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Libya meeting 'positive' says DUP

IRA men with rocket launcher and mortar
The Libyan government supplied the IRA with the majority of its weapons

DUP MPs Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds have held talks in London with Libyan officials.

They are hoping to travel to Tripoli soon to meet Colonel Gaddafi to press the Libyan leader to pay compensation to the victims of IRA violence.

Jeffrey Donaldson described Tuesday's meeting as "positive" and said more discussions are planned.

Libya helped arm the IRA and victims have said that the north African country should now compensate them.

Out-of-court deals have been agreed by Libya with three American victims of IRA atrocities.

But more than 100 UK IRA victims, who had been pursuing similar claims through the US courts, were excluded from those deals.

It is understood the legal team engaged in the campaign for compensation from Libya for IRA victims have taken hundreds of enquiries.

During the Troubles, Libya supplied the IRA with tonnes of the explosive Semtex as well as thousands of rifles, small arms and flame throwers.

However, the son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, has said Libya will resist compensation demands.

He said any claims based on Libya's supply of explosives to the IRA would be a matter for the courts.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown had declined to put formal pressure on Libya for compensation, but he has said the UK will support families making claims.



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