Govt sets up committee to monitor Libya crisis
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Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 15:16
New Delhi: The government on Monday said it has set up a committee to monitor the situation in Libya and prepare plans to meet any eventuality in wake of the unprecedented protest there against the Moammar Gadhafi regime.

"The committee would comprise Foreign Secretary and Overseas Indian Affairs Secretary among others. This committee would be planning to meet any eventuality," said Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi.

Ravi said he is in touch with Foreign Minister SM Krishna and Defence Minister AK Antony and has also spoken to the Indian Ambassador in Libya about the situation there and safety of about 18,000 Indians.

When asked whether any evacuation plan is being prepared, he said, "Nothing has been decided, but the committee will monitor any situation."

"Government is making all preparations to meet any eventuality so that we can act immediately," he said.

The minister said about 18 nurses, who went from Kerala to Libya, spoke to him yesterday sharing their concerns.

India has issued an advisory asking citizens to avoid non-essential travel to that country.

An official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs had said yesterday that the Indian embassy in Tripoli has set up a round-the-clock control room, which can be contacted for information and assistance.

Protesters in Libya have been demanding ouster of Gadhafi, who has been in power for 42 years. According to rights groups, security forces have reportedly killed nearly 100 anti-regime protesters in the last one week.


First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 15:16

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