British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday he will help IRA victims seek compensation from Libya for the country's role in selling arms to the terror organization, in a reversal of his earlier stance. It was revealed on Sunday that Brown wrote to the lawyers of British victims a year ago saying that it would not be "appropriate" to press Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for reparations because it could jeapardize the UK's relationship with him. Brown said Sunday he "desperately" cares about the families of IRA victims and that he will appoint officers at the Foreign Office to "negotiate compensation" with Libya. The U.S. has secured $1.5 billion in compensation for American victims of Libyan-sponsored terror. Brown's faced criticism for the release of the Lockerbie bomber, which critics say opened up an oil deal between the UK and Libya.