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US Says Libya Has Much More to Do Before Sanctions Will Be Lifted

The State Department says a three-way U.S.-British-Libyan meeting in London on the Pan Am flight 103 affair was "constructive," but it also says Libya has much more to do before it can rid itself of U.S. and United Nations sanctions stemming from the 1988 airliner bombing.

The London meeting came in the wake of reports that Libya was ready to offer $2.7 billion in compensation to the families of the 270 people killed when the jumbo jet was brought down over Scotland.

But State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said U.S. delegation chief William Burns made clear that settling the compensation issue is only one of several conditions Libya must meet for the lifting of U.N. sanctions. "Assistant Secretary Burns pressed Libya to comply with U.N. Security Council resolution requirements related to Pan Am 103," he said. "Payment of appropriate compensation is one of these requirements. Libya must also comply with the other requirements, including accepting responsibility, before U.N. sanctions can be lifted."

Mr. Boucher called the meeting constructive, while the British side said progress was made and that more talks will be held. Libya has been eager to end the United Nations penalties and terrorism-related U.S. sanctions against it, and though it remains on the U.S. state-terrorism list, the Bush administration has credited Libya with cutting links to terrorist factions.