Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, September 22, 2004

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For IMMEDIATE Release

Dismantling Weapons of Mass Destruction
Wednesday hearing to focus on Libya’s disarmament progress
 

BACKGROUND: In a December 2003 announcement that surprised many observers, strongman Muammar al-Qadhafi announced that Libya would dismantle its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs. Subsequently, U.S., British and international officials inspected and removed or destroyed key components of those programs. As part of an agreement with the U.S. and Britain, Libya has also provided valuable information about its programs, including critical details about the role of foreign suppliers. Libya’s WMD disarmament was an important victory for the Proliferation Security Initiative undertaken by the Bush Administration. On Monday, President Bush announced a partial lifting of sanctions as a result of Libya’s disarmament progress. 

WHAT: Subcommittee Hearing: Disarmament of Libya’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights, U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Chairman

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, 2004

WHERE: Room 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES:  Panel I: The Honorable Curt Weldon (R-PA), Member of Congress; Panel II:  The Honorable Paula A. DeSutter, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State; Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and J. Christian Kessler, Director, Office of Export Controls and Conventional Arms Nonproliferation Policy, Department of State.       

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