Trident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1321 times:
I'm pretty sure Libyan Arab were banned in 1985 or 1986, not because of Lockerbie (which happened in 1988), but because of the shooting of a policewoman outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984. Also, in the mid - eighties, Libya was deemed by the USA and Britain to be supporting world terrorism and was generally considered a poltical pariah. The Anti-Libyan atitude even crept into the film "Back to the Future"!
Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1314 times:
You are absolutely right (I think). I know that diplomatic relations between the UK and Libya were broken off due to the incidenct you mentioned, but I am not sure whether flights between the two countries were banned as well. The reason I say this, is due to a recent case where the UK broke off diplomatic relations with Nigeria but flights between the two countries continued. Although it would be a safe bet to assume that what ya have said is in fact correct.
P.S. The US has always regarded Libya as a terrorist nati`n ever since Gaddafi ousted the US-backed Libyan 'king' years before the Pan Am bombing.
P.P.S. Ever get the chance, give Gaddafi's "Green Book" a read...quite interesting.
SQ2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1269 times:
Interesting. Read the Green Book as part of my course on the Mid East. I think it is ban in Arab States as it makes no mention of Islam any where in his book. Anyway, I think Libyan airlines have restarted their flights to London as ties between the UK and Libya has normalised now. (They exchanged ambassadors earlier in the year)