Mandela reiterates his commitment in Lockerbie case

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela, in a telephone conversation with the leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, Wednesday evening reiterated his commitment in the Lockerbie case and his determination to pursue consultations with all the parties concerned.
Mandela, in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian authorities, played a key role in breaking the deadlock in the Lockerbie case in March 1999 while he was still South African president.
In an initial reaction to the Camp Zeist verdict, he criticised the US and Britain for refusing to lift the sanctions against Tripoli.
Mandela said that the two countries did not keep their word after the extradition of the two Libyans alleged to have been involved in the said case.
On 30 January 2001, the Camp Zeist court sitting in the Netherlands convicted one of the two Libyan suspects, Abdelbasset Al-Megrahi, for life and acquitted his compatriot, Al-Amine Khalifa Fhima.
"We expect the West to set a good example in terms of moral responsibility" and not to change the rules of the game, he said.
"When agreements are not respected, it brings confusion in international relations," Mandela had then said.
His telephone conversation with Colonel Moammar Kadhafi came at a time when the international media disclosed that Tripoli had proposed a conditional compensation of 2.
7 billion US dollars to the families of victims of the Lockerbie crash.
Tripoli has denied this.

30 may 2002 22:41:00




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