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Lanka seeks India help to evacuate citizens from Libya

world Updated: Feb 25, 2011 18:29 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Sri Lanka has sought India’s help in evacuating some of 1200 of its citizens staying across Libya currently facing a wave of violent pro-democracy protests.

The Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi has been asked to contact the relevant Indian authorities to explore the possibility of accommodating Lankans on the ships that India were sending to get its citizens out, foreign ministry sources said on Friday.

More than 200 Lankans have taken refuge in Sri Lankan’s new embassy in Tripoli after they found themselves trapped in the spreading violence.

Sources said logistics were being worked out about sending a chartered flight to evacuate 498 Lankans who made a request through the embassy. ``We are making an assessment of all the alternatives available to us (to move out Lankans). We are also making enquiries about commercial flights that could bring back our citizens. We are in touch with various friendly countries,’’ foreign ministry sources said.

Sri Lankan citizens stranded in violence hit-Libya would be evacuated by Indian ship as New Delhi has agreed to facilitate their return from the North African nation, a top official said on Friday.

Minister of Foreign employment, Dilan Perera told Parliament that 37 Sri Lankans stranded in Libya were being brought to Greece.

In addition a further 107 Lankan citizens in that country were in touch with the Foreign Employment Bureau through the missions there providing details to Colombo. The Minister said a Committee working on this issue round the clock.