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Tuesday, April 15, 1986 The News-Journal papers A3 U.S. jets bomb Libya Leaders By DON COOK Los Angeles Times THE HAGUE, Netherlands -Meeting hours before the U.S. attack on Libyan targets, the Common Market's foreign ministers Monday called for restraint on "all sides" to avoid "further escalaton of military tension in the region." . A joint statement issued at the conclusion of an emergency seven-hour meeting here also urged Libya to renounce terrorism and announced the 12 member states had unanimously decided to reduce and restrict Libyan diplomats on their soil. Nearly all the foreign ministers had left The Hague when the U.S. attack on Libya began after midnight. There was no immediate reaction from European governments. The community's action fell short President wouldn't talk about plans Associated Press WASHINGTON - When President Reagan made his first public appearance in the Rose Garden Monday, he ignored questions that reporters shouted out about Libya and stuck to remarks about trade relations with Japan. Gathered at Reagan's side as the president bade farewell to Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone under sunny skies were the president's top advisers. The president smiled but didn't dawdle during the 10-minute ceremony at 11:30 a.m. EST, attended by Vice President George Bush, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan, Treasury Secretary James Baker III and John Poin-dexter, the head of the National Security Council. Reagan, his spokesmen, his staff and his advisers all refused through the day to comment on possible retaliation against Libya, but the White House buzzed with speculation that something was up. There was confusion over whether Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would meet with the president. Lugar had said over the weekend that he wanted to be consulted about plans for military action. Reagan gave no hint that he was planning air strikes on Libya. The atmosphere heated up in mid-afternoon when top congressional leaders including Lugar, Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, R-Kan., and Sens. Claiborne Pell, D-R.L, and Sam Nunn, D-Ga., were called to the White House. Afterward, Dole said the group met for two hours with Reagan and his staff. Shortly after 6 p.m. EST, Pell and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., revealed that Reagan intended to make a television statement in the evening. Legislators support Associated Press WASHINGTON - Early reaction from Congress was supportive of President Reagan's military move against Libya, but some lawmakers wondered whether the administration could have told them earlier about the plan, and expressed concern about the scope of the American air strike. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., said Reagan's action was "what the American people would have wanted him to do," and said he believed there had been Carper, Biden support Reagan's attack on Libya By ROBIN BROWN Staff reporter Just after President Reagan's televised announcement Monday night about U.S. military bombings in Libya, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., and U.S. Rep. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., said they backed the action in principle. Carper also predicted Congressional backing for the action, provided Reagan's information about Libyan ties to recent terroristic bombings is "factually correct." "There are times for quiet diplomacy and, regrettably, there is a time for more forceful action," Carper said. "The former has not worked; perhaps the latter will." Biden, in New York for a fellow . Democrat's campaign event, issued a statement through his press secretary, Peter F. Smith: "There can be no question that Khadafy has asked for and deserves strong response like this. The question is whether this or any such response will be effective. Since we've taken this particular action, I hope it will be effective, because there will be a heavy price in Europe urge of the drastic diplomatic and economic sanctions the United States had urged, but the community's statement did go considerably further than previous community declarations in condemning Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy. , Some of the Europeans were pre- Eared to go as far as the British ave already gone and cut diplomatic relations with Tripoli com-pletely, as the Reagan administration had urged. But others Italy and Greece in particular were unwilling. The statement by the 12 ministers warned simply that the governments would "consider whether further measures may need to be taken" and said "no country which lends support to terrorism can expect to maintain normal relations" with community governments. lllj H friiVfmiiiim-iti -utt ' ' mmmiinMHunm ..w .m urnm i. sastaw VVeiCOmC nume In Norfolk, Va., Monday a U.S. navy pilot who participated in the recent military actions against Libya in the Gulf of Sidra is welcomed home by his wife. The pilot's son, decked out in pilot's jump suit, waits his turn. The pilots' identities have been withheld to protect them from terrorist attacks. mmmymmkmmwmmwnnmmmmmmmmmmamm "substantial compliance" with provisions of the War Powers Act. