The USA-Libya Settlement

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US received, agreement by the Libyans officials of US $ 1.5 billion from the international humanitarian fund into a U.S. controlled account which will go to compensate American claimants who have terrorism-related claims against Libya.

I wish to put some light on the past story of this agreement as years back Libya renounced terrorism and took steps to begin to remove itself from the implications that its relationship with past acts of terrorism had. Also, they decided, around the same period of time, to get out of the WMD business, foreswearing weapons of mass destruction. These were important decisions by the Libyan leadership and they led them back into a path of better relations with the US, better relations with the international community.

Progressively, some American sanctions were lifted on Libya as a result. However, this relationship has been bedeviled by claims on both sides arising from these past incidents, and it's been problematic to fix those. So earlier this year, US undertook what was a novel and complex arrangement to try and address this across the board. The arrangement that we arrived at and that's embodied in the August agreement is a complex one. It required support from Congress, of course, the organized effort of the Administration, and support from Libya and its leadership.

This agreement removes the last obstacle to a normal relationship between the United States and Libya. There were a lot of people involved in this arrangement other than both sides officials including the Jews think tank, Arab Muslim leaders and EU political super stars. We all must honor the agremment as first step of peace after the war on terror on Muslims.

US President and secretary of state took the opportunity realizing that it would be a difficult one, but Congress and think tank said diplomacy we could more expeditiously and fairly settle these matters. On the Libyan side, leader Qadhafi took the same sort of decision and instructed his people to try and arrive at an arrangement that would work for Libya.

Under this settlement agreement, both parties are now obligated to implement its provisions, and US already begun to dismiss the cases that are before our courts and to restore the immunities of Libya before U.S. courts because they confirmed receipt in a Federal Reserve account of this $1.5 billion. The Secretary of State has signed a certification to Congress pursuant to the law that was passed earlier in the summer. The President has also signed an executive order to settle all the terrorism-related claims against Libya.

The next step for US is making the distributions of the amounts especially the two most prominent cases, Pan Am 103 and LaBelle Disco, it's possible, I think, relatively early to discern who the appropriate recipients are and move swiftly to do it. We will also arrange for the distribution of the other - the remaining funds in other pending cases.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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