Services for the slain Belgian Ambassador Marcel Dupre were held in Rabat, yesterday. Dupre, 52,?
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GV Soviet Ambassador Louca Balamartchouk arriving and greeted
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SV Bereaved family
SV PAN coffin out of hearse and carried into Cathedral followed by family and dignitaries
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Background: Services for the slain Belgian Ambassador Marcel Dupre were held in Rabat, yesterday. Dupre, 52, a birthday celebrant at the home of King Hassan II of Morocco on Saturday (July 10), was killed in the abortive attempt on the life of the king.
The diplomatic corps joined Dupre's wife and seven children in paying final respects at a Requiem Mass in Rabat's Cathedral. The services were conducted by Monsignor Jean Chabbert, the spiritual leader of the community.
Describes by his colleagues as a dedicated and wise career diplomat, Dupre assumed his Moroccan assignment in October, 1970. Prior to his arrival in Rabat he served as Ambassador at Baghdad after having been Counsel General in Jerusalem.
Arrangements for internment in Belgium have not yet been announced.
SYNOPSIS: The diplomatic community came to Rabat's Cathedral Wednesday to pay final respects to Marcel Dupre....the Belgian ambassador slain in the abortive attempt on the life of Morocco's King Hassan the second on Saturday. Dupre, one of the guests at Hassan's 42nd birthday party, was killed in the crossfire when rebel soldiers attacked the summer palace at Skirate in an effort to kill the king and establish a republican form of government.
The fifty-two-year-old career diplomat was survived by his wife and their seven children who arrived at the Cathedral moments before the guard of honour and the hearse bearing Dupre's body. Final internment would, according to a family spokesman, will be in Belgium although no date was announced.
Many of the dignitaries who followed the family and the coffin into the Cathedral for the Requiem Mass were themselves guests at the fatal birthday party. Dupre had in fact died in the arms of the French ambassador Claude Lebel.
Monsignor Jean Chabbert, the spiritual leader of the congregation conducted the solemn service for the mourners.
Although the attempted coup has been thwarted and its leaders executed, tension in Morocco remains high. Road blocks such as these on the outskirts of Rabat are the exception rather than rule. But this checkpoint is on the Rabat to Casablanca road, the two areas where rebels displayed their greatest strength.