U.N. keeps sanctions against Libya
March 14, 1997
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The United Nations Security Council decided Friday to maintain economic sanctions against Libya imposed in connection with terrorist attacks on two airliners that killed 440 people.
The sanctions had been imposed in 1992 because of Libya's failure to extradite to the United States and Britain two suspects in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Libya was also being penalized for not cooperating in the investigation of a 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger.
African and Arab countries had recently urged a relaxation of the sanctions, citing increased Libyan cooperation. But the Security Council voted to continue the sanctions for another 90 days.
The sanctions include a ban on air travel to Libya and an embargo on selling the country arms and some oil equipment.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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