US sanctions against Libya remain intact despite Lockerbie settlement
In recognition of Libya's acceptance of responsibility for its actions in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Scotland in 1988, the United States has announced, "it will not oppose the lifting of United Nations sanctions on Libya." However, the US government asserted that American sanctions against the country will remain intact.
In a letter to the UN Security Council on August 15, 2003, Libya stated it "accepts responsibility for the actions of its officials" in the bombing of Pan Am 103. The Arab state agreed last week to establish a $2.7 billion compensation fund for the families.
In recognition of these steps, and to allow the families' settlement to go forward, the United States has notified the UN Security Council that it will not oppose the lifting of UN sanctions on Libya, which were suspended in 1999, cited a White House statement.
According to the statement, United States will intensify its efforts to end threatening elements of Libya's behavior and US bilateral sanctions on Libya will remain in full force until Libya addresses these concerns. Libya must also continue to take definitive action to assist in the fight against international terrorism. — (menareport.com)
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