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Libya IRA compensation deal is vital: David Cameron

By Tom Mosely

David Cameron has said compensation for IRA bombing victims was "a vitally important issue" as he outlined the Government's position on Libya.

The Prime Minister told MPs there was "no doubt" of the damage caused by Libyan Semtex provided to the IRA and said the matter was high up in his priorities.

He was speaking in Westminster yesterday after Nigel Dodds, DUP MP for North Belfast, said there should be compensation offered to the victims of IRA bombings. He said he wanted assurances from the Prime Minister he would "back the case for justice" and would do all he could "to secure compensation from the new regime".

Mr Cameron replied: "It's a vitally important issue. There is no doubt that the Libyan provision of Semtex to the IRA was immensely damaging over many years and possibly even still today.

"I think we need to be very clear that this is going to be an important bilateral issue between Britain and the new Libyan authorities. We have got to let this Government get its feet under the desk but it is very high up my list of items."

Speaking afterwards, Mr Dodds said: "I am very encouraged. It's important to have it on the record that the Prime Minister does say this is a big issue."

As previously revealed by the Belfast Telegraph, a delegation of Troubles victims plans to visit Libya to show solidarity with the insurgents.

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