Schroeder to meet Gaddafi in Libya

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1 October 2004, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will travel to Tripoli for talks with Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi later this month, the government said Friday. Schroeder will visit Libya on 15 October, said the Chancellor's deputy spokesman Thomas Steg. The trip follows the first payout to victims of an apparently Libyan-ordered terrorist bombing in former West Berlin from a USD 35 million fund agreed by Libyan foundation closely linked to Gaddafi. The bomb blast on 5 April 1986 at Berlin's "

1 October 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will travel to Tripoli for talks with Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi later this month, the government said Friday.

Schroeder will visit Libya on 15 October, said the Chancellor's deputy spokesman Thomas Steg.

The trip follows the first payout to victims of an apparently Libyan-ordered terrorist bombing in former West Berlin from a USD 35 million fund agreed by Libyan foundation closely linked to Gaddafi.

The bomb blast on 5 April 1986 at Berlin's "La Belle" nightclub killed two US servicemen and a civilian woman and injured about 200 people, the majority of them German. The nightclub was popular with US soldiers stationed in the formerly divided city.

In retaliation, then US President Ronald Reagan ordered airstrikes on Gaddafi's tent home and other targets in Libya a few weeks later, killing Gaddafi's adoptive daughter.

Germany and Libya have maintained close economic ties with Tripoli remaining Germany's biggest Arab supplier of crude oil.

Following talks in Libya, Schroeder will travel to Algeria on 16 October for meetings with leaders in Algiers, said Steg.

DPA

Subject: German news

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