UN Authority Figures

U.N. Security Council: Libya

"Just before Christmas in 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Scotland, killing the 259 passengers and crew members on their way from London to New York and 11 people on the ground." (Associated Press, The New York Times, June 28, 2007)

Mission of the Security Council: "In order to ensure prompt and effective action by the United Nations, its Members confer on the Security Council primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and agree that in carrying out its duties under this responsibility the Security Council acts on their behalf." ("UN Charter")

Term of office: 2008-2009

Libya's Record on "promoting the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security"
"On August 16, 2003 Libya formally accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in general language that lacked any expression of remorse for the 270 lives lost when the plane exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland...[T]he letter...represented the first official acknowledgment that the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was involved in the bombing, one of the most notorious acts of terrorism in modern times." (The New York Times)