Gadhafi meets with Lockerbie family members in NYC

Author: By Tom McElroy, Associated Press

Colorado Springs, Colorado, attorney Lisa Gibson said the meeting with Gadhafi
at the Libyan Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday was arranged
through a Libyan ambassador.

“He generally said he was sorry for the loss, but we didn’t go into any
details about the bombing,” Gibson said of the 10-minute meeting with
Gaddafi, who making his first visit to the US to attend the UN General
Assembly.

Gibson’s brother was stationed in the Army in Berlin and was going home for
Christmas when the plane blew up, killing 270 people.

Last month, a Scottish magistrate ordered the release of convicted Lockerbie
bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi after he was diagnosed with fatal prostate
cancer. He was greeted by thousands of cheering Libyans upon his arrival,
infuriating the victims’ families.

Gibson said she gave the Libyan leader a pen and a card, in which she told him
she had been praying for him.

“He was very friendly and cordial to us,” Gibson said. “Honestly,
I think he was touched by us being there.”

Gibson said she’s been to Libya three times, and through her humanitarian
organization, Peace and Prosperity Alliance, she’s helped to raise money for
Libyan children with AIDS and other humanitarian projects.

The Libyan leader has been trying to restore his country’s standing in the
world and transform it from a pariah state to an accepted member of the
international community.

Gadhafi surprised the international community by agreeing to dismantle his
country’s weapons of mass destruction programs. The United States restored
ties with Libya in 2006, after Libya agreed to resolve the Lockerbie case in
a deal that included paying compensation to the victims’ families.

Gibson said the other person who attended the meeting had lost his father in
the bombing.

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