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Americans oppose Gaddafi`s stay in New Jersey

Last Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 13:00

Washington: After hero`s welcome accorded to the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing convict in Libya, there has been a strong opposition in the United States to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi`s expected stay in New Jersey next month.
Opposition to the Libyan ruler has surged since he welcomed Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the bombing in which all the 259 people aboard the plane and 11 on the ground were killed.

Gaddafi is expected to pitch his Bedouin tent in New Jersey when he comes to the US to attend the UN General Assembly session.

Both the US Senators from New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg, and Robert Menendez, besides the Mayor of Englewood in New Jersey and several other lawmakers and human rights groups have urged Obama administration to ensure that Gaddafi does not pitch his Bedouin tent in the city.

The Libyan government owns a mansion in Englewood where it has been speculated that Gaddafi would stay.

The State Department on Wednesday said it is talking with the Libyan officials on the issue.

Under an agreement with the United Nations, the US is obligated to facilitate travel and lodging of leaders who come to attend the UN meetings.

"Regarding Mr Gaddafi and his accommodations, there has been no final decision as we understand it," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 13:00
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