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Libya: Arms Trade

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press the new Libyan authorities to ensure that the terms of the compensation package to be offered to victims of the IRA's Libyan-supplied semtex campaign do not distinguish between those police or military personnel killed on duty and those off duty at the time of the attacks.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Properly addressing legacy issues will be an important part of the UK's relationship with Libya. I raised this with the Libyan Transitional Government during my visit to Tripoli on 6 to 8 December. I made clear our desire to see progress on outstanding issues from the Gaddafi era. The newly appointed Foreign Minister Ashour Ben Khayyal agreed that we would take forward discussions on this.

The campaigns seeking compensation for IRA victims are private. The terms of the campaigns and the range of victims are therefore also private. However, we understand at this stage that no settlement has been made.

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