Libya says Lockerbie payments tied to lifting US sanctions

Lybia’s prime minister, in an interview published in The New York Times, urged Washington to lift its sanctions on Libya by May 12, the deadline for Tripoli to complete compensation payments to the families of the victims of the Lockerbie disaster.

Prime Minister Shukri Ghanim said the United States should act quickly to reward Libya for its decision last month to dismantle its secret weapons programs, a process his government would like to “accelerate to the maximum.” He said a decision on the sanctions was an “internal matter” for the United States, but that it should be aware of deadlines and their consequences. Libya was under international sanctions for years over the December 1988 bombing of a US airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie that killed 270 people. Full Story

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