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More Libya talks over IRA victims

IRA gunman
Libya supplied guns and explosives to the IRA during the Troubles

A delegation representing victims of IRA violence is to travel to Libya at the weekend in a further effort to seek compensation.

During the Troubles, Libya supplied guns and explosives to the IRA.

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson did not specify how much money they were seeking, but said they wanted to reach a multi-million pound settlement.

"We're still in discussions with the Libyans so none of this is settled," he said.

"The idea that's emerging is that if there was a settlement then obviously those victims who have taken legal action against the Libyan government would be the first to benefit from any settlement.

"We would then hope that would be widened out to include generally victims of IRA terrorism.

"There's a third category which would involve establishing a fund to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland."

The cross-party delegation attending the talks will include DUP MP Nigel Dodds, Labour MP Andrew McKinley, Lord Bew and Lord Brennan.

Libya was once a sponsor of worldwide terrorism, including support for the IRA, but the country and its leader Colonel Gaddafi have come in from the cold.

In 2003, it took responsibility for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, which claimed 270 lives, mostly American. It also abandoned efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Five years later, Colonel Gaddafi reached a final compensation agreement with the US over Lockerbie and other bombings.



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