Friday, December 05, 2003

Libya: EU offering a way in from the cold

Tunis -- today -- at the opening ceremony of the Maghreb-European meeting, European Commission President, Romano Prodi, made the following appeal to Libya's Ghaddafi ...
"One has to finish clearing up the past in a thorough and fair manner..."

... "Mr Colonel, my dear friend, Europe looks to you with hope, Europe extends its hand, and I am sure you will know how to accept it. We are ready," ... (link)
Libya began "clearing the past" a few months ago by paying compensation to the families of the Lockerbie bombing. On Tuesday, Libyan negotiators walked out of talks held to re-negotiate the amount paid to the families of those who died in UTA Flight 772 over Niger. (They thought they had a deal back in September ... see here ... and then, there was a hitch, possibly because of this.)

I thought this was interesting ...
During the numerous speeches, Gaddafi apparently snubbed French President Jacques Chirac when he did not applaud him for his speech. (link)
The two-day meeting in Tunis brings together the leaders of the Mediterranean countries ... Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia ... and from Europe -- France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain.