Today, in his excellent blog (The Lockerbiecase), Pr. Black reminds us that on this date in 1992, the New York Times published an interesting story: U.S. and Allies to Seek U.N. Support Against Libya.
I regard the following part of the article as highly relevant to the subject of this blog, namely PT/35(b).
Today the United States, France and Britain sent their United Nations representatives to explain their position to the new United Nations Secretary General, Boutros Ghali, who is said to be worried that a new crisis is developing over the Libyan issue.
The three allies deliberately postponed their campaign against Libya until this month after calculating that changes in the roster of Security Council members effective Jan 1 would make the body more sympathetic to their plans.
Cuba and Yemen, which voted against many of the gulf war resolutions affecting Iraq, have left the Council after completing two-year terms, as have the Ivory Coast, Zaire and Romania. Their places have been taken by Venezuela, Japan, Morocco, Cape Verde and Hungary.
Now that Japan has assumed one of the seats reserved for African and Asian states, the number of Council members belonging to the so-called non-aligned movement has fallen from seven to six. That means the non-aligned nations can no longer prevent the adoption of resolutions by the 15-member Council by voting as a bloc; only nine votes are needed to adopt a resolution.
As I have explained (and the SCCRC agrees for once!), it is incomprehensible that no action was taken between June and September 1990 regarding MEBO despite the fact that the company was known to be the manufacturer of the MST-13 timer.
And it is no easier task to comprehend why the CIA requested some help from MI5 to “delay or deter” the visit of the investigators to MEBO when they finally decided to pay them a visit…
I believe that one could argue that the Lockerbie trial has never been a goal of the United States, France and Britain. Neither was Justice or the Truth. I believe that the sanctions were the goal in itself and not a mean to an end.
This would of course explain why so much time was wasted during the Lockerbie investigation. Obviously, there was not point going to the UN Security Council too soon. (That is before January 1st 1992!)
PS: It is not clear that the UNSC 731 requests the extradition of Megrahi and Fimah. As no extradition Treaty exists between any of these three countries and Libya, it is doubtful that the UNSC would have passed such a resolution. But again, that was – probably – never their goal.