King Hassan the Second of Morocco on Friday confirmed that Libya had broken off diplomatic relations with Morocco.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): HASSAN: "I am sorry to say first of all that we were attacked by Libya, and it was the latter who were the first to break off their diplomatic relations. I think in these circumstances the question should be asked of Libya.
REPORTER: Did you speak personally to the condemned men? Before the executions what did they say to you?
HASSAN: No, I did not want to speak to them, but(I add the following to put an end to an argument which i did not want to begin, and which a leading French daily has carried on. Contrary to what might be thought, the officers who were executed were executed legally. The secret of just how I have kept myself. They were actually condemned to death as it were on the field of battle by a council of war.) But that is a domestic matter, that I was not obliged to divulge.
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Background: King Hassan the Second of Morocco on Friday confirmed that Libya had broken off diplomatic relations with Morocco.
At a press conference in Rabat, he explained the circumstances under which they were broken off, and also gave an account of how the ten officers executed for leading last week's coup had come to be condemned to death and in his view legally executed.
Reporters asked him first of all under what conditions Morocco would re-establish relations with Libya.
SYNOPSIS: King Hassan the Second of Morocco confirmed at a Press Conference in Rabat on Friday that Libya had broken off diplomatic relations with Morocco. He explained the circumstances surrounding this development, and also those behind the execution of the ten officers who were said to have led the recent attempted coup.
King Hassan said he was sorry to say first of all that Morocco had been attacked by Libya. It was Libya who first broke off their diplomatic relations, and they should be asked under what circumstances they might be re-established. Asked if he had spoken personally to the ten officers executed for leading the attempted coup, the King said he had not. He added the following only to put an end to an argument begun by a leading French daily, and which he had not wanted to get into. He had kept the secret to himself that the officers were actually condemned to death as if on the field of battle by a council of war. But that, he said, was a domestic matter which he had not been obliged to divulge.