World Leaders Gather For Palme's Funeral

Posted: March 15, 1986

STOCKHOLM — An unprecedented security net brought the Swedish capital to a near standstill as police took extraordinary measures to protect more than 100 world leaders attending the funeral today of assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme.

Private jets were still landing at Stockholm's Arlanda airport early today bringing late arrivals for the memorial service. Among the scheduled latecomers were U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and French President Francois Mitterrand.

The tight security around hotels enabled some of the dignitaries to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, whose home city of Beirut is one of the most dangerous capitals in the world, sat alone in a hotel bar reading a newspaper and later was seen chatting to other foreign visitors.

Newly elected Portuguese President Mario Soares was at the entrance to his hotel greeting African and Latin American dignitaries as security guards stood nearby warily eyeing strangers.

In the Sheraton Hotel, where Shultz will stay, teams of bodyguards combed the rooms, installing emergency call buttons.

U.S. officials said Shultz will meet with Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai Ryzhkov after the memorial service for Palme.

The U.S. officials said Shultz was prepared to discuss a planned summit between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, for which the two countries have been unable to agree a date.

Traffic in the city center ground to a halt by yesterday lunchtime as police cordoned off streets. The problems were compounded by a peace parade by 10,000 students who marched past the corner where Palme was killed two weeks ago.

Police on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old man in their search for the killer.

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