Chronology on Lybia


3 March 2009: Veteran Libyan diplomat Ali Triki will be the next president of the UN General Assembly. (UN News)

30 August 2008: Berlusconi and Qaddafi sign the “Italy- Libya Friendship and Partnership Agreement2 worth $5 Billion in 20 years.

2 February 2009: Gaddafi is elected chairman of the African Union. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been elected as the new chairman of the 53-nation African Union by delegates at the AU summit in Ethiopia on Monday. He was widely tipped to get the node but some members of the union were said to have expressed their misgivings about his nomination.

16 October 2007: Libya elected to the UN Security Council.

16 October 2007: Libya was elected overwhelmingly to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council beginning Jan. 1 2008. (New York Times)

24 July 2007: After eight and a half years in captivity in Libya, five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor stepped off France's presidential plane here to freedom Tuesday morning accompanied by the two women who reached the final breakthrough with the Libyan leader, Muammar el-Qaddafi - France's first lady, Cécilia Sarkozy, and the EU's foreign affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. (New York Times)

15 May 2006: After spending more than a quarter-century on the United States' State Sponsor of Terrorism list, Libya has finally completed its journey back into the relative good graces of the U.S. government. The State Department announced today that it would remove Libya from the list in 45 days as part of a three-pronged process of normalizing U.S.-Libyan relations, declaring that Libya was "out of the terrorism business." (ABC News)

19 December, 2003: Tripoli announced it would give up its WMD programs. Backchannel communications with U.S. and UK intelligence agencies had begun in 2002, and secret negotiations continued until just hours before the announcement, as Judith Miller reported in the Wall Street Journal. Furthermore, Libya pledged to allow monitors to verify the destruction of the program.

In August 2003, after protracted negotiations with UN, U.S., and UK representatives, Libya finally agreed to pay some $2.7 million in compensation to the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing. Days later, Libya delivered a letter to the UN Security Council accepting responsibility for the attack. (Foreign Affairs -

20 January 2003: with 33 votes for, 3 against (including the U.S. and Canada) and 17 abstentions (including at least 6 of the 7 member states of the European Union currently on the Commission) Libya was enthroned this morning in Geneva as the President of the UN Commission on Human Rights. (