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Bulgarian MEPs will present a draft resolution calling for a special European Parliament rapporteur for the case of the six health professionals sentenced to death in Libya and also for a revision of EU policy towards Tripoli should there be further negative developments. They will push the issue during the first 2007 plenary session in Strasbourg starting on Monday 15 January.

On 19 December 2006, the Libyan Criminal Court has confirmed the death sentence on the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor for allegedly infecting Libyan children and mothers with HIV in the Benghazi hospital (see news 20/12/06).

The EU has condemned this verdict as ‘unacceptable’. The German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the incoming German EU presidency would push Libya to drop the sentences.

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on 22 and 23 January are also planning to discuss the issue, according to a preliminary agenda that will be firmed up next week.

A petition is circulating with the support of the FNIB (National federation of Belgian nurses, the ICN (International Council of nurses) and WMA (World Medical Association).