in same region 2 years ago recalled.
REPORTER: John McWethy

Jennings, Peter;
Kladstrup, Don;
Lee, Mike;
McWethy, John

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