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said, "I think all Americans would stand with the commander in chief at this moment." And Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., called the air strikes "the logical next step" against continued terrorist attacks by Libya. Lugar is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Dole said during an approximately two-hour-long briefing for if it isn't. The administration is gambling that it will, but at this point it's too early to tell." Sen. William V. Roth Jr., R-Del., couldn't be reached for comment. His aide, Verna Wilkins, said Roth is due to return today from a visit to Japan. Carper also said, "Our message l to Khadafy is clear: If you choose to export terrorism throughout the world, there are costs you must pay for doing so. This retaliatory strike-against your military targets is one of those costs." Carper, a former Navy pilot, said Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's report of one missing American jet "is certainly disconcerting." Of the possibility of Khadafy's retaliation, Carper said, "I expect , that it's likely that he will, and, should he do so, I think we must be prepared to respond." Carper said he does not expect escalations to a declaration of war. "I don't see any immediate likelihood that he'll invoke the War Powers Act," he said. The emergency meeting was convened almost as much out of apprehension in Europe over possible U.S. military action against Libya as over what to do about terrorism. But the ministers concentrated on the problem of agreeing on the strongest language and measures possible against Libya, which, although mild, was still more than past attempts, when Libya has not even been named. "We have taken a very firm and strong stand," said Dutch foreign minister Hans Van Den Broek, who was chairman of the meeting. "I would like to point out that most of the victims of terrorism have all been Europeans, which is sufficient reason for us to be extremely alarmed and extremely concerned. I hope the American public will be convinced that we take this issue extremely seriously, as the United AP U.S. military action congressional leaders from the president and top administration officials, lawmakers were in agreement that action had been necessary against Libya. '"No one there indicated we shouldn't be doing this," said Dole. But Dole said, "There were a couple of lawmakers who expressed some reservation," adding that some members of Congress felt they should have been consulted earlier and also expressed concern about the nature and number of targets of the attack. PRESS ff V D s 20: OFF J- chst t Jkk. X2UQQ. , H6X Market St. Mall Midway Plaza Concord Mall Dover Mall Springfield Mall Christiana Mall restraint States does, and we are in favor of concerted efforts to combat terrorism." The community's statement promised "increased cooperation with other states in the field of intelligence and improvement of security measures generally to prevent acts of terrorism." It condemned "outrages like the ones recently perpetrated on the TWA aircraft and in a discotheque in Berlin," as well as "unacceptable threats made by Libyan leaders against member states directly threatening Europe." The British foreign secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, said it was "crucial that the 12 respond coherently, credibly and with a sense of urgency" on the Libyan question. The statement, he said, did not go as far as Britain has already gone, "but a great deal further than the 12 have Explosions shake Tripoli; Khadafy reportedly survives Associated Press TRIPOLI, Libya - Loud explosions rocked this Mediterranean seaside capital early today as U.S. warplanes struck Libyan targets in what the White House described as a pre-emptive attack against Libyan-sponsored terrorism. Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy survived the U.S. bombing raid, Information Director Ibrahim Seger said today. The Libyan official gave no further information about Khadafy. But government sources who would not be identified said two of Kha-dafy's sons had been injured in the raids. The sources did not name the sons, and said the extent of their injuries was not known. "We heard planes, but as it was night we did not know if they were American," said a Western diplomat, who spoke on condition his name and nationality remain confidential. "I didn't see any smoke or bright lights. Some people were still on the streets and cars were driving along the coast road. Everything was nor U.S. raid By TIM AHERN Associated Press WASHINGTON - The U.S. bombing raid on Libya is only the latest and the biggest jump in the ever-escalating conflict between President Reagan and Moammar Khadafy. The strike by long-range Air Force bombers and Navy planes was also something the Reagan administration had widely signaled in recent days, and an action Reagan had been waiting to take. Ever since Reagan took office on Jan. 20, 1981, and he greeted the 52 American hostages freed by Iran Dole said he did not believe there had been major problems with War Powers Act compliance, but said if future action of this sort is needed, "I hope the next time, if it happens, ... it will be done quickly and without three or four days of rhetoric and everybody guessing, including the media, what will happen next." Lugar said the move "indicates to Khadafy that the United States will respond in an appropriate and proportional way to terrorist attacks against us." ress Shoe CLEARANCE LEATHER PUMPS. FLATS. SEPALS Large selection of