Docklands victims urge Cameron to support Libya
Victims of the IRA bomb in Canary Wharf are urging David Cameron to support Libya in tightening up security in the African country.
Its Prime Minister Ali Zeidan met with Mr Cameron in London this week to talk about issues including the training of soldiers and police, for which Libya is asking for help from the UK.
President of the Docklands Victims Association, Jonathan Ganesh, said UK backing for the newly-formed democracy was crucial in ensuring its stability.
During the Libyan uprising, the DVA supported the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, who supplied Semtex to the IRA for explosives including that used in the 1996 bomb at South Quay, which killed two and left scores injured.
"During the past years I have been privileged to have met countless Libyans and also officials within the new Libyan government," said Mr Ganesh.
"We have come to view the Libyan people as our brothers and sisters who have courageously fought against overwhelming odds to gain their freedom.
"I have been in contact with Downing Street to encourage our PM to do all he can to support them to ensure that democracy and freedom will continue prevail in Libya."
Hamida Bashir, whose son Inam died in the explosion in Docklands, added: "The UK must help the Libyan people. They deserve our help as they have suffered so much and so many of them were also killed due to Gaddafi's brutality."
Before the meeting, Mr Cameron said, as well as talking about security issues, he also wanted to discuss topics such as the investigation into the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher and Libya's support of the IRA under Gaddafi.