Interview with Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya

Ambassador Christopher Stevens invited members of VPAF103 to a telephone conference call on April 27, 2012. He stated that he wanted to hear from our group directly and know our concerns and thoughts before he reported to Libya. A number of members participated in the call, including: Brice Daniels, Melanie Daniels, Bob Hunt, Glenn Johnson Jr., Faith Meyers, Anna Marie Miazga, Judy O’Rourke, Mary Kay Stratis, Kristie Smith, Kathy Tedeschi, and George White.

Amb. Stevens began by explaining that he spent part of last year (April to November 2011) in Benghazi as liaison to the Libyan Transitional National Council, and he previously served in Tripoli under Amb. Gene Cretz.

Amb. Stevens noted that right now, Libya is often chaotic, but it is his belief that the Libyan people are hopeful for democracy. He explained that Libya is structured around tribal affiliations and there are also regional divisions, but if there is a homogeneous desire, it is for democracy. He expressed his optimism for the Libyan people and nation.

Topics raised and discussed included the upcoming elections; the perception of the libyan people toward the families of VPAF103 and if there are steps we can take to improve that perception; the actions of the FBI to continue to pursue information about PA103 and to assist the Libyan government to find that information; and the status of Megrahi, Senussi and Moussa Koussa.

When asked what his priorities will be when he arrives in Libya, Amb. Stevens stated that he wants to help ensure that there is a stable democracy and to find justice in the Pan Am 103 case.

During the conversation, Amb. Stevens mentioned a Libyan Air flight that crashed, and a monument in Tripoli for its victims. it is believed that Gadhafi ordered the downing of that flight, killing his own people. The following is the information about the incident found on wikipedia: “Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 1103 was a boeing 727 with 10 crew and 147 passengers on board that was involved in a mid-air collision on 22 December 1992. The aircraft was just under 18 years old at the time of the accident. on the day of the accident, Flight 1103 took off from Benina International Airport near Benghazi on a domestic flight to Tripoli International Airport. at an altitude of 3,500 ft. (1,067 m) during the aircraft’s approach to Tripoli airport, it collided with a Libyan Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-23, causing both aircraft to crash. The accident killed all 157 passengers and crew on Flight 1103 and both crewmembers of the MIG-23.”