Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Meeting with Gadaffi means world is safer place

27th April 2004

Today marks the historic occasion of the first visit to Europe by Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi for 15 years. This comes after Colonel Gaddafi's admissions over Libya's nuclear weapons programme and their negotiations with the West to re-join the International Community. Over the two-day trip, he will visit the European Parliament and the European Commission, as part of the Euromed EU-Libya relations' programme.

Dr. Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman in the European Parliament, said:

"We welcome Gaddafi's renouncement of his regime's weapons of mass destruction and his ceasing of support for international terrorism. We are particularly pleased by Libya's exposure of the international market for nuclear weapons technology originating from Pakistan, under A Q Khan who has been forced to apologise to the Pakistani nation.

The capture of Saddam Hussein has had a beneficial effect in the wider Middle East. Dictators such as Gaddafi realise that their rogue regimes will no longer be tolerated in today's political climate. The world is now a safer place and I welcome the lifting of trade sanctions against Libya who will now benefit from EU and American investment.

I also call upon the Libyan authorities to co-operate with the Metropolitan Police and surrender to justice the murderers of WPC Yvonne Fletcher. "