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U.S. BANS ALL FLIGHTS TO LIBYA, RESPONDING TO UN RESOLUTION

 U.S. BANS ALL FLIGHTS TO LIBYA, RESPONDING TO UN RESOLUTION
 WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation today banned all flights between the United States and Libya, including flights through a third country whose origin or final destination is Libya.
 The action implements an order signed Wednesday by President Bush in response to a March 31 resolution by the United National Security Council mandating an embargo of air traffic with Libya.
 A rule issued by the department's Federal Aviation Administration complies with the president's order to prohibit the takeoff from, the landing in, or overflight of the United States by an aircraft on a flight to or from Libya. The rule makes an exception for such flights approved by a Security Council committee on the grounds of urgent humanitarian need.
 After an explosion destroyed Pan American Airlines Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people in December 1988, an investigation implicated two Libyan intelligence agents in the attack. Libya has refused to extradite the two agents suspected of carrying out the attack. As a result, the Security Council adopted the resolution requiring member states to stop air traffic with Libya.
 The department said the U.S. government has taken several earlier actions to restrict air transportation between the United States and Libya. Commercial air service to Libya has been prohibited since 1986. Today's action expands the ban to cover private and business aircraft and overflights of U.S. territory.
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