The scheduled visit by Italy’s prime minister to Libya on August 30 is “most opportune” and will go ahead. Any rumours of second thoughts on the part of Silvio Berlusconi were thoroughly quashed yesterday by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, and his visit to Tripoli, scheduled for the end of this month to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Cooperation and Friendship Treaty alongside Muammar Gaddafi. There is no change of plan, then, despite the international controversy following the heròs reception laid on by the Libyan leader for the return to Tripoli of Abdelbaset al Megrahi, the Libyan terrorist found guilty of the Lockerbie massacre and then released by the Scots authorities on humanitarian grounds.
The Colonel himself showed no signs of contrition yesterday. Gaddafi, indeed, made it known through press agency Jana, that the West still has “a policy of double measures resulting from its arrogance and disdain it has for other nations and their public opinion”. It is a policy “that generates the terrorism which they now suffer (referring to those countries protesting over al Megrahìs reception). Terrorism is a phenomenon with a double cause and it finds its justification in these policies”.