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Page 18-Saturday, May 10, 1980-The Michigan Daily
STATE DEPT. SAYS FOUR LIBYANS AGREE TO GO HOME

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POLI, Libya (AP) - Libyan improper activities. whom the Libyan government was
Col. Moammar Khadafy, raising In the past two months, five Khadafy trying to force to return home.
kes in a diplomatic feud with the opponents have been assassinated in The official Libyan news agency
States and Britain, threatened London, Rone, and Beirut. Two weeks JANA quoted Khadafy as saying he was
lay to cut off oil supplies to the ago Khadafy declared that Libyan "seriously thinking" of halting oil
untries and withdraw all Libyan exiles must return to their homeland or shipments to the United States, which
from them, otherwise be "doomed wherever they obtains 3.5 per cent of its oil from
threat came hours before the might be." Libya, and to Britain, which depends on
Department announced that a ITALIAN AND BRITAIN police are Libya for less than one per cent of its
vent had been reaphed on its investigating whether Khadafy oil.
d that four Libyans, accused of supporters are systematically killing He also was considering withdrawing
ating Libyan dissidents in the his critics overseas. In the United Libyan assets from the two countries,
States, leave the 'country. A States, the FBI reportedly discovered a JANA said. The value of those assets
ie of 4:30 p.m. had been set for "hit list" of two dozen Libyan students could not be immediately determined.

the Libyans to comply with the
expulsion order, and police and FBI
men were stationed around the Libyan
mission when the settlement was
reported.
ALTHOUGH FBI agents were
unlikely to have been given approval to
go into the mission, U.S. authorities
could have cut off water and electrical
servies as well as preventing anyone
from entering the building if a
settlement had not been reached
A joint statement released at the
State Departmhent said Libya had
agreed to recall the four and they would
leave tomorrow.,
The four claimed they were students,
not diplomats, and they could be kicked
out of the country only through legal
deportaton proceedings and not by an
expulsionorder.
UNDER THE settlement, the
Libyans also "confirmed their interest
in concluding satisfactory
arrangements regarding the
documentation of- their remaining
personnel" at the mission. Libya has
replaced its traditional embassies with
"People's Bureaus," but the State
Department insisted the Libyans at the
Washington mission register as
dilomats.
dn London, British government
officials were reported preparing to
order several members of the Libyan
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men under surveillance for two months
and discovered a "hit list" of about two
dozen Libyan students whom the"
Libyan government was attempting to
force to return home.
Zbedi assailed the FBI for conducting
investigations of Libyan students. He
said that he has recently received calls
at the embassy from University studen-
ts complaining that they are being
harassed by the FBI. "It's not us," he
said. "They can't- accuse us of in-
timidating our own people and get away
with it."
HE ALSO ACCUSED the American
press for what he termed unrepresen-
tative journalism. "The Washington
Post Was willing to print everything
against us and nothing about our point
of view," he said.
Zbedi said his immediate reaction
last Friday when he was notified that he
was to be deported was one of "sur-
prise, dismay, and disappointment."
Zbedi, who said he has been working as
a committeemember in the Libyan em-
bassy since last September when
Libyan students converted it into a
"People's Bureau," said the State
Department revoked his student visa.
"I'm a student, not a diplomat and I've
always carried a student visa," he said.
He explained that none of the embassy

personnel are registered as diplomats
because "in a People's Bureau, all
decisions are made by a committee."
He maintained that as a student, he has
a right to a fair deportation trial to con-
test the expulsion order.
However, the State Department
considers all embassy petsonnel
diplomats and demanded yesterday
that along with expulsion of the four,
the remaining Libyans in the embassy
must formally register as diplomats.
ZBEDI SAID THAT he came to work at
the embassy "almost against my will.
On the tenth anniversay of the Libyan
revolution our leader (Col. Moammar
Khadafy) called on the students of nine
countries to take over the embassies
and change operations into an electing-
committee administration." He added
that the new People's Bureau was
established to "take better care of the
Libyan problems in this country."
Zbedi, who has a wife and five
children, said that he wanted to remain
in Ann Arbor for financial reasons. He
said his wife and children are in
Virginia awaiting further
developments.
Although Zbedi said he has been
offered a professorship at a Libyan
university, he said that he would rather
return to Ann Arbor to complete his
half-finished dissertation. "I would like
to renew my visa and get my Ph.D from
the University," he said. "Michigan still
means a lot to me-but I don't know if
I'll have a chance."
ACCORDING TO Sandy Fine,
Administrative Assistant of the
Linguistic department, it would be
difficult for Zbedi to earn a degree
while living outside the United States,
but not impossible. Difficulties would
arise, she said, because a candidate is
required to register for the term he
defends. Fine, who said she knew Zbedi
distantly, said he seemed to be an
"awful nice guy." But another
acquaintance and classmate who asked
not to be identified said "people seemed
to think he was a pretty nasty guy."
Zbedi came to the U.S. for the first
time in September 1973 and received a
masters degree in linguistics from the
University in 1974. He said that while he
was in Ann Arbor (up until last
September), he participated in student
and social organizations, including the
Libyan Student Union, the Arab Student,
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"We should use the tax structure to
stimulate (the private sector)," he
said. "You have to hold the growth of
spending to less than the rate of in-
flation."
Such tax incentives, he said in his 30
minute speech, would stimulate jobs in
the private sector as well as home
ownership. The 55-year-old candidate
said he believes home ownership
produces a sound family unit, which is
fundamental to a stable country.
Bushclaimed that former President
Gerald Ford "disciplined" Congress in-
to spending less, lowering the inflation
rate 12 per cent to 4 per cent.
Bush said, after living in China for
some 14 months while serving as am-
bassador to that country, and experien-
cing a nation devoid of the basic
freedoms this country enjoys, he wants
to serve this country to maintain those
freedoms.
He added that he wants to end the
nation's cynical attitude toward the
government. "I want to have a hand in
elevating the level of confidence in this
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