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Slovakia should reimburse Libya: al-Gaddafi son

Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Croatia should reimburse about 400 HIV-infected Libyan children by writing off the African nation's old debts, the son of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, told a French newspaper.

He made the comments in an interview with French daily Le Figaro, Slovakia's Sme daily wrote on July 16.

Gaddafi Jr. heads a foundation that has been negotiating with relatives of the infected children on the sum and form of the compensation.

The Supreme Court of Libya is to decide on the fate of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor charged with having infected children with HIV on July 16. In return for the compensation, the Libyan courts might ease the death penalty for the accused, Gaddafi Jr. said.

The spokeswoman for Prime Minister Robert Fico, Silvia Glendová, said Slovakia might pay within the settlement of Libyan debts towards Slovakia.
Deputy PM Dušan Čaplovič (Smer) also thinks that if Slovakia can pay, it should do so to save health workers' lives. He asks why we should not forgive the Libyan debt when we were able to forgive over Sk5 billion to Iraq.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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