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Diplomats: Libya, U.S., Britain Back Lockerbie Deal

Libya, the United States and Britain have signed off on a deal under which Tripoli would accept responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, diplomats said on Tuesday. “There is now sign-off from all three governments. All that is left are the practical steps,” said a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity. He stressed the deal was contingent on Libya actually taking responsibility and paying compensation to families of the 270 people who died in the bombing. The deal could lead to a Security Council vote ending U.N. sanctions on Libya early next week, provided that Libya carries out its commitments under the deal, council diplomats said. The sanctions, which were imposed on Tripoli after the midair bombing that killed all 259 people aboard a Boeing jumbo jet and 11 on the ground, were suspended in 1999 after Libya turned over two Libyan suspects for trial. Full Story

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