U.S. and European officials have agreed with Libya on setting up a fund to offer financial assistance to the families of AIDS-infected children in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said Friday.
The move is part of international efforts to secure the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death by a Libyan court for allegedly infecting some 400 children with the AIDS virus as part of an experiment.
Conspiracy theories amongst “Muslims in general and Arabs in particular” is candidly acknowledged by the editor of The Yemen Times.
A Libyan appeals hearing in the case is scheduled for Sunday, and Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov expressed optimism that negotiations have reached a new stage.
“Recent developments made me positive that the trial would be concluded soon in a manner acceptable for Bulgaria,” Parvanov told journalists. He added, however, that “a high price has to be paid for the release of the nurses.”