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Libya ready to accept liability for Lockerbie bombing

The Libyan government was said to have agreed yesterday to accept liability for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people. Officials from Britain, the United States and Libya held talks in London yesterday as part of negotiations to broker a deal leading to the lifting of United Nations sanctions. Last year Libya said it was prepared to offer compensation totalling $2.7bn (£1.7bn), representing $10m per victim, to the families of those killed when Pan Am flight 103 was blown up over the Scottish border village in December 1988. But a sticking point has always been the question of accepting responsibility, a condition imposed by the US before sanctions can be lifted. Foreign Office officials were playing down suggestions last night that Libya was poised to finally accept responsibility but a spokeswoman described the meeting as a “useful session”. She added: “We made further progress. Now the delegations are reporting back to the capitals to consult on the next stage.” Full Story

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