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Europeans Rebuff Reprisals on Libya Kohl Sees Kadafi Hand in Berlin Disco Bombing
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Apr 12, 1986
Start Page: 1
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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Chancellor Helmut Kohl of West Germany said Friday that there "are a great many indications" that Libya was a conspirator in the terrorist bombing of a West Berlin discotheque last week, but he stood fast with other Western European governments by refusing to support President Reagan on possible reprisals against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

West Germany, which spends more than $2 billion a year for its oil from Libya, is the Tripoli government's second-largest trading partner. About 1,500 West Germans work in Libya. In the past, the Bonn government has said sanctions would damage trade and endanger German lives while failing to achieve their objective of toppling or restraining Kadafi.

If the United States does take military action against Libya, and Kadafi decides to retaliate in turn, Italy and Spain may be prime targets. The Libyan leader was quoted by JANA, the Libyan news agency, as saying,

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