A Bush administration plan to remove restrictions on American travel to Libya was stalled Tuesday when the prime minister said his government had not accepted responsibility for the downing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States had demanded a retraction of the prime minister’s remarks, carried in a British Broadcasting Co. radio interview. Libya already had acknowledged to the United Nations its responsibility for the bombing of the jetliner over Scotland in 1988 that killed 270 people, including 181 Americans, Boucher said. “We would expect the Libyan government to explain and retract,” the U.S. spokesman said. Libya said in a letter to the United Nations last August that it “accepts responsibility for the actions of its officials,” one of whom was convicted of the bombing. Full Story
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