Prime Minister Gordon Brown has no plans for a separate meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at the United Nations this week, his spokesperson said.
However, the two men are likely to be in the same room for a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday, Reuters reports.
The Daily Telegraph had reported that Brown would meet Gaddafi on Thursday in what would be their first meeting since the controversial early release last month of the Lockerbie bomber, Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi.
“There are no plans for a bilateral meeting between the prime minister and Colonel Gaddafi,” Brown’s spokesman said. “They will obviously be in at least one meeting together but there are no plans for a bilateral meeting.”
It will be Gaddafi’s first visit to a UN General Assembly in his 40 years as ruler of Libya.
Both men are expected to attend a UN Security Council meeting on nuclear non-proliferation on Thursday. Britain is a permanent member of the Security Council and Libya currently has a non-permanent seat.
The Scottish government released Megrahi last month. The terminally ill Libyan agent was convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airliners bombing in which 270 people were killed.
The decision angered Washington and many relatives of victims of the attack and triggered accusations that Britain had put pressure on Scottish authorities to release Megrahi to help trade with oil and gas rich Libya.
Labour denies the allegation.
Pic: President Muammar Gaddafi of Libya