colors, sizes, styles to choose from . r and many more , on 'all sides' previously gone." It was designed, he said, "to put a straitjacket on Libyan and other terrorism, to tell Khadafy to call off terrorism, cease threatening civilization, and if he carries out threats against European governments he will be met with vigorous and prompt response." Britain has already expelled all Libyan diplomats. The other 11 community countries will now be taking steps to reduce the number of Libyans assigned to their diplomatic missions, called "people's bureaus," to restrict the movements of those who remain, and to tighten up visa requirements and entry procedures for Libyans wanting to travel in Western Europe. In some cases, the reduction of Libyan diplomatic personnel is likely to be quite severe, but countries with large numbers of their own nationals working in Libya on mal and quiet." AP photographer John Redman reported by telephone, "There are a lot of bangs," but his line to New York then went dead. , In Paris, the French Foreign Min-, istry said the French Embassy in Tripoli was hit in the bombing raid, but no one was injured. Charles Glass of ABC News, from Tripoli, said in a live report broadcast in the United States: "For what seemed to be the 20-odd minutes of the attack, one could hear quite a good deal of anti-aircraft fire going up toward the sky, and one could see missiles being fired from the port area and other areas around Tripoli. "We saw no sign that any planes were brought down. It was dark. It was impossible for us to even see the planes, even though some flares were fired over the city to light it." The diplomat said he had seen no unusual Libyan military activity. No military checkpoints were evident in the capital Monday. Shops were open for business and foreigners were on the streets. was widely signaled Analysis with a promise of "swift, sure" retribution for acts of terror against U.S. citizens, the administration has been dogged by an inability to come up with an effective strategy against terrorists. Administration officials, chiefly Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Secretary of State George Shultz, publicly disagreed about what to do. Shultz wanted military action, warning that it was necessary even if innocent civilians were killed. Weinberger cautioned that military action should be taken as a last resort. But in recent months, the administration's public strategy for deal-ing with terrorists turned increasingly bellicose, starting with last fall's seizure of an Egyptian airliner that was carrying to safety the terrorists suspected of hijacking the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. 0P Ma 011 projects and construction work will move more slowly. Apart from the general statement in which the 12 ministers "underline the need for restraint on all sides," there was no direct message for Washington from the meeting. But West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher, who has been particularly vocal in urging the Reagan administration to avoid the use of military force in Libya, will be flying to Washington today to meet with Reagan. Meanwhile, a special panel of the 12 community states is continuing work on coordinated measures, both in intelligence and security operations, as well as listing further actions to be taken directly against Libya if terrorist acts against Europe erupt in the near future. Libya vowed Monday that U.S. forces would pay a price "like they paid in Vietnam" if America attacked in reprisal for recent terrorist acts. A statement issued by Khadafy Foreign Ministry also repeated denials of Libyan involvement in international terrorism. The statement specifically denied U.S. allegations of suspected Libyan involvement in the ApriL5 bombing of a West German disco.. The Foreign Ministry accused the United States of "official terrorism and arrogance" and said Libya would defend itself by "the revolutionary force the world over afld. with that it will fight until official terrorism is eliminated and until the aggressors pay a high price like they paid in Vietnam." The official Libyan news agency JANA, in a dispatch monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp. in London, quoted Khadafy on Monday as saying Libya was "elected as a scapegoat for psychological, racial, religious and revolutionary reasons" to conceal the true causes of terrorism. Two days after Christmas, bombs went off at airports in Vienna and Rome, killing innocent bystanders. . Reagan condemned the bombing and U.S. officials hinted that Khadafy might be behind it. Khadafy has been a prime target of U.S. rhetoric ever since Reagan took office. In August, 1981, Navy fighters shot down two Libyan jets in a brief dogfight after Navy maneuvers in the Gulf of Sidra. .. That fight foreshadowed last month's brief, fierce fighting in the Gulf of Sidra. Khadafy drew a "line of death" across the mouth of the gulf and threw down the gauntlet, promising to destroy any forces that crossed it. Reagan picked up the gauntlet. Three Navy carriers leading the largest Navy battle fleet since the Vietnam War conducted exercises north of the "line Qf death." When Libya fired missiles at the fleet, Navy jets fired back, unleashing a barrage of missiles that knocked out the land-based missile site and at least three Libyan naval vessels. o" ... ft

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