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U.S. Treads Carefully With Libya

The United States is scheduled to open a political dialogue with Libya on Friday in London, with the Bush administration also considering sending a State Department envoy to Tripoli to discuss diplomatic issues with senior Libyan officials, U.S. officials said yesterday. But the Bush administration is split over the next steps to take with the government of Moammar Gaddafi, with the Pentagon resisting major reciprocal gestures in response to Tripoli’s agreement to surrender its weapons of mass destruction, the officials added. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday that Libya’s cooperation warranted deepening the level of engagement through “political openings and developments,” as promised by President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair when they announced Tripoli’s agreement to hand over all equipment and data for nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Full Story

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