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Monday, 1 May, 2000, 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK
Libya attacks US ban decision
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Americans wanting to go to Tripoli have to get special permission
Libya has hit out at the US Senate for recommending continuing the 20-year ban on US citizens travelling to Libya.

It says Washington is the "main loser" in the affair.

"The Americans will be the losers here, coming as it does just as representatives of international oil companies are pouring into Libya to conclude cooperation agreements," said a Libyan Foreign Ministry statement.

"We are surprised that one country should forbid its nationals to go to another when all constitutions and international laws recognise the right of citizens to free movement," the statement said.

'Congress poison'

It accused "certain parties in the American Congress of wanting to poison the relations of the United States with the rest of the world."

It said the US consular mission which visited Tripoli in March had been able to see for itself that Libya "is much safer than some places in the United States."

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The aim of the trip was to determine whether the country was safe for US citizens to visit.

The US Senate passed a resolution on 28 April reasserting its support for the travel ban.

US citizens have been forbidden to visit Libya since 1981, unless they seek special permission, which is considered on a case-by-case basis.

The US embassy in Tripoli has been closed since 1980.

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