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2003 Libya Special Weapons News



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    December

  • U-S / LIBYA / NUCLEAR VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- Bush administration officials are confirming news reports that a U-S-led naval operation in October interdicted a shipment of uranium-enrichment components bound for Libya. U-S officials say the seizure may have helped prompt Libya to make its pledge two weeks ago to dismantle weapons of mass destruction.
  • IAEA / LIBYA VOA 31 Dec 2003 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency says its inspectors had visited nuclear sites in Libya that they did not know existed, and plan to conduct another round of inspections at the end of January.
  • U-S-Libya-Nuclear VOA 30 Dec 2003 -- The United States says it will take a considerable amount of time to determine whether Libya is being completely forthcoming in disclosing its nuclear program. Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed the issue by telephone Tuesday with International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed El-Baradei, who has just completed an inspection visit to Libya.
  • UN atomic agency chief says Libya was in early stages of nuclear programme UN News Centre 29 Dec 2003 -- After visiting Libya to start verifying its clandestine activities, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today said that Tripoli's nuclear programme was "at an early stage of development."
  • LIBYA/NUCLEAR VOA 29 Dec 2003 -- According to the head of the U-N nuclear watchdog agency, Libya is honoring its pledge to cooperate with weapons inspectors in the process of dismantling Tripoli's programs for production of weapons of mass destruction.
  • LIBYA/NUCLEAR VOA 28 Dec 2003 -- International weapons inspectors are in Libya preparing to begin inspections of the country's programs aimed at building banned weapons.
  • LIBYA/NUCLEAR VOA 27 Dec 2003 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the I-A-E-A, is traveling to (is in) Libya to meet the country's leader, Moammar Gadhafi, to begin the verification process of Tripoli's past and present nuclear activities.
  • Libya's Weapons Programs VOA 26 Dec 2003 -- Libyan officials announced last week that their country is ending its program to develop weapons of great destruction. They said Libya plans to give up the program and work instead on development projects. Libya also said it would welcome inspections from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • State's Armitage Attributes Positive Developments to Steadfast Policies Washington File 24 Dec 2003 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage dismissed the idea that recent actions on the part of Libya, Syria and Iran were a reaction to the capture of Saddam Hussein but asserted that they are the long-term fruit of persistent policies aimed at bringing these nations into the international mainstream.
  • LIBYA WMD PLEDGE: RESULT OF IRAQ WAR OR 'PERSISTENT DIPLOMACY?' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction 24 Dec 2003
  • Security Council hails Libya's cooperation with UN on weapons verification UN News Centre 23 Dec 2003 -- Lauding Libya's renunciation of weapons of mass destruction, Security Council members today encouraged Tripoli to cooperate with the United Nations in verifying that the decision is carried out.
  • EDITORIAL: LIBYA WEAPONS PLEDGE VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- Libyan officials have begun meetings with representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The meetings come in the wake of an announcement that Libyan dictator, Colonel Momammar Gadhafi, has pledged to disclose and dismantle all weapons of mass destruction programs.
  • MORE GADHAFI WEAPONS REACT VOA 23 Dec 2003 -- Reaction continues in the American press to Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's concession that he will allow international inspection of Libya's weapons arsenal.
  • IAEA Director General to Visit Libya IAEA 22 Dec 2003 -- Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei announced today that he will visit the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) in the immediate future with a team of senior IAEA technical experts.
  • U-S / LIBYA SANCTIONS VOA 22 Dec 2003 -- The United States Monday raised the prospect of lifting sanctions against Libya. But the State Department said that will depend on additional steps by the Moammar Gadhafi government beyond its renunciation late last week of weapons of mass destruction.
  • GADHAFI'S WEAPONS VOA 22 Dec 2003 -- Libya's military dictator, Moammar Gadhafi is promising to give up his weapons of mass destruction in an effort to end almost two decades of international isolation. The news comes after months of secret negotiations between the United States, Britain and Libya. The negotiations reportedly began as an offshoot to talks on Lockerbie Pan Am crash reparations. The U-S press has been quick to respond
  • UN atomic energy agency chief to visit Libya for talks on nuclear activities UN News Centre 22 Dec 2003 -- The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced plans to visit Libya with a team of senior technical experts to quickly begin an "in-depth process" of verifying all of the country's past and present nuclear activities.
  • Libya: Analysts Say Decision On WMD Inspired By Economics, Worries About Succession RFE/RL 22 Dec 2003 -- Libya says it will abandon its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction and will allow international inspections of its facilities. Analysts say a number of political and economic factors are behind Tripoli's decision, which has been praised by Arab states, Israel, and other countries around the world.
