Two United States diplomats, murdered during the Khartoum Embassy siege last week, were given a heroes' funeral at Arlington Cemetery, Washington, on Wednesday.
Two United States diplomats, murdered during the Khartoum Embassy siege last week, were given a heroes' funeral at Arlington Cemetery, Washington, on Wednesday. Secretary of State William Rogers, who has demanded the death penalty for the Black September killers, led the mourners -- who included Sudan's special envoy Public Works Minister Abdel Rahman Abdulla.
The two murdered men, Ambassador Cleo Noel and his deputy, George Curtis Moore, received full military honours. They were buried at a spot adjacent to the graves of late President John Jennedy and his brother Robert, both assassination victim.
On the eve of the burial, President Richard Nixon called for firm international action to suppress "international outlaws". He added: "The nation that compromises with terrorists today could very well be the nation destroyed by terrorists tomorrow."
SYNOPSIS: The long cortege winging through Arlington Cemetery, Washington, on Wednesday contained mourners coming to pay last respects to the two United States diplomats murdered in Khartoum the previous week. United States Ambassador Cleo Noel and his deputy George Curtis Moore were two of the hostages killed by Palestinian guerrillas during the siege of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum. The coffins of the two murdered men were carried to a last resting place only a short distance from the graves of the late President Kennedy and his brother Robert -- both cut down by assassins' bullets.
Secretary of State William Rogers led the mourners, among them the u, of the two men, and the special Sundanee envoy, Public Works Minister Abdel Rahman Abdulla. Secretary of State Rogers has demanded that Sudan should exact the death penalty on the killers.
The funeral service was conducted by the Chaplain to the U.S. Senate -- who married Charge d'Affaires George Moore and his wife twenty-three years ago. He asked God's help in bringing justice and peace throughout the world. Afterwards came a nineteen-gun salute and three volleys from a seven-man firing party.
On the eve of the funeral, President Nixon had called for firm international action to suppress what he described as international outlaws. He expressed a fundamental American demand that the time had come to halt political brigandry and murder -- and this could only be achieved by collective international action. A basket of yellow and white chrysanthemums from Mr. Nixon was at the foot of each casket during the funeral service.