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Britain, France Agree on Libya UN Vote Next Week

Britain has agreed to hold a Security Council vote early next week on lifting U.N. sanctions on Libya to give France more time to win a better deal from Tripoli for the victims of the 1989 bombing of a French airliner, a British diplomat said on Thursday. “We have agreed a short extension with the French until early next week,” the British diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. At France’s request, the council had asked Britain and France to try to reach agreement — and then report back to it — on a reasonable delay for a vote to end the sanctions and thus close the book on the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Britain had been pressing for a quick vote on ending the sanctions, imposed after the Pan Am jumbo jet was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, now that Libya has agreed to pay up to $10 million to each of the families of the 270 people killed. Full Story

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