PM 'committed' to Libya compensation

Published Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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Prime Minister David Cameron has reaffirmed his commitment to securing compensation for the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA violence.

PM 'committed' to Libya compensation
Prime Minister David Cameron. (© Getty)

Mr Cameron was questioned about the issue by Nigel Dodds MP on Wednesday.

The DUP man asked: "Do you agree with what you previously said that the issue of compensation from Libya remains a priority for this Government? And would you agree to meet with me to review the case and discuss what further progress might be made?"

In reply, the Prime Minister said: "The Libyan authorities are in no doubt of the importance that we attach to engaging properly with UK victims and seeking redress.

"I raised it most recently with the Libyan prime minister last September.

"Of course his country faces huge challenges, which makes it difficult to make progress on this issue, but I am committed to doing that and I'm very happy to meet with you."

Campaigners, lobbying on behalf of bereaved relatives, have sought a multi-million pound pay-out from Libya for its role in providing arms to the IRA during the Troubles.

Mr Dodds said in a statement: "The previous Gaddafi regime in Libya was a major supporter of terrorism within the United Kingdom and their supply of arms and semtex in particular contributed to the immense suffering of victims right across the UK.

"The Prime Minister has previously said that the issue of compensation from Libya remains a priority for this Government. Therefore I am very pleased that he has agreed to meet with me to review the case and discuss what further progress might be made."

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Hassan S. in Tripoli- Libya wrote (128 days ago):
Although I appreciate very much, as most Libyans, the big help and efforts in helping us to get rid of the tyrant Ghaddafi, I am very astonished by the British intention on claiming compensation for the few tens or hundreds of innocent British and/ or Irish people claimed to have been killed by providing arms and explosives to the IRA. If this was the case, then Libyans should be compensated for the tens of thousands of landmines that were planted by the Axis and Allied forces (mainly Britain and France) during the Second World War and have caused, and are still causing the death of thousands of innocent Libyans since the end of World War 2! Fair is fair isn't it?
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