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Evacuating Swedes from Libya still difficult

Publicerat lördag 26 februari 2011 kl 17.46
Many nations are hurrying to get their citizens out of Libya. Here stand a group of Americans who were evacuated to Istanbul on Friday. Photo: Ibrahim Usta / AP / SCANPIX

As violence threatens to become even worse in Libya, Sweden along with other countries are rushing to get their citizens out of the country. But it is not easy.

"The biggest problem is making contact with everyone," Cecilia Julin, head of communication for the Swedish foreign ministry tells Swedish Radio news on Saturday. "The transport question is no problem. There are seats out of the country, both by boat and airplane."

Several Swedes who were supposed to fly home yesterday were unable to, apparently because they did not have their passports in order. What happened?

"There was a group at the airport yesterday who had problems with their passports. That's been taken care of now, and we count on them being able to leave tomorrow," says Julin.

The foreign ministry estimates that some 50 Swedes are still in Libya. Julin admits that the ministry has not been able to contact everyone. "We're trying ourselves, and we're also trying through relatives in Sweden," she says.

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