Government to open talks with Libya over compensation to IRA victims

By Rob Virtue on July 15, 2014 10:10 AM |

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Victims from the 1996 Docklands bomb which killed two people have been given renewed hope for compensation.

Prime Minister David Cameron's security adviser Sir Kim Darroch is preparing to fly to Tripoli to open negotiations with Libya.

Hundreds were affected by terrorist acts carried out by the IRA using Semtex supplied from the African state.

They include scores hurt in the blast at South Quay yards away from Canary Wharf, many with lasting physical and psychological injuries.

A letter to a fellow MP from Foreign Secretary William Hague, seen by the Sunday Telegraph, said Sir Kim would "lead cross-Government efforts to build a dialogue with the Libyan authorities on reconciliation initiatives".

President of the Docklands Victims Association Jonathan Ganesh, who was injured in the Canary Wharf attack, said of the news: "I'm very pleased to learn that Sir Kim Darroch will be discussing these outstanding matters with the Libyan Government.

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"The DVA works with countless victims of terrorism and would welcome this positive engagement with the Libyan Government. Surely now both governments can work together to finally bring closure to all the victims."

Joyce Brown, who was also injured in the blast on February 9, which killed shop workers Inam Bashir and John Jeffries, said: "In 2011 the Libyan Government, after the overthrow of Gaddafi, signed a contract to help all the IRA semtex victims.

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"I hope that Sir Kim Darroch will remind them of their promise to the IRA victims and of the help that the UK Government extended during their struggle for freedom. It would be wonderful gesture as we did not abandon them when they sought our help."

Semtex was provided by Colonel Gaddafi to carry out the IRA attacks. Many died and countless other victims were injured in the Libyan-sponsored attacks included those in blasts at Harrods and Manchester.

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