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IRA victims' Libyan talks cancelled amid deteriorating security situation

By Staff Reporter

A meeting between IRA victims and the Libyan authorities has been called off because of the deteriorating security situation in the country.

The British and Irish victims of the IRA's terror campaign, which was supported by former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, were due to meet members of the government in Tripoli about compensation. However, the Foreign Office advised them against entering the country as violence continues.

Jonathan Ganesh, who was injured in the IRA's Docklands bombing in 1996, told RTE that the visit was put on on hold at the last minute.

The victims group is seeking millions of pounds in compensation after Col Gaddafi armed the IRA during the Troubles.

A deal was hammered out for US victims of Gaddafi's state-sponsored terrorism before the dictator was ousted in the Arab Spring in 2011. However, nothing had been agreed for the UK or Irish victims.

Last week, Libya's parliament asked for foreign intervention to protect civilians as rival militias continue to clash. They were forced to meet in Tobruk in the east of the country as the fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi was so intense. The police chief in Tripoli was also shot dead last week, with hundreds dead in the recent fighting.

However, there are no plans for Western intervention.

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