Developments in the Lockerbie Affairs

OIC Press Release

4 February 2001

Developments in the Lockerbie Affairs

The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz is following with great interest the conclusion of the trial of the two Libyan citizens, Mr. Abdul Baset Al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fahima, and the verdicts convicting the former and acquitting the latter in what is known as the Lockerbie Affair.

This being the case, the Secretary General deems that the matter has reached its end in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the agreement between the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the states concerned with the mediation of the government of South Africa, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the blessing of the United Nations; and that the United Nations Security Council should take an immediate decision to lift the embargo imposed on the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

In this respect, the Secretary General would recall the resolutions of Islamic Ministerial and Summit Conferences which commended the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for the flexibility it showed in handling the affair, demanded that the plight of our brothers, the Libyan people, as a result of the protracted sanctions should be brought to an end, and affirmed the right of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to compensation for the damages it suffered as a result of the sanctions imposed on it.

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