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SLUG: 2-306694 Libya / Lockerbie
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DATE=8/21/2003

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=LIBYA/LOCKERBIE (S-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-306694

BYLINE=GREG LAMOTTE

DATELINE=CAIRO

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INTRO: Libya says it doesn't understand why France is threatening to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution that would lift sanctions against Tripoli. V-O-A's Greg LaMotte reports from our Middle East bureau in Cairo that Libya is saying the French position could harm its relations with France.

TEXT: Libya says it is bewildered by France's objections to a settlement that would, among other things, pay the families of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie bombing two-point-seven billion dollars.

France is threatening to veto a United Nations resolution that would lift sanctions against Libya unless Libya pays a larger settlement from the 1989

attack of a U-T-A airliner over Niger that killed 170 people.

Libya has already paid the families of those victims 33-million dollars and has said it will not pay more.

Libya's official news agency, Jana, said Wednesday France's position could negatively affect French-Libyan relations.

Last week, Libya renounced terrorism and took responsibility for bombing Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, clearing the way for the resolution that would lift sanctions against Tripoli.

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