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Lockerbie Deal May Be Snagged by Blackout, France

The $2.7 billion Lockerbie bombing settlement appears frozen for the moment because of the power outage in New York and French objections to lifting U.N. sanctions against Libya, U.S. officials said on Friday. U.S. officials said they hoped Libya would deliver a letter to the U.N. Security Council later on Friday taking responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, but it was unclear whether it could do so given the power outage in much of New York. In another potential snag, France has demanded time to try to persuade Libya to increase the far lower compensation that the French government accepted for the bombing of French UTA Flight 772 over Niger in 1989. France’s position, and its private threat to veto the lifting of U.N. sanctions against Libya which had been expected to follow Tripoli’s admission of responsibility, has infuriated U.S. officials and Lockerbie family members who thought they were on the brink of settling the nearly 15-year dispute. Full Story

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