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Friday, April 9, 1999 Published at 18:22 GMT 19:22 UK

World: Middle East

International take-off for Libyan Airlines

The Libyan national airline expects to resume international flights within the next two weeks, following the suspension of United Nations sanctions against Libya.

The airline's general manager, Mohammed al-Mukhtar Ibssim, said it was planning to upgrade its services and its fleet of planes, which had been adversely affected by sanctions.

Mr Ibssim was speaking in Egypt and said he planned to visit other Arab countries too, to negotiate possible services that could be provided to Libya. UN sanctions were suspended on Monday after two Libyans accused of the 1988 bombing of an American airliner over Lockerbie, in Scotland, gave themselves up for trial in the Netherlands.

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