Editorial: Libya and sanctions

Relaxation by the US of a longstanding ban on trade with Libya should strengthen calls for reassessment of unilateral sanctions.President George W. Bush on Apr. 26 removed most restrictions on US business with Libya, citing the African country's announcement last Dec. 19 that it no longer seeks nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (see related story, p. 36). Bush also approved reestablishment of a diplomatic mission in Tripoli. The United Nations lifted sanctions last September after Libya accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, and made payments to victims' families.Libya began trying to escape pariah status in 1999, when it surr...

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