EU lifts restrictions on arms to Libya

Sept. 23, 2004 at 8:45 AM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The European Union informed Libya it has decided to lift all restrictions on exports to the North African state.

The Libyan News Agency, JANA, said the decision was relayed to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi by the European Commission President Romano Prodi in a telephone call late Wednesday.

"Prodi reiterated the importance of dialogue undertaken by the Libyan authorities and the role Libya played in boosting security and stability in the world," JANA said.

Prodi also assured Gadhafi of EU plans to improve and upgrade relations with Libya, the agency added.

The EU had eased sanctions imposed on Libya in 1999 but maintained restrictions on the export of certain items, including weapons. Under the new decision all restriction were lifted.

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