Well dear readers, a great deal of attention is being placed upon what, if anything, entities like NATO or the EU or UN are going to do about Libya.
The chances of Col Goddafi leaving seem much less than this time last week, and although appearances can be deceptive, else where in cyberspace, when Tunisia was kicking off, I predicted the only way Libya would be free of Goddafi would be far more bloody than any other nation in the region. It is one of those times you wish to be wrong of course.
A few days ago, I posted about the Ukrainian Embassy sitting tight in Libya as the slow evacuation of its citizens continued. A commendable stance.
No mention was made as to how the Ukrainian Embassy and consular staff were actually getting its citizens out. No SAS and SBS backed, heavily reported airlift. No Ukrainian warships sat off the coast of Libya.
So how has it been evacuating its citizens? It seems there has been a degree of unreported mutual assistance by the foreign embassies in Libya:
Some 404 citizens of Ukraine had been evacuated from Libya as of March 4, the department for information policy of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Libya is continuing to draw up lists of Ukrainian citizens who want to return home, and working out all possible ways of further evacuation of fellow countrymen, the department informed.
“On March 3 of the current year another three Ukrainian citizens left Libya on board a plane on the Sebha-Tripoli-Amman route organized by Jordan. The Ukrainian Embassy in Libya is assisting in the departure of Ukrainians by foreign ferries to Malta. On March 2 of the current year the following agreements were reached with the UK – four Ukrainian citizens were sent from Benghazi to Malta on board the Royal Navy frigate HMS York. In addition, 20 Ukrainian citizens, earlier evacuated from Libya, were delivered to Moscow from Malta on board a Russian Emergencies Ministry plane. Another eight citizens evacuated from Tripoli to Bucharest on board a Romanian Air Force aircraft arrived at Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
Funny how this kind of international cooperation goes unreported.