Palestinian spokesman Mahmoud Al-Labadi told a news conference in Birut on Thursday (17 June) that three men - all Lebanese - had admitted murdering United States Ambassador Francis Meloy and two of his staff.
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Background: Palestinian spokesman Mahmoud Al-Labadi told a news conference in Birut on Thursday (17 June) that three men - all Lebanese - had admitted murdering United States Ambassador Francis Meloy and two of his staff.
SYNOPSIS: The bodies of Mr. Meloy, his economic counsellor Robert Waring and Lebanese driver Zuheir Moghrabi were found at this spot in the seafront district of Ramlet Al-Beida,where many United States embassy families used to live before the civil war. It is about two miles (three kilometres) from the embassy building and several miles from the point where the ambassador should have crossed from the Moslem to the Christian sector of Beirut.
According to Mr. Al-labadi the three men alleged to be responsible for the killing of Mr. Meloy and his staff were still being interrogated by Palestinian officials on Thursday. He refused to name them or give details about their background but he said that they had admitted to the crimes. Mr. Al-Labadi also said that it was believed that the three suspects did not act alone and that there were "other forces" behind them in the assassinations.
The death of Mr. Meloy overshadowed political news from Lebanon. Libyan Premier Major General Abdel Salam Jalloud, acting as a mediator in the crisis, held meetings with several prominent lebanese activists on Tuesday (15 June) - including President-elect Elias Sarkia and Phalangist representative Bashir Gemayal. But Beirut newspapers noted gloomily on Thursday that spectacular acts of violence often occurred at times when efforts to put together a solution to Lebanon's crisis seemed to be making headway.