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Libya 'should pay IRA victims'
Wreckage of UTA DC10 blown up over Niger in 1989 (archive)
The UTA bombing claimed 170 lives
Libya should pay compensation to people killed by the IRA using weapons supplied by the Middle East country, a Democratic Unionist has claimed.

Libya agreed a compensation deal on Thursday with relatives of people killed in the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over the Sahara.

The deal followed French protests that an earlier settlement had been dwarfed by the $2.7bn Libya agreed to pay in connection with the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

The United Nations Security Council voted to lift sanctions against Tripoli on Friday, but Ian Paisley Jr has claimed these should remain in place.

Mr Paisley said Libya had provided weapons and explosives used in a number of atrocities.

"I think there has to be parity of compensation and parity of treatment," he said.

"French and US victims of Libyan terrorism have received gigantic amounts of compensation, yet our victims - British soldiers' families and indeed people in Northern Ireland who have suffered as a result of Libyan-sponsored terrorism - are getting paltry sums or nothing."

UTA flight 772 was blown up over Niger in September 1989, killing all 170 people on board.




SEE ALSO:
UN puts off Libya vote
09 Sep 03  |  Africa
Impasse over French bombing deal
24 Aug 03  |  Europe
Libya completes Lockerbie payout
22 Aug 03  |  Americas


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