Mandela to Continue Mediating in Lockerbie Affair
Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi and former South African president Nelson Mandela on Sunday evening held lengthy discussions in Tripoli on the latest developments in the "Lockerbie affair,” reports said.
Addressing a news conference after the talks, Mandela pledged to continue efforts aimed at making the other parties to abide by the agreement the two sides had reached on the affair, Panafrican News Agency (PANA) reported.
According to the news service, Mandela when he was in power, had helped in breaking the deadlock over the Lockerbie affair by negotiating the surrender of two Libyans suspected of masterminding the mid-air explosion of a Pan Am airliner killing 270 people over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988.
On 30th January this year, a Scottish court at Camp Zeist in The Netherland handed a life sentence to one of the suspects, Abdelbasset al-Meghrahi but acquitted his colleague, Al-Amine Khalifa Fhima.
Mandela had criticized the United States and Great Britain for refusing to lift sanctions against Tripoli, after the ruling of conviction was sounded.
He said that the two countries had broken a promise they had made in order to obtain the extradition of the two Libyans – Albawaba.com