Ford, Neil
February 2004
Middle East;Feb2004, Issue 342, p32
Libya's announcement that it would allow weapons of mass destruction (WMD) inspections was greeted with enthusiasm by the international community, as of February 2004. In December 2003, Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gadaffi agreed to allow inspectors immediate and unconditional access to all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons installations for assessment and then to oversee the dismantling of its programmes across the whole range of WMD. The International Atomic Energy Agency wasted no time in accepting the invitation and Mohammed HI Baradei, head of the UN agency, took an inspection team to Libya on December 26, 2003 just a week after the Libyan decision had been announced. Although non-U.S. companies are able to invest in Libya, the U.S. opposition and the threat of sanctions against non-U.S. firms who invested in the country have restricted the activities of foreign operators in Libya.


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