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France Wants More Compensation From Libya

France insisted Monday that Libya must pay more compensation to victims of a 1989 French jetliner bombing, but stopped short of a full threat to block a possible U.N. resolution to lift sanctions against Moammar Gadhafi’s government. Embarrassed by the size — $2.7 billion — of the compensation deal Libya recently struck with victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, France wants to renegotiate an earlier agreement for the French UTA jet. A new round of talks between Libyan authorities and families who lost relatives on the UTA plane has made “important progress,” the Foreign Ministry said, but has so far yielded no breakthrough. “France, in the name of fairness, wants another agreement to be quickly reached between the UTA victims and Libyan authorities,” ministry spokeswoman Cecile Pozzo di Borgo said. Full Story

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