Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Talks to begin on compensation from Libya for IRA victims

Letter: William Hague

A senior Government official will open negotiations in Libya soon on behalf of IRA victims seeking compensation, it has been reported.

Sir Kim Darroch, the Prime Minister's national security adviser and a former British ambassador to the EU, is to fly to Tripoli to engage with the Libyan authorities, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

He will try to secure compensation payments to relatives of those killed or injured in IRA bomb attacks where arms supplied by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi were used.

Jon Ganesh, who was injured in the IRA's 1996 Docklands bombing in London, said he was pleased that Sir Kim would be discussing the matter with the Libyan government.

Mr Ganesh, who is president of the Docklands Victims Association (DVA), added: "The DVA works with countless victims of terrorism and would welcome this positive engagement with the Libyan government. Surely now both governments can work together to finally bring closure to all the victims?"

Details of the visit were revealed in a letter from Foreign Secretary William Hague to Sir Richard Ottoway, chairman of the foreign affairs committee.

In the letter, Mr Hague wrote: "The Prime Minister has asked the national security adviser, Sir Kim Darroch, to lead cross-government efforts to build a dialogue with the Libyan authorities on reconciliation initiatives. Subject to the security situation, he [Sir Kim] will visit Libya before the summer to assess how best to take this forward."

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