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US action in Grenada embarrasses Thatcher

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was clearly embarrassed Tuesday by the failure of Washington and London to coordinate their policies before the US invasion of Grenada, a former British colony.

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In scenes of uproar in the House of Commons, Mrs. Thatcher made it clear that she had telephoned President Reagan and urged restraint, Monitor contributor Alexander MacLeod writes. In the end, after receiving requests to intervene from Carribean states, the President decided to go ahead with the intervention without British backing.

The Americans, and, it would seem, leading countries of the Caribbean, decided that British warnings about the likely consequences of intervention could be disregarded. What worried the British government is that Caribbean nations, usually close to London in their assessment of the events in the hemisphere, decided to take their lead from Mr. Reagan rather than Mrs. Thatcher.

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