Schroeder to visit Libya in autumn

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11 August 2004, BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will visit Libya this autumn following Tripoli's agreement to pay USD 35 million (EUR 29 million) in compensation to victims of a 1986 bombing in Berlin, a government spokesman said Wednesday. "Nothing stands in the way of a visit," said Schroeder's chief spokesman Bela Anda, adding that the trip was still in planning but likely to take place in autumn. In a further development, an Economics Ministry spokeswoman said the government on Thursday would pro

11 August 2004

BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will visit Libya this autumn following Tripoli's agreement to pay USD 35 million (EUR 29 million) in compensation to victims of a 1986 bombing in Berlin, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

"Nothing stands in the way of a visit," said Schroeder's chief spokesman Bela Anda, adding that the trip was still in planning but likely to take place in autumn.

In a further development, an Economics Ministry spokeswoman said the government on Thursday would probably approve reinstating "Hermes" export guarantee credits to German firms selling goods to Libya.

The moves come after Libya on Tuesday hammered out a USD 35 million compensation deal with lawyers of European nationals injured and killed in the terrorist attack on a disco in west Berlin which was popular with US soldiers.

The bomb blast on 5 April 1986, killed two US servicemen and a Turkish woman and injured more than 200 people. In retaliation, the United States carried out airstrikes against targets in Libya a few weeks later.

A Berlin court that jailed the bombers in 2001 ruled the Libyan intelligence service was the instigator.

Tripoli has already agreed to pay a total of USD 2.7 billion to families of people killed in the 1988 bombing of an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, and similar damages for the destruction of a French airliner in Africa. 

DPA

Subject: German news

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