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US to Meet Libyans Before Deciding on Terror List

The United States plans to meet Libyan officials to gauge their commitment to giving up terrorism before deciding whether to take Libya off its list of “state sponsors of terrorism,” a U.S. official said on Friday. The senior U.S. official’s comment suggests it may take some time for Libya to escape the list and its sanctions, which include a ban on U.S. arms exports, limits on items with dual military and civilian uses, and prohibitions on U.S. aid. Removing Libya is also critical to relatives of the 270 people who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, who could see their compensation from Tripoli rise if it gets off the list. On Monday, Secretary of State Colin Powell told Reuters he wanted Libya dropped as soon as possible and he praised its Dec. 19 decision to abandon weapons of mass destruction and its work to destroy them since. Full Story

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