  • IAEA / LIBYA VOA 22 Dec 2003 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency says Libya had been hiding its nuclear-weapons program until last Friday, but welcomes Tripoli's intention to co-operate with the agency.
  • Statement of John Kerry on Libya's Dismantling Weapons of Mass Destruction 20 Dec 2003 -- "Libya's agreement to terminate their weapons of mass destructions program is an important step forward in addressing the great security challenge of our time, proliferation. It is particularly important that it will be done within the international non-proliferation treaty regime and using the IAEA, the bases of international law and multilateral cooperation and verification."
  • Annan welcomes Libya's assurances on weapons of mass destruction UN News Centre 20 Dec 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed Libya's announcement that it will fulfil all obligations under regimes covering the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • White House Hails Libyan Decision to Dismantle Weapons Program Washington File 20 Dec 2003 -- The United States welcomes the recently announced decision by the Libyan government to disclose and dismantle all weapons of mass destruction within Libya, say senior Bush administration officials.
  • LIBYA/I-A-E-A VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- Initial meetings between Libyan officials and the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency could be the beginnings of a long and complex process to verify Tripoli's nuclear ambitions.
  • IRAN/LIBYA VOA 21 Dec 2003 -- Iran, which only recently agreed to allow tougher inspections of its nuclear program, says it welcomes news that Libya has decided to scrap its weapons of mass destruction program.
  • Bush, Blair Welcome Libya's Pledge to Dismantle WMD Programs AFPS 20 Dec 2003 -- Libya's leader, Colonel Moammar al Ghadafi, confirmed his commitment to disclose and dismantle all weapons of mass destruction programs and has agreed to allow inspectors from international organizations to enter his country, President Bush said here Dec. 19.
  • Straw: UK adopting `twin-track` approach to Iran, Libya IRNA 20 Dec 2003 -- The British government is adopting a similar approach of "patience" and "diplomacy" to bring both Libya and Iran into the international community, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Saturday.
  • BRITAIN/LIBYA VOA 20 Dec 2003 -- Britain is heaping more praise on Libya after it was disclosed late Friday that the country has agreed to dismantle of its weapons of mass destruction.
  • ISRAEL-LIBYA VOA 20 Dec 2003 -- Israel has welcomed Libya's decision to renounce its weapons of mass destruction.
  • FRANCE/LIBYA VOA 20 Dec 2003 -- French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin praises Libya's surprising decision to abandon its programs to build weapons of mass destruction.
  • LIBYA/WORLD REACT VOA 20 Dec 2003 -- The international community has warmly welcomed Libya's decision to abandon its weapons of mass destruction program, with praise coming from continents around the world including Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • LIBYA WRAP VOA 20 Dec 2003 -- Libyan officials say the country decided to scrap its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction to focus on development projects.
  • U.S. Security Strategy Induced Libya to Give up WMD Programs Washington File 19 Dec 2003 -- The White House said Libya's December 19 announcement that it will dismantle its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is a result of President Bush's national security strategy to give regimes a choice between pursuing such weapons at great cost or renouncing them and rejoining the international community.
  • President Bush Welcomes Libyan Decision to End WMD Programs Washington File 19 Dec 2003 -- President Bush announced that he had received a commitment from Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Ghadafi to disclose and dismantle all weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in Libya.
  • BUSH LIBYA VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- President Bush says Libya has agreed to destroy all of its chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons.
  • LIBYA-WMD VOA 19 Dec 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced late Friday that Libya will dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction capabilities.
  • President Bush: Libya Pledges to Dismantle WMD Programs December 19, 2003 - Today in Tripoli, the leader of Libya, Colonel Moammar al-Ghadafi, publicly confirmed his commitment to disclose and dismantle all weapons of mass destruction programs in his country.
  • Libya's Announcement - The President's National Security Strategy to Combat WMD December 19, 2003 - Libya has disclosed to the US and UK significant information on its nuclear and chemical weapons programs, as well as on its biological and ballistic missile-related activities.
  • PRIME MINISTER WELCOMES DECISION BY LIBYA TO GIVE UP WMD (19/12/03) Libya has now declared its intention to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction completely and to limit the range of Libyan missiles to no greater than 300 kms, in accordance with the parameters set by the Missile Technology Control Regime. Colonel Qadhafi has undertaken that this process will be transparent and verifiable.
  • Libya's statement on weapons ban (19/12/03) Based on the talks conducted by the Great Arab Socialist People's Libyan Jamahiriya with the United States and the United Kingdom, both permanent members of the UN Security Council responsible for ensuring international peace and security, it (Libya) has decided on its free will to get rid of these materials, equipment and programs, and to become totally free of internationally banned weapons.

