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Libyan foreign minister's statement

Libya's foreign minister has issued a statement reaffirming his country's responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing, a day after the prime minister appeared to say the opposite.

The following is the foreign minister's statement as published by the official Libyan news agency Jana:

Tripoli, 25 February: The brother secretary of the General People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation [foreign minister], Abdulrahman Muhammad Shalgam has issued the following statement:

The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah [Libya] would like to state clearly and fully our stance regarding Pan Am 103.

The Great Jamahiriyah has met all the requirements of the Security Council regarding the issue of Pan Am 103.

In a letter addressed to the president of the Security Council dated 15 August 2003, Libya made the following statement:

Out of respect for international law and in compliance with the Security Council resolutions, Libya, as a sovereign country, has facilitated the bringing to justice of the two suspects accused of Pan Am flight 103 bombing and accepted responsibility for the actions of its officials.

We stand by this stance and all the latest statements which cast doubt on these positions are inaccurate.

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