Kadhafi, Mandela discuss Lockerbie affair

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Former South-African President Nelson Mandela left Tripoli Sunday night after holding discussions on the Lockerbie affair with the Libyan revolutionary leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi.
Mandela, who reaffirmed during the talks his commitment with regard to the Lockerbie affair, informed Colonel Kadhafi of recent talks he recently had with all the parties concerned, official sources in Tripoli said.
The former president and Saudi Arabian leaders played a key role in ending the Lockerbie crisis by pushing plaintiffs, the US and Britain, into accepting a Libyan proposal to try the two Libyan suspects in a third country, Holland, under a Scottish court.
On 30 January 2001, the Scottish court sentenced to life imprisonment one of the two suspects, Abdelbasset Al-Megrahi, and acquitted his compatriot, Al-Amine Khalifa Fihima.
Reacting to the verdict, Mandela had criticised the US and Britain for their refusal to lift sanctions against Tripoli as promised.
"We expect from the West to show us the way in terms of moral responsibility and not to modify the deals.
Failing to honour accords is tantamount to sowing confusion in international affairs", he declared.
Mandela had promised to intercede on behalf of al-Megrahi when he visited Libya last April.
He also briefed the Libyan leader of his work as the facilitator of the peace efforts in Burundi.

12 november 2001 23:22:00

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