    November

  • U-S / LIBYA TRAVEL VOA 24 Nov 2003 -- The Bush administration said Monday it is renewing the long-standing ban on visits to Libya by U-S citizens for another year. However, in a gesture reflecting an improving climate in contacts between the two countries, the State Department says the ban will be reviewed every three months.

    October

    September

    August

  • U-S-LIBYA-LOCKERBIE VOA 19 Aug 2003 -- The United States is publicly calling on France not to "impede" an agreement under which Libya is to pay compensation for the downing of Pan Am flight 1-0-3 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. France is threatening to veto an enabling resolution in the U-N Security Council to press for a similar settlement for family members of a French plane brought down over Niger.
  • U-N/ LIBYA SANCTIONS VOA 18 Aug 2003 -- Britain has introduced a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council to lift sanctions against Libya. The U-N imposed the sanctions after the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 1-0-3 over Lockerbie, Scotland. British ambassador Emyr Jones Parry says he hopes for a vote in favor of the resolution by the end of the week. But the veto-wielding French are not onboard.
  • White House Report, August 18; Iraq, Libya, North Korea Washington File 18 Aug 2003 -- U.S. STAYS ON THE "OFFENSIVE" WHILE SABOTAGE HITS IRAQ / U.S. SANCTIONS ON LIBYA TO REMAIN IN PLACE / U.S. TAKES STEPS TO CURTAIL NUCLEAR WEAPONS SHIPPING
  • UK, US tell Security Council they are ready to see sanctions against Libya lifted UN News Centre 18 Aug 2003 -- The United Kingdom and United States have told the Security Council they are ready to see sanctions lifted against Libya following the North African country's compliance with United Nations resolutions passed against it in connection with the deadly bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
  • Security Council should work to formally lift Libya sanctions - Annan UN News Centre 17 Aug 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for the Security Council to formally lift sanctions imposed against Libya in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
  • Powell Says U.S. Will Continue Bilateral Sanctions on Libya Washington File 17 Aug 2003 -- In recognition of Libya's acceptance of responsibility for its actions in the bombing of flight Pan Am 103 in 1988, the United States will not oppose the lifting of U.N. sanctions on that country, but will continue to maintain bilateral sanctions, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a statement released August 15.
  • Annan says Council should work to formally lift Libya sanctions UN News Centre 17 Aug 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for the Security Council to formally lift sanctions imposed against Libya in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
  • U.S. Will Not Oppose Ending of U.N. Sanctions on Libya Washington File 15 Aug 2003 -- In recognition of Libya's acceptance of responsibility for its actions in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Scotland in 1988, the United States announced August 15 that "it will not oppose the lifting of United Nations sanctions on Libya."
  • U-S / LIBYA / LOCKERBIE VOA 15 Aug 2003 -- Senior Bush administration officials say there will be no early end to U-S economic sanctions against Libya even though the Muammar Gadhafi government will shortly fulfill terms for the permanent lifting of U-N sanctions stemming from the bombing of Pan Am flight 1-0-3. The families of the 270 victims of the 1988 airliner attack were briefed on the status of the case Friday in Washington.
  • U-S / LIBYA / LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- U-S State Department officials meet today (Friday) with families of victims of Pan Am flight 103 on the emerging deal under which Libya is to take responsibility and pay compensation for the 1988 airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. However a potential veto by France in the United Nations is looming as a new obstacle.
  • U-S / LIBYA / LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- U-S State Department officials meet today (Friday) with families of victims of Pan Am flight 103 on the emerging deal under which Libya is to take responsibility and pay compensation for the 1988 airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. However a potential veto by France in the United Nations is looming as a new obstacle.
  • BRITAIN / LIBYA/LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- Relatives of British victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Scotland say they would rather have an independent inquiry into how the attack happened than money from Libya.
  • BRITAIN / LIBYA LOCKERBIE VOA 14 Aug 2003 -- Relatives of British victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, say they would rather have an independent inquiry into how the attack happened than money from Libya.
  • LIBYA/LOCKERBIE VOA 06 Aug 2003 -- The long international dispute with Libya over the 1988 bombing of a jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland may come to a final conclusion as early as next week. An official of the Arab League says a deal to permanently end sanctions against Libya is very close.

    July

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    April

  • Transcript: State's Bolton Says Iraq a Lesson for Syria, Libya, Iran Washington File 16 Apr 2003 -- "The United States is very concerned that states seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction give up that quest, and that they live within the commitments that they've made in such things as the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the chemical weapons convention, and the biological weapons convention," said the State Department's John Bolton in an interview with Radio Sawa.

    March

    February

    January

  • ITALY / CHEMICALS VOA 17 Jan 2003 -- Italian customs police are examining a 50-ton cargo of industrial chemicals bound for Libya. They suspect the material was to be used to produce weapons of mass destruction
  • U.S. Trade Sanctions on Libya Renewed Washington File 03 Jan 2003-- President Bush has renewed the U.S. sanctions against Libya, saying the government of Moammar Gadhafi must fully comply with United Nations resolutions concerning the Pan Am 103 bombing in 1988 and "accept responsibility for the actions of its officials and pay compensation."



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