France, EU did not pay Libya for medics' release

24th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 24, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday that neither France nor the European Union had paid "the slightest financial compensation" for the release of six Bulgarian medics jailed in Libya.

PARIS, July 24, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday that neither France nor the European Union had paid "the slightest financial compensation" for the release of six Bulgarian medics jailed in Libya.

 Sarkozy, whose wife Cecilia helped negotiated the medics' release alongside EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, also confirmed at a press conference in Paris that he would head to Tripoli on Wednesday.

Speaking hours after the six nurses and doctor touched down in Sofia on board a French presidential plane, Sarkozy said it would be a "political trip to help Libya reintegrate the concert of nations".

The six medics had been jailed for life in Libya for infecting children with the AIDS virus, but were freed after the conditions Tripoli had set down for extradition had been met.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the details of the deal brokered with the Libyan authorities.

In Tripoli, a Libyan government official said Sarkozy was expected to sign bilateral agreements on security, energy, education, immigration, health and scientific research during his visit to the north African country.


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