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03 MARCH 2011
UN, IOM REASSURE PH OF CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR EVACUATION, WELFARE OF FILIPINOS IN LIBYA
3 March 2011, United Nations, New York – The United Nations and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reiterated today their continued support to protect the welfare and to evacuate Filipinos from Libya.
This assurance was given to Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, by IOM Ambassador Michele Klein Solomon (above photo) and UN Office for Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) Mr. Philippe Lazzarini (below photo).
“This is an important assurance that was been given to us today. Protecting the welfare of our Filipinos in Libya and bringing them out of harm’s way are top priorities of the Philippine Government,” Ambassador Cabactulan said after speaking to the two officials.
“I took the opportunity to thank the UN and the IOM for their current and future support and briefed them on our own government’s determined efforts on behalf of our Filipinos in Libya,” he added.
On their part, Ambassador Solomon and Mr. Lazzarini, together with other key UN officials, briefed Ambassador Cabactulan and other UN members on the current humanitarian situation in Libya.
Last March 1, Ambassador Cabactulan spoke before the United Nations General Assembly and called for an end to the violence in Libya. He also urged the international community to come together and support efforts to bring foreign nationals safely out of the North African country. “The Philippines calls upon the Member States who are in a position to do so to allow access and provide safe passage to citizens of third states who are fleeing from the situation in Libya,” Ambassador Cabactulan told the UN General Assembly. (END)
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