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U.N. to Weigh Proposal to End 1988 Penalties Against Libya

Britain and Bulgaria proposed today that United Nations sanctions against Libya be lifted, saying that its admission of responsibility for the 1988 bombing of a passenger jet, its willingness to pay $2.7 billion in compensation and its renunciation of terrorism met the conditions set by the Security Council. But prospects for quick passage of the resolution were clouded by France’s declaration that, in the words of the deputy French ambassador here, “We are not prepared to make concessions” on the “principle of nondiscrimination between the victims of terrorism.” France holds veto power on the Security Council. The sticking point mentioned by the deputy ambassador, Michel Duclos, was the 1999 settlement under which Libya agreed to pay about $33 million to the families of victims of the bombing of a French UTA plane that went down over Niger in 1989, killing all 170 people on board. Full Story

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