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European Ministers Postpone Work on Anti-Terrorist Steps
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Apr 18, 1986
Start Page: 20
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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The Dutch foreign minister said that his fellow ministers, believing that "an international endeavor" was needed against terrorism, planned to start contacts with the United States, the Soviet Union, Arab nations, Eastern Europe and the nonaligned countries. In line with this, [Hans van den Broek] met later in the day with [John C. Whitehead].

The foreign ministers may have difficulty agreeing on stronger measures. The British source, for example, said that "the logical conclusion to draw from the report is the need for the closing of the People's Bureaus," as Libya calls its embassies. The British government, which closed the London embassy after a British policewoman was killed by a shot from the Libyan embassy two years ago, and the Dutch government have advocated a general closing of these embassies. This also has been recommended by the United States.

Asked what further measures were desired by the United States, Whitehead replied that one was at the top of his list: a reduction in European purchases of Libyan oil. The European Communities, however, which trades heavily with Libya, has strongly resisted past proposals to impose any kind of economic sanctions on Libya.

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