Thursday, January 08, 2004

Libya: motivation ... and a deadline?

NY Times has this piece on Libya's motivation for giving up its weapons programme ... pegs it on a desire to find a way out of economic stagnation (lifting of US sanctions).

The article also mentions a detail about the Lockerbie deal that I hadn't seen anywhere else.
That time frame dictates that if the United States does not lift sanctions and remove Libya from the list of terrorist states by May, $6 million of the $10 million promised to victims' families will be returned to Libya. The Bush administration has refused to acknowledge any such time constraints, and President Bush reiterated this week that he was looking for "concrete steps" from Libya before improving relations.