WASHINGTON — Libya contradicted its prime minister Wednesday and affirmed that it was responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
The assertion by Prime Minister Shokri Ghanem that Libya had not acknowledged the attack that killed 270 people, including 189 Americans, put on hold U.S. plans to lift nearly three decades of restrictions on American travel to the country.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and spokesmen for the White House and State Department said Wednesday that they had not concluded their assessment of the Libyan retraction. As a result, a White House announcement on lifting the travel curbs remained on hold.
The Libyan statement, which appeared on the website of the official news agency Jana, said Tripoli had helped bring two suspects to justice "and accepts responsibility for the actions of its officials."