Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Pan Am 103 Families Oppose Libya Seat on Security Council

October 16, 2007 - The United Nations is scheduled to vote today on Libya's membership to the Security Council. Following the conclusion of the UN General Assembly, unnamed senior U.S. officials stated that the U.S. would not block Libya's bid, a departure from its 15-year long effort to bar Libya from the Security Council.

Kara Weipz stated, "The Pan Am 103 families are outraged that the United Nations Security Council is voting today on Libya's bid for a seat. We urge members to remember the 270 lives lost at the hands of Libyan terrorists in the Pan Am 103 bombing and reject Libya's bid. Until it has fully rehabilitated its terrorist past, Libya does not deserve the privileges and authority of a Security Council position, nor the trust of the International Community.

"The Pan Am 103 families are deeply saddened by the Administration's decision to reverse its 15-year long effort to block Libya's bid for a Security Council position. We are greatly encouraged by Senator Frank Lautenberg's unfaltering support for American victims of terror" said Ms. Weipz.

"Libya has failed to honor its commitments to American victims of Libyan terror. Until Libya makes good on its promises, the Bush Administration shouldn't normalize relations or help them secure a seat at the UN Security Council. These actions could further undermine our efforts to give victims of terrorism the justice they deserve," said Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Ms. Weipz lost her brother Rick Monetti in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103.