Friday, April 09, 2004
Deja Vu All Over Again?
Lockerbie Omission Upsets Kin (washingtonpost.com):
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice omitted the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, as she detailed two decades of terrorist attacks against Americans during her appearance yesterday before the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults.Just another one of those flies, I guess. Like the sinking of the Lusitania in WWI, and other "historical" events. It couldn't possibly be about oil, could it?
That angered some of the victims' relatives, who called the exclusion part of a White House effort to coddle Libya, which took formal responsibility for the bombing in a statement last August.
Susan Cohen of Cape May, N.J., whose only daughter, Theodora, was aboard, said Bush appears intent on "turning Gaddafi into his pet ally and doesn't want people to remember he blew up an American plane."
US firms plan Libya oil talks
Libya oil installations will need investment
American oil firms banned from pumping their Libyan wells since 1986 by US sanctions are to hold talks with Libyan officials on possible future business.
The Oasis group of firms with stakes in Libya's Waha field is to send a team to Tripoli in the next few days, BBC News Online has learned.
The lifting of the US ban on travel to Libya has raised the oil companies' hopes of resuming business there.
But they stressed they would not breach US trade sanctions.
"Our return to active participation in the Oasis group's Waha concession area remains dependent upon further authorisation from the US government," said ConocoPhillips in a statement.
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