Statement by Principal
Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on United
Kingdom-Syria Diplomatic Relations
October 24, 1986
the British Government has broken diplomatic relations with Syria as a result of Syrian
Government involvement in the attempt to bomb an El Al passenger airplane. The
conviction of Nizer Hindawi
and his sentencing to 45 years in prison reflects the gravity of the crime and
the natural response of a civilized nation. The President notes that had it not
been for the vigilance of those responsible for security at Heathrow Airport, over 400 persons,
including 230 Americans, would have perished.
state that encourages and takes part in terrorism isolates itself from the
civilized world. The United States will consult and
cooperate with others to bring practical meaning to that isolation --
diplomatically, politically, economically.
We applaud the reaction of
Her Majesty's government. We support the British decision. Our Ambassador is
being withdrawn from Syria. In the coming days we will be in close consultation
with Her Majesty's government and other allies regarding additional steps that
we and others will take.