..... EuroMed

Euro-Mediterranean Partnership


Italy's Dini In Libya After Air Ban Suspended

TUNIS, Tunisia (
Reuters via Yahoo! April 6, 1999) - Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini arrived in Tripoli Tuesday on the first flight into Libya after the suspension of a U.N. air ban, saying he saw a new role for the former Italian colony in the Mediterranean region.

``I am very pleased to have arrived by air with no difficulties encountered or time wasted. Therefore, I am very happy to be here in Libya today,'' the Libyan news agency quoted Dini as saying on arrival.

``I believe that peace, development and cooperation in the Mediterranean region cannot take place without Libya's participation,'' Jana, monitored in London, quoted Dini as saying.

``Now that this change which would lead to the lifting of the sanctions on Libya, I believe it is time for Libya to play its role in the current dialogue between the countries of the Mediterranean,'' Dini said. Dini's visit follows Libya's handover of two men accused of blowing up a U.S. airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. .

The U.N. Security Council Monday suspended economic sanctions, including an air ban, imposed on Libya over the Lockerbie bombing upon confirmation from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan that the two Libyans accused of the bombing had arrived in the Netherlands for trial before a Scottish court.

The sanctions, imposed in 1992 and tightened in 1993, include an air and arms embargo as well as a ban on some oil equipment. The sanctions cannot be lifted formally until Annan submits another report within the next 90 days.

This includes weather Libya has renounced all ties to alleged terrorists and made provisions to compensate families of the crash victims if the two suspects are convicted.

Dini said that Italy would demand that Libya be allowed to take part in future meetings of the Euro-Mediterranean forum, set up in 1994 to promote north-south political and economic cooperation.

Italy said Monday that the handover of the two Libyan suspects paved the way for Libya to be fully reintegrated into the international community.

An agreement signed between Italy and Libya in July removed obstacles to bilateral relations which had remained since Libya was an Italian colony under former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Both countries agreed to refrain from any hostile acts against each other.

Please put this page in your BOOKMARKS - - - - -

Enter your e-mail address to receive e-mail when this page is updated.
Your Internet e-mail address:

Copyright © 1999 Photius Coutsoukis
Revised 23-March-1999