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Last Taiwanese official evacuated from Libya

2011/02/28 22:52:10

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's last official stationed in Libyahas left the strife-torn North African country and is scheduled toreturn to Taiwan Tuesday, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)official said Monday.

"As of now, there is only one Taiwanese businessman still inLibya to take care of his business, " said Chen Shih-liang, directorof the MOFA's Department of African Affairs.

There were originally 19 Taiwanese nationals in Libya, includingstaff members of Taiwan's representative office in that country andtheir relatives as well as employees of the state-owned petroleumcompany CPC Corp. and other businessmen.

Fourteen of them were evacuated and returned to Taiwan in twogroups over the weekend.

Chen said three other Taiwanese businessmen traveled to Jordan totake refuge there for the time being.

Noting that the situation in Libya is now very chaotic, Chen saidthe ministry decided to evacuate all staff members but intends tohave them return to their posts after the present unrest settles.

Major countries from around the world have made efforts toevacuate their expatriates from Libya since anti-government protestserupted in Libya in mid-February, especially as the situation hasgrown increasingly tense in the capital of Tripoli.

Chen said the ministry has raised its travel advisory for Libyato the highest red level alert, which means local people should nottravel there.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Sofia Wu)