UK withdraws embassy staff from Libya
13 May 2013, 08:25
London - Britain is temporarily pulling out some staff from
its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli due to security concerns over recent
political unrest, the Foreign Office said on Friday.
"Given the security implications of the ongoing
political uncertainty, the British embassy is temporarily withdrawing a small
number of staff, mainly those who work in support of government ministries
which have been affected by recent developments," a spokesman said.
"The embassy is open as usual, including for consular
and visa services."
The political crisis in Libya has been sparked by former
rebels besieging two government ministries.
The gunmen surrounded the foreign ministry on April 28 and
the justice ministry two days later to demand the passing of a law excluding
collaborators of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi from holding government posts.
Britain, France and the United States issued a joint
statement on Wednesday calling on "all Libyans to refrain from armed
protest and violence during this difficult time in the democratic
Britain and France led the creation of a Nato no-fly zone in
Libya in 2011 when the rebellion against Gaddafi began.