SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS HE IS PLEASED WITH UNITED STATES/UNITED KINGDOM DECISION ON TRIAL OF LIBYAN LOCKERBIE BOMBING SUSPECTS19980824 The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary- General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General was informed this morning by the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of their decision to agree to hold the trial of the two Libyan suspects for the Lockerbie bombing before a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands following normal Scots law and procedures, except for the replacement of the jury by a panel of three Scottish High Court judges.
The Secretary-General was requested by the two Governments to convey to the Libyan Government a letter and enclosures delivered to his Deputy this morning, elaborating the American-British proposal. He was also asked to provide to the Libyan Government any assistance it might require with regard to the physical arrangements for the transfer of the two accused directly to the Netherlands.
Over the past months, the Secretary-General has been following this issue very closely and has been in contact with all three Governments involved, as well as other interested parties. He is extremely pleased about today's announcement and hopes that all sides will cooperate in order to reach an early resolution of this long-standing issue. The Secretary-General is also grateful to the Government of the Netherlands for its willingness to assist in this matter.
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