The trial trail
27 November 1991: The British, US and French Governments issue a joint statement calling on the Libyan Government to surrender all the accused for trial.
8 December 1991: Libya says it will try the men itself.
21 January 1992: UN Security Council Resolution 731 orders Libya to surrender the Lockerbies suspects.
23 March 1992: Libya offers to hand suspects over to the Arab League.
31 March 1992: UN Security Concil Resolution 748 gives Libyans 15 days to hand over the suspects or face a worldwide ban on air travel and arms sales and the closure of Libyan Arab Airline offices.
15 April 1992: UN embargo takes effect.
30 April 1992: Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi says he will not hand the men over but they are free to surrender.
11 November 1993: UN Security Council Resolution 883 repeats the earlier demands and threatens to tighten sanctions.
1 December 1993: Sanctions imposed, including the freezing of Libyan assets in foreign banks and an embargo on oil industry-related equipment.
29 January 1994: Libya maintains its refusal to hand over the two suspects.
24 January 1995: British MPs call for a new inquiry after the publication of US intelligence service documents suggesting that Iran and not Libya was behind the bombing.
2 July 1998: The UN Security Council extends sanctions for a further four months.
21 July 1998: The British and US Governments indicate that a trial in a third country under Scottish law may be acceptable.