Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 15, 2005

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Approaching Reengagement with Libya
Hyde Schedules Wednesday Hearing

BACKGROUND:  More than a year since the decision by Libyan strongman Muammar Gadhafi to dismantle his nation’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, debate continues in the United States about the appropriate degree of engagement with Libya. Wednesday’s committee meeting will be the second in a series of hearings examining U.S.-Libyan relations. While the first hearing focused primarily on Libya's disarmament, Wednesday’s hearing will address (1) the timeline for upgrading diplomatic relations; (2) prospects for removing Libya from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list; (3) progress in addressing Libya's past support for acts of terrorism, including the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the 1986 bombing of the La Belle Discotheque in Berlin; (4) governance and human rights concerns in Libya, and (5) Libya's adventurism in African affairs.                                                                                          

WHAT:        Full Committee Oversight Hearing:  Libya: Progress on the Path Toward Cautious Reengagement

        U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman

WHEN:       10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2005

WHERE:      Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESS:  William J. Burns, Acting Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State.


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