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France denies it paid money to Libya for medics

France denies it paid money to Libya for medics
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The French President has insisted that neither his government, nor the EU, paid any money to Libya to secure the release of the six Bulgarian medics. Nicolas Sarkozy says France’s involvement was limited to humanitarian action. “I would like to make it clear that Europe, and France, only worked in a humanitarian and political capacity, and it was left at that. Tomorrow, along with my foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, I will go to Libya to help it reintegrate into the international community,” said Sarkozy. The chief of diplomacy in Libya, Abdelrahman Chalgham, said both France and the EU had contributed to the foundation set up to pay compensation to the Libyan victims of the tragedy.

The President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said now the medics were free, relations between the EU and Libya could improve, and he hailed the hard work of his commissioner and the crucial intervention of the French President. “This is the culmination of a long process in which the European Commission, in particular our Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and our EU partners have never given up on finding a solution,” said Barroso. He promised that full details of the diplomatic memorandum signed with Libya would be made public, hopefully by later today.