FACTBOX-Country, company Libya evacuation plans

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:27 GMT

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Following are details on countries and companies evacuating nationals and employees from Libya or closing operations.

* denotes new or updated item.


BRITAIN: -- Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday Britain planned to send a charter plane to Libya to bring out Britons and was dispatching a Royal Navy frigate to waters off Libya in case it was needed to help nationals.

BOSNIA: -- A Bosnian plane, due to evacuate from Tripoli the first group out of up to 1,500 Bosnian citizens from Libya, is awaiting a permit from authorities there, said Zoran Perkovic, the assistant foreign minister.

-- Bosnia has also agreed another emergency flight for its citizens with Libyan carrier Buraq Air, also awaiting a permit.

BULGARIA: -- A Bulgarian government airplane took off for Tripoli and a second plane will depart later on Tuesday to evacuate Bulgarian citizens there, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. About 1,500 Bulgarians live and work in Libya, some in Libya's second biggest city of Benghazi.

FRANCE: -- The Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday evening two planes had landed in Tripoli and passengers had started boarding. A third military plane is still in France, on standby waiting to fly to Tripoli on Wednesday if needed.

GERMANY: -- Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said all Germans remaining in Libya should leave the country. The Foreign Ministry would assist their repatriation where necessary.

GREECE: -- A Greek cargo ship sailed to Libya to evacuate Greek nationals, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. It will repatriate Greek citizens on Wednesday, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

-- About 300 Greeks live in Libya, a ministry official said. The government has also said it would send military C-130 transport aircraft.

-- Additionally Greek passenger ships are also heading to Libya to collect Europeans and about 15,000 Chinese home through the island of Crete."

IRAN: -- Iran has stopped its oil related activities in Libya and will evacuate staff from its National Iranian Drilling Company in the next 48 hours, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.

ITALY: -- Italy plans to send a flight to Tripoli on Tuesday to bring back Italians who want to leave Libya, a Foreign Ministry source said.

JAPAN: -- Kyodo news agency reported that about 20 Japanese people in Libya were set to leave the country on Tuesday on charter flights. About 50-60 Japanese are still in the country.

NETHERLANDS: -- A Dutch military plane has been given permission to land in Tripoli to evacuate Dutch citizens, the Dutch Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

-- The Foreign Ministry said on Monday there were about 150 Dutch citizens in Libya.

RUSSIA: -- Russia sent the first of four planes to Libya on Tuesday to begin evacuating some 500 of its citizens and 700 non-Russian employees of Russia's state-owned railroad company, Russian Railways, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

-- "Overall 1,263 people are due to be evacuated: 563 Russian citizens working in Libya and 700 Turkish and Serbian citizens, working under contracts with Russian Railways," ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said, according to Itar-Tass.

SAUDI ARABIA: -- Saudi television said on Tuesday the kingdom was sending a plane to Libya to bring home Saudis.

SERBIA: -- Serbian planes due to evacuate Serbian citizens from Libya were still awaiting permits from authorities there, Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac said.

-- As many as 230 people have formed a Serbian-language Facebook group dubbed Serbs in Libya to exchange information. According to messages, all Serbs in Libya were safe.

TUNISIA: -- Some 3,000 Tunisians crossed the border at Dhiba and Ben Gerden in southern Tunisia on Monday night, and another 1,200 were expected to be evacuated by air on Tuesday to Tunisia's capital, state media reported.

-- Tunisia has at least 30,000 nationals in Libya and officials fear they could become targets because of Tunisia's role in inspiring uprisings across the Arab world.

* TURKEY: -- Two Turkish ferries arrived at the Libyan port of Benghazi on Tuesday, each to take 1,500 passengers to the town of Marmaris on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Anatolian news agency said. Nearly 600 Turks were evacuated at the weekend from Benghazi. Anatolian said another 250 Turks were being taken by bus from eastern Libya to the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

There are about 25,000 Turks living in Libya, most working for construction firms and other companies that have more than ${esc.dollar}15 billion worth of contracts in the North African state.

UNITED STATES: -- The United States said it had been unable to move any of its nonessential U.S. diplomats and embassy family members out of Libya on Tuesday and expected them to depart in coming days. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the United States had "approximately 35 employees and their families affected" by a U.S. decision to order nonessential diplomats and embassy family members to leave.

He said that for the time being the United States was trying to put U.S. citizens on regular commercial flights out of the country and that it had charter flights on standby to go to Libya if necessary.

YEMEN: -- Yemeni Television said on Monday President Ali Abdullah Saleh had instructed the national airline to send flights to Libya to bring home Yemenis, including students.


ROYAL BAM: -- A spokesman for Dutch builder Royal BAM <BAMN.AS> said it had secured the safety of 10 expatriate employees in Libya and was investigating evacuation.

-- He added that the company also subcontracted 200 unskilled employees, mainly of Filipino and Thai origin, and it had taken measures to ensure their safety in the country.

-- BAM provides tank construction and maintenance services for oil and gas firms in Libya, the spokesman said.

YARA <YAR.OL>: -- The Norwegian fertiliser giant said on Tuesday it was closing its Lifeco joint venture in Libya as fear of growing turmoil in the country could put its 1,200 employees at risk.

SIEMENS <SIEGn.DE>: -- "We are now organising to fly out our people out of Libya. There are a good 100 of them there, mostly in Tripoli," a spokesman said.

SHELL: -- Oil major Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.L> said on Tuesday that all its expatriate employees and their dependants in Libya, involved primarily in the company's exploration activities in the country, had been relocated.

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