NCPO chief pushes for quick evacuation of Thais out of Libya

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BANGKOK, 31 July 2014  – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has expressed his concerns about the fate of Thai students and workers who are currently residing in Libya. 

General Prayuth has instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare for the evacuation of Thai citizens living in the war-torn country. As a result, three operation centers have been set up, with the main one being based in the Foreign Ministry. The other two centers are stationed in Djerba and Tunis, both in Tunisia.

According to Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, also NCPO deputy chief, all Thais will be moved from Libya to neighboring Tunisia and their evacuation to Thailand will be arranged during the day only, via the C-130 aircraft prepared by the Royal Thai Air Force.

Thirty Thai workers and 11 students are expected to arrive in Thailand tomorrow. About 1,000 others scattering throughout Libya are still uncertain when they can leave the country due to the problem of getting an exit visa from the Libyan government.