France warns Libya over compensation claim

Oct. 11, 2003 at 7:05 PM
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RABAT, Morocco, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- French President Jacques Chirac Saturday warned Libya it had better pay relatives of 170 people killed in the 1989 bombing of a jet over north Africa.

On the final day of his three day visit to Morocco, Chirac hinted diplomatic relations were hanging on Libya keeping its word and making further payments to the survivors, al-Jazeera reported.

"I don't want to imagine that these promises won't be adhered to," Chirac told a news conference. "If by chance they were not, it would not be possible for that to not have consequences for relations" between France and Libya.

"I say this without aggression, but without weakness," he said.

Under a preliminary agreement signed on Sept. 10, Libya and French negotiators had until midnight Saturday to finalize a compensation agreement.

That earlier deal paved the way for the United Nations lifting of 11-year-old sanctions against Libya.

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