INTRODUCTION: Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has added his voice to international critics of Britain's role in Northern Ireland.
GV Colonel Gaddafi speaking on telescreen as interviewer watches
SV & GV Interviewer asking question and Gaddafi answers (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
GADDAFI (SEQ. 1): "No, no support, no military support, but a spiritual one. Yes, we consider it is a just cause -- because Ireland is Ireland, and Britain is Britain. The existence of Britain in that place is colonisation, and our evidence is the struggle that is going on now, securing this area, and these leaders of the Irish army who are dying now of hunger in the jail for this cause, they have cause; they have justice cause. They ought to be independent."
INTERVIEWER: "Did you send support to the Italian Red Brigades?"
GADDAFI (SEQ. 2): "No, we are against the Red Brigades, and we consider them a group, a terrorist group."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has added his voice to international critics of Britain's role in Northern Ireland. He was speaking on Thursday (14 May) in a satellite television interview from Libya to New York, set up by America's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The main topic for discussion was the United States' decision to expel Libyan diplomats last week. Colonel Gaddafi described the American move as childish behaviour, but said he had no plans to retaliate. The United States government, giving its reasons for expelling the Libyans, had accused Tripoli of supporting international terrorism. During Thursday's interview, Colonel Gaddafi was asked if he gave support to the Irish Republican Army.....