Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Libya

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Libya

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Jan. 9 19: The IAEA agreed with US and British officials to oversee the dismantling of Libya's biological, chemical, and nuclear programs. [Reuters, 9 1/9 19]

Jan. 27: The United States praised Libya for "real progress" in dismantling its WMD program following Libya's decision to send parts of its nuclear technology to a lab in Knoxville, Tennessee. The US Congressional delegation visited Libya on January 26, pledging assistance once US-Libya relations were restored. [FT, 1/28]

Feb. 20: The IAEA reported that Libya had been producing plutonium from chemicals purchased on the black market, but did not have enough to make a bomb. [BBC, 20/0 20]

Feb. 26: Libya agreed to destroy its chemical arsenal by the first week of March. [BBC, 2/27]

Feb. 27: President Bush issued an executive order lifting the travel ban on Americans wishing to visit Libya. A number of oil companies demonstrated interest in doing business in Libya, which produces 1.4 million barrels of oil per day. [NYT, 2/27]

Mar. 1: The European Union asked Libya to send officials to Brussels to join the Barcelona Process, to establish free trade in the Middle East and North Africa. [FT, 3/2]

Mar. 5: The Libyan government denied possession of a 20 -ton stockpile of mustard gas in a report submitted to the United Nations. …

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