Friday, July 16, 1999 Published at 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Libya pays $31m for plane bombing
Relatives of the victims want Colonel Gaddafi put on trial
Libya has transferred more than 200 million francs ($31m) to compensate the families of 170 people killed in a 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Africa.
The UTA DC-10 exploded on 19 September, 1989 over Niger while on a flight from Brazzaville, Congo, to Paris.
The payment was ordered by a French court this year.
The transfer of funds was announced by the French Foreign Ministry.
It said the payment expressed "an acknowledgement by the Libyan authorities of the responsibility of their citizens, in accordance with the rulings of French justice".
The most senior of them is Abdallah Senoussi, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's brother-in-law.
Libya's secret service, which is also accused of blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.
The relatives' action group, SOS Attentats, called for Colonel Gaddafi to be prosecuted as an accomplice because of the protection he gave to the suspects.
It said he had failed to hand over those found guilty, despite a promise to do so.
In April, Libya surrendered for trial two men accused of the Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people.
No date has been set for the start of the trial to be heard in the Netherlands, but it has been estimated it could last for up to a year.