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Brown: I will urge Libya to compensate IRA victims

Publié par Clifford Armion le 09/07/2009

Nigel Morris and Daniel Howden

"Gordon Brown last night promised he would back the battle for compensation from Libya for the relatives of IRA bomb victims, after leaked letters showed he had initially refused to take up the issue because of fears it might harm relations with Col Muammar Gaddafi.

"Dogged by the continuing fallout from the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Mr Brown hurriedly moved to limit damage from suggestions that he was being hard-hearted towards the families of those killed by Semtex explosive supplied to the IRA by Libya.

"The papers disclosed that he had told campaigners seeking a cash payout from the Gaddafi government that it was not "appropriate" for British ministers to pursue the case. He explained that increasing Libyan co-operation on tackling terrorism could be threatened if the issue was taken up at official level."

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"Brown: I will urge Libya to compensate IRA victims", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2009. Consulté le 07/03/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/brown-i-will-urge-libya-to-compensate-ira-victims