US Senators disappointed at British PM’s refusal to meet them

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 14:36

Washington: Four US Senators have
expressed their disappointment over the refusal of British
Prime Minister David Cameron to meet them on the issues
related to the release of Lockerbie bomber last year.

"It is disappointing that the Prime Minister will not
agree to our meeting request, because it is critical for us to
get the full story from the British government about the
release of al-Megrahi," New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez said
in a statement.

According to news reports, Cameron has declined a
request by Senators Robert Menendez), Kirsten Gillibrand,
Frank Lautenberg and Charles Schumer to meet to discuss the
circumstances surrounding the release of Lockerbie bomber
Abdelbasset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison last year.

Cameron will be in Washington this week as questions
mount about the inaccurate medical prognosis that allowed
al-Megrahi to be released on compassionate grounds and the
possible influence of a BP oil deal with Libya on the decision
to release him.

Menendez will chair a July 29 Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the matter.

"Since he will not discuss this with us in person, the
Prime Minister should ensure that current and former British
government officials cooperate fully with our Foreign
Relations Committee hearing next week, including providing
testimony if they are asked," he demanded.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 14:36

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