Slovakia is not at this time considering ending a special aircraft to Libya to bring back its citizens, Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda said in Brussels on February 21, the TASR newswire reported.
Speaking ahead of a session of the EU's General Affairs Council (GAC) and the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), Dzurinda added that the Slovak government's approach to the issue may alter depending on the circumstances.
"We're concerned at the increasing number of people who have lost their lives. Just as was the case with Egypt, the Slovak Embassy in Libya is working in a crisis mode, with 25 people on duty. And just as we sent out the government's special aircraft to Egypt, we'll also do so when it comes to Libya if need be," said the minister, as quoted by TASR.
A number of European leaders have expressed their disappointment at Tripoli's threat to stop cooperating with the EU in the area of migration policy unless Europe stops meddling in what Libya views as its internal affairs.
"I believe that neither the EU nor the rest of the democratic world will allow themselves to be intimidated when it comes to fundamental values such as the right to express one's own opinions and the freedom of assembly. The European Union will act in a transparent and principled manner and will always stand up to defend freedom and the right of people all over the world to decide on their future," said Dzurinda.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. Feb 2011 at 10:00