By Libya Herald reporters.
Tunis, 3 June 2016:
The Presidency Council has not agreed to compensate victims of IRA terror in the UK . . .[restrict]province of Northern Ireland, who were murdered or maimed with weapons and explosives supplied by Muammar Qaddafi, deputy prime minister-designate Ahmed Maetig has said.
Maetig used his social media page to deny the rumours, which he said had spread like wildfire. On Monday, a campaigner for the IRA’s victims claimed that “very reliable sources” has said that progress was being made in obtaining $300 million in compensation.
The campaigner, Willie Frazer, claimed that British government sources had told him that the money was likely to come from some $13 billion of Libya assets still frozen in the UK.
A British foreign office spokesman was quoted by Northern Ireland’s News Letter: “We are determined to see a just solution for UK victims of Qaddafi-sponsored terrorism. ” The spokesman said that British ministers were in touch with the victims and would continue to support them adding, “The new Libyan government is aware of our position, but the significant security, political and economic challenges they are facing means progress may take time”.
Maetig also said that he wished to emphasise strongly that the PC worked together and no decisions were made by individuals. He said that Libya was the council’s highest priority. [/restrict]