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Playing politics with Libya and Lockerbie

September 11, 2009 8:41 AM
By Charles West

Star letter from an anonymous correspondent:

MP castigated

and in the Guardian…

Megrahi's release would have been a positive step, had it not been turned into a blazing row by point-scoring politician

Daniel Kawczynski, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Libya, suggesting on the Today programme this morning that Megrahi should not have been released until we got satisfaction from the Libyans over the investigation into the murder of PC Fletcher, in other words that we should engage in a hostage war with Libya, choosing as our asset a hostage who is on the point of death. It is not often that one hears a policy proposal which in my opinion seems simultaneously immoral, illegal and ineffective.

· Oliver Miles
· guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 1 September 2009 

Oliver Miles is a retired ambassador,  He joined the British Foreign Office in 1960 and served as a diplomat in the Arab world, Cyprus and Greece, as well as periods in London. In 1984 he was appointed British Ambassador to Libya.