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Monday, 21 December, 1998, 14:46 GMT
Lockerbie victims remembered
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Lockerbie's garden of remembrance - a permanent memorial
Lockerbie
Ceremonies are being held in the Scottish town of Lockerbie on Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of the bomb attack on a Pan Am airliner.

The bomb killed all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground.

Many relatives of the victims, from Britain, the United States and elsewhere, are in Lockerbie for the anniversary.

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to lay a wreath on behalf of the Queen.

At a church service of remembrance, there will be a minute's silence at 1903 GMT - the moment when the bomb exploded.

Another service will be held at Westminster Abbey in London.

In the United States, President Bill Clinton will attend a service at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to remember the victims.

A service is also due to be held at Syracuse University in New York State, which lost 35 students in the bombing.

Hopes for trial

The United States and Britain have been pressing the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi to hand over two Libyans accused of being responsible for trial in the Netherlands under Scottish law.

The victims' families had hoped to know by now that a trial would definitely take place.

Last August, as UN sanctions against Libya showed signs of eroding, the United States and Britain put forward a compromise - a trial of the two Libyan suspects under Scottish law, but in the Netherlands.

Last week, the Libyan People's Congress said it was satisfied with the plan, but there is still no announcement that the two men - alleged intelligence agents - will be handed over.

Correspondents say Colonel Gaddafi's reluctance may be due to fears that they would implicate the Libyan state in the attack.

A trial might also cast light on whether alternative theories that Iran or Syria were involved had any basis.

The United States has hinted that if there is no moves soon, it will press for additional measures against Libya in addition to the limited sanctions now in force.

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Diplomatic Correspondent Barnaby Mason: "The demand to know the truth drives the relatives"
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BBC Scotland Correspondent Andrew Cassell looks forward to today's remembrance ceremonies
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