July 26, 2001 |
The Senate voted Wednesday to extend for five years a law that authorizes penalties against foreign firms investing in Libyan or Iranian energy projects--a victory for the families of victims of terrorist attacks sponsored by those countries, and a defeat for oil companies. The House was expected to follow suit today, renewing the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, and strengthening the sanctions against Libya. Existing sanctions, which expire Aug.
February 1, 2001 |
President Bush on Wednesday heralded the conviction of a Libyan intelligence agent in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 as a "victory for an international effort" to bring terrorists to justice, and he pledged to isolate Libya until it compensates families for the attack and ends all support for terrorism. Yet after 12 years of participating in a tightly coordinated campaign with Britain and the United Nations, the United States is itself isolated in its effort to make the government of Col.
March 26, 2000 |
Four U.S. State Department officials arrived in Tripoli, Libya's capital, on what is thought to be the first such visit since diplomatic ties were cut in 1981. The consular officers will assess Libya's security to determine whether to recommend lifting a ban on travel by U.S. citizens to the country. They will study security at airports, hotels and hospitals and will confer with foreign diplomats, said a senior U.S.
August 25, 1999 |
A decade after a bomb destroyed Pan Am Flight 103, the United States and Britain are pursuing an unusual, two-sided policy: pressing for a high-profile trial of two Libyan suspects while working on ways to rehabilitate Libya's mercurial leader, Moammar Kadafi. During closed-door meetings here Monday and Tuesday, ranking U.S.
April 29, 1999 |
The White House abandoned a major economic weapon against renegade nations Wednesday and said the United States would no longer restrict their purchase of American food, medicine and medical supplies. The announcement marks a major departure in U.S. economic, foreign and farm policy. As a result, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Sudan could eventually gain access to U.S. supplies, which have been largely off limits.
April 9, 1999 |
Two decades after breaking diplomatic ties, the U.S. has asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to arrange face-to-face talks with Libya. Peter Burleigh, the U.S. representative to the U.N., said such a meeting would focus on the steps that Libya must take before U.N. sanctions can be lifted permanently. A U.S. official said the issue of resuming diplomatic ties would also probably be raised. On Monday, Libya handed over two suspects in a 1988 Pan Am jet bombing.