Muammar Qaddafi met with at least two of the relatives of the victims of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland at the U.N. Mission to the United Nations in New York this week.
The Libyan leader said it was a "friendly" gathering where he offered his condolences.
"I met some of them ... It was a friendly meeting," Qaddafi told CNN in an interview. "I offered my condolences to them for the relatives they lost."
A woman whose brother died in the bombing said she and another victim's relative met with the Libyan leader.
Lisa Gibson said she and the other relative met with Qaddafi on Wednesday, arranged through a Libyan ambassador.
"He generally said he was sorry for the loss, but we didn't go into any details about the bombing," Gibson said of the 10-minute meeting.
Gibson's brother was stationed in the Army and was going home for Christmas when the plane blew up, killing 270 people.
Gibson said the other person who attended the meeting lost his father in the bombing.
Gibson said she gave the Libyan leader a pen and a card, in which she told him she had been praying for him.
"He was very friendly and cordial to us," Gibson said. "Honestly, I think he was touched by us being there."
"It is a tragedy. It is a catastrophe," Qaddafi reportedly said of the bombing.
The Libyan leader on Wednesday launched a 94-minute rambling assault against the United Nations Security Council, fumbling through hand-written notes as he mixed attacks.
Qaddafi's translator reportedly collapsed of exhaustion toward the end of his speech and had to be rescued by a U.N. Arabic speaker.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.