In the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, the bodies of U.S. diplomats ??? ??? and?
GV PAN National President Church (EXT.)
GV TILT DOWN INT & GVs ??? ??? in state & ??? (3 shots)
SV PAN Nixon & Rogers looking at plaque & then walk over to rostrum
MV CU Commemorative plaque (2 shots)
CU Nixon speaking
NIXON: "Today we honour two brave men and all of the others here on this plaque and on the other side who have given their lives for their country, by serving in the foreign service. And for those who not only respect the policy of the United States of America, but use this opportunity to respectfully suggest the hops that other governments throughout the world, rather than standing aside, should join with us in taking this firm line against extortion and against international blackmail by terrorist groups. I'm quite aware of the fact that where are some governments who take the line that, since they are not the targets of the terrorists, they can stand aside and not join in any international effort to be firm against terrorists, whether it is in the United Nations or bilaterally or multilaterally with other nations. I would only suggest this; the nation that compromises with the terrorist today could well be destroyed by the terrorist now. And as far as we are concerned, we therefore feel we are no very sound ground in calling upon the whole world community to join together in a firm stand against international outlaws who today endanger the nations of one country - maybe the United States - and tomorrow will endanger the lives of others."
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Background: In the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, the bodies of U.S. diplomats ??? ??? and ??? the day of their funeral, Wednesday 7 March. The United States prepared to bury the two slain men with full military honours. The two diplomats were murdered by the Black September in the Saudi Arabian Embassy last Friday (2 March). Their bodies were returned to the United States on Monday (5 March) to lay in State.
The names of the two diplomats appeared on a plaque dedicated by president Nixon during a State Department speech which he delivered on Tuesday. Also present was U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers.
In his speech, President Nixon called for international action to combat terrorism. A transcription of his speech follows:
SYNOPSIS: In Washington's National Presbyterian Church, draped coffins containing the bodies of murdered U.S. diplomats, Cleo Noel and George Moore, lay in State.
The two diplomats were murdered by the Black September in the Saudi Arabian Embassy last Friday. Their bodies were returned to the United States on Monday to await a full military funeral.
Before making a speech at the State Department, President Nixon, accompanied by Secretary of State William Rogers, dedicated a plaque which commemorates United States foreign service officers who have died while serving abroad. The last two names on the plaque were cleo were Cleo Noel and George Moore.