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article imageASEAN to help Southeast Asian people caught in Libya chaos

By Leo Reyes     Feb 23, 2011 in Politics
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has pledged to give assistance to its member countries in dealing with the crises in Libya where thousands of workers from Asia are currently deployed.
Libya has been hit by a series of protest by a large segment of the people calling for change in their country under the leadership of Muammar Gadhaffi who has been in power for over 40 years.
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natelegawa said Asean foreign affairs ministers agreed to extend the measure conducted in Egypt where they evacuated their citizens from the country during the recent political turmoil that led to the downfall of Egypt ruler, Hosni Mubarak.
"We are committed to helping one another. We agree to help evacuate any citizen of Southeast Asian countries. This measure was extended from the one we applied during the unrest in Egypt," Marty said on the sidelines of an informal meeting attended by ASEAN foreign affairs ministers, aimed at seeking solution to end the armed clashes in Cambodia-Thailand border area."
Countries with large number of overseas workers deployed in Libya are faced with a difficult task of repatriating their citizens due to lack of communications to advise them where they can get help.
Some countries have sent their own aircraft to fetch those who wish to leave the troubled country. Many foreigners are crossing Libyan borders to reach neighboring countries where they can seek help from their embassies.
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