Victims’ issues ‘still on the table’

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness

Legacy issues, including compensation payments for victims of Libyan-backed IRA violence, are “still on the table”, according to the Libyan government.

The north African country’s Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, attended the G8 summit in Enniskillen yesterday when Libya was on the agenda.

The talks were close to where the IRA used Libyan-supplied semtex to murder 11 people in the 1987 Poppy Day bombing.

A spokesman for Mr Zeidan said the leaders “probably” discussed compensation for IRA victims during his visit to Northern Ireland.

US victims of Libyan-sponsored terrorism have received substantial compensation for their losses. Speaking yesterday, a Libyan embassy spokesman concurred. “It is still on the table,” he said. “The Prime Minister and his delegation will probably discuss other matters including that.”

First Minister Peter Robinson had requested a meeting with Mr Zeidan yesterday.