The families of those who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, looked to the United Nations Saturday to impose sanctions against Libya and spur the extradition of two suspects in the terrorist attack.
"Clearly the underlying concern of the families is the broader issue of state-sponsored terrorism," said Aphrodite Tsairis of Finger Lakes, N.J. She was among about 125 relatives of victims who gathered at a suburban Boston hotel to lend each other support and discuss the latest developments in the case.The United States and Britain contend two Libyan intelligence agents were behind the December 1988 bombing and want U.N. sanctions to pressure Tripoli into turning over the suspects. Libya has appealed to the International Court of Justice to bar the United Nations from taking such action.
Tsairis, whose 20-year-old daughter Alexia, a student at Syracuse University, was one of 270 people killed in the crash, said sanctions must be leveled against Libya until the suspects are surrendered.
"For the first time we have a criminal indictment and supportive evidence to indicate that a country, Libya, is a participant in state-sponsored terrorism," she said. "We're looking toward the United Nations to exercise its jurisdiction."
Tsairis said sanctions would send a strong message regarding state-sponsored terrorism: "That the civilized world will no longer tolerate it."