Compensation for IRA victims wasn’t set aside in Libya talks, says Straw

Former foreign secretary says dismantling chemical and nuclear weapons drive was a priority but demands were not held back

Jack Straw, the former foreign secretary, has denied that British commercial relations with Col Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya held back compensation demands for people killed or injured by IRA weapons supplied by Tripoli.

Straw told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that the main priority of Tony Blair’s government in negotiations with Gaddafi was to dismantle Libya’s chemical and nuclear weapons programme.

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