Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Anniversary of removal of UN sanctions against Libya
Today is the ninth anniversary of the removal by the United Nations Security Council of sanctions against Libya over the Lockerbie affair. Thirteen members voted in favour; France and the United States of America abstained. The report on the BBC News website can be read here. The conditions for removal that the Security Council had imposed when sanctions were imposed included surrender of Megrahi and Fhimah for trial; acceptance by Libya of responsibility for the destruction of Pan Am 103; and payment of compensation to the relatives of the victims. The terms of the Libyan "acceptance of responsibility" can be read here. Posts on this blog relating to the compensation paid by Libya can be read here. Two senior officials of the Gaddafi regime are now on trial in Tripoli for their rôle in negotiating the compensation arrangements.