Lords back Libya payout
Britain is backing calls for compensation to be paid by Libya to those injured by arms shipped to the IRA by the Gaddafi regime, the House of Lords has been told.
Foreign Office minister Lord Howell of Guildford said that this was an "important bi-lateral issue".
Libya's national transitional council had assured the Government it would work with it to resolve such issues arising from "the wrongs" of the old regime.
Ulster Unionist Lord Empey said the regime supplied "boatloads" of armaments to the IRA during the Troubles which were responsible for the "death and injury of thousands of UK citizens" together with destruction to property.
But Lord Howell said the top priority at the moment was to ensure that Libya completed its transition to an inclusive, stable and democratic government.