Tuesday, 1 March 2016

"Libya has no alternative but to pay the compensation"

[What follows is a Reuters news agency report quoted on the Libya: News and Views website on this date in 2002:]

A son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has been quoted as saying Libya is negotiating compensation for the families of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. The Arabic-language Asharq al-Awsat on Thursday quoted Seif al-Islam as saying the talks between representatives of the Libyan government and the victims' families were taking place in Paris. He expected the talks to be wrapped up within five months, but said Libya would not pay any money before the verdict on an appeal in the Lockerbie trial was delivered. A Scottish court sitting in The Netherlands is expected to rule next month on an appeal by former Libyan agent Abdel-Baset al-Megrahi. "Libya has no alternative but to pay the compensation, even if Megrahi was acquitted," Asharq al-Awsat quoted Seif al-Islam as saying. "Libya must deal with the situation that the United States is a dominant power," he added.

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