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U.S.: Libya Lockerbie Statement Not Official Enough

The United States said on Wednesday that Libyan statements accepting responsibility for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing were not official enough to meet the requirements of U.N. Security Council resolutions. In 1992, the United Nations imposed sanctions on Libya because it refused to hand over suspects in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner, which killed 270 people. After Libya agreed to a Lockerbie trial in the Netherlands, the United Nations suspended the sanctions in 1999 and set conditions for lifting them permanently. The conditions required Libya to take responsibility for the bombing, pay compensation and “renounce terrorism.” On Wednesday, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abderrahmane Chalgam said the Libyan government had accepted responsibility for the bombing and had set up a fund to compensate the victims’ families. Chalgam did not mention a direct government role collecting compensation funds but said Libyan and foreign companies were “participating in the collection of the money.” Full Story

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