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More Libya talks over IRA support

Jeffrey Donaldson MP
The delegation includes DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson

A delegation of politicians in Libya is holding more talks with officials on the country's past support for the IRA.

The cross-party group, which includes three MPs and three Lords members, is seeking compensation for victims of IRA violence.

Colonel Gaddafi's regime secretly supplied the IRA with weapons and explosives during the Troubles.

Libyan journalist Rana Jawad said the signs were not positive that the government intended to reach a deal.

"Back in September Colonel Gadaffi's son, Saif al-Islam, said he would resist these calls for compensation

"If they had any hope, it would have been through him - he heads an organisation which negotiated compensation deals for the Lockerbie bombing and the German disco bombing.

"His words essentially signal that they're not willing to negotiate on this."

She said from a diplomacy point of view, Libya could not refuse to meet a delegation of British parliamentarians.

The DUP said on Sunday their MPs had met the Mayor of Tripoli, the Libyan minister for Europe and the Speaker of the General Peoples Congress.

The cross-party delegation includes DUP politicians Nigel Dodds, Jeffrey Donaldson and Labour's Andrew MacKinlay.

Diplomatic relations between the UK and Tripoli have improved and there have recently been signs of a possible change in attitude over payments.

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