West Germany has appointed an ambassador to Libya for the first time since the 1986 Berlin discotheque attack that U.S. officials blamed on the radical African nation, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said today.

"We are sending an ambassador to Libya next month," the spokesman told The Associated Press.The spokesman, who requested anonymity, said the last West German ambassador left Tripoli at the end of his three-year tour in May 1986 and was not replaced due to the controversy over the La Belle disco bombing.

The April 5, 1986, bomb attack on the popular West Berlin night spot killed two U.S. military personnel and a Turkish woman and injured about 230 other people.