Pan Am 103 Families Call on Libya to Fulfill 100 Percent Justice to Victims

As State Department Announces Bilateral Negotiations with Libya, Families of the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing Urge Libya to be Held Accountable to 2003 Agreement

Washington, DC - On Friday, May 30, 2008, the State Department issued a joint statement with the Government of Libya announcing the launch of bilateral negotiations on a claims settlement agreement to resolve outstanding terrorist cases. Kara Weipz, spokesperson for the Families of the Victims of Pan Am 103 stated, "In 2003, the Government of Libya acknowledged its role in the 1988 bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and agreed to a settlement with each family of the 270 victims. Libya is currently refusing to fulfill the final 20 percent of its commitment to the Pan Am 103 families, despite a good faith clause in our 2003 agreement.

Because the Lockerbie case has both a U.S.-issued court judgment and Libya has already agreed to the terms of a settlement, the Lockerbie case is both unique and precedent-setting for settlement negotiations on other acts of Libyan state-sponsored terrorism. Ms. Weipz stated, "On Lockerbie, there is nothing left to negotiate: the burden is on the Government of Libya to fulfill 100 percent of its commitment to the Pan Am 103 Families. To accept anything less than 100 percent of the Lockerbie settlement would set the bar dangerously low for other claimants and undercut U.S. ability to negotiate on behalf of other American victims.

"Any claim that Libya was relieved of its obligation to the Pan Am 103 Families because it was not taken off the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in a timely fashion is nonsense: Libya was not taken off the list earlier simply and solely because it continued to engage in terrorism.

"The Pan Am 103 families deeply sympathize with the other victims of Libyan state-sponsored terrorism. We have been fighting for nearly two decades to hold Libya accountable for killing our family members and loved ones on Pan Am 103. We hope that the other cases can be resolved immediately.

"We thank Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) his longstanding support to achieve justice for American victims of terrorism. Senator Lautenberg's leadership, along with Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Congressman Steve Israel (D-2nd NY) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-18th NY) has sent a strong message to Libya that it will be held 100 percent accountable for its terrorist past."

About Victims of Pan Am Flight 103. Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 is the official umbrella organization of the family members and friends of those whose lives ended when a Libyan terrorist bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. We represent families from across the United States, including: New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Vermont, Arkansas, North Dakota, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Virginia and Mississippi. We are committed to seeking the truth about this tragedy and keeping the memory of our loved ones alive. For more information, visit us on the web at: www.victimsofpanamflight103.org.