INTRODUCTION: The Nigerian Government has taken a tough stand against Libyan diplomats in Lagos, giving them 48 hours to close their mission and leave the country.
GV Buses and cars in street of Lagos, Nigeria
GV Painted banner hanging outside Libyan embassy and sign saying: "The People's Bureau of socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" (3 shots)
GV & SV Workers removing furniture from embassy and placing on truck in street outside (2 shots)
GV More furniture being loaded on truck (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Nigerian Government has taken a tough stand against Libyan diplomats in Lagos, giving them 48 hours to close their mission and leave the country. The Nigerian move followed the transformation of the embassy into what the Libyans called a "People's Bureau".
SYNOPSIS: In September 1979, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi announced that Libya's embassies abroad would be turned into People's Bureaux. He described their purpose as a link with other peoples but not with their governments. Most Governments have taken a sympathetic approach to the change. Britain, for instance granted diplomatic recognition to the People's Bureau in London.
On Tuesday (6 January), Lagos radio announced that the Libyan mission had been ordered out because the new bureau had been established without consultation. The radio report said Nigeria wanted to maintain normal diplomatic relations with all friendly countries, including Libya. But it described the new Libyan arrangement as totally unacceptable.
Within hours of radio announcement, embassy staff were removing furniture from the mission ready for shipment back to Tripoli well before the end of the 48 hour deadline.
On the day of the Nigerian move, Libyan People's Bureaux were set up in Tokyo and Peking.