British PM, Obama Critical of Lockerbie Bomber Release

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Both President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pushed aside calls for an investigation into a possible link between BP and last year's release of the Lockerbie bomber.

During his first official visit to the U.S., Tuesday, Cameron said he opposed the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, calling the decision "profoundly misguided" and "completely and utterly wrong."

The British leader met with Obama at the White House to discuss Afghanistan, the global economy and pursuing peace in the Middle East.

Yet, a press conference afterwards focused primarily on calls from several U.S. Senators to probe British Petroleum for lobbying in al-Megrahi's release in order to get a lucrative oil deal.

Cameron said he and Obama were in "violent agreement" that the release was a mistake, but that BP had no link in the deal.

"Let us not confuse the oil spill with the Lybian bomber. I've been absolutely clear about this right from the start," the British prime minister said. "In our meeting we had what we called a 'violent agreement,' which is that releasing the Lockerbie bomber, a mass murderer of 270 people -- the largest act of terror in the United Kingdom -- was completely wrong."

"[Al-Megrahi] showed his victims no compassion," Cameron added. "They were not allowed to die in their beds surrounded by their families, so in my view, neither should he. That wasn't a decision taken by BP, it was a decision taken by the Sottish government."

Still, President Obama didn't completely speak against an investigation, saying it's important that all facts be released.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called on both British and Scottish officials to review the accusations.

"Of course BP has got to do everything necessary to cap the oil well, to clean up the spill, to pay compensation," Cameron said. "I have met with BP and I know they want to do that and will do that."

"But let's be clear about who released al-Megrahi," he added. "It was a Government decision in the UK. It was the wrong decision. It was not the decision of BP - it was the decision of Scottish ministers."

Britain has been the most important U.S. military partner in Afghanistan, but it's facing inevitable budget cuts and the unpopularity of the war.

Cameron has said he wants his country's 10,000 troops out of the region by 2015.

After their meeting, Obama said the U.S. has "no closer ally and no closer partner" than Britain and reaffirmed the "truly special relationship" between the two nations.

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