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UK appoints compensation assessor for Libya-IRA victims

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LONDON – An independent assessor is to be appointed by Britain’s Foreign Office to advance a compensation campaign by victims of Libyan-sponsored Irish Republican Army (IRA) violence. The Foreign Office said the assessor would be from a legal background.

The work would include assessing how many people could potentially qualify and what levels of redress should be requested.

Representatives from both the Democratic Unionist Party and Ulster Unionists were among parliamentarians who met with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt over the issue on Monday night.

“Our objective was to repeat the case for Libya to put in place a compensation scheme for the victims of the PIRA campaign in the 70s and 80s,” the DUP’s Emma Little-Pengelly said.

The late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi supplied arms and Semtex to the IRA in the 1970s during the Provisional Irish Republican Army campaign.

Libyan authorities in both Cyrenaica and Tripolitania have rejected the use of Libya’s state assets to compensate victims of Gaddafi’s IRA support. They maintain that the issue was already resolved between the UK and Gaddafi’s regime a long time ago.

GNA: the issue of compensating IRA victims was already settled

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